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Tri-Counties Genealogy & History by Joyce M. Tice
Ukranian Catholic Cemetery, Athens Borough, Bradford County, PA 
Obituaries

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Do You Know that you can search just the Obituaries on the site by using the three County Specific Obituary selections in the Partitioned search engine at the bottom of the Current What's New Page? You can narrow your search by including a key word in the cemetery name or a township name in addition to the surname you search. Then select the Find All Words option. 
You'll also find obituary and other newspaper clippings using Clippings partition. Additional clippings can be found in the Birth, Marriage, and some other partitions. 

Reading a series of obituaries from a single cemetery, as they are presented here, is like reading the multi-generational history of a community. These people were the local populace at a particular time. The people buried here knew each other, were neighbors, relatives and school mates. They attended church together and engaged in "trade" or business. 

All people are listed in alphabetic order by surname at BIRTH. Women identified by a married alias only and  for whom a birth surname can not be identified, are listed on the last page for the cemetery's obituaries. Please send in typed obituaries for people buried in our local cemeteries. If possible include name of newspaper and date. Send typed in your email or in attached Word files. Send to Joyce M. Tice (JoyceTice@aol.com

CAROLINE BALUSKI, 91, a life-long resident of Sayre, Pa., passed away Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at her home. Caroline was born in Sayre on March 25, 1923, the daughter of Stephen and Mary Major Baluski. She was a graduate of Sayre High School and was employed by the Blue Swan in Sayre for many years until her retirement. Caroline was a member of the Ascension of Our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church in Sayre and the International Ladies Garment Workers Union. Surviving are special nephews, Michael and Kevin Guiles and numerous additional nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and cousins.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her siblings, John Baluski in infancy, Katherine Elliott, Anne Baluski, Stephanie Rollo, Nellie Guiles and Rose McShay. A Mass of the Divine Liturgy will be celebrated Monday, September 15, 2014 at 10 a.m. at the Ascension of Our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church, Higgins Avenue, Sayre with the Rev. Teodor B. Czabala Jr., pastor, officiating. Interment will follow in the Ascension Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery, Athens Township, Pa. Arrangements are under the direction of the Alteri-Bowen Funeral Home, 314 Desmond St., Sayre, Pa. –Sayre Morning Times 9/12/2014

BIZILIA - Emma Bizilia Novak, 84, widow of David Novak of 405 North Wilbur Ave. Sayre, Pa., died Friday afternoon, May 16, 2008 at the Robert Packer Hosptial, Sayre, Pa. Born March 25, 1924 in Sayre, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Michael Bizilia and Josephine Fedonecz Bizilia. Emma was a graduate of Sayre High School Class of 1942 where she was an active member of the girls basketball team. Emma and her sister, Margie performed a synchronized swimming routine during the dedication of the Sayre Memorial Swimming Pool. During World War II, Emma was employed in a military defense plant in Horseheads, N.Y. She later enjoyed teaching in a nursery school in Sayre for a number of years. On May 6, 1950 she married David Novak at the Ascension of Our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church in Sayre. She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years on November 29, 2004. Emma was a member of the Church of the Epiphany in Sayre and the former St. Catherine’s Club, Sayre. She loved spending time with her family, cooking and baking wonderful pies that were enjoyed by her family and friends. She is survived by her children, Daniel Novak of Sayre, Diane Martin and her husband Bruce Martin of Northampton, Pa., Paul Novak and his wife Nannette Novak of Katy, Texas, and Mary Jo Cooley and her husband Larry Cooley of Sayre; nine grandchildren, Andrew, Richard and Edward Novak, Kyle and Jill Martin, Alyssa, Michael, Patrick and Emmalee Cooley; sisters-in-law, Helen Bubniak of Sayre, Geraldine Novak of Sayre and Helen Novak of Sayre; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her husband and parents she was preceded in death by her son, David J. Novak on October 23, 2007. The family will receive friends Monday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Alteri-Bowen Funeral Home, 314 Desmond St., Sayre, Pa. A prayer service will be held Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at 9 a.m. at the funeral home followed by A Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. at the Church of the Epiphany, S. Elmer Ave., Sayre, Pa. Interment will follow in the Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery, Athens Twp., Pa. - Sayre Morning Times, 16 May 2008

CALVERIC
                  Helen S. Loving Aunt Age 83 of Elmira, NY died Saturday, August 5, 2000 at  Bethany Manor in Horseheads, NY. Helen, daughter of the late Gregory and Julia Fedchak Calveric was preceded in death by brothers Joseph, Michael and George Calveric along with sisters Mary Kohan and Julia Podolinski. She is  survived by sisters-in-law Eva Calveric of Buffalo, NY, Ann Calveric of Elmira Heights, NY and Katherine Calveric of Sayre, PA; long time friend Ruth Manning  of Elmira; numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.  There  will be no calling hours. Friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Wednesday, August 9, 2000 at 9:30 AM in St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church in Elmira Heights. Burial will follow at the Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery in Athens, PA. The family will provide flowers. Those wishing may make donations in Helen's memory to St. Nicholas Church, 410 E. McCann's Blvd., Elmira  Heights, NY 14903. Helen was a long time and active member of the church. She   was retired from Facet in Elmira Heights after 34 years of service.

CHERESNOWSKY –ANN STYS, 91, formerly of East Street, Sayre, Pa., passed away Friday, Jan. 2, 2015 at the Sayre Health Care Center. Ann was born in Sayre on June 17, 1923, the daughter of Wesley and Sonia Katchmar Cheresnowsky. She was a graduate of Sayre High School class of 1941 and in early years was employed by the Blue Swan Mill in Sayre. Ann was later employed by International Business Machines in Owego, N.Y. for many years until her retirement in 1980. She was a devoted member of the Ascension of Our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church in Sayre, the church choir, St. Catherine's Club, Sacred Heart Society and Roma Madre Lodge No. 1342 Order Sons of Italy. Ann was proud to have achieved and maintained her private pilot's license. She is survived by her brothers and sisters-in-law, Anthony and Betsy Cheresnowsky of Sayre, Wesley and Kathy Cheresnowsky of Broken Arrow, Okla.; sister-in-law, Emily Cheresnowsky of Sayre; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Stys; brothers, Peter and wife Helen Cheresnowsky, John and wife Louise Cheresnowsky, Steven Cheresnowsky; and sisters, Kate and husband Frank Kohan, Mary Templer and Sister Helen Cheresnowsky SSMI. A Mass of The Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015 at the Ascension of Our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church, N. Higgins Ave., Sayre, Pa. Interment will be at a later date in the Ascension Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery, Athens Twp., Pa. Arrangements are under the direction of the Alteri-Bowen Funeral Home, 314 Desmond St., Sayre. There are no calling hours. The family suggests that contributions may be directed to the Ascension of Our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church, 108 N. Higgins Ave., Sayre, PA in Ann's memory. –Towanda Daily Review 1/5/2015

 DRAPER - Geraldine “Jerri” M. Novak, 89,  of Riverside Drive, Sayre, Pa. died Sunday afternoon June 21, 2009 at her home.  Born March 16, 1920 in Sayre, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Lena PEPPARD Draper.  Jerri grew up in West Sayre and attended Sayre High School graduating in 1938.  In her early years Jerri worked as a bookkeeper for Iszard’s DePartment Store in Elmira, N.Y. and later worked in the office of Blue Swan Mills in Sayre.  She married George Novak on Veterans’ Day in 1950. They raised their three sons on Riverside Drive in the home she occupied until her passing.  In her later years, Jerri enjoyed traveling with the Senior Citizens Group around the country and playing Bingo, quite successfully, much to the chagrin of her fellow Bingo players.  Antiquing and refinishing furniture, sewing, shopping and lunching with her many girlfriends were just a few of her hobbies.  She also made the most perfectly shaped and best tasting pierogies in Sayre.  Although Jerri was on oxygen the last nine years of her life, she did not let it slow her down carrying her tank proudly with her on her many trips to the mall and to church and of course, the hairdresser.  Her independence and positive attitude were the envy of all around her.  Jerri will be missed by all the people whose lives she touched.  Displaying grace till the end, as Jerri realized she was dying, she thanked the many nurses and caregivers on the sixth floor of the Robert Packer Hospital who were so kind to her over the past few years.  Jerri is survived by her sons, Michael (Cindy) Novak, Stephen Novak and George (Gen) Novak; two grandsons Dr. Matthew Novak and Jeffrey Novak; sisters-in-law Helen Novak, Helen Bubniak and Doris Draper; special niece Jacquelin (Tom) Dayton; special friends Jean Rowe and Rose Hannis; and many nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her husband George; an infant daughter; brothers Mert, Charles, Harry, Lawrence and Leo; sisters-in-law and brothers-in- law Dorothy Draper and Evelyn Draper, Sam and Kate Murray, Mary Novak, Joe and Eva Calveric, David and Emma Novak, John Novak and Harry Novak.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, June 25, 2009 at 9:30 a.m. at the Church of the Epiphany, 304 S. Elmer Ave., Sayre, Pa. Interment will be in the Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery, Athens Twp., Pa.  There are no calling hours. The family will provide their own flowers. In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to the Sayre Public Library, 122 South Elmer Ave., Sayre, PA 18840 or to the Spalding Memorial Library, 724 South Main St., Athens, PA 18810 or to Guthrie Hospice, One Guthrie Square, Sayre, PA18840 in Geraldine “Jerri” Novak’s memory.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Alteri-Bowen Funeral Home 314 Desmond St., Sayre.  23 June 2009, Sayre Morning Times.

FEDCHAK
Florence Worblewski, 82, Sayre
11/28/2001 Towanda Daily Review
Florence Worblewski, 82, of Sayre, died Monday, Nov. 26, 2001, at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre. She was born June 22, 1919, in Sayre, a daughter of the late George and Rose Murray Fedchak. Florence attended Sayre High School, and in early years was employed by Blue Swan in Sayre. She was later employed by Sylvania Electric for 25 years, and E.I. DuPont in Towanda for 10 years, until her retirement. Florence was a member of the Ascension of Our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church, Sayre. She was devoted to her home and family, and cared for several family members. Florence was a tremendous seamstress and cook and enjoyed gardening. She is survived by two daughters, Donna M. (Gerald) Pedini of Oxford, N.Y., and the Rev. Linda S. Bryan of Clifford, Pa.; six grandchildren, Vincent Pedini of Marathon, N.Y., Michele Caiello of Liverpool, N.Y., Lynette Cole of Conklin, N.Y., Suzanne Townsend of Altoona, Renee Peltz of Warren Center and Roderick Bryan of New York City; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her sister, Irene G. Luchaco, on Nov. 4, 2001; and brother, Philip Fedchak, on July 14, 1997. A Panikhida service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Alteri Funeral Home, 314 Desmond St., Sayre, followed by a Mass of the Devine Liturgy at 11 a.m. at the Ascension of Our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church, South Higgins Avenue, Sayre, with the Rev. Janusz Jedrychowski as celebrant. Interment will be in the Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery, Athens Township. The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. A Panikhida service will he held at 4:15 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. The family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to the Ascension of Our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church, South Higgins Avenue, Sayre, Pa. 18840, or to the charity of one's choice in memory of Florence Worblewski.

 

 

HALUSKA John J. Haluska Jr.

 90, of Sayre, Pa., died Friday, April 22 at ElderWood at Tioga unexpectedly.  He was born July 6, 1920, in Sayre, Pa., the son of the late John Sr. and Anna Materna Haluska.  John worked for the Blue Swan Mills, and later worked for Prudential Insurance Company. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. John enjoyed hunting. He was a member of the Church of the Epiphany, and a past member of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, and a member of the B.P.O.E. Lodge 1148, and Ball-Skerpon Post 773.  He is predeceased by his wife Agnes in 2010, and two brothers, Peter Haluska and Charles Haluska.  John is survived by his sisters, Mary Haluska and Catherine (Daniel) Murray; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 28, at the Church of the Epiphany, 304 S. Elmer Ave., Sayre, Pa., with the Rev. Andrew Hvozdovic officiating. Arrangements are under the care of Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Athens, Pa.  Burial will be in Ukrainian Cemetery in Athens Twp., Pa.  Memorial donations may be made in John's memory to the: Church of the Epiphany, 304 S. Elmer Ave., Sayre, PA 18840.  Towanda Daily Review – April 26, 2011

 

KATCHMIR Charles W. Katchmir
87 of Owego, died Friday, September 24, 2010 at his home in Owego, leaving behind his loving wife of 63 years, Helen Sawka Katchmir. He is also survived by his son, Michael, and  wife, Carol of Spencer, N.Y.; daughter, Patricia Williams and her husband, Doug, of Owego; grandchildren, Robert Combs and wife Lydia of N.C., Carrie Combs of Va., Julie Katchmir-Raufer and husband Colin of Va., and Christopher Williams of Austin, Texas; great-grandchildren, Tyler, Olivia, Michael, Dylan, Payton and Samuel. Charlie loved life and his family, God and his country. He was always proud of being in the Army and serving his country. He loved the earth and all that grew on it. He loved his fellow man. God welcomed him with loving arms. A graveside service will be held Monday, September 27, 2010 at 3 p.m. at the Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery, Athens Twp., with the Rev. Vasile Godenciuc  officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of the Alteri-Bowen Funeral Home, Sayre, Pa. - Sayre Morning Times, September 27, 2010

KOZEMKA Emil Of 129 North Higgins Ave., Sayre, PA, died Friday, October 13, 2006 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, PA. Born in Elmira Heights, NY, he was the son of the late Metro and Helen Zeedock Kozemko. Emil was a graduate of Thomas A. Edison High School in Elmira Heights, NY and also attended Bowling Green University. Emil was employed by the American Bridge Company in Elmira as a foreman with 35 years of service until his retirement. He also was a former Sayre Borough Police officer. Surviving are his wife of 51 years, Sophy Fedchak Kozemko at home; his daughter and son-in-law, Deborah Kozemko Robinson and Brian Robinson of Albany, NY; his sons and daughters-in-law, Mark and Paulette Kozemko of South Waverly, PA, John and Susan Kozemko of Aiken, SC; seven grandchildren; a brother and sister-in-law, Eugene and Gail Kozemko of Elmira, NY; a sister-in-law, Ann Fedchak of Sayre, PA; a brother-in-law, Philip Fedchak of Sayre, PA; an aunt, Julia Kozemko of Elmira, NY; Several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Michael Fedchak. A Mass of the Divine Liturgy will be celebrated on Wednesday, October 18, 2006, at 10 a.m. at the Ascension of Our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church, N. Higgins Ave., Sayre, PA, with the Rev. Vasile Godenciuc as celebrant. Interment will be in the Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery, Athens, Twp., PA. Arrangements are under the direction of the Alteri-Bowen Funeral Home, 314 Desmond St., Sayre, PA. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to the Ascension of Our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church, 110 North Higgins Ave., Sayre, PA 18840, or to the charity or organization of one's choice in Emil Kozemko's memory.

 

LOOMIS George H. Loomis

69, of 130 North East Street, Sayre, Pa., died early Tuesday morning, March 13, 2012 at his home following an extended illness.  George was born in Waverly, N.Y., on August 25, 1942, the son of the late Jack and Helen Saylor Loomis. He was a graduate of Sayre High School class of 1960 and later served in the US Air Force from February 1, 1961 to January 29, 1965 during the Vietnam War.  George was employed by the Ingersoll Rand in Athens for two years and subsequently was employed by the Lehigh Valley Railroad, which later became Conrail. He began working on the railroad as a yard hostler advancing to fireman and then engineer. On June 4, 1980, he married the former Jeanne Ball in Wysox, Pa. George later served as parts manager for Barnes Chrysler Plymouth until declining health no longer permitted him to continue. He was a member of the Ascension of Our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church in Sayre, Skiff-Bower VFW Post No. 1536, Sayre, Sayre Elks Lodge and Ball-Skerpon Catholic War Vets Post. George enjoyed traveling, camping, fishing, hunting and BMX Bike Racing with his children. He also enjoyed drag racing, stock cars, NASCAR and was an avid Boston Red Socks fan.  Surviving are his wife, Jeanne Loomis; children, George N. Loomis of Sayre, Jackie M. Loomis of Sayre, Lauren J. Loomis of Winchester, Va., Mary Carman and husband Steve of Elkland, Pa., Amy Loomis of Elkland, Pa.; grandchildren, Marrissa Loomis and Logan Carman; sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Jack Brotherton of Ione, Calif.; brother, John J. Loomis of Reading, Pa.; brother and sisterin law, Michael J. and Linda Loomis of Sayre; mother-in-law, Joan Ball of Sayre; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Philip Ball, Nick S. and Patti Ball, Susan and David Seck, Joan and Ron Fairlie and Maureen Ball all of Sayre; several nieces, nephews and cousins; lifelong friends, Richard Farr of Waverly, N.Y., and Edward Garrity of Sayre.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his father-inlaw, Nick Ball.  The family will receive friends Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Alteri Bowen Funeral Home, 314 Desmond St., Sayre, Pa. A Para Stas service will be held at 5 p.m. at the funeral home. A Panakhyda service will be held Friday, March 16, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home followed by a funeral service at 10 a.m. at the Ascension of Our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church, North Higgins Ave. in Sayre with the Rev. Teodor B. Czabala Jr. officiating. Interment will follow in the Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery, Athens Twp., Pa., with the Valley Color Guard according full military honors.  Sayre Morning Times – March 14, 2012

 

DAVID NOVAK, 82, of 405 Wilbur Ave., Sayre, died Monday evening, Nov. 29, 2004 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre.  Born Dec. 20, 1921 in Sayre, he was the son of the late Dennis Novak and Paraska “Riscilla” Balash Novak.  David was a graduate of Sayre High School Class of 1939.  Following his graduation from high school, David was employed by a local bakery in Sayre.  He later served in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the European and Pacific Theatres aboard the USS Quincy at Normandy.  On May 6, 1950 he married the former Emma Bizilia an the Ascension of Our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church in Sayre.  David was employed by the Lehigh Valley Railroad in Sayre for 40 years until his retirement.  He was a member 0f the Church of Epiphany in Sayre and the church choir, Ball-Skerpon Post No. 773 Catholic War Veterans, Sayre; and the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America.  He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Emma Bizilia Novak at home; five children, Daniel Novak of Sayre, Diane Martin and her husband Bruce Martin of Northampton, Paul Novak and his wife Nannette Novak of Katy, Texas; Mary Jo Cooley and her husband Larry Cooley of Sayre, and David J. Novak of Sayre.  He is also survived by nine grandchildren, Andrew, Richard and Edward Novak; Kyle and Jill Martin; Alyssa, Michael, Patrick and Emmalee Cooley; two sisters, Eva Calverie of Buffalo, N.Y. and Helen Bubniak of Sayre; two sisters-in-law, Geraldine Novak of Sayre and Helen Novak of Sayre; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and cousins.  He was preceded in death by brothers, John, Harry, Andrew, Samuel and George Novak; and sisters, Katherine Murray and Mary Novak.  The family will receive friends from 6-9 p.m. Thursday evening at the Alteri-Bowen funeral Home at 314 Desmond St., Sayre.  A vigil prayer service will be held Thursday evening at the funeral home.  A prayer service will be held at 9 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 3 at the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 9:30 a.m. at the Church of the epiphany, at S. Elmer Ave., Sayre.  Interment will follow in the Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery in Athens Township with the Valley Color Guard according full military honors.  Towanda Daily Review .

NOVAK - ZUPP
Rose Novak Age 92, of Chemung View Apartments, Athens, PA, and formerly of 206 W. Lockhart St., Sayre, PA, died Wednesday, February 9, 2005, at the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA. Born January 13, 1913 in Newfield, NY, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Frances Ridl Novak. In earlier years, Rose was employed by Remington Rand in Elmira, NY, and later by the Stroehmans Bakery Thrift Store in Sayre. On April 25, 1942, she married Daniel S. Zupp at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church, Elmira, NY, who preceded her in death on December 21, 1996. Rose was a member of the Ascension of Our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church, Sayre, a member of its former St. Catherine's Club, and the Premysl Otakar Czech Club in Newfield, NY. Surviving are her dear sister, Frances Novak Roberts of St. Augustine, FL; two brothers-in-law, Jerry Bezdek of Horseheads, NY, George Zupp of Sayre, PA; sister-in-law, Sue Carter of Montana. She was a loving aunt to numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by brothers, Joseph, Charles, William, Amos and Rudy Novak; a sister, Laura Bezdek; and sisters-in-law, Mamie Zupp and Lena Strayves. The family wishes to thank Carol Wandel, Trudy Smith, Ralph Roloson, Sheila Zulkowski, and Dr. Wattoo and Rev. Paul Guthrie for their gentle care of Rose. A Panikhida service will be held Saturday, February 19, 2005, at 9:30 a.m. at the Alteri-Bowen Funeral Home, 314 Desmond St., Sayre, followed by a Mass of the Divine Liturgy at 10 a.m. at the Ascension of Our Lord Ukrainian Church, N. Higgins Ave., Sayre, PA, with the Rev. Paul Guthrie as celebrant. The family will receive friends Friday from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Alteri-Bowen Funeral Home, 314 Desmond St., Sayre, PA. Interment will be in the Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery, Athens Twp., PA. A Panikhida service will be held Friday at 3:30 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, it was Rose's request that memorial contributions may be made in her name to the Ascension of Our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church, N. Higgins Ave., Sayre, PA, or to Southern Tier Hospice, 11751 East Corning Road, Corning, NY 14830.

 

OLISKY John Olisky

92, of Sayre, Pa., died the morning of July 17, 2013.  He was born on June 12, 1921, the third of nine children born to Wesley and Anna Bubniak Olisky. John was a 1939 graduate of Sayre High School. Upon graduation, he worked at the Blue Swan Mill for a short period before enlisting with the Marines in World War II. He served from 1942 to 1946 in the Pacific Theater on Guam, the Marianna Islands and New Caledonia. After the war, he was employed for 35 years by General Telephone Company retiring in 1984. John married Mary Michaella Finn on May 7, 1955 at St James Church in Waverly. Besides his wife Mary, he is survived by his five children John, Bridget, Margaret and husband John Ayers, Catherine and Thomas. His brother Michael Olisky and sister Josephine Didiuk also survive along with nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters; Sister Rose SSMI (Katherine), Lena, Helen, Rose, Mary and brother Samuel Olisky. He was a communicant of the Ascension of Our Lord Ukrainian Church and he served as an adorer at the inception of the Adoration Chapel at Epiphany Church. John was a devoted husband and father. He was an organic gardener, a happy fisherman and an avid reader.  It is with profound appreciation and gratitude that the Olisky family acknowledges the staff of Guthrie Hospice for their kindness, service and care.  At John's request, there will be no wake. The Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at the Ascension of Our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church in Sayre on Saturday, July 20 at 9 a.m. followed by interment in the Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery, Athens, Pa. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made in John's memory to S.E.R.V.E. Inc., 22 Chiola Lane, Monroeton, PA 18832.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Alteri-Bowen Funeral Home, 314 Desmond St., Sayre, Pa.   Sayre Morning Times – July 19, 2013

 

OLISKY - Lena Oliski, 89, of Needham, Mass., formerly of Sayre, died Saturday, April 12, 2008 at Beth Israel Hospital in Needham. Born March 13, 1919 in Sayre, she was the daughter of the late Wesley Olisky and Anna Bubniak Olisky. Lena was employed as a licensed practical nurse at Marlboro Hospital in Massachusetts and also worked as a private nurse in the Boston area for many years until her retirement. Her life surrounded her family, whom she loved dearly. She was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church in Jamaica Plains, Mass. She is survived by: her brothers, John Olisky and his wife, Mary Olisky, of Sayre and Michael Olisky of Sayre; sisters Rose Olisky and Josephine Didiuk of Needham; nieces Margaret Olisky, Mary Bridget Olisky, Katherine Olisky, Dr. Marry Duffy and her husband, Dr. Andrew Duffy, and Christine Maraganore and her husband, Dr. John Maraganore; nephews John Olisky, Michael Didiuk, John Didiuk, and Tom Olisky; and two grandnieces, Sophia and Alexis. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by: sisters Helen Olisky and Sister Rose Catherine Olisky; a brother, Samuel Olisky; and brother-in-law Dr. John Didiuk. The family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 7-9 p.m. at Alteri-Bowen Funeral Home, 314 Desmond St., Sayre. A panakhyda service will be held Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. A panakhyda service will be held Wednesday, April 16, 2008 at 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home, followed by a mass of the divine liturgy at 10 a.m. at Ascension of Our Lord Ukranian Catholic Church, N. Higgins Ave., Sayre, with the Rev. Vasile Godenciuc, pastor, as celebrant. Interment will follow in Ukranian Catholic Cemetery, Athens Twp. - Sayre Morning Times, 14 April 2008

 

OLISKY - Rose Olisky, 76, of Needham, Mass., formerly of Sayre, died Tuesday, Nov.11, 2008 at her home in Needham.  Born Dec. 13, 1931 in Sayre, she was the daughter of the late Wesley Olisky and Anna Bubniak Olisky. Rose graduated from Whidden Memorial Hospital and worked as a nurse at Robert Packer Hospital, St. Vincent Sisters of Charity and Briarwood Nursing Home among other places until her retirement.  Her life was surrounded her family, whom she loved dearly. She was a member of Christ the King Ukrainian Catholic Church in Jamaica Plain, Mass.  She is survived by her brothers, John Olisky and his wife, Mary Olisky, of Sayre, and Michael Olisky of Sayre; sister Josephine Didiuk of Needham; nieces Margaret Olisky and her husband John Ayers, Mary Bridget Olisky, Katherine Olisky, Dr. Mary Duffy and her husband, Dr. Andrew Duffy, and Christine Maraganore and her husband, Dr. John Maraganore; nephews John Olisky, Thomas Olisky, John Didiuk and Michael Didiuk; two grandnieces, Sofia and Alexis, and grandnephew Samuel.  In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by: sisters Helen Olisky, Sister Rose Catherine Olisky and Lena Oliski; a brother, Samuel Olisky; and brother-in-law Dr. John S. Didiuk.  The family will receive friends Friday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. at Alteri-Bowen Funeral Home, 314 Desmond St., Sayre. A panakhyda service will be held Friday evening at 5 p.m. at the funeral home. A panakhyda service will be held Saturday, Nov. 15, 2008 at 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home, followed by a Mass of the Divine Liturgy at 10 a.m. at Ascension of Our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church, N. Higgins Ave., Sayre, with the Rev. Vasile Godenciuc, pastor, as celebrant. Interment will follow in the Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery, Athens Twp.  RHW.  Sayre Morning Times.

 

PATSY Anne B. Patsy Parente

94, of Waverly, N.Y., died Saturday, September 10, 2011 at ElderWood Health Care in Waverly.  Anne was born in Sayre, Pa., on December 7, 1916, the daughter of the late John and Mary Krowchuk Patsy. In her early years, she was employed by the Blue Swan in Sayre. She was a member of the Ascension of Our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church in Sayre. Anne and her late husband Samuel J. “Sam” Parente were always concerned with the proper care and well-being of animals. For many years, they donated the use of their building on Keystone Avenue in South Waverly to the “The Paw Shop,” which was operated for the benefit of the Stray Haven Humane Society. She especially enjoyed watching the Saturday night polka music and the nightly Mass on television. Anne possessed great love for her home and family especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Anne’s family extends their deepest appreciation to the staff at ElderWood Health Care for their care and concern for Anne.  She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, John M. Parente Sr. and Diane Huminik Parente of Erie, Pa., James P. Parente and Linda Cook Parente of Waverly, N.Y.; three grandchildren, John Parente Jr. and wife Amy, Matthew Parente and wife Ailisa, Robert Gorman and wife Heather; six great-grandchildren, Samuel, John III, David, and Ava Parente, and Ryan and Katharyn Gorman; several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Sam, on May 8, 1999, brother, Mickey Patsy and sisters, Helen and Katherine. The funeral service will be held Friday, September 16, 2011 at 11 a.m. at the Alteri-Bowen Funeral Home, 314 Desmond St., Sayre, Pa. Interment will follow in the Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery, Athens Twp., Pa.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be directed to Stray Haven Humane Society, 194 Shepard Road, Waverly, NY 14892 in Anne’s memory.   Sayre Morning Times – September 13, 2011

 

PETERS - Linda Peters Pelachik, 63, of 81 Pitney St., South Waverly, Pa., and Largo, Fla., died Tuesday, March 2, 2010, at Woodside Hospice in Pinellas Park, Fla., following a lengthy illness. Born Aug. 27, 1946, in Beech Creek, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Ralph and Sarah Wolfe Peters. Linda was a graduate of Bald Eagle Nittany High School, Mill Hall, Pa. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Lock Haven University in mathematics and her Masters Degree in education from Elmira College. Linda taught mathematics at the Athens Area High School for 33 years until her retirement in August of 2001. She served as a class advisor, cheerleading coach, and a leader in developing early computer classes at Athens High School. She was a master woodcarver and was a member of the Catatonk Wood Carving Club and the Sun Coast Wood Carvers Club in Florida. Linda won many blue ribbon and best-of-show prizes at both club competitions. Linda was also a member of the Nittany Lion Club of Penn State and was an avid Penn State football fan. She enjoyed cooking, baking, needlework and spending the winter months in Florida with her husband John and their friends. She is survived by: her husband of 17 years, John Pelachik Jr. at home; her step-son David Pelachik and his wife Karin of Towanda, Pa.; her grandsons Joshua and Joel; her brother Don Peters and his wife Carol of Mackeyville, Pa.; her sister Jane Cross and her husband Bob of State College, Pa.; sisters-in-law Louise Pelachik of Excelsior, Pa., and Mary Petrush of Tuckerton, N.J.; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. In addition to her parents, Linda was preceded in death by her sister, Mary Myers, and brother, Harold Peters. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 13, 2010, at the Alteri-Bowen Funeral Home, 314 Desmond St., Sayre, Pa., with the Rev. Vincent Langan officiating. The family will receive friends from 9-11 a.m. on Saturday at the funeral home. Interment will be in the Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery, Athens Twp., Pa. A memorial service will also be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday, March 15, 2010, at the First Church of Christ, Water and Vesper streets, Lock Haven, Pa., with the Rev. Steve Salmon officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to the American Cancer Society , Bradford Unit, 1948 East Third St., Williamsport, PA 17701-3945, or to St. Agnes School, 102 Third St., Towanda, PA 18848, or to the charity or organization of one's choice in Linda Peters Pelachik's memory. - Towanda Daily Review, Mar.11.2010

 

POLINSKI John Polinski Jr.

94, of 108 Garden St., a life-long resident of Sayre, Pa., joined his wife, his brothers and sisters and the members of his Army platoon in eternal peace on March 14, 2012. A true "East Side Ukie," John was born at the family homestead on Tioga St. in Sayre, the son of John Polinski Sr. and Anna Sagan Polinski. He attended Sayre High School until the Great Depression forced him to leave to assist his family. He received his SHS diploma in an honorary ceremony during the 2009 Graduation in the Lockhart Street Bowl, where he had skated on the pond as a child before the high school was even built.  On June 14, 1941, he married Anna Kachmar at the Ascension of Our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church in Sayre.  In World War II, John was a soldier in the 350th Infantry Regiment of the famed 88th Infantry Division "Fighting Blue Devils." Corporal Polinski served as a Squad Leader in North Africa and Italy and fought in the Liberation of Rome. He was severely wounded in combat when his unit was pounded by German artillery fire as the 88th ID was breaching the Nazi's Gothic Line across northern Italy. Most of the members of his platoon lost their lives in the barrage, and although John lost a leg, he never let it prevent him from enjoying a rousing threestep polka at the dances held in the 1950s at the Higgins Avenue Ukrainian Hall.  Before the war, John was employed as a groundskeeper for the Robert Packer Hospital and by Dr. and Mrs. Donald Guthrie in Sayre. After returning from the service in 1946, John was employed by the Sayre Post Office until his retirement in 1976. John was preceded in death by Anna, his beloved wife of 54 years, on July 26,1995. He and Anna were devoted members and officers in various clubs of the Ascension of Our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church in Sayre. John held life memberships in Skiff- Bower Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1536, Ball-Skerpon Catholic War Veterans Post No. 773 and the Disabled American Veterans Association.  For many years, John also served as a Sayre Fire Policeman and was a Civil Defense Auxiliary Policeman during the early years of the Cold War.  John enjoyed reading, gardening and helping others.  John was frequently well ahead of his time, being an early proponent of organic gardening, vitamins and minerals, holistic and chiropractic medicine, magnetism and home energy efficiency. He was also a gifted and talented woodworker and carpenter, having completed extensive renovations to his home and others around his Garden Street neighborhood over the years. John will be remembered by his family and friends as a man of strong faith and deep devotion to his family, church, community and country. He'll also be remembered for the tremendous inner strength and determination that supported him throughout his long and constructive life.  Surviving are: fine very blessed sons and daughters-in-law: John and Sylvia Polinski of Denver, Colo., Stephen and Sharon Polinski of Miami, Fla., Peter and Diane Polinski of Candor, N.Y., Daniel and Judy Polinski of Sayre, Pa., Paul and Sue Polinski of Red Oak, Texas. 11 wonderful grandchildren: Alicia, Mary Bridget, Leah, Evan, Mark, Adam, Joseph, Stephen, Rachel, Sarah and Christina; three terrific great-grandchildren: Sarah, Drake and Emily; as well as several loving nieces, nephews and cousins.  In addition to his parents and wife, John was preceded in death by a wonderfully close-knit and caring family; brothers, Michael (and Julia) and Steve (and Madeline) and sisters, Mary Cross (and Kenneth) and Eva Macynski (and Frank).  The family will receive friends at the Alteri Bowen Funeral Home, 314 Desmond St., Sayre, Pa., from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 18. APanakhyda service will be held at the funeral home at 4:45 p.m.  On Monday, March 19, a Panakhyda service will be held at the funeral home at 9:30 a.m. followed by a 10 a.m. Divine Liturgy at the Ascension of Our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church in Sayre, with the Rev. Teodor B. Czabala Jr., celebrant. Interment will follow in the Ascension Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery, Athens Twp., Pa., with the Valley Color Guard according full military honors.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be directed to the Ascension of Our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church or the Church's "Flood Relief Fund" at 108 N. Higgins Ave. Sayre, Pa., 18840, or to the charity of choice in John Polinski, Jr's memory.   Sayre Morning Times – March 16, 2012

 

RIDOSH - TYMOSKI
Julia RIDOSH Of Sayre, PA Age 81, wife of Michael Tymoski of 516 S. Keystone Ave.,  Sayre, PA, died Saturday morning, June 24, 2000 at the Highlands  Nursing Care Center in Laporte, PA. Born January 12, 1919 in Elmira Heights, NY, she was a daughter of the late Nicholas and Anna Memchak Ridosh. On October 4, 1941 she married Michael Tymoski. Julia was employed by the Blue Swan in Sayre for 20 years and retired from Ingersoll-Rand, in Athens, after ten  years of service. She was a member of the Ascension of Our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church, Sayre. Julia enjoyed making ceramics, having made many things in their house while taking classes. Surviving are her husband, Michael Tymoski, at home; a sister, Mary Sekella of Elmira Heights, NY; brothers-in-law  and sisters-in-law, George and Mary "Babe" Tymoski of Sayre, Frank Tymoski of Indiana and Joseph and Helen Tymoski of Ohio; several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by a sister, Helen Ridosh; and two brothers, Steve and John Ridosh. The family will receive friends on tuesday evening from 7 to 9 PM at the Alteri Funeral Home, 314 Desmond St., Sayre, PA. A Panikhada  Service will be held on Tuesday evening at 7:00 PM at the funeral home. A Prayer Service will be held on Wednesday, June 28, 2000 at 10:30 AM at the Alteri  Funeral Home, 314 Desmond St., Sayre followed by a Mass of the Divine Liturgy  at 11:00 AM at the Ascension of Our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church, Higgins Ave., Sayre with the Rev. Ivan Mazuryk as Celebrant. Interment will be in the Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery, Athens Township, PA. The family suggests that  memorial contributions be made to the charity or organization of one's own  choice, in Julia Tymoski's memory.

 

SCHUSCO - Mickie Schusco, 93 of South Waverly, Pa. died unexpectedly Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008 at his home. Born Oct. 7, 1915 in Sayre, Pa. he was the son of the late Anthony and Anna Chysichak Schusco.  He was a veteran of WWII having served in the US Army.  On Nov. 24, 1945 he married the former Julia Opar in Jeannette, Pa., who preceded him in death on Nov. 11, 1994.  In earlier years Mickie was employed by Belle Knitting in Sayre, and later employed by Westinghouse Inc. in Horseheads, N.Y. for  24 years until his retirement.  He was a member of  the Ascension of Our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church, Sayre, Skiff-Bower V.F.W. Post No. 1536, Sayre and Ball-Skerpon Catholic War Veterans Post No. 773, Sayre.  Surviving are: sisters-in-law, Kay Zerkowsky and Ann Opar both of Jeanette, Pa.; brother-in-law, Peter Opar and his wife, Jean of Jeanette, Pa.; several nieces, and nephews; good friends Richard and Shirley Rhodes of Sayre, Pa.  In addition to his wife, Julia Schusco, he was preceded in death by, his daughter, Carol Ann on Nov. 24, 1951; his sister, Eva Kercher; and his brother, Mike Schusco.  A Panikhyda service will be held Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008 at 9:30 a.m. at the Alteri-Bowen Funeral Home, 314 Desmond St., Sayre, Pa. followed by a Mass of the Divine Liturgy at 10 a.m. at the Ascension of Our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church, with the Rev. Vasile Godenciuc as celebrant. There are no calling hours. Interment will be in the Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery Athens Twp., Pa. with the Valley Color Guard according full military honors.  RHW.  Sayre Morning Times.

 

SKERPON
Sayre Morning Times February 23, 2007
Jennie Marie Skerpon Terpko, 84, died peacefully on Feb. 22, 2007, surrounded by her only son Thomas, daughter-in-law Karen and her grandchildren Danielle and Alec. She was born in Sayre, Pa., on March 7, 1922 to Ted and Anna Skerpon, and was the sixth of seven children. She is survived by her son “Tom” and sisters Kathyrn Dugan and Anne Lane, Also, her brother Bill (Charolette) Skerpon, Kathyrn Skerpon (John's wife) She was predeceased by her brother's Mike, John and Melvin. Jennie grew up in Sayre, married her high school sweetheart Samuel Terpko from Sayre, then moved to Hialeah, Florida in 1957. Always a devout Ukrainian Catholic, she avidly practiced her faith by becoming a Eucharistic Minister when she and Sam retired to Sebastian, Florida. She was a homemaker while priding herself in her culinary abilities that turned into a successful catering business in Miami. She had an incredible ability to love her large family both individually and collectively. She was a devout grandmother who actively participated in raising her grandchildren. She nourished all who met her with her love, spirituality and culinary abilities. She was a member of the Women's Guild and helped to build a new San Sebastian Catholic Church. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, Feb. 26, 2007 at 9:30 a.m. at the Church of the Epiphany, Sayre, Pa., with the Rev. Andrew S. Hvozdovic, pastor, as celebrant.Interment will be in the Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery, Athens Twp., Pa. The family will receive friends and family at the Alteri-Bowen Funeral Home , 314 Desmond St., Sayre, Pa., from 4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday.In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Vincent DePaul society or other spiritual missions of Gchoice. Submitted by Carol Hoose Brotzman

 

SKERPON Kathryn Irene Skerpon Dugan

98, died in her sleep just three weeks shy of her 99th birthday on April 5, 2012.  She was born on April 27, 1913 to Tytko and Anna Herrick Skerpon and spent most of her entire life in Sayre. She married Edward Dugan, who predeceased her in 1999. Also going before her were brothers, Melvin, Mike, Bill, and John Skerpon and sister, Jennie Terpko. Surviving are children: Bernard (Joan ) Dugan (with their children Bernie and Jennifer (Jeff) Fitzgerald); Mary Ann (Ted) Marks (and her children Mary Kathryn (Kyle) Dappen, Margaret Sheen (Tim DiGiulio) and Emily (Todd) Richards); Michael (Sue )Dugan (and their son, Connor Dugan); David Dugan (and his children: Jill Dugan (Taylor Valone) and Ryan Dugan, presently serving in Afghanistan); as well as 12 great-grandchildren.  She is also survived by a sister Ann E. Lane of Florida and sisters-in-law Charlotte Skerpon and Kate Skerpon, and many nieces and nephews.  She will be remembered most for her cooking and baking abilities as well as for her sewing and needlework talents. As a proprietor, with her husband, of the Chocolate Shop in Sayre in the 50’s, she did all of the cooking and baking for the years they owned it. Later, when Ed was in business at the Sayre Grill, she fixed her famous veal cutlets to sell to the customers. Many bake sales in the Valley area were graced with her lemon meringue or coconut cream pies and sometimes fruit pies, depending on the season; they were often sold before they got to the sale. Many people were also recipients of crocheted afghans and hand towels.  The family will receive friends Monday, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Alteri-Bowen Funeral Home 314 Desmond St. Sayre, Pa. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. at the Epiphany Parish, South Elmer Avenue, Sayre, Pa. Interment will follow in the Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery, Athens Twp., Pa.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be directed to the Epiphany Parish, 304 S. Elmer Ave. Sayre, PA 18840 or the charity or organization of one’s choice in Kathryn’s memory.  Kathryn’s Family would like to express their deepest gratitude to the Personal Care Home of Memorial Hospital in Towanda, Pa. and the Seneca View Skilled Nursing facility in Montour Falls, N.Y. for the outstanding care and compassion bestowed on our loved one.  Sayre Morning Times – April 6, 2012

 

SKERPON - William W. Skerpon, 92, of 670 Stevenson St., Sayre, Pa., died peacefully on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009 surrounded by his loving family.  Bill was born in Sayre on Aug. 22, 1917, the son of the late Titus and Anne HERRICK Skerpon. Bill was a graduate of Sayre Area High School and Lock Haven State Teachers College. While attending Lock Haven, Bill was a boxing standout and placed third in national competition.  Bill served his country during World War Two as a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army in the European, North African and Pacific theaters. He also served as a teacher at Sayre Area High School and retired in 1981 after 25 years of service. In addition to teaching, he coached Sayre Area High School's junior varsity and varsity football, golf and track teams, and he served as the district's athletic director for several years.  On June 28, 1947, Bill married the former Charlotte SMITH at the Church of the Epiphany in Sayre.  Bill was a member of the Church of the Epiphany in Sayre. He was a lifetime member of the Sayre BPO Elks Lodge No. 1148 and the Ball-Skerpon Post No. 773, Sayre, where he served as commander. Bill was also a member of the Skiff-Bower VFW Post No. 1536, Sayre and the former Lifetimer's Club.  An avid golfer, Bill enjoyed his years as a member of the Shepherd Hills Country Club. In his younger years, he also enjoyed bowling and playing softball.  Surviving are his loving wife of 62 years, Charlotte Smith Skerpon; daughters Carmela Pace (Gary) of Baldwinsville, N.Y., and Kathleen Poll (Rick) of Matthews, N.C.; sons William G. Skerpon (Kim Many) of Sayre, David B. Skerpon of Harrisburg, Pa., and Theodore J. Skerpon (Laurie Lincoln) of Camillus, N.Y.; 11 grandchildren: Shelley Pace Tomasic (John), Scott Pace (Marie-Eve), Sean Poll (Sharon), Leslie Poll, Gregg Skerpon, Jennifer Skerpon Orr (Mitchell) and Joseph Skerpon, Andrew and Alyssa Skerpon, and Sarah and Nicholas Skerpon; four great-grandchildren, Taylor and Evan Tomasic, and Jordyn and Rylie Poll; his sisters Kate Dugan and Ann Lane; his sister-in-law Kate Skerpon; and several nieces and nephews. Bill was preceded in death by his brothers Michael, John and Melvin Skerpon and his sister Jennie Skerpon Terpko. Bill was very close to his family and will be sadly missed, especially by his grandchildren who so enjoyed spending time with Papa.  Friends and family may call from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2009 at the Alteri-Bowen Funeral Home, 314 Desmond St., in Sayre. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009 at 9:30 a.m. at the Church of the Epiphany. Internment will be in the Ukrainian Cemetery in Athens Township, Pa., with the Valley Color Guard according full military honors.  The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge No. 1148, Sayre, will hold a memorial service Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Guthrie Hospice, Tomahawk Road, RR 1, Box 154, Towanda, PA 18848

 

SOPRANO Emma D. Soprano Mastracchio

of Sayre, Pa., died  peacefully on Saturday, May 5, 2012 with her family by her side. She was born on May 13, 1923 to the late Louis and Maria DeSisto Soprano of Sayre, Pa. She is survived by her children Maria Mastracchio of Sayre, Joseph Mastracchio and wife Debbie of Millerstown, Pa., Micheline Mastracchio (Marge Krah) of Wildwood Crest N.J., Ann Drury of Newport, Pa.; Gloria Calveric of Sayre and Louis Mastracchio (Doraine "Squeak" Wilkins) of Newport, Pa., and Waverly N.Y.; her daughter-in-law, Brenda Mastracchio, of Newport, Pa.; her grandchildren Emma Calveric, Vanessa Mastracchio, Alicia Mastracchio Imler and husband Brian, Carmon Mastracchio, Ryan, Nicholas and Sabrina Mastracchio, Michael Drury and wife Angel; eight great-grandchildren; sister Irene Muscari of New Mexico; sister-in-law Christine Soprano of Sayre; many special nieces, nephews, and numerous cousins; and longtime family friend Judy Cochi. Emma was preceded in death by her husband Michael, her son Michael Angelo, her sisters Margaret, Esther, and Clara, her brothers Patrick, Robert, and Leonard, and her sons-in-law John M. Calveric and David Drury.

Emma was first and foremost a loving wife and mother who dedicated her life to caring for her family. She was a traveler who made pilgrimages to Lourdes, Fatima, and Medjugorje, as well as visiting many other cities and countries in the world. A lifelong communicant of Epiphany Parish in Sayre, Emma was a member of the Adoration Chapel and the Altar and Rosary Society. Besides raising her children, Emma's proudest accomplishment was in the summer of 1967 when she packed up her husband, seven kids, and the station wagon, put them all on an ocean liner and sailed to Italy. It was there that they spent the entire summer living in Sassinoro and experiencing first hand their family's heritage. Emma loved to cook, and the smell of her signature spaghetti sauce simmering on the stove on Thursdays and Sundays will be long remembered and missed by her family and friends. On any given day you could find Emma attending mass at Epiphany or visiting sick family members or friends at the hospital or in their homes. Emma loved being of good service to her community, and served as a member and officer of the Business and Professional Women's Organization, the St. Joseph's Club, and the Sons of Italy Madre Lodge 1342. Her other passions included watching her beloved New York Yankees play baseball, enjoying classic movies, and attending family parties and events. Emma worked at her husband's side for many years at Mastracchio's Bakery, and somehow managed to simultaneously make the bread and spoil a family of seven children. Emma Mastracchio was full of love, compassion, and enthusiasm for life. Her generous spirit and sense of fun will be sorely missed by all who know and love her.  The family would like to express deep gratitude for the tender care Emma received from Nurse Anja Miller and her colleagues at Guthrie Hospice along with her personal care assistants Iona Cannavino and Mary Jane Forest. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, May 9, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Alteri-Bowen Funeral Home p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. at Blessed Trinity Parish, St. James Catholic Church, Clark Street, Waverly. N.Y. Interment will follow at the Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery in Athens, Pa.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be directed to Epiphany Elementary School, Guthrie Hospice, or the charity of one's choice in Emma's name.  Towanda Daily Review – May 7, 2012

 

SOZANSKI –CATHERINE SOZANSKI CALVERIC, 100, of 101 N. Higgins Ave., Sayre, Pa., passed away Saturday, November 8, 2014 at her home. Catherine was born in Sayre on February 21, 1914, the daughter of Leon and Anna Komarnisky Sozanski. In May of 1934, she married Michael Calveric. Following her husband’s death on March 19, 1948, Catherine became employed by Sayre Lingerie and worked there for many years until her retirement. Catherine was very devoted to her family and looked forward to family gatherings. Her cooking and baking always brought delight to others. Catherine was a life member of the Ascension of Our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church and the Sacred Heart Society in Sayre. Surviving are her daughters; Connie Calveric of Sayre, Mary Helen Jackson of Randolph, N.J., Rita Delaney at home, Michaeline Roeth of Falls Church, Va., daughter-in-law, Gloria Calveric of Sayre, grandchildren, Shoshon Jackson, Lynn Jackson, Kelly Suhoke, Angela Calveric, Emma Calveric, Alexandra Roeth, six great-grandchildren, brother, Nestor (Pat) Sozanski of Buffalo, N.Y., sisters, Pauline McSparron of Athens, Vera (Floyd) Tobias of Florida, Virginia (Jim) Raftis of Owego, N.Y., sister-in-law, Ann Calveric of Elmira, N.Y., numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents and husband Catherine was preceded in death by her daughter, Diane 0. Calveric on March 10, 2004, son, John M. Calveric on April 10, 2004, infant granddaughter, Anna Maria Calveric on September 17, 1994, brothers, Rev. Myron Sozanski C.S.S.R. and Walter Sozanski and sisters, Julia Stromick and Mary Reese.  A Panakhyda service will be held Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 10 a.m. at the Alteri-Bowen Funeral Home, 314 Desmond St., Sayre, followed by a mass of the Divine Liturgy at 10:30 a.m. at the Ascension of Our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church, Higgins Ave., Sayre, Pa., with the Rev. Teodore B. Czabala Jr. as celebrant. Interment will follow in the Ascension Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery, Athens Township, Pa. The family suggests that contributions may be directed to the Ascension of Our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church, 110 N. Higgins Ave. Sayre, PA in Catherine’s memory. –Sayre Morning Times 11/9/2014

 

SOZANSKI - Julia Sozanski Stromick, widow of Wesley Stromick of 212 N. Thomas Ave., Sayre, Pa., died Thursday, June 28, 2007, following a courageous battle with Parkinson's disease. Born in Sayre, she was the daughter of the late Leon and Anna Komarnisky Sozanski. On May 14, 1948, Julia married Wesley Stromick. She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years on Jan. 6, 1999. Julia's main interest in life encompassed her home, family and church. She possessed great love for her children and grandchildren and loved cooking and listening to polka music. Julia was a devoted member of The Ascension of Our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church in Sayre. Surviving are: her children, Christine, Marcus, Jean, Donna, Carl, Patricia, David, Lisa and Victor; her grandchildren, Matthew, Alicia, Lindsay, Andrew and Elizabeth; her sisters, Catherine Calveric of Sayre, Pauline McSparron of Athens, Vera Tobias and her husband, Floyd, of Sayre, and Virginia Raftus and her husband, Jim, of Owego, N.Y.; her brother, Nestor Sozanski and his wife, Patricia, of Ohio; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her husband and parents she was preceded in death by her brothers the Rev. Myron Sozanski, C.S.S.R. and Walter Sozanski, and her sister Mary Reese. The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Alteri-Bowen Funeral Home, 314 Desmond St., Sayre. A Panakhyda service will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. A prayer service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday, July 2, at the funeral home followed by a Mass of the Divine Liturgy at 10 a.m. at The Ascension of Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church, North Higgins Avenue, Sayre, with the Rev. Vasile Godenciuc, pastor, as celebrant. Interment will follow in the Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery, Athens Township, Pa. The family suggests that memorial contributions be directed to The Ascension of Our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church, 110 N. Higgins Ave., Sayre, Pa. 18840, in Julia Sozanski Stromick's memory.  Published in the Daily Review on 6/29/2007.

STADNICK - Active in the Ukrainian Catholic Church.  Margaret Helen Stadnick Kowalewicz, 71, of 107 Garden St. Sayre, Pa. died Sunday, June 28, 2009 at the Bradford County Manor in West Burlington Township, Pa.  Margaret was born at home in Sayre on April 7, 1938 the daughter of Joseph and Julia MOTYKA Stadnick.  On October 17, 1964 she married Wasyl “Wes” Kowalewicz at the Ascension of Our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church in Sayre.  She was preceded in death by her husband on March 16, 1994.  Margaret’s main interest in life encompassed her home and family.  In early years, she was very active in community and civic affairs.  Margaret was a communicant of the Ascension of Our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church and was a member of  the St. Catherine’s Club.  She is survived by her daughters Lisa Montgomery and her husband Robert Daniel Montgomery of Hampton, Va., Julie Kowalewicz and her fiancé Les Palumbo of Sayre; grandchildren Anna and Matthew Montgomery and Linsey Palumbo; brother-in-law, John Polinski of Sayre; sister-in-law, Marie Kachmar of Greenbrook, N.J.; and several nieces and nephews.  In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by her sisters, Mary Carr and Anna Polinski and brother, Steven Kachmar.  A memorial mass will be celebrated Friday, July 3, 2009 at 11 a.m. at the Ascension of Our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church in Sayre with the Rev. Vasile Godenciuc, pastor as celebrant.  Interment will be in the Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery, Athens Township, Pa. There are no calling hours. Arrangements are under the direction of the Alteri-Bowen Funeral Home 314 Desmond St. Sayre, Pa. The family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 2680, North Canton, OH 44720 in Margaret’s memory.  1 July 2009, Sayre Morning Times

STROMICK Kate Stromick
97, of 130 North Higgins Ave. Sayre, PA died
Sunday evening, November 21, 2010 following declining health. Born March 4, 1913 in Sayre, PA she was the daughter of the late Andrew and Anna Bil Stromick. Kate was employed by the Blue Swan in Sayre for over 30 years. She was a member of the Ascension of Our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church in Sayre, the church choir and St. Catherine’s Club. Surviving are her four nieces Christine Mack, Donna Hazelton, Patricia Stromick, Lisa Marrone; a nephew and his wife Marcus and Jean Stromick; several great nieces and great nephews. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Maykovich and three brothers, Michael, John and Wesley Stromick. The family will receive friends Wednesday morning, November 24, 2010 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Alteri-Bowen Funeral Home 314 Desmond St. Sayre, PA. A panakhyda service will be held at 11:30 a.m. at the funeral home followed by a Mass of the Divine Liturgy at 12 p.m. (noon) at the Ascension of Our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church, N. Higgins Ave. Sayre with the Rev. Vasile Godenciuc, pastor as celebrant. Interment will follow in the Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery, Athens Twp., PA.  Sayre Morning Times - November 23, 2010

SYPNIEWSKI ANGES E. "PEG" KOCHIN
Agnes E. "Peg" Age 82, of Sayre, PA, died Thursday, March 29, 2007, with her two sons at her side. Born December 29, 1924, Horseheads, NY, the daughter of the late John and Emila Sypniewski. Peg married her husband, Anthony Kochin on September 4, 1954 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Elmira, NY. She was previously employed at the Westinghouse, Horseheads, NY. She was a clerk in the Grind Department at the Ingersoll-Rand, Athens, PA, for 22 years. She retired from the IR in 1982. She was an avid supporter of the Randettes- IR Club. She was inducted into the Penn York Valley Women's Bowling Association Hall of Fame and won the NIBC National Senior Title Class C in 1986 in Las Vegas. She was a member of the Epiphany Church and choir and the Skiff-Bower Post 1536, VFW Women's Auxiliary, Sayre, PA. She is predeceased by her spouse, Anthony Kochin; siblings, Samuel Sipka, Eleanor Wands, Irene Osman, Stella Bartlett, and Helen Kaul. She is survived her two sons, Mark Kochin, Sayre, PA, and Brian Kochin and Sharon Mulhern-Sowl, Sayre, PA; grandchild, Cuyler Kochin, Sayre, PA; siblings, Edward Sipka, Sun Lakes, AZ, Richard and Ann Sipka, Horseheads, NY, Sophie Tarntino, Elmira, NY, and Theresa Spallone, Horseheads, NY; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends and family may call Monday, April 2, 2007, at the Jay E. Lowery Funeral Home, Inc., 225 South Main Street, Athens, PA, from 6-8:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, at the Church of the Epiphany, Elmer Avenue, Sayre, PA, at 9:00 a.m. with Father Andrew Hvozdovic officiating. Burial will be in the Ukrainian Cemetery, Athens Township. Memorial donations may be made in her name to the Bradford County Manor Activities Fund, RR3 Box 322, Troy, PA 16947; St. Joseph's Hospital Rehab Facility, 555 E. Market Street, Elmira, NY 14901, or a charity of one's choice.

 

WOROBLEWSKI Helen Burlingame

92, of 106 Garden St., Sayre, Pa., died Sunday, December 11, 2011.  Helen was born in Sayre, Pa., on November 28, 1919 the daughter of Martin and Tkela Sardinski Woroblewski. She was a member of the Epiphany Parish in Sayre and the Altar and Rosary Society.  Helen was a member of the former Women’s Democrat Club.  Surviving are her daughters and sons-in-law, Patricia and Donald Davies of Sayre, Phyllis and Lynn Rea of Owego, N.Y.; grandchildren, Debra Twigg and Tracy Keener, Elizabeth Babcock and her husband, Jeffery, Justin Rea and his wife Lisa, Matthew Rea and his wife Susan; great-grandchildren, Taylor and Nicholas Twigg, Lucy and Colin Rea, Elysia Rea, Jameson and Jonathan Babcock; several nieces and nephews.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by husbands, Philip Derrig and Charles Burlingame; sister, Katherine Sosnoski; and brothers, Michael and Anthony Woroblewski.  Funeral services will be private. There are no calling hours.  Interment will be in the Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery, Athens Twp., Pa.  The family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to the National Library Service for the Blind, Office of the Director, 1291 Taylor St. NW, Washington, DC 20542 in Helen Burlingame’s memory.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Alteri-Bowen Funeral Home, 314 Desmond St., Sayre, Pa.    Sayre Morning Times – December 13, 2011   

 

? STRAYVES CATHERINE
Funeral services for Mrs. Catherine Strayves , Riverside Drive , Sayre were held this morning at 8:30 at the Alteri Funeral Home in Sayre and at 9 o’clock at the Church of the Ascension of Our Lord , Ukrainian Catholic Church.  Rev. Myron Piekon , pastor , celebrated the requiem mass. Burial was in the Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery.  Pallbearers were Anthony Skerpon , Richard Strayves, Donald Strayves, Thomas Valilee , all grandsons ; Daniel Zupp and Andrew Bobick Jr.  Para Stas was conducted at the funeral home at 7:30 last evening by Father Piekon. St. Catherine’s Club was led in the recitation of the rosary by Mrs Ann Styes and Miss Sophie Zaborney. There were many Mass card and floral tributes ( note on page Oct 1971)
 

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