Greenwood’s Royal Resident
It was nearly 80 years ago when Europe found itself once again embroiled in war, with Nazi Germany and the axis powers on the rise. Poland was under imminent threat, and its unique geographic location made it a prime target for Germany and Russia. Only a few people had the means to escape Poland before the invasion, and Polish princess Filomena Wojciechowski Sledzinski and her husband, John Sledzinski fled in 1939, just before the invasion.
Princess Filomena was born in 1876, and was married in her native Poland to her husband John. They were lucky to escape Europe, where many of their fellow Poles were sent deep into the Russian interior to work in the Siberian Gulag, and millions perished. They left their privileged lives behind, and at 63 years old, Princess Filomena settled just outside of San Diego, CA in the city of Lemon Grove.
After only a short 2 years, Princess Filomena died and was buried near the home she shared with her husband on their 6 acre property. Her husband John joined her in death 7 years later, and was buried next to his Princess. A Polish flag flew over their graves, until the construction of a new highway on-ramp required they be moved.
There is a local legend that says the princess is buried underneath the on-ramp to Route 94, but she and her husband were relocated to Greenwood Memorial Park. That urban legend has long been debunked.
Princess Filomena’s and John’s graves were exhumed, and they were laid in their final resting places at Greenwood Memorial Park. They are buried side by side in the Rest Haven section, lot 750, grave 3. Like all who rest at Greenwood, their gravestones are well cared for, and kept in beautiful condition. Visitation is available from sunrise to sunset, 365 days a year for those who’d like to pay respect to Greenwood’s Polish Princess.