Hello, jkrywko -
I realize your message is now over 11 years old. My great-grandfather was Joseph Kowlik. My great aunts were the "youngest children were put into a Benedictine orphanage." My great-grandmother was Angela (Nelly) Kwolik who died on November 17, 1914.
I'm re-starting a lot work on family heritage.
Of course, I would love to connect with your friend - we are relatives. Feel free to have them contact me directly.