Panko and Bessie were married 24 July 1915 at Holy Ghost Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (now Holy Ghost Ukrainian Orthodox Church) in Coatesville. Catherine Matys Rothermel was one of the flower girls!
They spent most of their married life in Coatesville. In 1917 they spent a short time in Columbia, Lancaster County when Panko worked for A. M. Byers Co. as an ironworker (according to Panko's World War I Draft Registration). When their infant son passed in 1918, he was buried (according to his death certificate) at the "Polish cemetery" (St Stanislaus) near Coatesville. The 1920 census shows the young family in Chester City, in Delaware County, PA where Panko was a machinist in a pipe mill. They are back in Coatesville shortly thereafter. Panko's Social Security application lists Coatesville as home in 1936, as does his World War II Draft Registration in 1942.
They had 10 kids:
1916 - 1918 Theodore (named for Panko's father / COD pneumonia/influenza)
1918 - 1997 Joseph (my grandfather / named after Bessie's father)
1919 - 1985 Theodore (named after Panko's father and child lost)
1921 - 2008 Nicholas
1922 - 1995 Paul
1926 - 1971 Mary
1930 - 1997 Ann
1932 - 2002 Peter
Panko passed in December 1968. After he passed, she remained living at their house in Coatesville on New Street. Bessie passed 5 September 1972. They are buried at the Holy Ghost Ukrainian Cemetery in Valley Township.