The C-RS Connection is a monthly e-newsletter providing information about upcoming events, membership announcements, new member introductions, volunteer profiles and more! 

C-RS Connection 

January 2021



Dear Friends, 

The start of a new year is the perfect time to look forward to new beginnings, perhaps this time, more than ever. Let us hope that 2021 will bring health and prosperity to all.

During the past 27 years, the C-RS has developed a number of innovative programs to promote the Rusyn culture. Many have dealt with historical issues. This year we will try to bridge the gap between the past and present while evolving for the future.

For 2021, we are introducing "A Tribute to Our Ancestors", a series of articles in the New Rusyn Times. The first of the series will focus on Austro-Hungarian Rusyn immigrants who labored in American coal mines.

To contribute information, anecdotes or photographs about your ancestors, please email NRT editor Iva Fedorka ( or Maryann Sivak ( or message us on Facebook (

Maryann Sivak, C-RS National President


Welcome to our newest C-RS members. The following list of names reflects new members who have joined (or have been reinstated) since December 15, 2020. Please review the list - you just might find someone you know.

  • Helen Brown - Welland, Ontario Canada
  • Julie Burkey - River Edge, NJ
  • Carrie Chuff - Hollidaysburg, PA
  • Megan Dohmlo - New York, NY
  • Mike Fetcinko – Cartersville, GA
  • GCU Lodge 77 - Amherst, OH
  • Eileen P Gilbert - Clifton, NJ
  • Joan Guty Skubish – Fanwood, NJ
  • Joan Hawkins – Rockville, MD
  • Beverly Kajaria - Oakton, VA
  • Heidi Lario - Van Alstyne, TX
  • Rich Maha – Sayville, NY
  • Michael Noble - Lynnwood, WA
  • Diane Puzakulich Clements - Ontonagon, MI
  • Diane Rabiej - Woodland Park, NJ
  • Patricia Schultz - Bethel Park, PA
  • Mark Sevachko - Las Cruces, NM
  • Jeanne Siciliano - Pittsburgh, PA

Again, we welcome these new members and look forward to a lasting relationship.  We hope they become involved by bringing their talents and skills to the C-RS. 



Nestor Chylak

Thank you C-RS members for your great response in submitting names of individuals with Rusyn roots who have achieved the top rung of their professional sports. In less than five weeks, we have identified and confirmed 13 people. Research continues for ten other athletes, who either competed in Major League Baseball (MLB) or in the National Football League (NFL).

I would appreciate your help if you have any information on the later group. I’m still looking for additional nominees. You can contact me at or at 206 Taylor Ave., Cheshire, CT 06410.

Here are the athletes discovered thus far. I’ve included either their birthplace or hometowns:


Andy Seminick  (Pirece, WV)

Nester Chylak  (Olyphant, PA)

Steve Ridzik. (Yonkers, NY)

Jim Pyecha  (Aliquippa, PA)

George Toma (Edwardsville, PA)

Mike Goliat  (Yatesboro, PA)

Stan Musial  (Donora, PA)
Harry Dorish  (Swoyersville, PA)

Jim Honochick  (Oneida, PA)

Yet to be confirmed

Danny Kravitz  (Lopez, PA)

Joseph “Ducky” Medwick  (Cartaret, NJ)

George Shuba  (Youngstown, OH)

John Kucab  (Olyphant, PA)

Football (NFL)


Paul  (Stenko) Stenn  (Berwick, PA)

Greg Manusky,  (Dallas, PA)

Andy Uram  (Minneapolis, MN)

Yet to be confirmed

Scott Zolak (Monongahela, PA)

Bernie Kosar  (Youngstown, OH)

Tom Yewcik  (Conemaugh, PA)

Pete Duranko  (Johnstown, PA)

Sam Havrilak  (Monessen, PA)

Bill Malinchak  (Charleroi, PA)

Weight Lifting


John Terpak (Mayfield, PA)


Do you have questions about where your Baba came from? Where to find records in Europe? Or stateside information about your family here in America? Where to begin? Where to find resources?

Let us be one of those resources! A team of genealogy research experts can be found at the C-RS genealogy forum. 

To access the Forum:

  • From the C-RS website. home page, scroll down to the “Genealogy” icon (link) and click.
  • You will be directed to the “Genealogy” page, please read the terms & conditions.
  • Scroll down to the “Join Genealogy Discussion Form” button at the bottom of the page and click.
  • You will be asked to log in with your email address and password, the discussion form and the recent forum update page will appear.
  • You have the option to either reply to an existing topic or create a new topic. 
    • For new topics click on the “Topic” button and enter the subject and topic content (body). Note: To prevent spam you will be asked “I’m not a robot”, respond accordingly.
    • To reply to an existing post, click on the topic title from the list, and then click on the “Reply” button to enter your response.
  • Then click the “Post” button.

Attachments can be included as part of the reply or topic, i.e. pictures and/or documents. To insert an attachment:

  • Click on the “Choose files” button at the bottom of the page.
  • Select the file(s) to be attached. Up to 20 files can be uploaded. Each file should be less than 20 MB.
  • When complete, click on the “Post” button
C-RS Genealogy Forum


Here's an update on your genealogy programs:

Queries continue to grow on the Genealogy forum. Those on the committee are here to help while also encouraging others to add their valuable insights.  Not only are there queries about villages, but specifics about families.

So what are we communicating about on the forum? Questions have been coming in on such villages as Lubnya, Verkhovyna Bystry, Czszyn, Wolosate, Porac, Zolotarevo, Zboj, and Vysna Jablonka to name a few. One asks “What about that residence on 425 S. Washington St, Scranton that passenger manifest after manifest Ruthenians list as there final destination? What was there in early 1900’s? Why did my grandparents leave their village to come to America? Where do I find that Hungarian Census people are talking about? These questions are seriously reflected upon and answered.

In-depth information can be found on Slovakian genealogy research and by searching Stephen Morse Ship Manifests by Bill Tarkulic. Tom Peters and Barb Popovich have quickly answered queries on early birth, death, and marriage records on a grandparent or great grandparent. Where do they find all this information you ask? That could be another Connection article!

A recent proposal made on the forum was for others to participate in an interesting research project to see what naming traditions were observed in your villages. It’s apparent we hold differing thoughts on how our female ancestors were named. Beautiful old Rusyn names, some of which are no longer in use are noted. What are your thoughts? Go to the Forum and join in!!!

Other happenings to note: Bill Takulich hosted a provocative program on Czechoslovakia, Behind the Iron Curtain presented by authors Zuzana Palovic and Gabriela Bereghazyova. It was an excellent program and a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon with fellow Rusyns. Other exciting programs to follow.

Upcoming genealogy programs: Tom Peters, Under the Onion Domes: Those Mysterious Carpatho-Rusyns, February 3 from 7-8 p.m. in conjunction with Wilkes College via Zoom. Learn about the critical information needed to find records in the ancestral homeland and information on family odyssey. Information being broadcast to members.

NEW feature sponsored by the Genealogy Committee, Let's Talk Rusyn Genealogy sessions will occur throughout the year. Sessions begin Wednesday, February 10 with Bill Tarkulich’s topic of Research in Slovakia. These free Zoom presentations will be open to all members. There will be a short session on the research topic followed by audience question and answers. More information to follow. 

2021 Genealogy LEARN AND CHAT Sessions


2nd Wed of Month.  1.5 hours 7:30-9PM

15-minute Speaker



Zuzana Palovic

Behind the Iron Curtain

February (members only)

Bill Tarkulich

State of Slovakia Research

April 14

Chris Black


Jun  9

Barb Popovich

Poland Research

Aug 11

Chris Black

Ukraine Research

Sep 8

Sharon Jarrow

Travel in Ukraine

Nov  10



May  12

Mary Osborne

I’m a Boyko!


The Cleveland Chapter is delighted to announce they will receive funding from two sources that will allow them to complete Phase I of their plan for the Rusin Garden in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens.

Through the efforts of members, Diana Essock, Laurel Tombazzi, Fran and Paul Burik and the generous guidance of Ohio State Representative Michael Skindell, funding has been granted by the State of Ohio through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources with additional matching funding coming from The Holden Park Trust.

Phase I will place four informational pedestals allowing visitors, both local and international, to understand more about Rusyns and their culture. Additionally, State funds have been granted for long-term planning efforts of Phase II that will honor Rusyn artist, Andy Warhol.

Funding will be received later this year, and design plans are now being finalized so we are ready to implement and complete this project.


The Who are the Rusyns? DVD was released in 2019 for the 25th Anniversary of the Carpatho-Rusyn Society.

It is professionally presented by John Righetti explaining the complicated history of the Rusyn people. This “hard copy” should be in every Rusyn home simply because it will be referred to often and hopefully shared with others. One realizes how close the Rusyns were to becoming extinct and gives great hope for the future as we are now recognized as an ethnic minority by many countries.

The DVD can be purchased for $25, which includes postage and handling. Please include the name and address of the recipient and mail your check made payable to Carpatho-Rusyn Society to Bonnie Burke, 1101 Tanner Crossing Lane, Indian Land, SC 29707. 

Orders will be processed immediately upon receipt.


The Southeastern States Branch has been significantly growing. Therefore, it has become necessary to divide the Southeastern Branch into the Georgia Branch, Florida Branch and Carolinas (N&S) Branch on our website. If you have any friends or relatives who might be interested, please let them know. Have them visit our website under "Chapters" and they just need to click “join email list.” Contact Bonnie at for additional information.

Sunday, January 31, 2021 2:00 - 4:00 pm Eastern (Virtual)

All C-RS members are cordially invited to attend the first C-RS virtual round table talk Meet Our Leaders on Sunday, January 31 from 2 - 4 pm Eastern time.  

The meeting will take place on ZOOM and a link to join will be sent out after registration.

During Meet Our Leaders, C-RS officers, board members, and chapter/branch leaders will introduce themselves and their projects, and they will take questions.

Please join the gang on January 31st and get to know your fellow C-RS members!

****REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. To review event and your registration details online, log in at with your email and password and visit the events page. 

Wednesday, February 3 2021 7:00 pm Eastern (Virtual)

Retired professional genealogist, Tom Peters, will host Under the Onion Domes: Those Mysterious Carpatho-Rusyns! on Wednesday, February 3 from 7-8 p.m. via Zoom. Learn about the critical information needed to find records in the ancestral homeland and information on family odyssey.

During Tom's professional career, he successfully traced ancestors for his clients in France, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland, Ukraine, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Ireland, Scotland, England and Switzerland. He taught Immigrant Ancestry courses in adult education systems and community colleges. He was a volunteer librarian for the North Caldwell, N.J., LDS Family History Library for the past 25 years.

Register here


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The Carpatho-Rusyn Society (C-RS) is a national 501(C)(3) organization founded in Pittsburgh, PA in 1994. As stated in our mission statement, the C-RS is dedicated to manifesting Carpatho-Rusyn culture in the United States and supporting Rusyn culture in the homeland in east central Europe. Information about joining C-RS and a membership application may be obtained on the C-RS membership website at