OBIT: Rose Mary (Humenik) Ursiak, 96, of Ford City

Rose Mary (Humenik) Ursiak, 96, of Ford City (Manor Township) was born into eternal life on Sunday, March 11, 2018.

Rose was born in Ford City, Pennsylvania on August 28, 1921 to Michael (Matej) Humenik and Frances (Frantiska) Vatos-Vosarik, both of Hrabova, Slovakia.

She was a member of the Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Ford City where she attended Holy Trinity Parochial School. She played guitar in the school band. She was a member of the Ford City High School class of 1940.

She married Paul Ursiak on June 22, 1946. She joined his parish, St Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Church of Ford City.

Rose worked at Pittsburgh Plate Glass Ford City Works. With her husband Paul, Rose owned and operated the Sportsman Bar and Restaurant on South Jefferson Street in Kittanning for 7 years from 1954 to 1961.

Rose was a dedicated wife, mother, and grandmother. Her pastimes included volunteering, gardening, crocheting, learning culinary techniques, and reading. She followed current events and national affairs.

She was a lifelong member of the Jedonta First Catholic Slovak Union of America, Brand 200 KJ Sacred Heart of Jesus Society, in Ford City.

In her parish she belonged to the rosary prayer group, and Ladies Guild at St. Mary’s Ukrainian Church. She enjoyed volunteering and cooking for church projects, fundraisers, funeral dinners, and bake sales. She was a “pirohi worker,” who took part in the church’s homemade pierogies fundraiser, which was inducted in the Ford City Hall of Fame.

Rose was a leader in the Heilman Church 4-H Club at Emmanuel Heilman Lutheran Church and was awarded the 4-H Gold Cover Pin for ten years volunteer service.

Of Hungarian noble birth, she is the descendant of the 13th century The Barons Hrabovsky de Hrabova, freeman nobles and barons and the 15th century Turcanyi clan, Royal Servants to the King Nobles and barons. She is inherited the aristocratic titles, Gracious Lady and Baroness, which confer upon her descendants in perpetuity.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, infant brothers John and Andrew, brothers Joseph, Charles, and Frank, and sisters Mary (Mora), Ann (Battaglia), and Elizabeth.

She is survived by five brothers and sisters, Josephine, Paul, Albert, Steve, and Margaret (Boback). Her children Mary Lynn (Frey) of Lancaster, PA, Gerianne Lee Ursiak of Ford City, and Dr. Michael Ursiak of Silver Spring, MD, and her grandchildren Anna Marie Frey and Elizabeth Marie Frey of Lancaster, PA.