Matushka Barbara Pavelchak
January 6, 2012

Matushka Barbara Gurka Pavelchak, 75, of Latham, died Friday, January 6, 2012 at the Terrace Glen Eddy, Niskayuna, N.Y., embraced by her loving family. Born in Wilkes-Barre, she was the daughter of the late John and Pauline Kosko Gurka and the beloved wife of Very Reverend Archpriest Daniel Pavelchak. Matushka was educated in Plains, and came to the Capital District in 1971. She graduated from Hudson Valley Community College and received her associate's degree in medical records. She enjoyed a long and fulfilling career employed as the manager of medical records with the Hospital Association NYS in Albany and retired in 1999. Matushka was very active in the St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church's community in Cohoes, N.Y., where she was a member of the R Club. She was their choir director and also St Basil's RO Church's youth choir director. Matushka had a lifelong love of music and was an accomplished piano player. She was a fantastic cook and also enjoyed singing and traveling, but her true enjoyment came from the endless love of her family. She was devoted and dedicated to them and was the center of the whole family. Matushka was an ardent and relentless advocate for the Humane Society's mission of assisting animals in need. She was predeceased by her brother Theodore Gurka. In addition to her husband she is survived by her loving children, Charissa (Benton) Prentice of Westport, Mass.; Michael (Sharon) Pavelchak of Wilton; Nicholas (Joyce ) Pavelchak of Altamont; adored grandchildren, Kyra, Jeremy, Zachariah and Alexandra; sister, Mary (Dominick) DeBenedetto of Washington, N.J.; brother John (Elizabeth) Gurka of Wilkes-Barre, and several nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held in St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, Cohoes, on Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. with Bishop Michael Dahulich, celebrant. Interment will be in St. Nicholas RO Cemetery, Boght Corners. Relatives and friends are invited and may call at St. Nicholas RO Church, Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m.. A Parastas Service will be held at 7 p.m. in the church. Those wishing to remember Matushka in a special way may make contributions in her memory to St. Nicholas RO Church, 67 Saratoga St., Cohoes, NY 12047 or to the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society, 3 Oakland Ave, Menands, NY 12204. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Fitzgerald Funeral Home Ltd., 105 Vliet Blvd., Cohoes, NY 12047.

Published by Times Leader on Jan. 9, 2012.
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Miss her especially in the choir and especially her company. She always made me feel good. Memory Eternal Matushka Barbara.
Stephanie Stroyen
January 3, 2020
My thoughts and prayers to the Pavelchak family. I worked with Barbara during my years at HANYS. She taught me so much through her smile and plenty of laughter. Barbara's gift to me was to live life and enjoy everyday.
Ryl Giacchetta
January 13, 2012
I was so shocked to hear of Barbara's passing. She and I retired at the same time from HANYS. She was a lovely person and so much fun to work with. My prayers to her family and loved ones. We will all miss that little dynamo with a BIG heart!
January 11, 2012
To the Pavelchak Family: I was saddened to hear of Barb's passing. I had the honor of working with Barb at HANYS. Her fiestiness has been missed since her retirement. May the loving memories of this wonderful woman bring you peace. My prayers are with you.
Terry August
January 11, 2012
To the Pavelchak Family,
I was so sorry to hear of Barb's passing. I worked with Barb for 15 years at HANYS and we went to many NHIMA conferences together. Barb was a wonderful person. She was kind, caring, and always had a smile for everyone. She will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time.
Carla Novak
January 11, 2012
To the Pavelchak Family,

I was saddened to hear of the loss of your matriarch. May the presence of God surround you and the peace of God dwell in you today and the difficult days ahead. I pray your memories will keep a smile on your face. Love never dies.
Yvette Mitchell
January 10, 2012
We are so sorry for your loss, your in our thoughts and prayers...
Loretta & Bill Vinciguerra
January 10, 2012
To the Pavelchak family
I read with sadness tonight in the paper the passing of Barb. We worked together for many years at HANYS. I enjoyed working with her. Unfortunately, our paths had not crossed in recent years. Barb you will be missed. May you find peace and happiness in heaven.
Bob Latham
January 9, 2012
Nick and Joyce,
We are so sorry about your Mothers passing. Your family will be in our prayers. I know she is receiving her heavenly rewards and is with the Lord now. We love you all!

Jim,Sue,Jessie & Joseph Maloney
Hanover Virginia
January 9, 2012
Dear Pavelchak Family
Very sorry for your loss.
Kosko Family cousins from WilkesBarre, PA
January 9, 2012
Dear Pavelchak Family,

I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Barb and I were colleagues at the Healthcare Association for many, many years. She was dedicated to not only to her work, but to all of us who served with her. She has left us with many warm and fond memories. Sincerest sympathies.
W. Lawrence Thompson
January 9, 2012
Wishing you and your family peace and the comfort of a lifetime of wonderful memories of your Mom.
Eileen and Trip Ruvane
January 9, 2012
I worked with Barb for a short time at HANYS back in the 1990 (early) as a fellow Health Information (Medical Records) person. Barb taught me many things back then that I still use today. I am so sorry for your loss . Barb was a wonderful person. I will never forget our "Day Trip" to the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas!!! She will be best to her husband and family. May God be with Barb now in peace.
Julie Brucker
January 9, 2012
Father Dan and Family,

A very lovely person inside and out who I was blessed to know and who always was so kind to me. I will miss her especially next to me in the alto section of the choir. May Matushka Barbara's memory be eternal!

Stephanie Stroyen Andruchow, Stoughton, MA
January 9, 2012
Dear Father Daniel & Family,

May Matushka Barbara's memory be ever eternal and may God rest her soul. As our Lord said, "Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted." Memory eternal.

The Ressetar Family, Harrisburg, PA
January 9, 2012
I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your Mom. I will pray for your strength during this difficult time. If you should need anything, please do not hesitate to ask.

Wishing you and your family peace and comfort,
Christine Gillie
January 9, 2012
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