After finishing primary school, Marianna Rębelska (Manterys) graduated from the one-year agricultural school in Mieszków. She was bright, cheerful and witty – her father (Stanisław Manterys 18-9-1874 – 1946) said she had a lawyer’s mind. Like her siblings, she read books in her spare time, which her father had won as a prize at an agricultural exhibition.
After marrying Andrzej Rębelski in 1929 in Radzymin (where her father purchased 21 acres), she helped her mother and younger siblings by taking farm products to them in Warsaw. The family lived there in difficult material conditions (her mother and Julianna worked sporadically, brother Mieczysław was in the army, brother Dobrosław worked, sisters Irena and Zofia were at school – all of them in a small room with kitchenette and no amenities). Before that the whole family lived in Radzymin, before and after Maria became married, who during World War II in 1944 was forced to leave home with her three children because of military activities there.
Her husband Andrzej was at that time taken by the Germans to forced labor in a factory in The Hague. He survived the heavy bombardment by the Allies. After the entry of American troops he stayed in a hospital. He returned in November 1946. The farm was destroyed during the hostilities – partly by fire, later by fighting which lasted several months (during the Russian advance on Warsaw in January 1945). The beautiful garden maintained under the supervision and design of uncle Wojciech Żurek had been destroyed and cut down. After the hostilities had ceased the house was repaired as best they could and the family continued to live there, but the farm was never brought back into production. After her husband’s death in 1981 Marianna, because of poor health, could no longer remain there. She left in 1982. She convalesced at her daughter Barbara’s in Kraków and daughter Anna’s in Warnów. She died in Warnów on 1 June 1984 and is buried in Radzymin.
Biography by Zofia Manterys (20-9-1915 – 28-9-2012) based on information from Marianna Urbańska (Manterys) in approximately 1978; Stanisława Dąbkowska (Manterys) (18-9-1897 – 18-12-1978) between 1975 and 1978; Marianna Manterys (Manterys) 13-11-1899 – 28-4-1980 in approximately 1976