Mary M. (Shrum) Kozemchak

June 10, 1932 ~ June 9, 2019 (age 86)
Mary M. (Shrum) Kozemchak, 86, of Derry, died June 9, 2019, at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital. She was born June 10, 1932, in the village of Peanut, a daughter of the late Charles E. and Julia M. (Moore) Shrum. Mary was an active member of the Assumption of the Blessed Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church in Latrobe, a longtime member of the Derry Ukrainian Club Auxiliary where, for many years, she worked in the kitchen, and a member of the Derry Ukes and the “Song Birds” bowling teams. She enjoyed music, all the Pittsburgh sports teams, traveling, and is often remembered for her fine cooking. She was also devoted to praying the Holy Rosary each day as she remained active in her faith and hope in God. Mary enjoyed the simple pleasures of life, sitting on the porch in the summer and the company of many dear friends including her friends and neighbors Jo Ann and Mike Blasko who cared for Mary’s yard, prepared her garden, and planted beautiful flowers each year. She was also kept close company by her caring and special friends Jim, Theresa, and Steve Wetzel. Besides her parents, her husband Frank T. Kozemchak Sr.; one son Frank T. Kozemchak Jr.; three sisters Dolores Kuzemchak, Betty Buck, and Carolyn Murry; and one brother Charlie Shrum precede Mary in death. Mary is survived by her daughter-in-law Carol Hester and husband Robert along with numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. The family will receive friends for Mary’s Life Celebration Wednesday 2-4 and 6-8 PM June 12, 2019, at the Matthew X. Merlin Funeral Home, Inc. 529 N. Chestnut St. Derry 724-694-8331. The Holy Rosary will be recited during the viewing on Wednesday from 2-4. A funeral mass will be held Thursday 11:00 AM June 13, 2019, at the Assumption of the Blessed Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church with Rev. Gregory Madeya as Celebrant. Interment will follow at the St. Joseph Cemetery, Derry. Online condolences may be made at
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