Justine Laychock

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It is with great sadness the Laychock family announces the passing of Justine "Jessie" Laychock, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. With great joy, we celebrate her extraordinary life.

Jessie was born 1923 on top of the mountain overlooking Williamstown to George and Anna Suhar Molenich, Carpatho-Rusyn immigrants from the Austro-Hungarian Empire. She knew hard work, watching her father come home from the mines black with coal dust. Her mother did most everything else; raising the family, baking the daily bread and tending to the garden. She learned the importance of God, family and country from them, and this guided her throughout her life.

She was raised in the Holy Spirit Byzantine Catholic Church, Williamstown, and was a current member of St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church, Minersville. Jessie loved her prayers, her church and family.

Three days after graduating high school in 1941, Jessie left Williamstown with her best friend and $20 in her pocket, and went to Edison, N.J., to find employment. Jessie worked as a secretary for Bakelite during World War II and Roosevelt Hospital.

In 1951, Jessie married John Laychock, moving to Primrose to raise a family and lived there for the next 66 years. After raising a family, Jessie worked for Kings Department Store and Giant Food.

Preceding her in death, in addition to her parents, were her husband, John, her oldest son, John Jr., her granddaughter Samantha, her brothers John and George, and her sisters Ann, Mary and Helen.

Jessie will be deeply missed by those who remain. Surviving are sons, Richard Laychock (wife, Michelle) and Andrew Laychock; daughters, Ann Brentari (husband, Gene) and Jessica Borzak (husband, Nick). She is also survived by grandchildren, Nicole Brentari Lugaila (husband Rick), Andriy, Emilie, Hannah, Kaylee, Richard Jr. Laychock, Bohdana Pysarenko, and great-grandchildren, Reese and Owen Lugaila.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to visit the family from 6 p.m. Friday and from 6 until 10:15 a.m. Saturday at Dutcavich Funeral Home, 200 Sunbury St., Minersville. Requiem Divine Liturgy will be at 11 a.m.. in St. Nicholas Church, 315 N. Front St., Minersville. Interment will be in St. Nicholas Cemetery, Branch Township. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic School. Visit www.dutcavich.com.

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Published in Republican & Herald on Dec. 7, 2017