November 19, 2013
Mildred F. "Millie" Yupcavage, 97, of Minersville, a beautiful woman of many talents, peacefully passed into eternal life with the Lord early Tuesday morning at Schuylkill Medical Center-South Jackson Street, surrounded by her devoted children.
Born in her family home in Minersville, Jan. 10, 1916, Mildred Frances Brusokas was the youngest child of doting parents, William and Eva Russen Brusokas.
Although Mildred was born and died within a 5-mile radius, she lived a very full and expanded life.
The early years were comprised of a happy youth involved with piano lessons, sports, caring for her pet dogs and interacting with her many friends.
She attended Minersville public schools where she lettered in track, tennis and basketball. She was also the author of the class poem for her graduating class of 1934.
As a young girl, she displayed a profound love of God and was deeply religious. Instead of joining the convent in 1942, she married the love of her life, Benjamin A. Yupcavage, with whom she had five children, Julian, Diane, Jan, Jeanine and Christine.
Mildred enjoyed her life as a loving and dedicated wife and homemaker. At the age of 50, as her children were becoming adults, she added her new career as a masterful painter and soprano vocalist.
With the support of her loving husband, Benjamin, the following 35 years were filled with adventure as she sought to fulfill her passion for art and music. She studied painting under the tutelage of local, national and international master painters. She prepared for her professional career at Immaculata College, Penn State University
, Wyomissing Fine Arts Institute and the University of Salzburg, Austria.
She was also a very involved member of the Schuylkill County Allied Artists, Schuylkill County Chorus, Lithuanian Knights of Columbus and other local art and civic organizations.
She loved to travel here and abroad to study the works of accomplished painters in great museums.
Millie, as she was often called by her many friends, was famous for her semi-impressionist floral compositions, as well as landscapes and portraits. She has exhibited widely at juried art shows, museums and galleries where she was awarded more than 30 ribbons. One of her proudest career achievements was winning the Best of Show award in the Pennsylvania Fine Arts Festival in Harrisburg.
Millie also painted for several Philadelphia art galleries during her career. Her paintings are in more than 400 private art collections throughout the United States. Millie was a prolific artist and expressed her motivation for painting as being "to glorify God and the beauty of His world."
Millie also performed with the Schuylkill County chorus and her church choir, singing her beautiful descants. She was also a lover of opera and classical music and enjoyed playing her baby grand piano daily. Although she led a fulfilling life as a wife, mother, grandmother and artist, Mildred always found time to frequently attend morning masses at St. Stanislaus Roman Catholic and St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic churches in Minersville.
"The Flower Lady" as she was affectionately known, will be missed greatly by all those who knew and loved her.
The family of Mildred would like to thank the York Terrace Golden Living Center staff and volunteers for all their tender loving care and support afforded to our Mother and her family during her stay.
Mildred was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 53 years, Benjamin; grandson, J. Benjamin Yupcavage, Hershey; brothers, Joseph Bendinsky and Albert Bendinsky, Minersville; and sisters, Clara Bendinsky Rusiakas and Eva Bendinsky Bass.
Mildred is survived by her devoted children, Julian, Minersville, Diane Ribka and husband, John, Coral Gables, Fla., Jan Yupcavage and wife, Judy, Hershey, Jeanine Sabuda and husband, Dr. Thomas, Springville, N.Y., and Christine Datte and husband, Paul, Pottsville; her loving grandchildren, Paul Ribka, Nicole Pierce, James Yupcavage, Bridget Yupcavage Farley, Janice Sabuda Novozhilov, Natalie Sabuda Batty, Marla Sabuda, Alex Sabuda, Adrian Datte and Evelyn Datte; nine great-grandchildren; cousins, James Scheuren and his wife, Mari Lou, Pottsville, and Robert Zeledonis, Schuylkill Haven; nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Matthew the Evangelist Church, Minersville. The Rev. Leo Maletz will be the celebrant. Friends are invited to attend a visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and from 7 a.m. Monday until the time of service at Mahal-Ritzel Funeral Home Inc., Minersville. Interment will be in St. Stanislaus Kostka Cemetery. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, that donations be sent to Nativity BVM High School, c/o The Development Office, 1 Lawton's Hill, Pottsville, PA 17901 or the Benjamin Yupcavage Memorial Scholarship Fund, Hershey High School, Hershey, PA 17033. Mahal-Ritzel Funeral Home Inc., Minersville, is entrusted with arrangements.