Irene Stroczan-Kulchycky passed July 7, 2022 surrounded by her adoring family, following a brief battle with cancer. Irene is survived by her loving husband of twenty-one years, Bohdan “Dan” Kulchycky, her daughters Christina Boretskii and Myra Pustaver, their husbands, Peter Boretskii and Dr. Mark Pustaver. Irene’s greatest loves were her 5 grandchildren, Peter Boretskii (21), Michael Boretskii (17), Luca Boretskii (11), Alexandra Pustaver (11), and Kathryn “Kiki” Pustaver (9). In addition, Irene has three sisters, Martha Odins, Natalie Cahill and Christine Stroczan and her nieces, Lara Eggers, Melanie Grewal, Natalia Marrone and nephew, Andrew Odins.
Irene’s parents John and Olha Stroczan fled war torn Ukraine, fleeing to Austria, where Irene was born on April 9, 1945. John and Olha arrived with their four daughters in New York City in 1949, and later settled in Camden, New Jersey.
Irene put herself through nursing school, graduating at the top of her class in 1981. Her career in nursing began at Montgomery Hospital, Norristown PA. She transitioned to a new role as Assistant Director of Nursing at Upper Frederick Menonnite Nursing Home, Fagleysville PA. Irene finished her career at Nazareth Hospital in Philadelphia PA. Her passion to help others led her to a life of service in the medical profession for 30 years.
Irene’s infectious smile and laugh was a joy to her family and all who knew her. Her greatest love was her children and grandchildren. A number of Irene’s favorite things were family vacations to Sandbridge Virginia, visits to her daughter in North Carolina, antique and flea market shopping with her sisters, morning Soduko challenges with Dan as well as their casino hopping with their Buffalo NY friends; many trips to Martha’s Vineyard with her best friend, Maryann, and truly just spending time with her girls, Chris and Moo. Laughing with her daughters until they were all breathless was the norm for the three. Irene had many extended “kids”, which included Chris’ and Moo’s many friends, who were always made to feel welcome and a part of the family. And to say Irene adored her 5 grandchildren is an understatement. She cherished them all, making each feel special and loved by her always.
Irene's family will greet friends on Saturday at 10 AM at SS Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church, Bridgeport, PA. Requiem Liturgy at 11 AM.
Irene’s family is requesting, in lieu of flowers, please send donations to: Ukrainian Educational & Cultural Center (Ukraine Relief).
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