The Sienkewicz Family
The Bird's Nest West
1103 East Second Avenue
Monmouth, Illinois 61462

Waiver: Please note that the information on this page is more historical than current and reflects a snapshot of this family at the beginning of the 21st century.

Tom Sienkewicz was born in Hoboken, New Jersey, in 1950, the oldest child of Maria F. and Edmund R. Sienkewicz. He attended St. Ann's Elementary School in Hoboken and St. Peter's Preparatory School in Jersey City before matriculating at The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.  In 1971 Tom was graduated from Holy Cross with a B.A. in Classics, in cursu honoris, summa cum laude. He has been married to Anne F. Waterman Sienkewicz since 1972. They met as graduate students at The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. While Tom was teaching at Howard University in Washington, D.C., they lived in Severn, Maryland (1975-1979) and then in Mount Rainier, Maryland (1979-1984). In 1984 they moved to Monmouth, Illinois, where Tom teaches Classics at Monmouth College. Tom and Anne have three children: Marie Kathleen, Julia Alice and Richard Oscar.  

In 1992-1993 Tom was the Visiting Director of the ACM Program in Florence. During that year all three children attended Italian schools. He will return to Florence in the spring semester of the academic year 2010-2011 as visiting professor for the London-Florence Program.  Here is his fuller biography.

Anne is originally from Maine, where her family has lived for generations on the island of North Haven in Penobscot Bay. Her parents, Richard and Dorothy Waterman, have lived in Waldoboro since Anne was young. Click here for a map of the region. Anne was employed as the administrative assistant at United Way of Warren Co., Illinois, from 1997-2000. In June, 2000 she began working as the office manager of the Galesburg Office of the American Red Cross. Click here for Anne's website, including her resume.

Marie, born in 1977, was graduated from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine in 1999 with a B.A. in Classics, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Click here to see Marie's student profile at Bowdoin. Here is Marie's reflection on her four years at Bowdoin.  In May 2001, Marie  received a Master of Library Science at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, where she had an assistantship in the Veterinary School Library and was in charge two of the library's websites: the Vet-Med Library and the Environmental Studies Virtual Library. At her Masters graduation Marie received the Health Sciences Information Management Award. In May 2005, Marie fulfilled her lifelong ambition and received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.  On May 20, 2005 she married Kyle Bond in Urbana, Illinois. Click here for photos of Marie and Kyle and their wedding. Marie is now working as a veterinary in Fox Lake, Illinois. Here are some photos of Marie's pets.

Julia, born in 1980, was graduated in 2001 with honors in history as an Art History major from Mt. Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts. She enjoys painting and is very interested in all things Italian. In August, 2001, Julia began a doctoral program in art history at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, where she has been named a University Fellow. Her speciality is 19th-century American art and she is especially interested in the intersection between architecture and painting. On August 19, 2006 she married Victor Martinez at St. Jame's R.C. Church in Thomaston, Maine. Here are some of their wedding photos.

Richard, born in 1982,  was graduated in May 2000 from Monmouth High School in Monmouth, Illinois. In August, 2001, he traveled to Osaka, Japan, to spend a semester at Kansai Gaidai UniversityIn 2004 He was graduated from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin.  He then spent one year teaching English in Japan and is now applying to law school.

We have had several dogs in our lives, including poodle named Allegra and a dachshund named Sydney (who died inthe summer of 2007), and two cats, Daphne and Minima. All three children are very musical. They play the piano and have been active in vocal groups. Marie and Richard play the trombone and Julia and Richard play the french horn.

Tom likes to garden, to swim, and to travel. He is an avid fan of M*A*S*H, the TV show. Click here for a photograph of Tom with his 1973 Buick Electra named Bluebird. He and his family regularly spend the summer on Lake Damariscotta in Jefferson, Maine, at a camp belonging to Anne's parents, Richard and Dorothy Waterman of Waldoboro, Maine. Tom likes to travel, especially with students. Here is a photo he took in Rome at Christmas, 2001. It depicts the Nativity Scene at San Clemente Church in Rome. Note the plane crashing into the Twin Towers at the right. Here is a photo of Tom in Moscow's Red Square in July, 2004.

Tom's brother Eddie works for Bally's Wild West casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. His sister Mary Beth San Filipo lives in Durham, North Carolina. Her daughter Tracy is attending Mt. Holyoke College. Her son Roy is into musical theatre and hopes to try his luck on Broadway someday. He attends Elon University in Elon, North Carolina. Tom's other sister Toni lives in Piscataway, New Jersey, where she works as a medical technologist. She has two daughters, Christina Gallo, who graduated from Penn State University in 2004 and is now working as an engineer. Her daughter Theresa Gallo graduated from Rutgers University in 2006 and hopes to go to medical school. 

Some of Our Favorite Recipes
Sienkewicz Family Photo Album

It's All In a Name? Rediscovering Broken Family Ties
A Tale of Two Grandmothers
Searching for My Maternal Grandfather
Memorial for Dorothy S. Waterman
Reflection on the Life of Richard D. Waterman
Richard Douglas Waterman (Powerpoint)
Years in Review

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