In May 2018 I was privileged to conduct an interview with Olga (Krasulski) Yudisky, probably the oldest resident of "Polander Hill" (which 100 years ago was mostly populated by Carpatho-Rusyns/Lemkos), the daughter of a Lemko immigrant father and an American-born, Lemko mother, and a lifelong member of the historic St. Vladimir Greek Catholic Church of Alden.
Olga Krasulski Yudisky, 96, of Alden, passed away Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019, in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.
Born in Alden on July 24, 1923, Olga was the daughter of John and Anna Rudowski Krasulski.
was preceded in death by her husband of 21 years, John A. Yudisky;
brother, John Krasulski; and sisters, Mary Krynick, Martha Krasulski,
Helen Wall, Betty Kozik, and Anna Charnuska.
She is survived by siblings, Emily Weisberg, Waterbury, Conn.; and Andrew Krasulski, Florida.
is survived by her children, Dennis Yudisky and wife, Diane; Linda
Wheeler and husband, Shaun, Hamilton, Ohio; as well as her beloved
grandchildren, Captain Holly Yudisky of the United States Navy and
husband, Bryan Slutman, Arlington, Tenn.; Dr. Lauren Kuryloski, Buffalo,
N.Y.; and John C. Wheeler, Sherman Oaks, Calif.
Olga was a
graduate of the Newport High School, Class of 1941, and after graduation
she worked as a lab technician at Vinaly Lite in Piscataway, N.J. Upon
returning to Northeast Pennsylvania, Olga worked as an accomplished
seamstress, where her services were in high demand. Olga was active in
her community, serving as a member of the Luzerne County Historical
Society and coordinator for the Luzerne County Folk Festival. She was a
devout member of St. Nicholas Greek Catholic Ukrainian Church, and
participated in the League of Ukrainian Catholics and the Sacred Heart
Society. Olga will be dearly missed by her loving family, many friends,
and the countless community members who knew her.
A Divine Liturgy will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Nicholas Church, Glen Lyon.
may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday. A Parastas service will be held at 6
p.m. with the Rev. Roman Petryshak. Olga will be laid to rest in the
Original material is © by the author, Richard D. Custer; all rights reserved.
Carpatho-Rusyns are one of the major ethnic groups of Pennsylvania. From the time they settled the state’s small towns and cities in the late 1870s until the present time, Carpatho-Rusyns have left an indelible mark on the state, and their story should be told. This blog is about a project that will do just that. Read more