In Memory of Rosalia Rabarsky

November 24, 1925 - September 12, 2022

Resided in Utica, NY


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Rosalia Rabarsky, 96, of Utica, died on Monday, September 12, 2022, at Lutheran Care.

She was born on November 24, 1925, in Ukraine daughter of the late John and Maria Melnyk Paslawskyj. In 1947, Rosalia married Wasyl Rabarsky in Austria and whose long and loving marriage lasted for 66 years until Wasyls death on May 21, 2014. She worked for General Electric Receiver Dept, French Road at one time and retired from Mele Manufacturing.

Rosalia was a member of the St. Volodymyr the Great Ukrainian Catholic Church and at one time a member of its church committee. Rosalia enjoyed working the parish bingo for 30 years with Rev. Bohdan Smyk to raise funds to build the current church on Cottage Pl. She was a member of the Ukrainian American Youth Association auxillary Mother's Club and also a member of the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America. Rosalia also spent many years volunteering her free time in the kitchen during bingo and helping out with the annual parish festival making varenyky and holubchi.

With her free time she enjoyed gardening, embroidering and cooking. Best of all she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren Shanya and Matejko. When they were much younger they would come to Utica and spend a few weeks visiting. They meant the world to her and she often spoke fondly of their shared memories.

She is survived by her two sons and daughter-in-law, Volodymyr (Lesia) Rabarsky and Bohdan Rabarsky of Utica; grandchildren, Alexandra Rabarsky and Matthew (Larissa) Rabarsky and great grandson, Roman Matthew; many nieces and nephews in the USA and many relatives living in Poland and Ukraine. She was predeceased by her siblings, Sophia, Katherine, Anna, Maria, Stephen, Stanley and Michael.

The family would like to offer a heartfelt thank you to the staff on the Bryant Unit at Lutheran Care for all the special care given to Rosalia. They would also like to thank Rosalia’s longtime friend Mary Brumbaugh for the many years of care and friendship.

Funeral services will be held on Monday Sept 19th at 10:00 am from the Ryczek Funeral home 1123 Court St. in Utica and at 11:00 am at St. Volodymyr the Great Ukrainian Catholic Church in Utica. Interment will be in St. Volodymyr the Great Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery in Whitesboro. Family and friends are invited to call on Monday from 9:30 am prior to the services at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in support of the war in Ukraine. Checks can be made out to St. Volodymyr Church, in the memo write Medical Supplies for Ukraine.

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