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Martha Oksana Inns
October 6, 2023
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Martha Oksana Inns (née Bilyk) passed away on Friday, Oct. 6, 2023 in Queens, New York, after a long illness.
Martha was born on April 16, 1947, in a refugee camp in Bayreuth, West Germany, where her Ukrainian parents found shelter after World War II. She and her family immigrated to the United States in 1949, first living in New Haven, Conn., then settling in Reading, Pa. The family later moved to Philadelphia.
Martha attended Central Catholic High School in Reading before marrying her first husband, David Faust. They had two children -- Sandy and David. After the couple separated, she lived for a time in Norristown and Philadelphia, then moved to California, where she met and married her second and third husbands, David Inns and Edwin E. Saczynski, both deceased.
She lived for a time in Munfordville, Kentucky before moving back to Philadelphia. Martha returned to school, earning undergraduate and master’s degrees in information technology from the University of Phoenix. She bought a home in Philadelphia’s Roxborough neighborhood where she became active in local Republican organizations. She worked at Wyeth Inc. and Pfizer Inc. in Collegeville, and later at Home Depot before retiring.
Martha was an avid reader and a particular fan of Elvis Presley, opera, Star Trek, science fiction, and cats.
She was predeceased by her parents, George and Stefania Bilyk, her son, David Faust, and her second and third husbands, David Inns and Edwin Saczynski. She is survived by her daughter, Sandy Faust (Jeff Fidler); her son’s widow, Dee Faust; grandchildren Desiree, Anne, and Kady Faust; siblings Christine Reiner, Luba Lyons, Irenej George Bilyk (Jane Von Bergen), and Dr. Larysa Bilyk; nieces and nephews Stefanie Whitmore (David), Edward Lyons (Isadora), Lauren Lyons (Teddy Pruskowski), Joseph Bilyk, and Michael Bilyk; great nephews and nieces Christopher Gallagher and Samantha Gallagher, and her first husband, David Faust.
Services will be held on Thursday, Oct. 12 at the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church, 1206 Valley Road, Melrose Park. Requiem Liturgy will be celebrated at 10 AM, preceded by a 9 AM viewing. Internment at St. Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery, Cedar and Glenmoore Avenues, in the Fox Chase section of Elkins Park.