Mrs. Eva Danilo Yurkovsky died on October 15, 1968 at the Elmhurst General Hospital, Long Island City, New York, where she had been confined from September 30th after a heart seizure.
She would have been 74 years old on October 25th. Her husband John A. Yurkovsky, died on January 20th, 1967.
Mrs. Yurkovsky, born in Mayfield, Pa., was the daugter of the late Peter Danilo, who was born in Klopotnica, in Lemkovina. Mother Tekla Kulick was born in Bodnarka; she died in 1898. Stepmother, Mary Pawlak, came from Peregrimka. She was a wonderful mother and grandmother until her death in 1929. Mrs. Yurkovsky’s only brother, Wasil, 2 y. younger than she, was a World War I veteran, having served with the artillery in the Rainbow Division. Tragedy was to strike this happy family in the mid-twenties.
In July, 1925, brother Wasil Danilo was killed in a coal mine accident while working with his father, Peter. Just one month later Mrs. Yurkovsky’s father, Peter Danilo, was killed in the coal mine. The community was shocked. Both men had taken an active interest in parish affairs and local politics; both were keen supporters of institutions established by the immigrants such as: The Russian Brotherhood Organization; ROCMAS of Wilkes-Barre with its newspaper, Svit; the Lubov society of Mayfield; Lemko Soyuz and the Katchkovaky Society.
In retrospect, these personal tragedies of the mid-twenties seemed but to be the harbinger of a greater national tragedy — the Great Depression! The Yurkovsky Danilo family in Mayfield lost all of their property. Legislation to prevent this crme too late. So it was necessary to move elswhere, where jobs were available. Thanks primarily to the efforts of a cousin, Andrew Telep, the family were able to get m new start in New York City in the late ‘thirties’.
Settled In New York City, Mrs. Yurkovsky again took an interest in Church and other activities. The
Although Mrs. Yurkovsky had but five years of formal public schooling, she was a self-educated scholar. No letter from the old country in any Slavonic language was too difficult for her to read! Her knowledge of the Bible, Church history, literature, and history of Russia and Carpatho-Russia was extensive. True, the fundamentals she had learned while attending the first-rate Russian Orthodox parochial school at Mayfield from 4 to 6 p. m., thrice weekly. It pained her to see the slow decline of the parish school, for the subjects taught there were vital, especially for this day and age. Present day “Sunday Schools”, while better than nothing at all, could not compare with the former six-day a week parochial school, she felt.
Mrs. Yurkovsky was an excellent cook, as not only her family and relatives could attest, but also those many friends and acquaintances who had the good fortune over the years to be dinner guests in her home.
She is survived by two sons, Andrew of Jersey City, N. J. and Peter of Milford, Conn., and two daughters — Mamie Velsko of Mineola, L.I. and Leona Wislosky of Woodside, Long Island.
Funeral services were at the St. John’s Russian Orthodox Church, Mayfield, Pa. Burial was on the family plot in the Russian Orthodox Cemetery in Mayfield, October 18, 1968.
Nicholas’ Cathedral in New York City. Hеге It was that brother Wasil Danilo had been married in the early twenties. This was the favorite church of most of the relatives in New York City.
Mrs. Yurkovsky became active in Lemko Relief after World War II. For many years she was a secretary for an RBO lodge in Long Island City. Recently she was engaged in a fund drive with her relative, the late Michael Shostak of Hazelton, Pa., in collecting funds for the successful rebuilding of the Russian Orthodox Church and a Rectory in Peregrimka, Lemkovina. Shortly before her serious heart condtion slowed her down, she was trying to induce the Church — the clergymen of Orthodoxy in North America — to meet its responsibility of leadership to our kin in Lemkovschina by organizing a drive for funds and establishing communications with the ruling authorities of those countries, and in helping to rebuild the run down Orthodox Churches in the Carpatho Russian territories of Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Yugoslavia.
In the last days of her life she frequently expressed sadness and a sense of failure at her inability to gain even lukewarm support from this quarter.
Mrs. Yurkovsky had a wide correspondence with the prominent and poor of our Lemkos in Czechoslovakia, Poland, Yugoslavia, and Canada. She wrote informative, authoritative, and provocative pieces in the Karpatska Rus concerning the persecution of our people, especially after World War ІІ. And even recently shе had received evidence of some harassment of our kin as regards the legitimacy of their private property and their worship in their churches in Poland. Her direct complaints of this to the authorities in the Embassy in New York and direct wires to Poland were effective in curbing some of this nastiness. It was in this area that she felt the clergy with the prestige of their calling could get better results than she could.