Stephanie Wochok | Aided Ukrainians, 95

Stephanie Wochok
Stephanie Wochok
Posted: February 18, 2013

Stephanie Wochok, 95, who worked for the Ukrainian community, died Friday, Feb. 8, at Paoli Memorial Hospital from heart disease and renal failure.

Mrs. Wochok was born in Philadelphia, but spent her early childhood at the family farm on Green Lane in Charlestown Township, Chester County. She attended first grade in a one-room schoolhouse.

After graduating in 1935 from Philadelphia High School for Girls, she worked for Sears Roebuck & Co.

She married Frank Wochok on April 22, 1939. When he joined the Army, she joined Philadelphia's Wage Tax Department, where one task was to grant amnesty to delinquent taxpayers.

In 1951, at the request of Ukrainian Catholic Bishop Constantine Bohachevsky, Mrs. Wochok went to work for the Providence Association of Ukrainian Catholics in America, a fraternal organization that provided low-cost insurance and mortgages to members.

Because Mrs. Wochok spoke their language, she could help bring displaced Ukrainians being held in POW camps during World War II to the United States. She fed and housed some herself until lodging was found.

In 1953, she was elected to the first of eight four- year terms as treasurer of the Providence Association. She helped fund construction of Ukrainian churches throughout the United States.

She was active with the Pennsylvania Association of Notaries and the Philadelphia Federation of Women's Clubs. In addition, she helped form the Ukrainian Congress Committee, a group that lobbied the U.S. Congress on behalf of Ukraine.

She received an award for her service to the church from Pope John Paul II during his 1982 visit to the Ukrainian Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. She also received a lifetime award from the Ukrainian Catholic Church in 1985.

She is survived by sons Taras, Dennis, and Thomas; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A viewing at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, will be followed by a noon Funeral Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 830 N. Franklin St., Philadelphia. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Fox Chase.

Donations may be made to the Sisters of St. Basil the Great, 710 Fox Chase Rd., Philadelphia 19126.

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