This coming Saturday will be the 47th anniversary of my great grandfather passing away. Panko Hruszczak left his parents and his homeland when he was just a teen. He came to
, traveling in steerage,
hoping for a better life. America
He settled in Coatesville,
where he met and married Bessie Matys. He worked in the steel mill for most of
his life. He and Bessie raised a large family here. Their second son, Joseph,
is my grandfather. Chester County
His obituary reads:
Panko Hruszczak (Ruczhak), 75, of
274 New St.,
Coatesville, died at his home Thursday afternoon. He had been in failing health
for four years.
Hruszczak, who was the husband of Bessie Matys Hruszczak, was born in
and had resided in Coatesville for 35 years after coming to this country as a
young man. Austria
He had retired from Luken’s Steel Co. approximately 11 years ago where he was employed in the die shop of central maintenance for 15 years. He was formerly employed by Bethlehem Steel Co.
Hruszczak was a member of the Holy Ghost Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Coatesville.
Surviving besides his wife are five sons: Joseph Ruczhak, Theodore Ruczhak, Nicholas Ruczhak, Paul Ruczhak, and Peter Ruczhak, all of Coatesville; and four daughters: Katherine, wife of Chester Wiker, of Coatesville; Mary, wife of Michael Senn, of Drexel Hill; Helen, wife of Jack Prybylinski of Chester; and Ann, wife of Jack Peazzoni of Downingtown. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Daily Local. (
28 December 1968. West Chester, PA
Sunday’s Obituary is a genealogical prompt of GeneaBloggers.
© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2015