Julia (Olenik) Rapach, 94 of Indiana, PA., passed away on Wednesday, January 25, 2023 at her home.
She was the daughter of Michael and Helen (Luzanska) Olenik, she was born November 1, 1928, in Dixonville, PA. She was the last member of her immediate family.
After graduating from Green Twp. High School in 1947, she got a job at Commercial Credit as a bookkeeper until she got married in 1949. She married a farmer, Harry Rapach and had six children, whom she loved dearly.
Julia worked hard on the farm, while raising six children. When her husband passed away, she worked at Fisher Scientific until her retirement.
She loved to garden, go shopping, attend polka dances and bake her famous nut horns.
Anybody who knew her, knew she was a hard worker. You could drive by her house and see her shoveling snow from her very long driveway or weed eating or cutting grass.
Julia was a lifelong member of St. Michaels Greek Orthodox Church, where she attended services regularly. She helped with church dinners, preparing food, serving meals and making nut rolls, pirohi and halupki with her church friends.
She is survived by her six children, Linda (Angelo) Taveira Da Silva of Kensington, MD, Lawrence (Mary Ann) Rapach of Indiana, Dennis Rapach of Marion Center, Randy (Karen) Rapach of Canton GA, Terry (Mary) Rapach of Indiana, Lorrie (Jeff) Vehovic of Indiana, ten grandchildren, Angela (Chris) Dick, Andrey (fiancée Nena) Taveira Da Silva, David (Amanda) Rapach, James, Benjamin and Jennifer Rapach, Theodore (Jessica) Rapach, Terry (Kim) Rapach Jr, Ryan and John Rapach, Three step grandchildren, J. Edward Vehovic, William (Noona) Vehovic, Megan Crossman. Eleven Great Grandchildren, Emilia and Aleia Dick, Hope and Elijah Rapach, Anna, Emily and Olivia Rapach, Adam Rapach, Issac Illig, Taylor Polites, Julia Rapach. Three step great-grandchildren, Collin Crossman, Elliot and Avelyn Vehovic.
Julia was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Harry Rapach, brothers John and Nicholas Olenik, sisters, Ann Simchak, Helen Rapach, and Margaret Pricener, daughter-in-law, Ruth Rapach.
Friends will be received on Monday, January 30, 2023 from 2 to 4pm and 5 to 7pm with a Panachida at 7 pm at the McCabe~Roof Funeral Home, 565 Franklin St. Clymer. Julia’s Funeral Service will be at 10 am on Tuesday at St. Michaels Greek Orthodox Church, Clymer with Very Rev. Protopresbyter Frank Miloro as celebrant.
Memorial donations may be made to: St. Michaels Greek Orthodox Church, 495 Morris St. Clymer, PA 15728.
Interment will be in St. Michaels Orthodox Cemetery, Clymer.
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