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Pauline Ann (Jarabak) Birus

January 31, 1937 ~ March 12, 2019 (age 82)
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Birus – Pauline Ann (Jarabak), 82, Johnstown, passed away on March 12, 2019 at Windber Hospice. She was born January 31, 1937, in Johnstown, daughter of the late Andrew Jarabak Sr. and Mary (Masar) Jarabak. Pauline was a 1955 graduate of Greater Johnstown High School. Pauline was the loving wife of John F. Birus. They were married on December 19, 1957 at Saint Peter and Paul Church in Woodvale by Father Pier. Her passing ends their marriage of 61 wonderful years. Pauline briefly worked for ACME Markets after high school. She lived her life for her husband, and her family, as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker. She took great pride in keeping her home clean and taking good care of her family. Pauline demonstrated her love for her husband, children, grandchildren and family members by preparing wonderful meals and delicious baked items for them. She was proud of her family and gave generously to them during her life time. Pauline served alongside her husband for many years at the Moxham Polish National Alliance (PNA Lodge 1327) where she served in a variety of capacities for over 40 years. Pauline helped organize, and participated, in the Moxham PNA Mixed Bowling League and was the secretary of the league for many years. She organized social events and trips for the members of the “club”. They traveled to district and national bowling tournaments and sponsored many trips to Las Vegas and elsewhere. Pauline cooked and served countless meals and food for the Moxham PNA, PNA District 8 and National Sporting events that were enjoyed by many! Pauline was well known for her cooking and baking especially her famed “nut roll”, cookies and “hunkie” food as she referred to her best dishes. Pauline was a past member of St. Rochus Catholic Church and present member of St. Patrick’s Church. She was also a member of the First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association. Pauline is survived by her husband and their two sons, John T. (Lynn) in Ellicott City, MD. and Timothy J. (Kristine), Irwin, PA. She was the loving “Baba” to 5 grandchildren: John (Jack), Madalynn and Nathan Birus, and Samuel and Margarette Birus. She also is survived by two siblings; Margaret Gallardy, in Summerhill and Ronald (Susie) Jarabak, St. Petersburg, Fla. She is also survived by sister in law Margaret Jarabak, brother and sister in laws Marguarite and Richard Wesolowski. She was an aunt to numerous nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by brothers, Andrew, Stephen, Raymond and Frank Jarabak; and sisters Irene Podrasky, Gertrude and Mary Jarabak. Friends will be received from 2:00 – 4:00 PM and 6:00 – 8:00 PM Friday at John Henderson Co. Funeral Home, 215 Central Avenue. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Patrick Church at 10:00 AM Saturday. Officiated by Father Moll. Entombment at Richland Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Alzheimer Foundation of America or Windber Hospice at 600 Somerset Ave., Windber, PA 15963. www.hendersonfuneralhome.com

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