In memory of
Pearl Donchak died on Sunday July 7, 2019, at the home of her daughter, Diane, in Brooklyn, New York. She was 98 years old. Pearl, the daughter of Wassil and Pearl (Falatovich) Chelak, was born August 14, 1920, in Park Place, PA, one of twelve children. She graduated from Mahanoy Township High School in 1938. Following the end of WWII, she married Peter Donchak of Frackville, PA, and settled in Brooklyn, NY. They raised four children together. Pearl worked as a sales associate for the Beechnut Company in Brooklyn, NY and later spent 20 years working at Abraham and Straus Co. (Macy's) department store. Pearl was a member of the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church for over sixty years. She enjoyed bowling with a league in Sunset Park and was a member of the Bay Ridge Center. Pearl was an avid cook and will be remembered for her traditional holiday meals. Although she spent many years in New York, Pearl always considered herself a "country girl from Pennsylvania". Her fondest memories involved family celebrations surrounded by her loved ones. Pearl was preceded in death by her husband Peter Donchak on July 22, 2011. Surviving are two daughters Diane Donchak of Brooklyn, NY; Lisa Donchak of New York, NY; two sons Peter J. Donchak and his wife Mary of East Windsor, NJ; John Donchak and his wife Geri of Chicago, IL; eight grandchildren Jillian Kashner, Meaghan, Peter, Caitlyn, John and Andrew Donchak, Alexandra and Sophia Capellini; two sisters Anna Homa and Nancy Hill, nieces and nephews. Divine Liturgy will be held at 10:00 AM Saturday July 13, 2019 from St. Michael Ukrainian Catholic Church, 45 S. Second St. Frackville, PA 17931 with Rev. Petro Zvarych officiating. Friends may call on Friday from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM as well as Saturday from 8:30AM -9:30 AM at Nice- Hart Funeral Home, Inc. 9 N. Lehigh Ave. Frackville, PA 7931. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Michael Ukrainian Catholic Church Memorial Fund at the above address and Camp Sunshine, a retreat for children with life threatening illnesses and their families, 35 Acadia Road, Casco, ME 04015. Burial will be in St. Michael's Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery, Frackville. Nice Hart Funeral Home Inc., Frackville, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences can be sent to www.nicehartfuneralhome.com .
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