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Maria Karcic

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Maria Karcic Obituary
Heya Maria Erzsebet Izabella Eleonora Andrea, M.S.L.S. died. She was born, Aug. 3, 1924, Sunday, in Barsony Klinika, University hospital in Budapest, Hungary, daughter of Zoltan Heya, of the Kezdi-Sarfalvai es Petofalvai Heya Csalad (Family), Portrait Painter and University Professor; and Maria (Nikolich-Miklosfy) Heya, daughter of Erzsebet (Haverda) Miklosfy and General Radivoj Nikolich-Miklosfy, highest ranking general serving (Jozsef Foherceg ) Archduke Joseph of the Austrian Habsburg Royal Family. Maria completed Gimnazium, having earned her degree with highest honors (Jelesen Erett) from Szent Margit Gimnazium in Budapest, 1943. She was accepted to the University majoring in economics. When World War II breached the soil of her beloved homeland in 1944, she fled along with her parents and grandmother. She and her parents became homeless and penniless. Her family was classified as "displaced persons". In 1949, Maria and family were offered employment by Bishop John Mark Gannon, who, having just built a college in Erie, needed college faculty and staff. They immigrated to the U.S. in 1949. Maria spoke fluent Hungarian, German, French and Classic Latin but not English, yet she wanted to complete her education. Maria worked full time and attended a college English language course during the summer of 1949. By the fall Maria was ready to enroll as a full time college student. Maria earned her four year bachelor's degree, Bachelor of Art, Magna Cum Laude in 1951, while continuing to work full time from Villa Maria College, Erie. She then applied to the University and within one year earned her master's degree in library science, information science at the Catholic University of America, Washington D.C. in 1952. For 25 years, Maria taught at Gannon University and was appointed as director of the periodicals department in 1953. It was there that she met her future spouse, Dr. Milivoj Karcic, professor of history. Maria and Milivoj have a daughter, Dr. Julia Heya Karcic; and a son-in-law, Thomas Doyle Cowder, of the Pittsburgh area. Maria took great pride in managing the office of her daughter, a physician in private practice, until her death. Friends are invited to call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the BRUGGER FUNERAL HOMES and CREMATORY, 1595 West 38th Str., Erie, PA 16508. A Funeral Mass will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, in St. Peter Cathedral Church, 230 West 10th St., Erie. Burial will be in Erie Cemetery. Condolences and photos may be sent at http://www.bruggerfuneralhomes.com.
Published in The Valley News Dispatch on Jan. 29, 2014
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