Mary Ann Semianczak Steranka
Mary Ann Semianczak Steranka,102, of Carnegie, PA, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend passed away Sunday, September 5, 2021 at Our Lady of the Valley Rehabilitation in Roanoke, VA. She was born to Wasyl Semianczak and Ksenia (Alice) Gural on June 5th, 1919 on Cubbage Hill in Carnegie, PA at the height of the Spanish Flu pandemic. Mary Ann was preceded in death by her first husband Frank Solominsky (killed in WWII), by her son Frank Solominsky Jr., by her second husband, Steve Steranka of Carnegie, PA, by her brothers Mithra Semianczak, Joseph Hakala, Frank Hakala, and by her sisters Ann Bogdon and Alice Jerick. She is survived by her three daughters, Patricia (Tim) Kaufman of Moneta, VA, Pamela (Jim, deceased) Naddeo of Clearfield, PA, and Marilyn (Lindsay) Gordon of Greenwich, CT, by her granddaughter, Kelley Kaufman of Harrisburg, PA, and by her nieces and nephew Bob Bogdon, Jeannie Walker, Maureen Miller, Linda Jerick, Laura Jerick, Lorraine Collins, Cindy Lang and many great-nieces and nephews.
Mary Ann took great pride in her accomplishment as an iconic "Rosie the Riveter" working in the Philadelphia shipyards in WWII and she retired in 1981 as the manager of the Four Seasons store at the Oakdale Military Base Exchange. Because of her service to our military, her name was installed on a plaque at The National WWII Museum in New Orleans and she was so proud. Mary Ann loved to dance and drove herself and friends to weekly ballroom dances until she was well into her nineties. Her dance card was always the first to be filled. She had a passion for crochet and was quite extraordinary at it. Mary Ann had a joie de vivre for life and lived it to the fullest in an incredibly strong, resilient, and self-sufficient manner. Her resilience may have been the key to her vibrant longevity. She never wanted her parties to end. Nor would she hesitate to drive 300 miles or more with her sister Alice and brother Joe to visit one of her daughters. Prior to the start of the CV pandemic, she was still driving at 101. She took excellent care of her health and rarely took a flu shot or medicine. Mary Ann would tell you it was due to the apple cider vinegar that she drank daily as well as her favorite pink Zinfandal wine. Her love of her Heidelberg Seniors Group led her on hikes and fun adventures with her good friends who she just adored. A lifetime parishioner of Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church in Carnegie, Mary Ann had a deep faith in Christ and was devoted to the Blessed Mother. She was long-time regular volunteer at weekly pyrohi and breadmaking efforts at the Church even past her 100th birthday. Mary Ann touched countless lives and was an inspiration to all she encountered. She loved her family unconditionally and was so very proud of all of them, creating a lifetime of memories for them.
Viewing will be at the Vladimir S. Corba Funeral Home 300 East Main St. Carnegie on Sunday, September 12 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and 6:00-8:00 p.m. A funeral Mass will be held on Monday, September 13 at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church in Carnegie and interment in Holy Trinity Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers please consider a donation in her memory to the Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church - Trinity Acres Grove Fund, 730 Washington Ave., Carnegie, PA 15106.
And when you are at Trinity Acres and pass by her, look up at the sky, she'll be dancing on a cloud!
Published by Greenwich Time on Sep. 8, 2021.