Other spellings: Itzikovitz, Itsykovich, Ichikovitz, Ichikovich, Itzikowitz, Echikovitz.
Shortened to Kovitz or Covitz in North America.
Orel (Oren, Aharon) ltzikovich was born ~1830, possibly in Rogeve (Raguva), and was married to Feyga, born in 1836. Orel died in or before the year 1888. Feyga died in Trashkun in 1899.
The four known children of Orel and Feyge Itzikovich:
I. Beyla Tsuvia Itzikovich was born in 1854 in Trashkun and married Movshe Shneider, son of Nosn and Chaya. Movshe was a brickmaker and owned a wooden house. Beyla died on 22 December 1925. Movshe died on 31 December 1938.
- The two known children of Beyla (Itzikovich) and Moyshe Shneider:
- Sora Shneider was born in Trashkun in 1881. She married a man whose surname was Karp (son of Moshe), and she died in Trashkun on 13 February 1936.
- Pesha Shneider was born in Trashkun in 1895. On 15 June 1930 she married Leyzer Notelevich, a shoemaker and a widower, born in Malat (Moletai) in 1887. Leyzer's parents were Efroim and Etel (née Karabelnik) of Rogeve (Raguva).
II. Fayvl Mendl (Fayvish Shraga Menachem) Itzikovich was born in 1856. He lived in Trashkun but was registered in Rogeve. Fayvl was a shoemaker and also served as the town's unofficial doctor (feldsher). He married Yochved Shevtsovich, born 1859 in Trashkun, daughter of Rivke and Gershon Shevtsovich. Fayvl died in Trashkun on 6 June 1922, and Yochved died in Superior, Wisconsin on 8 March 1940.
- PHOTO Fayvl Itzikovich
PHOTO Fayvl and Yochved with children (1910)
PHOTO Gravestone of Fayvl Itzikovich
PHOTO Gravestone of Yochved Itzikovich
DOCUMENT Yochved's passport (probably 1927)
- Fayvl Itzikovich and Yochved (Shevtsovich) had ten children:
- Sarah (Sora Malka) Itzikovich was born in Trashkun on 15 May 1882. In 1906 she married Morris Karp, born in 1885, possibly from the same family as the man who married her cousin Sora Shneider Karp. Sarah had four children, only one of whom survived. After her husband's death in 1915, Sarah and her son emigrated to the US, arriving in New York on 28 July 1921. On 1 February 1922 they moved to Chicago, Illinois, where Sarah worked as a seamstress in a sewing factory. She died in Chicago on 1 September 1973.
DOCUMENT Sarah (Itzikovich) Karp's petition for US citizenship (1927)
PHOTO Sarah Karp and others at the wedding party of Victoria Kovitz (1948)
PHOTO Sarah Karp with three Itzikovich siblings and families (~1960)
- Harry (Orel, Aharon) Karp (later Carp) was born in Trashkun on 12 August 1911, and emigrated to Chicago with his mother in 1921. On 3 July 1957 he married Donna Mae Weltzin (born 3 June 1934 in Maynard, Iowa; died 17 August 2005 in Denver, Colorado). Harry Carp died on 17 May 1977 in Clinton, Iowa.
Pesl (Sheyna Pesha) Itzikovich was born in Trashkun 1882, married, and did not emigrate. It is not known whether she had children. She died in 1940.
Velve (Wulf) Zalman Itzikovich was born in Trashkun in 1883, and married Raya Leah Rapaport, who was born in Aniksht (Anykščiai), daughter of Movshe Uri Rapaport and Musha Karpuch. Velve moved temporarily to Subotsh (Subačius) in 1901 at age 18 to apprentice as a shoemaker with members of the extended Itzikovich family. Velve/Wulf is mentioned in an account of the 1915 pogrom in Trashkun. Raya died in Trashkun on 21 December 1927. The date and circumstances of Velve's death are unknown.
PHOTO Velve and others bid goodbye to Itzikovich family members emigrating to Canada (1927)
- The four known children of Velve and Raya (Rapaport) Itzikovich:
- Feyga Muska Itzikovich, born in Trashkun in 1904. On 19 December 1933 she married Berel Markus, born in Utena (Utyan), son of Chaim Leybe Markus and Reyza Margol. The date and circumstances of their deaths are unknown.
Hirshke or Ruvke
Hirshke Itzikovich, born in Trashkun in 1905, became a shoemaker like his father. Hirshke was among the first Jews in Trashkun to be murdered by Lithuanians in 1941. He is buried in the mass grave at Trashkun's Old Jewish Cemetery. (Read more about Hirshke.)
- Ruvke Itzikovich, born in Trashkun between 1906 and 1908, worked with his brothers and father as a shoemaker. Ruvke was killed along with his brother in 1941 and buried in the mass grave at the Old Jewish Cemetery.
- NOTE: Hirshke's murder is described by Itzhak Konkurovich. Both Hirshke and Ruvke are named by Berl Glezer (memoir Part I and Part II) and Miriam Shumacher Krakinowski (video) in their accounts of the first wave of atrocities in the summer of 1941.
- Moyshe Itzikovich was born in Trashkun in 1909. He became a shoemaker like his father and brothers. The date and circumstances of his death are unknown.
Orel (Aharon) Itzikovich, later Harry Barr, was born in Trashkun on 26 May 1886. As a young man, he moved temporarily to Dusetos to apprentice as a shoemaker with members of the extended Itzikovich family. In ~1905, he married Rina (Rose) Barr, daughter of Moshe Leyb Yehuda Barr. Orel/Harry took his wife's surname upon emigrating to the U.S. in 1907. He settled in Superior, Wisconsin, where he had a shoe business on Tower Ave. Rina joined him in 1912. They eventually retired to Chicago. Harry died in Chicago on 4 February 1963, and Rina died in 1966.
PHOTO Harry Barr with three Itzikovich siblings, Rina, and extended family (~1960)
- The four children of Harry and Rina Barr:
- Sarah Barr Siegel Charnis, was born in Lithuania in 1906. She married Isadore Siegel, and after his death married Charles Charnis. Sarah died in Northbrook, Illinois, on 8 March 2003.
PHOTO Sarah Barr Charnis with parents and extended family (~1960)
- George Barr was born in Wisconsin in 1912. Trained as a chemist, he lost a leg in an automobile accident in 1935, after which he made it his mission to employ people with disabilities. In 1951, he was presented the President's Trophy on the occasion of "National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week" (now National Disability Employment Awareness Month). In 1976, he helped fund the Barr-Harris Children’s Grief Center, a clinic for the treatment of bereaved children in downtown Chicago. George Barr died in Chicago, Illlinois, on 11 November 1989.
DOCUMENT Newspaper article about George Barr's company (1944)
DOCUMENTS George Barr is honored by President Truman (Truman Papers, 1951; New Outlook, 1952)
PHOTO George Barr with parents and extended family (~1960)
- Michael (Manis/Munis) Barr was born in Superior, Wisconsin, in 1913. He married Bernice, and they had a son and a daughter. Michael died in Park Ridge, Illinois, in 1992.
PHOTO Michael Barr with parents and extended family (~1960)
- Helen (Hinda) Barr Wexler, born in Superior, Wisconsin, 1916; died in New Windsor, New York, in 1989.
Joe (Yosl, Yosef Leyzer) Itzikovich, later Joe Echikovitz, was born in Trashkun on 15 August 1887. He emigrated in 1906, and in ~1911 he married Sarah Kusnar, who was born in 1888. They lived in Duluth, Minnesota; in Superior, Wisconsin; and later in Chicago, Illinois. Joe was in the grocery business and later in real estate. Sarah died in Chicago on 11 April 1956. Joe died in Green Lake, Wisconsin, on 23 April 1982.
PHOTO Joe, Sarah, and their adult children Mitchell and Lillian at the wedding party of Victoria Kovitz (1948)
PHOTO Joe Echikovich and extended family, including three Itzikovich siblings (~1960)
PHOTO Joe Echikovitz with two of his brothers
- The four children of Joe and Sarah Echikovitz:
- Mitchell Echikovitz was born on 3 April 1912 in Duluth, Minnesota. He married Sophie Mesojedec, and he died on 12 January 2000 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
DOCUMENT Newspaper article features Mitchell Echikovitz (1944)
PHOTO Mitchell and Sophie among others at the wedding party of Victoria Kovitz (1948)
- Florence Echikovitz was born in 1915 in Duluth, Minnesota. She died of pneumonia in 1920.
PHOTO Gravestone of Florence Echikovitz
- Lillian Echikovitz was born on 3 February 1920. She married Sam Gould, and they had three sons. Lillian died in Sun City, Arizona, in 2005.
PHOTO Lillian, her husband Sam Gould, and others at the wedding party of Victoria Kovitz (1948)
PHOTO Lillian Gould with father and extended family (~1960)
- Edward (Eddie) Kovitz was born on 3 June 1922 in Superior, Wisconsin. He married Frieda. On 8 June 1943, he died as an aviation cadet in a plane crash near Eureka, Texas.
DOCUMENTS • PHOTO Newspaper reports of Edward Kovitz' death and photo of his gravestone
Leybe (Yehuda Leybe) Itzikovich, later Leon Kovitz and finally Louis Kovitz, was born in Trashkun on 28 April 1890. He trained as a tailor and emigrated to the US in 1910 with his younger brother Hilke. (Read about Leybe in Tales from Trashkun.) In 1913 he married Leah (later Lena) Zetcher, born in Pushelat (Pušalotas) in 1893, the youngest daughter of Miriam Zetcher and Bentzl Chait (who took his wife's surname). Leybe and Leah settled in Superior, Wisconsin. They ran a grocery store which Leybe (now Louis) bought from his brother Joe. Louis died on 30 April 1970, and Leah died on 29 July 1977, both in Morton Grove, Illinois.
PHOTO Leybe/Louis Kovitz
PHOTO Leybe/Louis Kovitz with family
PHOTO Kovitz Grocery
DOCUMENT Leon Kovitz certificate of US citizenship (1939)
- The four children of Leybe/Louis and Leah/Lena (Zetcher) Kovitz:
- Benjamin Kovitz was born 22 December 1913 in Superior, Wisconsin. He married Miriam Gershman (1916-2010), and they had four children. Benjamin died in San Bernardino, California, on 28 May 2008.
- Ruth (Rochel) Kovitz was born 26 August 1917 in Duluth, Minnesota. On 9 November 1952 she married Myron (Mike) Ellin (1922-2005). They had two daughters. Ruth died in Morton Grove, Illinois, on 4 April 2016.
PHOTO Ruth Kovitz Ellin among others at the wedding party of Victoria Kovitz (1948)
- Miriam Kovitz was born 14 December 1919 in Duluth, Minnesota. She married Clarence Cohn (1916-1988), and they had one son. Miriam died in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, on 17 October 2010.
- Frances Kovitz was born 7 January 1923 in Duluth, Minnesota. She married Stanley G. Bubley (1922-1989), and they had one daughter.
Hilke (Chaim Gilel) Itzikovich, later Louie/Louis Kovitz, was born in Trashkun on 15 September 1892, and emigrated to Superior, Wisconsin, in 1910 with his older brother Leyb. On 16 March 1914 in Chicago, Illinois, he married Mary Kikhel Cohen, who was born in Trashkun on 1 September 1894, daughter of Dvora (Dvera) Boyer and Chaim Boruch Kikhel,[NOTE]Mary's mother remarried after her first husband (Chaim Kikhel) died, hence Mary's extra surname Cohen. and emigrated to the U.S. in 1912. Louie died in Chicago on 11 March 1962, and Mary died in Glenview, Illinois, on 25 August 1984.
PHOTO Louie/Hilke Kovitz
PHOTOS Louie/Hilke and his wife Mary, Mary's mother & brother
PHOTO Louie/Hilke at the wedding party of Victoria Kovitz (1948)
PHOTO Louie/Hilke with three Itzikovich siblings, his wife Mary, and extended family (~1960)
- The three children of Louie/Hilke and Mary (Cohen) Kovitz:
- Jack (Jacob, Yankl, Yakov) Kovitz, born in Chicago, Illinois, on 9 December 1914. He married Anita, who was born 18 December 1916. Anita died on 6 November 1986, and Jack died on 27 September 1995, both in Pinellas, Florida.
PHOTO Anita and Jack Kovitz
- Philip (Fayvl) B. Kovitz was born 4 June 1927 or 1928 in Chicago, Illinois. He married Josephine (Jo) Frieda Ray (born 31 January 1930). They had a son and a daughter. Philip died on 6 April 1981 in Morton Grove, Illinois.
PHOTO Philip and Jo (Josephine Ray) Kovitz
- Sonia (Sheyna Hinda) Kovitz was born in Chicago, Illinois, on 20 October 1932. On 24 August 1955 she married William Crost, and they had four children. William died in Illinois in January 2016.
Roy (Reuven Shaul) Itzikovich, later Roy Kovitz, was born in Trashkun on 15 July 1892, and emigrated to the U.S. in 1913. In 1917, he was a leather worker in Chicago. Around 1926, he married Clara Krell, who was born ~1905 in Romania and emigrated with her family in 1921. Roy and Clara lived in New York City and the Bronx. Roy died in Jamaica, Queens, New York, in May 1984. Clara died in Queens, New York, on 19 January 1989.
PHOTO Roy Kovitz and his wife Clara
- The two children of Roy and Clara (Krell) Kovitz:
- Philip (Shraga Menachem) Kovitz was born in New York in 1927. He married and had one daughter. Philip died in New York in 2008.
- Sheldon (Chaim Shlomo Zev) Kovitz was born in New York 1937. He married Carol, and they had seven children.
Daniel Itzikovich, later Daniel Kovitz, was born in Trashkun in 1896. On 21 March 1924, he married Elsie (Elka) Kovalski Yakobson, who was born in Leliunai in 1901, daughter of Sholem Yakobson and Libe Ita of Leliunai. Daniel emigrated to the U.S. ~1930 and worked as a shoemaker in Chicago. In 1937, his wife Elsie emigrated with her mother Libe and her children Seymour and Beverly. Daniel died in Chicago in September 1974.
PHOTO Daniel Kovitz with two of his brothers
- The four children of Daniel and Elsie (Yakobson) Kovitz:
- Feyga Menucha Kovitz, born in Trashkun in 1924; died in Trashkun at the age of two on 4 February 1926.
- Seymour (Sholom Ber) Kovitz, born in Trashkun in 1927.
- Beverly (Kenta Beyla) Kovitz was born in Trashkun in 1928. On 12 April 1950 she married
Paul Nathan. Beverly died in 1979.
- Marilyn (Mariasha) Kovitz Zazove, born in the United States after 1937.
Bentzl (Bentzion) Itzikovitz, later Ben Kovitz, was born in Trashkun 1897 and married Libka (Libby) Berk on 22 July 1921. Libke was born in Trashkun in 1900. Bentzl emigrated to Canada in 1926, and his wife and first son joined him a year later, along with his mother Yochved. Ben died in Toronto, Canada, on 8 February 1985. Libby died in Toronto the same year.
- The three children of Bentzl/Ben and Libka/Libby (Berk) Kovitz:
- Dovid Mendel Itzikovich, later David Kovitz, was born in Trashkun on 22 July 1921. He came to Canada as a child in 1927. He married Muriel Libin, and they had three children. David he died in Canada on 26 February 1992.
PHOTO David and his wife Muriel among others at the wedding party of Victoria Kovitz (1948)
- Frank (Shmuel Fayvl) Kovitz, born in Winnipeg, Canada, in 1928. On 3 February 1963 he married Joan Boyd, and they had three children.
PHOTO Frank and others at the wedding party of Victoria Kovitz (1948)
- Victoria (Vikhna) Kovitz Jacobs was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, in 1929. In 1948 she married Sidney Jacobs, and they had one daughter. Vicky died in Toronto in 1986.
PHOTO Wedding party of Victoria Kovitz and Sidney Jacobs (1948)
III. Binyomin (Bine) Yosef Itzikovich was born in Trashkun ~1864. He married Sheyna Rivka Skudovich, born in Trashkun in 1866, daughter of Abram and Vichna Skudovich. Binyomin was elected unanimously to the City Council in 1911. (Read about Binyomin and Sheyna Rivka in Tales from Trashkun.)
- Binyomin and Sheyna Rivka (Skudovich) Itzikovich had two children:
Dov Ber Itzikovich, later Berel (Barnett) Ichikovich, was born in Trashkun in 1889. On 26 August 1919 in Ponevezh (Panevėžys) he married Chane-Golda Yuzent of Trashkun, born ~1897, daughter of Zussman Leyb Yuzent and Sheyne Shapiro (both were born in 1868 and died in 1936). Dov Ber was a trader in silver spoons. He emigrated to Winburg, South Africa, in 1925, followed two years later by his wife and daughter. (Read about Dov Ber in Tales from Trashkun.) Chane-Golda died on 31 July 1974, Dov Ber on 30 September 1980, both in South Africa.
PHOTOS Dov Ber (Berel, Barnett) Ichikovich and his family
DOCUMENT Barnett Ichikovich passport
- Dov Ber and Chana Golda (Yuzent) Itzikovitz/Ichikovich had one child:
- Fanny (Feyga Masha Chaya) Ichikovich was born in Ponevezh (Panevėžys) on 15 January 1922, and emigrated to South Africa in 1927. In Johannesburg, South Africa, she married Issy (Yisroel Eliyohu) Bolel, who was born in Rogeve (Raguva) in 1920, son of Chaim Leyb and Pesha. The Ichikovich and Bolel families had met during World War I, when both families had been expelled from Lithuania into the interior of Russia. Fanny and Issy had two sons. Issy died on 14 January 1990, Fanny on 31 December 1991, both in Johannesburg.
Vichna Itzikovich was born in Trashkun ~1900. On 15 August 1924, she married Eliash Shmit, born in 1885, son of Mendl and Sora Shmit. Vichna, Eliash, and their children were killed in the Holocaust in 1941.
PHOTO Vichna at age 10 with aunt, uncle and cousins (1910)
- The two children of Vichna (Itzikovich) and Eliash Shmit:
- Feyga Shmit, born 7 October 1928 in Ponevezh; killed in the Holocaust in 1941.
- Reyna Shmit, born 19 April 1930 in Trashkun; killed in the Holocaust 1941.
IV. Zussman Itzikovich, later Zussman Kovitz (or Covitz), was born in Trashkun on 4 March 1868. In 1894 he married Brynna/Brayna (Bessie) Rubin, born in Trashkun in 1873. After their two oldest children emigrated to the United States, Zussman emigrated in 1911, followed by Brynna and their remaining five children in 1912. At immigration, Zussman was given the name Jacob Kovitz but never used the name Jacob, and most of his children changed Kovitz to Covitz when they became U.S. citizens. The family settled in Chelsea, Massachusetts. Zussman was a cobbler and bootmaker. Brynna died in 1944, and Zussman died in 1958. (Read about Zussman in Tales from Trashkun.)
PHOTOS Zussman Kovitz with family members
DOCUMENT Passenger list of S.S. Adriatic, showing immigration of Zussman Itzikovich (1911)
DOCUMENT Passenger list of S.S. Laconia, showing immigration of Brynna and five children (1912)
DOCUMENT Zussman Itzikovich application for citizenship (1942)
- Zussman and Brynna (Rubin) Itzikovich, later Covitz, had seven children:
Arthur Covitz was born as Asher Itzikovich in Trashkun in 1892. In 1903 or 1904, he emigrated with his mother's younger sister Esther Ella (Annie in the US) and her husband Shlioma Portnoy (Samuel Paul in the US), and they settled in Chelsea, Massachusetts. He married Sarah (Sadie) Salter, born in Russia in 1897, and the couple had no children. Arthur died in 1957.
PHOTO Arthur Covitz
Joseph Covitz was born as Dov Itzikovich in Trashkun in 1894. He emigrated to the U.S. in 1910, and married Sarah Zaff, born in Massachusetts in 1903. He died in Chelsea, Massachusetts, in 1974. The three children of Joseph and Sarah (Zaff) Covitz:
- Merrill (Meir Leyb) Covitz, born in Massachusetts in 1926, died in Florida in 2004.
- Stuart (Shmuel Yehuda) Covitz, born in Massachusetts in 1929.
- Morton (Moshe Reuven) Covitz, born in Massachusetts in 1938.
Eva Covitz was born as Vichna Itzikovich in Trashkun on 20 November 1899, and emigrated to the U.S. in 1912 with the rest of her family. She married Meir Rosenthal, and died in Boston in 1985.
PHOTOS Young Eva with friend, Eva with her father Zussman
- The four children of Eva (Covitz) and Meir Rosenthal:
- Phillip (Fayvl) Rosenthal
- Julian (Yudel/Yehuda) Rosenthal
- Marjorie Rosenthal (born 1929)
- Betty Rosenthal (born ~1932)
Abraham Kovitz, twin brother of Fannie (below), was born as Nosn Itzikovich in Trashkun on 1 June 1900 and emigrated with his parents in 1912. He married Marion David, born 25 May 1905. Abraham died on 20 October 1977, and Marion died on 25 June 1999. The two children of Abraham and Marion (David) Kovitz:
- Marshall (Moshe Godol) Kovitz
- Sheldon Brian (Shmuel Berl) Kovitz
Fannie Covitz, twin sister of Abraham, was born as Feyga Itzikovich in Trashkun on 1 June 1900 and emigrated with her parents in 1912. In 1931 she married David Melamed. David died in Boston in 1996, and Fannie died there in 1999.
PHOTO Fannie Covitz Melamed
DOCUMENT Fannie Covitz Melamed's application for citizenship (1939)
- The child of Fannie (Covitz) and David Melamed:
- Ina Melamed Kornetsky-Langermann, born 22 November 1932.
Freda Covitz was born as Frida Itzikovich in Trashkun on 17 July 1907, and emigrated with her parents in 1912. She did not marry, and died in Suffolk County, Massachusetts, on 2 September 1993.
Sally Covitz was born in Trashkun as Sora Rivka (Sorifka) Itzikovich on 15 November 1910 and emigrated with her parents in 1912. She married Robert Siegel, and she died in Brockton, Massachusetts, on 11 October 1999. The two children of Sally (Covitz) and Robert Siegel:
- Steven Siegel
- Martin Siegel
PHOTO Friends and relatives bid goodbye to Itzikovich family members emigrating to Canada (Trashkun, 1927).