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Giving Thanks

Posted on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 1:27 pm

By Ethan Colbert
bgted@lcs.net

When Joseph (Jozef) Niescierenko left St. Clement in 1951 at the age of six-years-old, he left without fully expressing the gratitude he felt towards Joe Luebrecht and his wife, Rose (nee Grote) Luebrecht.
“We (the Niescierenko family) owe Joe Luebrecht our lives,” Joseph said in an interview last month. Luebrecht and a handful of other farmers from the St. Clement community provided monetary sponsorships to pay for World War II refugees, known as Displaced Persons, to be resettled in the Pike County community.
So when Joseph received a phone call inviting him to return to St. Clement for the first time in more than 60 years, the upstate New York resident knew he would be making the trip.

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