Christina Kyj Pluta, beloved wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend, passed away on Sept. 6, surrounded by her family. Chris had a dynamic, gregarious personality and delighted in engaging friends and strangers alike in conversation.
Father Joseph Szupa R.I.P. — The Very Reverend Joseph T. Szupa, 51, suddenly fell asleep in the Lord, Sunday, July 10. He had just concluded the 11 a.m. Divine Liturgy at the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Philadelphia, where he served as rector since July 1, 2015.
Father Szupa, a native of Chester, PA, was one of five children born to the late Andrij and Eva (nee Hrebinec) Szupa on May 12, 1965.
He received his elementary education at Holy Ghost Ukrainian Catholic School, Chester, PA; in the fall of 1979 he entered St. Basil Preparatory School in Stamford, CT. After graduation in 1983, and sensing a call to the priesthood, he enrolled in St. Basil’s College Seminary to prepare for ordination.
He completed his undergraduate studies at The Catholic University of America where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy while a seminarian at St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Seminary, Washington, D.C. He continued his matriculation at The Catholic University of America and was awarded a Bachelor of Sacred Theology degree and completed the program of priestly formation at St. Josaphats Seminary.
On Sept. 20, 1992, Father Joseph was ordained a priest in the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception by Metropolitan-Archbishop Stephen Sulyk. The newly-ordained Father Szupa celebrated his Divine Liturgy of Thanksgiving in his home parish, Holy Ghost Ukrainian Catholic Church, Chester, PA.
After ordination, Father Joseph was assigned parochial vicar of the Cathedral parish and also served at St. Andrew in Philadelphia. He also served the faithful in the following New Jersey parishes: St. Nicholas, Passaic; St. Nicholas, Rutherford; St. Vladimir, Elizabeth; and Immaculate Conception, Hillside.
He held the following archieparchial positions: chancellor, member of the college of consultors, member of the archieparchial corporation, member of the presbyteral council, member of the finance council, protopresbyter of the New Jersey deanery, advocate in the tribunal. He also was secretary of the Board of Directors of Ascension Manor, Inc.
Father Joseph is survived by brother Stephen Szupa of Woodlyn, PA, sister Joanne Balandiak and her husband, Peter of Woodlyn, PA; nieces Dawn Marie Mastella, Kaitlyn Elizabeth Szupa, Dana Marie Gaffney; and nephews Kristopher Michael Szupa, and Andrij J. Balandiak. Father Joe is also survived by four great-nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers Michael and Peter.
His body will lie in repose tomorrow (July 14) evening at the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 827 N. Franklin St., Philadelphia from 5:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. . Priestly Parastas will be sung at 7 p.m..
On Friday morning, his body will lie in repose in Holy Myrrh-Bearers Eastern Catholic Church, 900 Fairview Road, Swarthmore, PA from 10 a.m. until the celebration of the Divine Liturgy at 11 a.m. by Metropolitan-Archbishop Stefan Soroka and his brother priests.
Burial will follow at Lawn Croft Cemetery in Linwood, PA.
Father Joseph Szupa R.I.P.
Gloria Thielking (nee DelBruno) of Havertown died July 8 from serious injuries sustained in a fall at her home on July 6.
She was 80.
Gloria was a long-time volunteer and a former Vice President of Friends of the Grange. She sustained the mansion tours during a period when there were few guides, she oversaw rental events, orchestrated several teas and other social activities at the Grange, and, of course, was a decorator extraordinaire famous for her fabulous bows.
She was a member of the Red Hatters Society, The Rosary Guild at Annunciation BVM, The Annunciation Dine Around group, and the Needlecrafters group at St. Laurence.
Gloria was the beloved wife of the late Stanton Thielking. She was the loving mother of Gloria (Robert Napper) Thielking, Eric (Tracey Bunker) Thielking, Frances (John) Mahoney, Michelle Long Thielking; the loving grandmother of Michael and Brian Long; the dear sister of Frances M. Eidell, Rosemarie V. Jarman.
A viewing will be 6-9 p.m.., Wednesday, July 13, at Donohue Funeral Home, 3300 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square, PA 19073.
A funeral mass will be 10:30 a.m., Thursday, July 14, Annunciation BVM, 401 Brookline Blvd, Havertown, 19083.
Burial will be at Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery in Marple.
Gloria Thielking R.I.P.
Margaret Lozinak Lawrence 1924-2016 — Margaret Jane Lozinak Lawrence, a 54-year resident of Springfield, Pa., died June 10 at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She was 92.
She was described by those who knew her best as the kindest, most loving and gentle person they had ever known. She was always willing to lend a helping hand to those in need.
Mrs. Lawrence was born in Eckley, Pa., to Michael and Catherine Lozinak. Michael was a coal miner. She was one of 10 children.
Mrs. Lawrence enrolled in the nursing program in the Old Blockley at Philadelphia General Hospital (PGH) after graduating from Foster Township High School. She always felt that Blockley was the best nursing school in America. Her inspiration was her older sister Mary “Mame” Lozinak who served as a nurse in World War II and would make a career of the military.
After graduating from PGH, Mrs. Lawrence joined the U.S Army’s Nurse Corps. She served in the Korean War with the 11th Evacuation Hospital. A quote from her is inscribed on one of the pillars at the Delaware County Veterans Memorial in Newtown Square. She was among the recipients of the 2015 Delaware County Freedom Medal and participated in the inaugural Philadelphia Veterans Day parade, last fall.
Mrs. Lawrence returned to Philadelphia and continued nursing at the city’s Veterans Administration Hospital. She married William Lawrence in 1959 and became a full-time mom to three boys, William II, Robert and Christopher. She returned to nursing part-time when her sons started school, first at the Philadelphia VA, then at Bishop Nursing Home in Media.
In 1992, she gave up her nursing career to become office manager of the family business, the Garnet Valley Press, a job she held until 2008.
She enjoyed taking long walks with her dog, Peewee, and helping her son William make wine.
During her three-week hospital stay, her biggest concerns were celebrating her granddaughter Miranda’s birthday and a Father’s Day party for her husband. She had a joy for life, her mind was great until the end and her last words were literally laughter.
She is survived by her husband and sons; her daughter-in-law Cynthia;, her grandchildren, Anthony, Miranda, Kyley and Skyler; sisters Elsie and Dorothy; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be 9:30 a.m., Friday, June 17, at Holy Myrrh-Bearer’s Church, 900 Fairview Road, Swarthmore, PA 19081 with a service to follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Holy Myrrh-Bearer’s.
Margaret Lozinak Lawrence 1924-2016
He was 87.
An excellent obituary which details his courage and dignity can be found at Stars and Stripes here.
Fred Cherry R.I.P.
Mr. Heider was born in Passaic, N. J. He was the son of the late William and Ruth Heider (nee Bonnema).
He was a proud 1st Lieutenant in the New Jersey National Guard. He was employed as an engineer and product manager for AT&T, launching telephone prototypes. He had a great sense of humor, a big heart and loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He was a swimming official for his daughters’ swimming careers with PCY Dolphins.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Marilyn (nee Kole), his children Jennifer Berenyi (Norbert), Melissa Companick (John), and Alison Lavery (Billy), his grandchildren Isabella, Julianna, Liam, Alyssa and Ryan, his siblings Anna Dolack (the late David), Ellen Mitro (John), Ruth Cabral and Richard Heider (Linda), and many nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit the family 10-11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 2, at The Donohue Funeral Home, 3300 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square, PA followed by a memorial service.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 150 Monument Road, Suite 100, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004.
William Heider R.I.P.
Tom Bergbauer R.I.P.
He was 67.
Mr. Smith was a life-long member of Mt. Union Lutheran Church, belonged to the Pennsylvania Coal Association, and served on the Board of the Commonwealth Foundation.
He is survived by his mother, Esther (Brown) Smith, of Indiana; loving wife, Saundra R. “Saundy” (Shea) Smith, whom he married June 8, 1968; son, Domingo Smith and wife, Laura, of Erie; daughters, Malinda Oesterling and husband, Matthew, of Shelocta, Allison Ball and husband, Eric, of Dixonville, Jessica Smith, of Shelocta, Lupita Smith, of Indiana, Daisy Smith, of Shelocta, and Kimberly Brown and husband, Timothy, of Shelocta; grandchildren, Ethan, Abigail, Ezra and Aiden Oesterling, Elijah Smith, Adam and Alexandra Ball, and Logan and Kamden Brown; brothers, Raymond Smith and wife, Nancy, of Allison Park, and Randall Smith and wife, Sandy, of Shelocta; and sister, Karen Aune and husband, Alan of Anoka, MN.
Mr. Smith grew up on a farm in Armstrong County which is still his home today. The Elderton High School Class of ’65 graduate had to forego college to take care of it for his terminally ill father. After he married his high school sweetheart, Saundy, who had gone on to college to become a teacher, he worked the farm in the day and ran heavy machinery in a coal mine in the evenings.
He worked this way for 11 years noting he was a member in good standing with United Mine Workers of America for a bit of that time and that he was going to enjoy their reaction when he started collecting a partial pension from them.
He went into the coal business for himself in the early ’80s. He described the difficulties he had in getting a loan and how he had to mortgage his home to get the capital to rent heavy equipment, which was by the month.
He succeeded and expanded and reached the point where his companies employed 130 people and annually took more than a million tons of coal from the ground.
He sold the companies in 2010.
Mr. Smith, who was a Democrat, for most of his life became involved in politics because he feared for his children’s future due to the policies being pursued by those now running things notably of a fiscal nature.
“Can you imagine a family going for 1,000 days without a budget?” he said at an event in 2012. “I can’t look young people in the eye knowing what my generation was responsible for,” he said.
The family will receive friends from 7-9 PM on Monday, October 19, 2015 and from 2-4 and 7-9 PM on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at the Smith Complex, 2340 Smith Rd., Shelocta, PA.
Additional visitation will be from 10 AM until the time of funeral services at 11 AM on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at Mt. Union Lutheran Church, 1051 Girty Rd., Shelocta, with the Pastor Joyce Dix-Weiers officiating.
Interment will follow in Mt. Union Lutheran Cemetery.
Contributions can be made in Tom’s honor to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, 1275 York Avenue, New York, NY 10065 or Mt. Union Lutheran Church, 1051 Girty Rd., Shelocta, PA 15774.
Tom Smith R.I.P.
John M. Roman, journalist extraordinaire, died last week. He was 73. John worked for the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin and the Delaware County Daily Times. He was the author of the mystery novel “Ink in His Blood” set in Philadelphia.
John was likely the first journalist who gave extensive coverage to Nicholas Yarris, who spent 21 years on death row for a rape-murder in Upper Chichester before being exonerated by DNA tests.
Phil Heron, his editor at the Times, has written a touching tribute.
When I walked into the Delaware County Daily Times newsroom here in beautiful downtown Primos for the first time back in 1982, one of the first people I met was John Roman. He stuck out his hand and offered a hearty welcome to the new guy who was shaking in his boots as he braced himself for the challenge of being the dayside city editor at the Daily Times.
Update: All services for John will be Friday morning, Sept. 9, at Sacred Heart Church in Manoa, 105 Wilson Ave. Havertown, PA 19083 Visitation is 9:45 to 10:45 followed by Mass.
John Roman R.I.P.
Harvey Pollock, basketball stat man extraordinaire, died June 23 at the age of 93. He loved basketball and people and had not a snobbish bone in his body.
We knew him as a friend.
Harvey Pollock R.I.P.