The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Obituaries

December 28, 2013

Ann Mazur

LILLY — MAZUR – Ann, 96, Lilly, made her transition Dec. 25, 2013, at UPMC Altoona. From her fourth-grade geography book, she found a desire for travel when she first saw the photos of Eskimo children and children of other lands. As an adult, Ann traveled to many of those places on a yearlong trip around the world, and many shorter trips during her long life. Her destinations included Iceland and Greenland in the north and Tierra del Fuego and Antarctica, to the south, many counties in South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and islands in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Highlights of her travels included sailing down the Amazon River and visiting a Brazilian jungle village, the ruins of Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom in Cambodia, and the Taj Mahal in India. She walked among rare animals in the Galapagos Islands. She sailed on the Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary. She had fulfilled her childhood wish to travel extensively. School was always significant in Ann’s life. Having been a frail child, she began first grade a year late. Despite Ukrainian being her first language, she was double promoted from second to fourth grade. Opting out of 10th grade, Ann entered business college in New York City, graduating two years later. Her career took her to Wall Street, where she was secretary to an executive vice president of National City Bank. Also significant in Ann’s life was chronic poor health that caused early retirement. Pneumonia and rheumatic fever resulting in lung and heart problems plagued her throughout adulthood. Despite all, she traveled extensively, took additional college courses, and did volunteer work in New York City hospitals. Perhaps most significant was her 20 years of devoted caregiving to our parents, Anna and Michael Mazur Sr., for which we siblings are eternally grateful. In addition, we are grateful for the dedicated care provided by Alice and Mike so that Ann’s desire for independent living could be honored and made safe and comfortable. Having completed her earthly journey, Ann leaves her sister, Mary Smilank, and brothers, Stephen (Karen), Michael Jr. (Alice) and John, as well as Mary’s and Stephen’s children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Ann’s time among us has ended, but our memories are filled with her thoughtfulness, her dedication to family and friends, her love of our country and her strong desire to make the world a better place. Her reader’s forum letters are legion. We would be remiss if we failed to mention her love of hats that always crowned her inherent excellent taste in attire. She was a beautiful woman. Bon voyage, Ann. Heaven’s gate is open and angels are there to welcome you. Friends received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at Serenko-Claar Funeral Home, PC, Portage, where Parastas will be sung at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at SS. Peter & Paul Byzantine Church, Portage, Father James Spontack, celebrant. Committal, St. Brigid’s Cemetery, Lilly.

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