Vera Looby, 1922, Newburgh, Cleveland

Vera Looby, 1922

This website includes a picture of the 1922 second grade class at Holy Name Parish on Broadway on the southeast side of Cleveland. My mother was in that class and identified most of the children in the picture. She identified the fourth young woman from our right in the second row as Vera Looby. There was a Vera Looby living in the area, described below, who is probably her.

Vera Looby was born April 6, 1914, in Cleveland, Ohio, the daughter of William Looby and Matilda Divis.1, 2 In 1920 she and her family were living at 4080 East 108th Street. Beside Vera and her parents, there were her sisters Isabelle, Jane, Marie, and Marcella. The family was still there in 1922, the year that the photograph was taken.3, 4

On August 13, 1938, Vera married James Stetka, and in 1940 they were living on Gay Avenue in Cleveland. 2, 5 James Stetka died in 1955, and Vera on November 1, 1997, in Lakewood.1, 6 I'm not sure if they had children or not--James' obituary did not mention any.

If you are a relative or descendant of Vera Looby you are welcome to download the class picture and pass it on.


  1. "Ohio, Death Index, 1908-1932, 1938-1944, and 1958-2007," index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 24 Jun 2014), Veronica S Stetka, 01 Nov 1997; from "Ohio, Deaths, 1908-1932, 1938-1944, and 1958-2007," index,; citing vol. 31302, certificate number 086354, multiple archives.
  2. Cuyahoga County, Ohio, Marriage Records and Indexes, 1810-1973, at, Vera Looby, August 13, 1938, Vol 184-185; Page: 556.
  3. "United States Census, 1920," index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 23 Jun 2014), William Lueby, Cleveland Ward 15, Cuyahoga, Ohio, United States; citing sheet 20A, family 479, NARA microfilm publication T625, FHL microfilm 1821367.
  4. 1922 Cleveland City Directory, at
  5. "United States Census, 1940," index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 24 Jun 2014), James Stetka, Ward 30, Cleveland City, Cleveland City, Cuyahoga, Ohio, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 92-755, sheet 12B, family 250, NARA digital publication of T627, roll 3233.
  6. James Stetka, June 22, 1955, Id#: 0740864, Cleveland Necrology File,, Reel #159, Source: Cleveland Press.