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William Francis Starsinic

1897 - 1968

"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."
     William Francis Starsinic was born in Steelton, Pa. on September 15, 1897, the son of Michael and Johanna Potocnik Starasinic. He was one of eight children!   He attended Steelton High School, and was on the "well known" High School Football Team. He was gifted academically, musically, and athletically.

Steelton High School FootballTeam
Hi Dr. Haddad,

"Holly and I have resolved the issue.  Bill Starsinic is identified in the 1916 photo as the sixth person on the first row."

Holly and Lorna


 Steelton High School

Permission of Dickinson College - The Harold Kerns Collection

     The original high school is the building on the left.  It is still in use today as the Steelton Highspire Elementary School.  (All eight Starsinic children attended this high school.

1    Historic Steelton
2  The American Mosaic-Steelton Project

     After graduating from Steelton High School, William Francis attended law school at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. and  the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia for International Law.

Georgetown University

First Law School
Built in 1891 and remaining at this location until 1971

Original Georgetown Law Library
     William Starsinic attended Law School at Georgetown University in Washington, DC and was able to fund most of his education with his musical background.  He formed his own band! After graduation, he enrolled in the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia for a graduate course in International Law.

Georgetown Graduation Photo

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa.
     William Starsinic entered the University of Pennsylvania for graduate studies and graduated with a degree in International Law

Silverman Hall Law School -Univ. of Pa.
Built in 1909

William Starsinic with his Univ. of Pa. roommate.
Tennis Tournament - 1921

William Starsinic with his sisters, Ann (R) and Catherine (L)

     William Starsinic opened a private law practice on Girard Avenue in Philadelphia, married Helen Nenadov and raised two sons, Bill and Frank. He wanted his family to have a good life and they did; they had a great life!

Helen Nenadov

Helen Nenadov - High School Graduation
Philadelphia, Pa. - 1927

Click on photo to enlarge.

     Helen Nenadov was a talented, bright, beautiful lady and the perfect wife for Philadelphia Attorney, Bill Starsinic. They were having dinner at the Historic Stockton Inn in Lambertville, NJ when he asked her hand in marriage. I always think of them when I hear the song, "There's A Small Hotel With A Wishing Well." (written by Lorenz Hart and Richard Rodgers with the Stockton Inn in mind.)

Dining at the Stockton Inn in Lambertville, NJ

     Helen Nenadov had many talents and was also multilingual. At one time, she volunteered  as a translator for the Immigration Board in Philadelphia and during the Second World War she worked at the Philadelphia Arsenal. She was a gifted artist and always loved "pretty things".

      When Bill and Frank were no longer small children, Helen attended the Museum Art School in Philadelphia where she received a degree in Interior Design. She opened her own studio on Bustleton Avenue in Philadelphia. She was quite a lady and so good to everyone!


Bill and Helen Starsinic

Circa 1935

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