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Cleveland couple marks 60th wedding anniversary
CLEVELAND - Nicholas and Mary (Szmagala) Bobeczko were married 60 years ago, on August 6, 1938, at Ss. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church here on West Seventh Street.
A divine liturgy with the Rev. Canon Peter Waslo officiating was held on August 9 at St. Andrew Ukrainian Catholic Church in Parma, Ohio, in honor of the couple's 60 years together. A special blessing was given by Msgr. Leo Tymkiw and the Rev. Waslo.
A delicious dinner for family members was served at the home of Taras and Katherine Szmagala immediately following the anniversary liturgy.
The Bobeczkos are active members of the UNA. Mr. Bobeczko has been financial secretary of Ss. Peter and Paul Branch 102 since 1947 - 51 years. Mrs. Bobeczko has faithfully assisted her husband with the duties of secretary and is now the recording secretary of the branch.
Both are very active with the UNA Seniors Association that meets at Soyuzivka every year in June. They also volunteer in the community with seniors projects. The Bobeczkos have attended many UNA conventions - Nicholas as a delegate and Mary as a guest. Mr. Bobeczko has been an active member of the Elections Committee during many conventions.
They are the proud parents of Gerald, who resides in Glendale, Ariz., with his wife, Mary Jo; and Daniel and his wife, Oxana, of Mentor, Ohio. Other family members are: grandson Paul and his wife, Laura, of Arlington, Va.; granddaughter Anne and her husband, Joe Callis, of Houston; granddaughter Karen and her husband, Paul Ridder, of Strafford, Pa.; grandson Daniel of Mentor, Ohio; granddaughter Andrea of Phoenix, Ariz.; and grandson Gregory of Mentor, Ohio.
Paul and Laura Bobeczko are expecting a baby in December - Nicholas and Mary Bobeczkos' first great-grandchild.
Mary Bobeczko is a daughter of the late Dmytro and Bronislawa Szmagala and the sister of Taras Szmagala Sr. and aunt of Taras Szmagala Jr. Dmytro Szmagala was a UNA advisor for 25 years, Taras Szmagala Sr. for over 20 years, and Taras Szmagala Jr. has just been elected to his second term as an advisor.
Copyright © The Ukrainian Weekly, August 30, 1998, No. 35, Vol. LXVI
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