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CATHERINE FRYZ (Bilanych) passed away August 23, 2016 at St. John's Hospital in Yonkers, NY, at the age of 92, after a several year battle with leukemia. She was born on September 19th, 1923 in the village of Volia Matiashova, in a subcarpathian Ukrainian Boiko region (modern-day Poland), as the third child and first daughter to Dmytro and Halyna Bilanych (Staruch). Growing up she spent a lot of time with her grandparents, Maria and Antin Staruch, who during Austrian rule, was a regional senator and an active Ukrainian leader. From an early age she enjoyed performing and singing traditional songs and plays. At the age of 16, WWII began and it would change the course of her life.

In 1943, she met Mykola Fryz, a graduate of a theological seminary, a teacher, and a principal in the local school system, and they married in 1944. The family persevered many difficulties of the time, including witnessing the murder of Catherine's older brother, Mykhaylo. In May 1945, her first child, Bohdanna, was born. In 1947 the family was deported and resettled in Northeastern Poland where they lived for 10 years. In 1958 she moved to Paris, France where she reunited with her husband and where her three sons, Walter, Ihor, and Michael were born. In 1967, after the marriage of her daughter, the Fryz family moved to the United States, where Catherine was reunited with her Mother, siblings, and big extended family. In 1969, her husband passed away and she was left to raise her three young sons. She instilled traditional family values, always making sure that her sons were prepared, bow-ties and all. She will be remembered as the best 'keeper of the house'. She was happy to see all of her sons marry.

Catherine took great joy in hosting family gatherings, especially during Christmas and Easter holidays. Her dining room and kitchen were the location of countless family photos throughout the years. She prepared traditional Ukrainian food including borshcht, soups, pampushky, paska, varenyky, holubtsi, and everything else. She had a deep knowledge of traditional poems and songs, and could often respond with a snippet or more of folk wisdom in rhyming verse.

Catherine was a frequent churchgoer, making her trek by foot around Sacred Heart and up Shonnard Place to St. Michael's for as long as she was physically able. May her soul rest easy even though her life's road was difficult. She is survived by her sister Anna, four children, their spouses, seven grandchildren,ten great-grandchildren, eleven nieces and nephews and their families.

Visiting hours will be at 601 Yonkers Ave. (Sinatra Memorial Home building), Yonkers NY 10704, under the direction of the DUCHYNSKI-CHERKO Funeral Home, on Sunday, August 28th from 5PM TO 9PM, with Panakhyda Service at 7:30PM. A Funeral Service will be held at St. Michael's Ukrainian Catholic Church on Monday August 29th at 10am. Interment will then follow at St. Andrew Cemetery in South Bound Brook, NJ.

Visitation:
SUNDAY--8/28/2016--5PM TO 9PM @ 601 YONKERS AVE. (SINATRA MEMORIAL HOME BUILDING)

Funeral:
MONDAY--8/29/2016 @10AM IN ST. MICHAEL'S UKRAINIAN CATHOLIC CHURCH

Interment:
ST. ANDREW'S UKRAINIAN CEMETERY--SOUTH BOUND BROOK NJ


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