Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Fedorchak, Catherine Hester (Foreaker)

Anyone interested in the history and genealogy of Monroe county, Ohio certainly misses Mrs. Catherine Hester Fedorchak. We are indeed fortunate that she left a legacy of information that people will be using for years to come.

Her obituary follows:

Catherine Hester [Foreaker] Fedorchak, 76, of Merrillville, IN, formerly of Gary and Valparaiso, died Oct. 14, 1994.

She was a retired secretary for the United Steelworkers of America, Local 3008, and a member of S.O.A.R. She was also a member of The Daughters of the American Revolution, The Ohio Genealogical Society, and The Monroe County Chapter of The Ohio Genealogical Society. She had also been a former member of the First Presbyterian Church in Gary, IN.

This fall the Monroe County Genealogical Chapter awarded Mrs. Fedorchak with a Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of all the work that she had done over the past several decades collecting and preserving genealogical records for southeastern Ohio. She is the first person to be honored by the Monroe County Chapter for all the genealogy research that she has done for the past four decades.

She is survived by a daughter, Charlotte Fedorchak of Crown Point, IN; a son, James R. Fedorchak; a sister, Charlotte Behre of Tumwater, WA; a grandson, Douglas Fedorchak of Downers Grove, IL; an uncle, Dr. Walter C. Burkhart of Athens, GA; a sister-in-law, Barbara Fedorchak of Merrillville, IN; several cousins, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John T. Fedorchak.

Private services were held at the convenience of the family.

In recognition of her long time interest in genealogy research, the family requests that memorial contributions given in her name be sent to The Monroe County Genealogical Chapter, Ohio Genealogical Society, Box 641, Woodsfield, OH 43793. (Source: Monroe County Beacon, Thursday, October 27, 1994 - furnished by Leona Harrison)

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