Minersville Cemetery Transcriptions

In October of 2003 I photographed some of the gravestones in St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church Cemetery in Minersville, PA. In the summer of 2004, Mary-Ann B. transcribed a few stones in St. Nick's and Saints Peter & Paul and forwarded the information to me for inclusion here. I'm grateful to her, as well as Debbie Greenlee, who did the hard work of transcribing my photos. Jesse Savage kindly helped me with the Cyrillic.

Please note that there's a much more thorough transcription of St. Nick's available that covers a lot of the stones represented here. It's not complete, however, so some of the stones listed here are not in the other transcription and vice versa. I'm too lazy to delete the duplicates from this list, so they'll remain here until the other transcription is 100% complete.

St. Nicholas

The stones transcribed below represent a small portion of the gravestones in the graveyard of St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church in Minersville, PA. I listed the stones in two separate tables. The first table is from my photos in 2003. I tried to focus on names that I thought I recognized from the Bukowsko Triangle. The second table is from Mary-Ann B.'s data and is organized slightly differently.

About the table below: The first column is a number assigned by the transcriber to each tombstone. Duplicate numbers indicate multiple names on a stone (like Thomas and Sophia on #2). The numbers are not otherwise significant. The relationship is what was written on the gravestone. The Polish surname column shows how the surname was probably spelled in Polish. There's a couple of important things to keep in mind about this column. First, these spellings are only guesses by Debbie and myself. Some (like Kramar and Semańczyk) we can verify independently, but not all. Second, this is a Ukrainian cemetery and the people buried here that were born in Europe used the Cyrillic alphabet. That subject is out of the scope of this Web page, but you should read more about Americanized Bukowsko Triangle names.

  Name Birth Date Death Date Relationship Polish Surname Notes
1 Joseph Bonchalk Sept. 9, 1918 April 12, 1971   Bończak Pennsylvania SFC US Army: WWII, Korea, VietNam
2 Thomas Bonchalk 1881 1942 father Bończak  
Sophia Bonchalk 1886 1928 mother    
3 Anna M. Bonchalk   April 13, 1976      
3 Michael Bonchalk   April 18, 1971   Bończak  
4 John Bonchalk 1889 1943 father Bończak  
4 Sophia Bonchalk 1894 1981 mother    
5 Peter Bonchalk 1879 1947   Bończak  
6 Andrew Bonchalk 1891 1943   Bończak Grave still tended.
7 Mary Bonchalk 1899 1964 mother    
7 Stephen Bonchalk 1893 1918 father Bończak  
8 Anna Bonchack 1929 1929      
8 George Bonchack 1921 1921   Bończak  
9 Anthony Bonchack 1919 1976   Bończak 2nd Lt US Army: WWII
10 Anthony Bonchack 1890 1942 father Bończak  
10 Ella Bonchack 1897 1966 mother    
11 Josephine E. Bonchak   1955 mother    
12 Stella Bonchock 1913 1933      
12 Stephen Bonchock 1881 1934   Bończak  
12 Sophie Bonchock 1886 19??     Death date is on headstone but covered with grass in photo.
13 Mary Bonk 1885 1935      
13 Steven Bonk 1885 19--     No complete date of death is shown.
14 Stephen Brilla 1880 1965   Bryła  
14 Julia Brilla 1885 1948      
15 John Brilla 1908 1930 son Bryła A photo plaque of John used to be on this headstone.
15 Sallie Brilla 1884 1939 mother   There is a photo plaque of Sallie on this headstone.
15 Paul Brilla 1880 1954 father Bryła  
16 Catherine Brilla 1883 1960 mother    
16 Theodore Brilla 1884 1966 father Bryła  
17 Catherine Ternowchek 1913 1958 daughter   Grave still tended.
18 Anna Ternowchek 1911 1996     Grave still tended.
18 Samuel Ternowchek 1910     Tarnawczyk No date of death on headstone.
19 Michael Turnowchek 1871 1928 father Tarnawczyk  
19 Magdaline Turnowchek 1871 1952   Tarnawczyk  
19 William Turnowchek 1905 1938   Tarnawczyk  
20 Alex Pecovich 1890 1930   Piechowicz  
21 Peter Pecovich July 25, 1918 July 5, 1996     Private US Army: WWII
22 Sophia Timchishin 1891 1955 mother    
22 Michael Timchishin 1880 1941 father Tymczyszyn  
23 Elizabeth Timichishin 1932 1939      
23 Peter Timchishin 1910 1933   Tymczyszyn  
24 Steven Timtishin March 9, 1928 Sept. 25, 2001   Tymczyszyn US ARMY A1CUS Air Force: WWII, Korea
25 Metro Timtishin 1915   father Tymczyszyn No date of death on headstone.
25 Eileen Timtishin 1952   daughter   No date of death on headstone.
25 Helen Timtishin 1920 2002 mother   Grave still tended.
26 Mary J Hnath May 8, 1907 Nov. 26, 1991     nee Sekellick.
26 John Hnath Oct. 24, 1910 Aug. 31, 1979   Hnat  
27 Michael Hnath 1885 1947 father Hnat  
27 Michael Slacta 1883 1951   Szlachta  
28 Anna Hnath 1890 1925 mother    
29 Hnat Kriak 1856 1921     Don't know if Kriak is a first name or a surname or if there are two people buried here.
30 Stanley Kovalczyk 1877 1940 husband Kowalczyk Grave still tended.
30 Rosie Kovalczyk 1881 1942 wife   Grave still tended.
31 Mary Kowalchick 1906 1933      
31 Mike Kowalchick 1898 1971   Kowalczyk  
32 Walter Kowalchick 1905 1971   Kowalczyk  
33 John Klepchick 1915 1917   Klepczyk  
33 Mary Klepchick 1893 1981      
33 Michael Klepchick 1893 1957   Klepczyk  
33 Joseph Klepchick 1922 1942      
34 Michael Semanchick   1935   Semańczyk  
34 Mary Semanchick   1948      
34 John Semanchick   1952      
35 Andro Cyganick 1897 1940   Cyganik  
35 Sally Cyganick 1898 1973      
36 Andrew Sap Kurtak 1888 19--   Hurtak Date of death not on headstone. Can't tell who is Sap and who is Kurtak.
36 Esther Sap Kurtak 1887 1936     Can't tell if Esther is a Sap or Kurtak or both.
36 Maccar Sap Kurtak 1885 1927   Hurtak Don't know origin of name Maccar, nor which surname belongs to him.
37 Theodore Hurtak 1879 1944      
37 Anna Hurtak 1895 1942      
38 Anna Hoptak 1910 1986      
38 John Hoptak 1909 1978      
39 Wasyl Kramer   1923 father Kramar  
39 Julia Kramer   1953 mother    
40 Regina M. Musick 1905 1980      
40 Stephen Musick 1904 1991   Muzyczka Grave still tended.
41 Max Music 1882 1918   Muzyczka  
42 Peter Music 1908 1934   Muzyczka  
43 George Nieczysty 1900 1982   Nieczysty  
44 Anna Bardon 1902 1965      
44 Helen Bardon 1916 1996   Bardon  
45 Samuel Starzetski 1881 1941   Starzecki  
45 Catherine Starzetski 1886 1934      
46 Stephen Starzetzkie 1909 1952   Starzecki Grave still tended.
47 John Federinko 1882 1952   Federenko  
48 Kathryn Belas 1896 1949 mother    
48 John Belas 1891 1938 father Biłas  
49 Mike Buryk 1888 1924 father Buryk  
49 Mickey Buryk 1920 1935 son    
49 Julia Buryk 1892 1972 mother    
50 Ameila Mazur 1894 1927      
50 Steve Mazur 1895 1956   Mazur  
50 Michael Mazur -- -- baby    
51 Jakim Maikovic 1862 Feb. 4, 1929 father Majkowicz  
51 Atania Maikovic 1869 Jan. 1, 1957 mother    
52 Mary Hutsko 1895 1965      
52 John Hutsko 1888 1947   Huczko  
53 Caroline Waninczyk 1877 1930      
53 Andrew Waninczyk 1868 1942      
54 Elias Beretsky 1879 1938 father Berestecki  
54 Kathryn Beretsky 1887 1945 mother    
55 John Postick Jan. 7, 1871 April 11, 1928      
55 Anna Postick 1878 1964 his wife    
56 Ivan Music June 1873 Jan 25 1922   Muzyczka This stone is in Cyrillic; the surname is Музичка. The WZBR database confirms Ivan's birthdate.
56 No name May 1882 ??? 1921 Ivan's wife    
57 Ansrij Polnia 1874 15 Oct 1918     Died at age 44. This stone is in Cyrillic; the surname is Полнии. Ansrij is perhaps a misspelling of Andrij.
57 Ivan Polnia   25 April 1921 Son   Died at age 11.
57 Anna 1879 1968     Anna's name was added at the bottom of the stone and is spelled in the Latin alphabet, not Cyrillic.
58 John Machusic 1914 1964      
59 Marie Machusic 1938 1948      

The stones below were transcribed by Mary-Ann B. in summer 2004.

  Name Birth Date Death Date Notes
1 Mary Kolody 1885 1968  
2 Andrew Kolody 1887 1959  
3 Metro Kolody 1913 1933  
4 Anna Kolody 1926 1928  
5 Thomas Condrack 1870 1929 Husband
6 Rose Condrack 1874 1934 Wife
7 Anthony Makara 1885 1945 Father
8 Mary Makara 1891 1951 Wife
9 Michael Makara 1915 1984 Husband
10 Helen Makara 1915   Wife
11 Andrew Makara Mar 28, 1921 May 10, 1990 Husband
12 Mary Makara 1924   Wife
13 Mary Music   1997  
14 Michael Music   1980  
15 Julia A Music 1900 1975  
16 Margaret Music     On the same stone as Julia A Music.
17 Joseph Gogno 1933    
18 Mary Gogno 1929 2000  

Sts. Peter & Paul

Mary-Ann B. provided the transcription below for the Saints Peter & Paul Greek Catholic Cemetery.

  Name Birth Date Death Date Notes
1 Julia Schlachta Kalinich 1888 1954 Mother
2 Andrew Kalinich   1948 Son
3 Julia Kalinich   1923 Infant
4 Michael Kalinich 1882 1937 Father
5 Annie Szlatchta Popovich 1882 1923 Sister of Julia Schlachta Kalinich
6 Edward J. Brock 1901 1937  
7 Mary Popovich 1903 1939 Shares E.J. Brock's headstone
8 Martha Machusky Jan 14, 1938 Jan 14, 1938 Twin sister of the transcriber

 

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