Natalie Elizabeth Evanchyk

Natalie Elizabeth Evanchyk, 83, of Scranton, died Sunday at Geisinger Community Medical Center, Scranton. She was the wife of Michael John Evanchyk, who died Oct. 28, 1997. The couple was married for 44 years.

Born in Philadelphia, daughter of the late James and Marcella (Kanski) Melnichuk, Natalie graduated from Little Flower High School in Philadelphia. She married the love of her life, Michael, on Oct. 17, 1953. They started their family and lived in Levittown for 20 years before moving to Roaring Brook Twp. She worked as a nurse's aide at St. Mary's Villa in Elmhurst Twp. Natalie was a member of St. Eulalia's Church in Elmhurst, where she participated in the Padre Pio prayer group and volunteered with the church's breakfast. She was also active in the North Pocono Senior Center.

Natalie was a great caregiver, helping take care of her parents when they were ill and later on her husband, Michael. She enjoyed embroidery, arts and crafts and reading.

Natalie is survived by her daughter, Jean Bomersheim and husband, John, Dunmore; her son, John Evanchyk and his wife, Patricia, Roaring Brook Twp.; her brothers, Joseph Melnichuk and wife, Joan; and Alexander Melnichuk and wife, Florence, all of Philadelphia; her grandson, John Bomersheim Jr.; and her daughter-in-law, Bessie Evanchyk, Virginia.

She was also preceded in death by her son, Michael.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday at 10:30 a.m. in St. Eulalia's Church, 214 Blue Shutters Road, Roaring Brook Twp., by Monsignor John W. Jordan, pastor. Interment will be Friday at 1 p.m. in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Cheltenham Avenue and Easton Road, Philadelphia.

Viewings will be held Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m., and Thursday, 9 to 10 a.m., at Brian Arthur Strauch Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, 3 First St., Spring Brook Twp.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Eulalia's Church, 214 Blue Shutters Road, Roaring Brook Twp., PA 18444.

To leave an online condolence, visit www.strauchfu neralhomes.com.

Published in Scranton Times on Apr. 1, 2014