C-RS Connection 

July 2021



On Saturday, June 26, we opened our center to the public at the Doors Open Pittsburgh event exploring the Homestead neighborhood. Visitors experienced the warmth of our Rusyn hospitality. They were welcomed with the traditional bread, salt, and slivovitz. We also set up two tables. One was set with plenty of bottles of cold water, iced tea, and wine - the other with appetizers. To add to our visitors’ experience, DJ Danny Adamik played traditional Rusyn folk songs.

Visitors enjoyed traditional Rusyn craft demonstrations. Bonnie Balas displayed her cross-stich Easter Basket covers. Mark Jesko demonstrated Rusyn techniques for decorating Easter eggs. Mary Gido taught onlookers how to spin wool into thread. Attendees had an opportunity to read about the history of Rusyn immigration to America, view photos and watch a YouTube video on the history of the Cultural Center. We also had an art exhibit by Homestead native Carol MacKenzie Coulter, photography by Silvia Rojakova from Slovakia, paintings by Pitt Nationality Room Tour Coordinator Michael Walter, Rusyn Artist Michal Kundl'a from Jakubany and medical illustrations by Jon Coulter. More than 320 people toured our Center, of whom 284 had never before visited the building. We were No. 1 in Social Media – Top Organic Posts – 5,880 people reached and 318 engaged. Not bad at all.

A special thank you goes to Jon Coulter and Silvia Rojakova for tirelessly working for three weeks to make the Center presentable and preparing the exhibit. Bettianne Dilles ironed the several folk costumes put on display. Thanks also to Mark Jesko, Bonnie Balas, and Mary Gido for demonstrating their impressive talents.

Doors Open Pittsburgh (https://doorsopenpgh.org) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to educate and celebrate the Pittsburgh and surrounding communities’ diverse architecture and history. It does this by providing historical tours, as well as offering unique storytelling experiences. The organization makes it possible for all to explore and appreciate the diversity of our local industries and cultures.

Maryann Sivak

C-RS National President


Welcome to our newest C-RS members . The following list of names reflects new members who have joined us (or have been reinstated) since May 15, 2021.  Please review the list - you might just find someone you know! This list includes the months of May and June.  

New Members for May

  • Susan Barniak - Westlake, OH
  • Barbara Baten - Lilbrun, GA
  • Russ Bilowich - Akron, OH
  • Patti Bromley - New Cumberland, PA
  • JoAnn Chmielewski - West Bloomfield Township, MI
  • Connie Edwards - Erie, PA
  • Jennifer Garcia - Fountain Valley, CA
  • Michael Harding - Clinton, MA
  • Julieanna Kapelan Brown – Madison, TN
  • Oleh Malylo – Brooklyn, NY
  • Marie Margitan – Duluth, MN
  • Stacia Marlett - St Paul, MN
  • Rosemarie Massaro – Wooster, OH
  • Kevin Menard – Denton, TX
  • Virginia Homa Nelson - North Cheimsford, MA
  • Nicholas & Geri Novotni, - West Mifflin, PA
  • Elizabeth Nuzback – Springfield - IL
  • James Steeley - Greensburg, PA
  • Di Ann Tarhalla – Salinas, CA
  • Dave Dupnock Warakomski – Wyanantskill, NY
  • Nasstasia Yard (Yaremczuk) -Victoria, British Columbia
  • Larissa Lee – Rahway, NJ

New Members for June:

  • Richard Garrett -Des Plaines, IL
  • Marlene Kocan -Delaware, OH
  • John Kopcha -Lansdowne, PA
  • Richard Leyshock -Fort Thomas, KY
  • Larry Matta -Cypress, TX
  • Nancy Orcutt – Littleton, CO
  • Benjamin Poremski -Buffalo, NY
  • Mary Smith, Mobile, AL
  • Mary Anna Sromoski – Breinigsville, PA
  • Linda   Stufflebean - Oro Valley, AZ
  • Donna Zarutskie Lehrer, Big Rock, IL
  • Natalie Zett - Saint Paul,MN


The following members were lapsed in their membership dues for the February & March 2021 billing cycle. These members unfortunately have been archived from the active membership rolls of the Carpatho-Rusyn Society. If a member is archived and eventually does pay their dues, their membership record will be reinstated. If you know of anyone listed here, please reach out to them and ask that they consider renewing.

Members archived in May for the February billing cycle:

  • Denise Eusebio – Columbiana, OH
  • Rev Michael Evanick – Schererville, IN
  • Linda Ferraro – Durham, CT
  • Michael & Barabara Karr - Laguna Niguel, CA
  • Karen  Krenitsky – Butler, PA
  • Andrea Macura - Granville, NY
  • Thomas Medwick – Clifton, NJ
  • Pamela Moore - Santa Monica. CA
  • Hillary Schwallie – Novelty. OH
  • Sally Staruch – Lorain, OH
  • John Sweet IV - Herndon. VA
  • Dr. Gregory Walsko - Winter Haven, FL

Members archived in June for the March billing cycle:

  • Sandra Dent – Severn, MD
  • Pamela Gianni – Pittsburgh, PA
  • Robert Hanich - Asheville, NC
  • Betty Mae Hertz - Newport News, VA
  • Ron Horvath – Lyndhurst, OH
  • Stephen Hrobuchak – Dalton, PA
  • Michael Laura - Medway, MA
  • Stephen Petrick – Ridgewood, NJ
  • Theresa Schmitz - North Wales, PA
  • Dr Betty Shovlin, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Susan Slivka – Berwick,,PA
  • Anna Tombazzi – Lancaster, CA

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. 


The Anna Donson Memorial Scholarship, in its fifth year, will be once again offering a $1000.00 scholarship. The committee consists of Dr. Paula Donson, Paul Lohin, Pamela Hemzik, Sarah Latanyshyn, Dr. Dolores Fidishun, Elizabeth Diles, Cathie McAdams, and Sharon Jarrow .

The aim of the scholarship is to assist students who themselves are members of the Carpatho-Rusyn Society, or who would advance the Carpatho-Rusyn culture, language, or tenets of the Carpatho-Rusyn Society. The purpose of this $1000.00 scholarship is to recognize and provide financial assistance to an outstanding student enrolled in a higher education program (2 or 4-year duration or graduate program) or any accredited institution that offers certified academic, professional, technical, or vocational training.

The scholarship wishes to encourage and highlight the excellent contributions that our Rusyn people are making to their communities and beyond. The scholarship also intends to accelerate the advancement of our young Carpatho-Rusyn population, expanding the development of our Carpatho-Rusyn citizens, within their community and state through higher education, advanced learning, and professional academic or vocational work.

The Anna Donson Memorial Scholarship application form and criteria are available online at the Carpatho-Rusyn Society website: www.c-rs.org Go to HIGHLIGHTS on the home page, click on the 2021 Donson Scholarship button from the The Anna Donson Memorial Scholarship, scroll to the bottom of page, and click on the application button to print the application form (also posted is the Scholarship Description and Criteria).

Dr. Paula Donson




George Pawlush, author of the still unnamed book about American athletes with Carpatho Rusyn ancestry, reports that as of Thursday, July 15, preliminary research has identified 26 athletes who most probably qualify as being descendants of families who once lived in Carpatho Rusyn settlements.

The author is using Dr. Paul Robert Magosci’s 1996 large-scale map entitled “Carpatho Rusyn Settlement at the Onset of the 20th Century” as his guide for determining the ancestry of the athletes that have been nominated. Dr. Magosci in his 2018 booklet “The East Slavs of the Carpathians, depicts Carpatho Rusyns in his settlement map as living on contiguous territory within the present-day boundaries of Ukraine, Poland Slovakia and Romania.

Magosci’s map shows 1447 villages in his revised 1998 edition where 20 percent of more of the inhabitants were Carpatho-Rusyn in the period between 1881 and 1921, together with other villages which had had more than 20 percent inhabitants in the year 1806.

“My research will continue until I complete the near final drafts of my book,” says Pawlush, “The interest in this project by people all around the country has been fantastic. I welcome everyone’s comments and suggestions. Please e-mail me if you had any first hand experiences with the athletes below. My e-mail address is George.pawlush@Wilkes.EDU or you can write me at 206 Taylor Ave., Cheshire, CT 06410,” he adds.

Current and deceased American athletes who meet this this CR standard, with DOB and DOD dates, include:

  • Nestor Chylak, MLB umpire  (1922-1982)
  • Harry Dorish, MLB pitcher (1921-2000)
  • Jennifer Derevjanik, WNBA (1982-present)
  • Pete Duranko, NFL player (1943-2011)
  • Mike Gazella, MLB SS (1896 -1978)
  • Steve Halaiko, boxing (1908-2001)
  • John Halama, MLB pitcher( 1972-present)
  • Sam Havrilak, NFL Player (1947-present)
  • John Jadick, boxing (1908-1970)
  • John Kundla, NBA coach (1916-2017)
  • Danny Kravitz, MLB catcher (1930-2013)
  • Pete Latzo, boxing (1902-1968)
  • George Magulick, NFL player )1919-1955)
  • Bill Malinchak, NFL Player (1944-present)
  • Joe “Ducky” Medwick, MLB player (1911-1975)
  • Spike Merena, MLB pitcher (1909-1977)
  • Jack Quinn Picus, MLB pitcher (1883-1946)
  • John Pyecha, MLB pitcher (1931-present)
  • Steve Ridzik, MLB pitcher (1929-2008)
  • Andy Seminick, MLB catcher (1921-2004)
  • Paul (Stenko) Stenn, NFL player (1918-2003)
  • George Tarasovic, NFL Player (1930-2019)
  • John Terpak, weight lifting champion  (1912-1993)
  • George Toma, MLB and Super Bowl groundskeeper (1929-present)
  • Paul “Red” Uram, Gymnastics and NFL football, (1926-2017)
  • Tom Yewcik, MLB catcher and NFL player (1932-2020)
  • Scott Zolak, NFL player (1967-present)
  • Michael Basca, NFL player
  • Joe Bonchonsky, Sr  Amateur and Professional Soccer Pioneer (1930-present)
  • Joe Bonchonsky,Jr. NASL Soccer Professional (1960-present)
  • Jack Hamm, NFL player (1948-present)
  • Jim Honochick, MLB umpire (1917-1994)
  • Bernie Kosar, NFL player (1963 -present)
  • Greg Manusky, NFL player (1966-present)
  • Sam Mikulak, Olympic Gymnastics (1992-present)
  • Mike Naymick, MLB player (1917-2005)
  • Thomas Poholsky, MLB pitcher (1929-2001)
  • Mike Souchak, PGA golfer (1927-2008)
  • Ed Vargo, MLB umpire (1928-2008)
  • Mike Ditka, NFL player (1939-present)
  • Harry Fanok, MLB pitcher (1940-present)
  • Mike Goliat, MLB 2B (1921-2004)
  • John Kucab, MLB pitcher, (1919-1977)
  • Ed (Lopatynski) Lopat, MLB pitcher (1918-1992)
  • Michael Nicholas Mikulak, NFL player (1912-1999)
  • Stan Musial, MLB 1B (1920-2013)
  • Ralph “Rube” Novotney, MLB catcher (1924-87)
  • George Shuba, MLB of (1924-2014)


James Karinchack, MLB baseball

He is from Walden, NY and currently pitches for the Cleveland Indians.

Andy Kosco, MLB baseball

Andy was born in Youngstown, OH. He was a MLB player, mostly with the Minnesota Twins, from 1965 to 1974.

Norm Larker, MLB baseball

He was born in Beaver Meadows (Hazleton), PA in 1930. His mother’s name was Susan Zeleznock, who was born in the USA. Her parents, Michael and John Zeleznock, came from Slovakia. Larker played with the Dodgers and Giants from 1958 to 1963.

Johnny Logan, MLB baseball

Johnny grew up in Endicott, NY. His mother was Anna Senko (1896-1997) He payed in the MLB from 1951 to 1963, mostly with the Milwaukee Braves.

Steve Swetonic, MLB baseball

Born in Mt. Pleasant, PA (1903) and died in Canonsburg, PA (1970). His father, John Swetonic Sr, and mother, Susan Bushick, were both born in Austria, 1862 and 1864 respectively. Steve Jr. played with the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1929 to 1935.

Andy Uram, NFL Football

Was a star football player at the University of Minnesota and later with the Green Bay Packers from 1938 to 1943. He was born 1915 in Minneapolis . Have little information on his parents, Andrew Uram Morin and Mary Uram Morin, who came from Austria-Hungary


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. www.c-rs.org 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


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


June 15

Barb Popovich

Poland Research

August 11

Chris Black

Ukraine Research

September 8

Sharon Jarrow

Travel in Ukraine

November 10



May 12, 2022

Mary Osborne

I’m a Boyko!


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 bb@c-rs.org for additional information.

The Dallas Chapter is returning to live events this July!

We are pleased to welcome Anna Tombazzi, Miss Czech-Slovak U.S. for an in-person, public event on July 17, 2021. She will be with visiting us for a weekend of festivities in her honor. We are proud to celebrate the accomplishments of this fine young woman of Rusyn descent!

I am attaching links to our Eventbrite page and our Facebook event for you to share with everyone. Please let me know if you have any problems with these links.

Thank you,

Lee Ann /Dallas Chapter

Carpatho-Rusyn Society Heritage Program

Hosted by: Dean Poloka

Sundays 3:30 - 4:00 p.m.  (Eastern U.S. time)

Host Dean Poloka is a master choreographer and ethnic researcher of traditional Carpatho-Rusyn music, song and dance.

For more information:  https://c-rsmedia.org/radio-site/ 

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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 https://carpathorusynsociety.wildapricot.org.