Emilia Czyryca, 100, of Perry N.Y. passed away on Thursday May 14, 2020 at Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville.
She was born in Mogilno, Poland on Jan. 16, 1920, a daughter to the late Marcin and Zofia (Skowron) Dwojak.
She grew up on a small farm in Mogilno with siblings in order of age: Kasia, Janek, Julia, Wladek, Hanka, Janek, Viktor, (herself), Piotr, Helena. (Kasia and 1st Janek died at birth or as an infants.)
Her father died when she was 11. Later that year the oldest brother decided that they couldn’t afford to keep her on the farm so she was put to work as a servant on a remote farm. She was allowed to visit home for a few hours once every couple months. There she would work 16 hour days.
At 14 she went to work at a larger farm that had better conditions.
At 21 (1941) German authorities took her to the work camps in Saarbrucken, Germany for the war effort where her job was to build caskets and after the battles go out and fill them. Her co-workers were: Maria Gembalik, Stanislawa Kulik and three Belgian men, Ulian, Scar and Alex.
She would do this for the remainder of World War II.
When the war ended she spent three more years in the refugee camps where she met and eventually married Wladyslaw (or Walter) Czyryca on March 6, 1946. In November 1948 her daughter Wanda was born in Ober Lahnstein, Germany.
After some correspondence with half-sister Anna Blazek in the U.S., she Walter and Wanda departed from the port in Deiz, Germany on a Naval transport ship the USNS General Harry Taylor to New York City then to Anna’s house at 5250 Silver Springs Road (or Route 19A) Silver Springs, N.Y, where they spent their first year in the United States.
Walter soon got employment at the Perry Knitting Mill and soon after did Emilia. In approximately a year they moved to Perry and eventually bought a house on 11 Fruit St. where she lived the remainder of her life.
They had three more children. Walter passed away in 1958.
Emilia worked many years at the Perry Knitting Mill and was a housekeeper and cleaner for the former St. Stanislaus Church and rectory and St. Joseph’s Church in Perry.
She was an active member of St. Isidore’s Catholic Parish in Perry where she was a Eucharistic Minister, part of the Legion of Mary and The Women of the Church. She enjoyed taking care of the church gardens and decorating the church for the holidays and feast days.
Emilia was a wizard at knitting and sewing, often times local clothing stores would call upon her to do alterations for them. She enjoyed going to bingo and working around her home.
Her family and Catholic faith were very important to her. She had a binding affection with all the people she worked with in the Church working to bring people closer to God.
Emilia nourished her Catholic faith through the Holy Eucharist which is where she drew Her strength throughout her entire life. She offered prayers for friends and family or anyone else in need. Her sacrificial love was evident to all those who knew her.
She is survived by her three children: Wanda (Thierry) Maison of Franklin, Mass., Christine Czyryca of Manchester, N.H., Janek (or John) Czyryca of Perry, a sister Helen Goly of Poland, three grandchildren: Douglas (Jennifer)
Czyryca, Elizabeth D’Nice and Jordan (Nicolle Fortes) Czyryca, five great grandchildren: Adam, Becca and Sean Czyryca, Samantha D’Nice and Victor, along with many nieces, nephews and friends.
Along with her parents she is preceded in death by her husband: Walter Czyryca who passed away in 1958, son: Victor who passed away in 1995, daughter-in-law: Linda Czyryca who passed away in 1992, and siblings .
Services will be held at the convenience of the family with a Memorial Mass to be held at a later date.
She will be laid to rest in St. Stanislaus Kostka Cemetery in Perry, N.Y.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Isidore’s Catholic Parish 8 Park St. Perry, New York 14530.
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Arrangement by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 N. Main St. Perry, N.Y. 14530