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January 19, 2009
Carol Ann Bulcavage, 67, died Jan. 19 at St. Francis Hospital, Tulsa, Okla.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Connie, and an infant brother, Frederick.
Carol was cremated on Jan. 22. A Requiem Mass was celebrated at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Cleveland, Okla., on Feb. 4.
Born in Mahanoy City in August 1941, she attended St. Joseph's Parochial Elementary School. As the first of six children, "Big Sister" Carol helped to keep her siblings in line. With 30 aunts and uncles, over 40 first cousins and both sets of grandparents within traveling distance, frequent visits to relatives were fun for all. Carol considered herself blessed to be part of such a large family.
In eighth grade she was honored to be chosen as May Queen, leading the annual Marian Procession and placing the crown of flowers on the Blessed Virgin Mary statue. Throughout high school Carol sang in the Lithuanian choir along with her mother. In 1959, she graduated from Mahanoy City High School.
Growing up in a small coal mining town generated lifelong memories of life's simple pleasures. These included one-cent candies from "Bunnies," milk shakes and ice cream sodas at Timm's Pharmacy, hoagies from Hardy's, lunch at the Mansion Hotel restaurant, movies at the Victoria Theater, ethnic foods and rides at the many church bazaars, platters from Tunilla's, bus trips to neighboring towns and Lithuanian Day at Lakewood Park.
For several years, she worked in retail at W.T. Grant Store in Mahanoy City, until leaving at age 21 to attend St. Francis Novitiate in Pittsburgh. During her several years there, she attended Duquesne University. Later she worked in a Catholic orphanage in Philadelphia and a Catholic hospital in Illinois. For more than 25 years, she lived in the Northern Virginia area. While living in Arlington, she was employed by the Xerox Corp. and attended Saint Charles Borromeo Church. While living in Vienna, Va., she worked for TDX Corp., and Cable and Wireless Inc. and attended Saint Mark's Church. She also lived and worked in Las Vegas, Nev., and Whittier, Calif.
Carol loved to travel and especially liked Hawaii, Toronto and Montreal, Canada, and Vermont. She toured the Grand Canyon, Disneyland, and Busch Gardens. Attending events at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., was a real treat for her! Carol traveled from coast to coast, visiting family and friends, especially her dear friend Nancy Truskowsky Cohn. She loved plants and flowers, often taking pictures of them. Her favorite flowers were lilies of the valley.
Carol loved to decorate for the Christmas holidays, hanging Christmas cards received on the wall along with her favorite decorations. She especially enjoyed family get-togethers: holidays, weddings and christenings. Carol fondly remembered the Bulcavage weddings — "good polka dancers and such a good-looking family" were her words. She thought Mahanoy City had the most beautiful churches. And she always had time for a cup of tea!!
Her favorite pastimes were listening to classical music, and vocals by Mario Lanza, The Three Tenors, Burt Bacharach, Perry Como and Andy Williams. Carol loved watching movies such as South Pacific and The Sound of Music and anything with John Wayne. A very religious person, she often read religious books and collected inspirational cards. Also she enjoyed reading Life, Look, The National Enquirer, Star, People and Newsweek magazines. Carol liked to write letters, notes and research information of interest to her, especially medical articles. In her neat handwriting, she gave descriptive detail of flowers, churches and sights of interest to her.
Since 2003, Carol resided in Tulsa, Okla. She enjoyed activities such as geography bingo, music and talking with her friends among the Southern Hills residents and staff.
Carol would like to be remembered for her kindness to others. She had a kind heart and helped her family and was grateful for the help given her. She prayed for her relatives and appreciated and loved all who were so warm and kind to her.
Surviving are her sisters, Rosemarie Hunter, Soddy Daisy, Tenn., Theresa Beall, Vero Beach, Fla., and Connie and her husband, Dale Carter, Cleveland, Okla.; a brother, Francis Joseph Bulcavage, Vienna, Va.; nieces and nephews, Terri and husband, Erik Melendez, Sierra Vista, Ariz.; Edwin and Mandy Hunter, Cleveland, Tenn., Keith Adam Beall, Las Vegas, Nev., and John Carter and fiancee, Natasja Kemp, Amersfoort, Holland; and numerous other relatives and friends.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. May 2 preceded by a Rosary at 10:30 a.m. and DVD viewing at 10 a.m., all at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Catholic Church (formerly St. Joseph) with inurnment in St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Cemetery, Mahanoy City, where a white dove will be released in her memory. Arrangements are under the direction of Chapman-Black Funeral Home Inc., Cleveland, and Louis Truskowsky Funeral Home, Mahanoy City. Donations in memory of Carol Ann Bulcavage may be mailed to Saints Cyril and Methodius Byzantine Catholic Church Building Fund, 1002 Bahama Ave., Fort Pierce, FL 34982. View the online obituary and sign the guest book at www.chapman-black.com or sign the local guest book at www.truskowskyfuneralhome.com.
Published in Republican & Herald on Apr. 26, 2009