Rosalie A. Senick, died November 6, 2018 at Conner Williams Nursing Home, where she most recently was under the tender, loving care of the nurses and staff, with family at her side. She was 89 and a resident of Ascension Manor in Northern Liberties section of Philadelphia.
Born in Chesapeake City, Maryland, Rosalie was the daughter of the late Gregory and Mary (Mankin) Arkatin. The family moved to Philadelphia, living in the Fairmount section. She was a graduate of St. Basil Academy and attended the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Maryland and the Settlement Music School in Philadelphia.
Rosalie met William Senick at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church where they both sang in the church choir; they were later married at the church and moved to the Logan area where they both sang in the Christ the King Ukrainian Catholic Church choir. Bill died suddenly in 1962, leaving Rosalie to raise their five children; she worked a number of different jobs to keep food on the table for her family and finally landed a job with Pennsylvania Railroad as an audit clerk where she stayed for 23 years before retiring; she moved to Folcroft, PA in 1972 and later to Morton, PA in 1988. She was the choir director at SS Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church in Clifton Heights, PA and later became the choir director at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. She moved to her residence at Ascension Manor in 1998.
Along with the Church, Rosalie was very devoted to family; she was kind-hearted to anyone she met on the street, yet strong and could voice her opinion!!! She will always be remembered for her love and talent for singing, cooking, gardening, flowers, animals, family, and of course her strong faith and dedication to her Church. Her incredible musical talent on her piano was passed down through the family. Rosalie had a singing voice all loved; she sang as a cantor at many weddings.
After the death of her husband she was left with five children aged 1 1/2 to 11, so she had a very busy life devoted to them; they were raised to have compassion, faith and resilience! As grandchildren came into her life she was right there to be the best grandmother, spending any chance she could with them and raising them. Her strength and love has been an influence and inspiration for every one of her grandchildren and their children and will continue through her family.
She is survived by her children: Stephen Senick, Joseph Senick and his wife Sandy and Roseanne Wexler and her husband Eric; her grandchildren: Mathew, Paul, Bethany, Lauren, Mike (Dianne), Donna (John), Linda (Will), Timothy, Bill, Shane and Kate (Dan); her great-grandchildren: Vincent, Alyssa, Ava, Victoria, Christina, Ivy, Levi, Michael, Ryan, Nicholas, Richie and Francesca; and her great-great-grandchildren: Jaedyn, Giuliana, and Angelo. She is predeceased by her husband, William and her sons 'Ted' William Senick (Lynn) and Gregory Senick (JoAnn) as well as siblings Joseph Arkatin, Paul Arkatin, Peter Arkatin, Catherine Moraski, Sister M. Tharsilla O.S.B.M., Olga Pastuszok and Veronica Tokash. She is also survived her sisters: Sister M. Bernarda Arkatin O.S.B.M. and Stephanie Mican.
Relatives and friends are invited to her viewing on Tuesday at 9 AM at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Panahyda Prayers will be sung at 9:45 AM with Requiem Services sung at 10 AM. Burial will follow at St. Mary Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery, Elkins Park, PA.
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