Waschezyn, Mary E.
Mary Elizabeth (Betty) Giles Waschezyn, 89, of Elmira Heights, passed away peacefully on July 22, 2014 at Bethany Manor in Horseheads. She was born on September 17, 1924, daughter of the late William and Winifred Giles. Betty was predeceased by her devoted husband of 45 years, John Waschezyn; her loving son, Gregory Waschezyn; brothers, Bill Giles, Frank Giles; sisters & brothers-in-law, Kelly Giles, Nick Skalko, Pauline (Aleck) Kwasney, Lester Swank, Mike (Pat) Waschezen, Helen Waschezyn, and Susan Barber. She enjoyed sharing her memories working as an editor for the EFA Vindex newspaper; her service in the Army Air Corps during WWII; singing in the Elmira Civic Chorus where she met John, her husband; and working at the telephone company in Elmira. Betty will be remembered as a loving caregiver. As a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, family member, and friend, throughout her life, she served as a wonderful example of independence, determination, optimism, courage, and good humor. As a home maker and stay-at-home Mom, Betty was an inspiration to all of her family. She volunteered as a Brownie Leader; assisted her children with paper routes; attended programs with them at the YMCA; created an environment which nurtured a love of music; served as member of the PTO and League of Women Voters; helped sponsor and assisted native Ukrainians in learning English; was a member of the St. Nicholas Ukrainian Church Choir; served as a Board member and volunteer for the Association for the Blind (STAVI); learned to read/write braille; participated in the "Blind Cane Rally"; enjoyed listening to her Library of Congress talking books; loved working on crossword puzzles; and completed several computer courses which opened a new world of communication with her family. She is survived by her children, Natalie (Kenneth) Rose, Martha (N. Earl, Jr.) Sweet, John (Renee) Waschezyn, Christine (Sam) Moore, in loving memory of Gregory (Terri) Waschezyn, Sandy (Mark) Norwood, David (Julie) Waschezyn; grandchildren, Timothy (Meghan) Rose, Matthew Rose, Kevin (Julie) Rose, Megan ( Bradley) Pigott, Michelle Moore, Michael Moore, Nicholas (Shawnte Santos) Waschezyn, Matthew Waschezyn, Melissa (Matt) Bauer, Josh (Julia) Norwood; Alexander Waschezyn, Olivia Waschezyn; great-grandchildren, Hannah Bauer, Jackson Rose, George Pigott, Johnathan Rose; sisters-in-law, Anne Skalko, Mary Swank, Ruth Giles; and several nieces and nephews, grand nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews. Family and friends are invited to visit James D. Barrett Funeral Home, 1004 Lake St., Elmira, NY 14901 on Thursday, July 24th, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. A Panakhyda Prayer Service will be held at 8:00 p.m. Interment will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 26th, at the St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery with full military honors. Contributions to the Southern Tier Association for the Visually Impaired (STAVI), 719 Lake St., Elmira, NY 14901 are welcomed in Betty's honor.
James D. Barrett Funeral Home
1004 Lake Street Elmira, NY 14901
Published in Star-Gazette on July 24, 2014