Dorothy Mae Lozinak Hayer RN

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Dorothy Mae Lozinak Hayer, RN, formerly from Eckley and Freeland, and until recently a resident of Wilkes-Barre, fell asleep in the Lord on Saturday morning, May 12, 2018, in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, following a brief illness.

Born July 11, 1937, in Hazleton, she was a daughter to the late Michael and Catherine Kushner Lozinak.

She was educated in the Freeland area schools, and later furthered her education toward her vocation by graduating from the former Philadelphia General Hospital School of Nursing. Mrs. Hayer worked as a registered nurse for her entire professional career. Her employment included work in pediatric nursing in the maternity ward of the former St. Joseph's Hospital in Hazleton; psychiatric nursing at the White Haven Center, White Haven; and, until her retirement, she was employed by the Weatherwood-Carbon County Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center as both a registered nurse and as a registered nurse assessment coordinator (RNAC). Following her formal retirement from duties, Mrs. Hayer continued in her ministry and maintained working per diem in nursing until a few years ago at the age of 75.

Mrs. Hayer was a member of St. Mary of the Dormition Byzantine Catholic Church, Freeland, for most of her life. In recent years, she held membership in Holy Assumption of St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church, North Wilkes-Barre. She was an active volunteer in both parishes faithfully.

Over the years, she served as a chaperone for parish youth group field trips; was a volunteer for parish summer festivals; and, for several years, she served as camp nurse at the Eparchial Altar Server Retreat Camp held annually in Canadensis.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her former spouse, Mr. James J. Hayer, and by brothers and sisters, including John, Michael and Daniel Lozinak, Col. Mary M. Lozinak, U.S. Army, retired, Mrs. Helen Parsons, Miss Catherine Lozinak, Mrs. Anna Fifick, Mrs. Margaret Lawrence and Miss Agnes Lozinak.

Left to mourn her passing are her beloved son, the Right Rev. Archpriest James G. Hayer, protosyncellus (vicar general) of the Eparchy of Passaic; sister, Mrs. Elsie Palinko, West Haven, Conn.; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, fellow parishioners and dear friends.

Funeral services for Mrs. Hayer will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, celebrating the Office of Christian Burial with Divine Liturgy in Holy Assumption of St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church, 695 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, where the Rev. Michael Kerestes is pastor.

Principal celebrant will be her son, the Right Rev. Archpriest James G. Hayer. Presiding will be Bishop Kurt Burnette, bishop of the Eparchy of Passaic. Attending will be Metropolitan William Skurla, archbishop of Pittsburgh.

Relatives and friends may join the Rev. Archpriest Hayer and his family for visitation and remembrances from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday directly in St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church, where a Parastas service will be conducted 7:30 p.m. with her son officiating. Additional visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until the time of the Divine Liturgy on Saturday.

Interment with the Rite of Committal will be private in the parish cemetery, Lake Street, Dallas.

In lieu of floral tributes, Father Jim and his family would be humbled if those contemplating a monetary donation in his mother's memory kindly consider the Sisters of St. Basil the Great, 500 W. Main St., Uniontown, PA 15401, or to the Holy Annunciation Monastery, 403 W. County Road, Sugarloaf Twp., PA 18249.

The North Wilkes-Barre location of John V. Morris Family Funeral Homes Inc. is honored to care for Father Hayer and his mother at this time.

To send Father words of comfort, a fond remembrance of his mom or for further information, please visit our family's website at

May her memory be eternal!
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Published in Citizens' Voice on May 16, 2018
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