Born as Maria Vislocky on March 13, 1896 in Litmanova, Slovakia, to Stefan Vislocky and Christina Simak.

Arrived in the USA on May 22, 1912, at age 16, on the ship Kaiser Wilhelm II sailing from Bremen to New York.

Resided in lower Manhattan, NY in her first years in the USA.

Married John Zizan on August 30, 1914 in Brooklyn, NY, at age 18. They had 6 children: Charles, John, Martha, Mary, Nicholas and Peter.

Move to Wilpen, Westmoreland county, PA, after her marriage, where she ran the family farm with her husband, who was also employed as a coal miner.

Died on July 25, 1950 in Wilpen, PA, at age 54.

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