Monica (Minnie) Janonis

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Monica (Minnie) Janonis (Druzinski)

Lithuanian: Monika Janonienė (Druži̇̀nskaite)
Also Known As: "Monika Droszinsky", "Monica Druzinski Janonis", "Druzinskas", "Minnie Druzinski", "Droszinsky", "Druzinsky", "Drozynska"
Birthplace: Karsakiškis, Panevėžys District Municipality, Panevėžys County, Lithuania
Death: March 15, 1938 (42)
Detroit, Wayne County, MI, United States (Murdered)
Place of Burial: 9400 West Fort Street, Detroit, Wayne County, MI, 48209, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Adam Druzinski; Scholastica (Stella) Druzinski and Private
Wife of Peter C Burton
Ex-wife of George Janonis
Mother of Olga Janonis; Private and Milda (Mildred) Olga Janonis
Sister of John P Druzinski and Joseph Anthony Druzinski

Occupation: Shop girl, Beauty parlor owner
US Immigration: April 13, 1911 at Boston, MA
Managed by: Anne Tubinis Audette
Last Updated:
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Immediate Family

About Monica (Minnie) Janonis

Monica Janonis, ex-wife of George Janonis, ex-wife of Peter Burton, mother of Mildred.

Mrs. Janonis married her second husband, Peter C. Burton, in 1937. They lived together as man and wife for about one month. Divorce followed in 1938. As time passed, Mr. Burton attempted to reconcile with Monica, who resumed surname "Janonis." She owned a beauty parlor on MI Ave. near Central. She lodged at widow Ursula Jakubowski's boarding house on Central. Both ladies were Lithuanian-born.

After months of attempted reconciliation, in March 1938, Mr. Burton murdered both Monica and Mrs. Jakubowski. 18 year old Mildred found the bodies of her mother and Mrs. Jakubowski.

Prior to the tragedy, Mrs. Jakubowski's husband, Lithuanian-born Fritz (Frank), killed himself by carbon monoxide poisoning in 1937.

After the murders, Mr. Burton fled to Buffalo, New York where he was apprehended by Detroit detectives. While in police custody in Buffalo, he jumped from a third-story window. He died a few days later from his injuries. The tragedy was covered by newspapers nationwide.

Both ladies' bodies were prepared for burial by Bauza Funeral Home, Detroit. Both graves are located at Woodmere Cemetery.


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Monica and her landlady were murdered in 1938 by Monica's second husband, Peter C. Burton. See news stories above.

Marriage George Janonis & Monika Drozynska. Both of Monica's marriage records are attached in Media Tab

Divorce: Cause of divorce petition filed by Monica: extreme cruelty.
Divorce granted March 2, 1926 in Wayne Count, MI. Mildred was 5 years old

Divorce of George & Monica noted in 1930 US census:

Immigration documents
Monika US Arrival:
Monica US Intention:
Monika & daughter Mildred US Citizenship application:
Monica US Oath:

1930 US Census indicated Monica is divorced from husband George.

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Monica (Minnie) Janonis's Timeline

March 28, 1895
Karsakiškis, Panevėžys District Municipality, Panevėžys County, Lithuania
July 10, 1918
2191 Russell Street, Detroit, Wayne County, MI, 48207, United States
November 29, 1919
Detroit, Wayne County, MI, United States