Mary Ann Yursha
1937 - 2020
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Yursha, Mary Ann
Mary Ann (ne´e Herceg) Yursha, 82, of Wallingford, died Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at MidState Medical Center. She was the beloved wife of the late Allan Yursha.
Mary Ann was born in Hazelton, PA, June 16, 1937, a daughter of the late Stephen and Anna (ne´e Chulock) Herceg and worked many years at Everybody's Market. She later worked part time at the Yalesville Library. She was an active member of St. Michael the Archangel Ukrainian Catholic Church in New Haven where she was a member of the Immaculate Conception Society.
Mary Ann was most proud as a wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her priority was her home and caring for her family. She enjoyed volunteer work at the Washington Street School when her children were young. She was an avid reader. She loved to write letters and cards to family and friends. She did not miss a holiday, birthday, anniversary, get well or sympathy card to everyone she loved and even many she barely knew. Her warm heart and thoughtfulness were well known. Mary Ann maintained friendships from back in her high school days. She was a dear friend to many.
She is survived by her three daughters, and sons-in-law, Ann E. and Paul Lehr, Mary L. Johnston and Hans Hanson, and Juliann M. and Neil Bukowski; her three grandchildren, Jessica M. Sanchez (David), Neil "Rob" Bukowski (Mariah), and Alexis S. Bukowski; her great-granddaughters, Delanney Luz Sanchez and Vivienne Louise Bukowski; her sisters, Janet Farnish and Irene Stillwell; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother, Eugene Herceg and his wife Peg.
Her family will have a private family service at The Wallingford Funeral Home. Interment in the State Veterans' Cemetery in Middletown will be private. In lieu of flowers, gifts in her memory may be sent to St. Michael the Archangel Church, 569 George St., New Haven, CT 06511.

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Published in The New Haven Register on May 14, 2020.
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May 22, 2020
We sorry for the loss of your mother she was a wonderful neighbor and like family to us will keep you in are prayers.
Mike Marcia Becca Amanda Melillo
Marcia Melillo
May 19, 2020
Mary Ann will be missed by all she touched. I loved her dearly and every moment and visit we shared. Her and Allan shared with me so many loving memories of my parents. She was like a second mom to me, always being there at important times like my housewarming party, baby shower, visiting and stocking up my refrigerator with her homemade cooking after Olivia was born, Olivias first communion. Her and Allan were loving positive influences in my life. My deepest sympathy to her beautiful family. May she Rest In Peace
Marietta Collins
May 17, 2020
So many fond memories of Mary Ann that will stick with me forever. A truly kind and nurturing person who was quite an influence in my life.

My deepest condolences to Mary and the rest of the family.
Richard Myers
May 17, 2020
Dear Mom,
I love you. I am grateful for you. I miss you.

I thank God that you now feel the beautiful, perfect love and peace that awaits us all. There is no longer pain, anxiety or anything to worry about. There is nothing left to prove. Mom, you have done your share and lived your time on earth.

I appreciate the love and beauty in you. I know what you gave me - strength, support, courage, your belief in me, and your pride in me. You gave me my faith, hope and optimism. I am most thankful for your beautiful smile, that always gave me comfort. You gave me the same smile and I am proud to use it often. You gave me a sense of humor. With the grace of God, gave me life.

There was one time in your life, of which I am sure, that you felt truly special. All eyes were on you and you knew you were important. YOU were the focus of a happy and blessed celebration. You were a princess with a pure white dress, and maybe even a ctown of flowers. No doubt that your Mom or Aunt Irene Matsuk helped you style your hair and get ready for that wonderful morning. Maybe even just a crumb of make up was allowed.

It was a beautiful in May, and I would guess right around 1950.

You, young Mary Ann Herceg, were the "May Queen" at your church and you were just about 13 years old. I think you remembered that day, vividly, your entire life. You told me that it was a celebration of the Blessed Virgin Mary - the "Queen of May".

You lead the parade, as the May Queen and placed a floral crown on the statue of the Virgin Mary or maybe you placed the final adornment on the "May Pole" - I do not know the details.

What I DO know, without a doubt, and what matters and gives me great peace and happiness is that YOU knew that you were special, celebrated and had a place of true significance on that day. All eyes were on you and you were proud. You were a princess that morning, in the midst of a life that afforded you little positive attention and little true recognition of YOU. You were validated that day in May.

Mom, I am very grateful that you had that day.

Mom, your beautiful spirit and beautiful soul were not invisible to me. Thank you for your hugs, your big warm smile, all the meals packed lunches, holiday celebrations, gifts, cards, my back surgery and being there everyday at the hospital, many hours a day, for a solid month. Thank you for the braces on my teeth. Thank you for taking me to a "real" hair salon at age 12 or 13, for quality haircuts. Thank you for knowing, without a doubt, that I would go to college. Thank you for being proud of me.

Life is so much work. Thank you for doing it for me.

Thank you for making things as easy as you did with moving to Pond Ridge and having your life affairs in such good order for us. Your funeral arrangements were made many years ago. Thank you.

Mom, I told you this several times over the past 2 years - I said that you had a guaranteed accomplishment in which to take great joy - YOU have a daughter, Mary Lynn Yursha Johnston Hanson, who is truly happy, fulfilled, thriving, grateful and joyful - although still a work in progress, I have the tools! I am loving myself. Thank you!!!!
That alone is proof of a life well-lived.

Mom, my hope is that now you truly know, understand, and love yourself. I hope you recognize your worth. That is what God and Jesus gave us - the gift that the sould can know its worth.

Mom, I love you. I am grateful for you. I will carry my spirit on and do good for you and because of you.

Thank you for getting it done - this tough thing we call LIFE.

My happy and best images of you at Pond Ridge include your beautiful outfits with well-coordinated colors and prints, your pretty hair, polished and long attractive nails, your tiny frame and big, beautful smile.

There are these other beautiful souls, here on earth, who would not be here without you:
Miss Vivienne
Miss Delanney

I am amazed and grateful for God's many gifts to me - you are at the very top of the never-ending list. And you are the gift that keeps giving and living on in your grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Mom, be happy, be content, be joyful. Relax, rest and have peace.

I love you.
Your grateful daughter,

Mary Johnston
May 16, 2020
My sincere condolences to Mary and her family on the loss of their dear Mother, Grand mother and Great Grandmother. Mary Ann will truly be cherished and missed by all who knew her. She was always so kind to me over the years and I will miss her. May she Rest In Peace.
Vicki Wilcox
May 16, 2020
Vicki Wilcox
May 15, 2020
Susan and I always enjoyed our visits with her! A great person!
Charles Bukowski
May 15, 2020
My sympathy to Mary Ann's family. I will always remember our visits through out the years. She will be missed.
Barbara Swansinger
May 15, 2020
My condolences to Mary Ann's family. My dear friend of 68 years will be deeply missed but I'll always have 68 years of memories. God bless.
Loretta Swansinger
May 15, 2020
Rest In Peace, dear sister.
Janet Farnish
May 15, 2020

Heaven has truly been blessed by a new angel. Mary Anns kindness to all and her wonderful smile and gentle nature will be missed by everyone. Allan and Mary Ann will always be remembered as a loving couple who did everything together. They are the true meaning of a good marriage. Our church community will not be the same. May your family find peace in all the wonderful memories you have of your Mom. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Margaret and Stu Maybury
Margaret & Stu Maybury
May 14, 2020
Remembering our neighbor with great memories for over 30 years. Our family is thinking of yours at this time and remembering the most wonderful and pleasant people on our street -
The Cassella family - Tony, Rosie , Shirlanne.
God bless your family-
Tony Cassella
May 14, 2020
My condolences to Mary Anns three daughters, their spouses and families. I have fond memories of a great lady.
Michael Jarvis
May 14, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss. Your mom was a wonderful lady. I worked with her at everybodys. She truly will be missed. ❤
Michele Mcmanus
May 14, 2020
I am very sorry for your loss. I remember MaryAnn from her volunteering at Parker Farms and supporting Yalesville Little League. My sincere sympathy.
Janis DiTota
May 14, 2020
Mary Ann was a beautiful, wonderful mother-in-law to me and beloved mother to my wife Mary. She was a treasured and cherished person in our lives. She is already sorely missed by us. Dear Mary Ann, we love you! May you rest in peace in God's glorious deserve it well!!!
Hans Hanson
May 14, 2020
As I sit here this week having seen Mary Ann on Sunday for Mother's Day and then again on Tuesday morning, her passing comes with great sadness but it also comes with the peace of knowing that she is greatly loved. She will be dearly missed by her beloved daughter Mary and myself. Mary Ann was a wonderful Mother-in-law to me. Through it all, we cherished our time together and enjoyed each other's company every time. She will live on forever in our minds and hearts. May God Bless the soul of Mary Ann and Bless the hearts of her family.
Hans Hanson
May 14, 2020
Mary Ann was such a warm sweet woman. I worked with her at Everybodys Market. She will be missed. Prayers to her family.
Donna Velardi-Poulin
May 14, 2020
I am so sorry for the Yursha Family loss of Mary Ann. She was such a BEAUTIFUL, kind and lovely woman. I worked with her at Everybodys Market and I still remember her beautiful smile. RIP Mary Ann❤
Donna Canalia Conklin
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