Rev Joseph M Schmondiuk

Rev Joseph M Schmondiuk

Wall, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 25 Dec 1978 (aged 66)
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Campbell Hall, Orange County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 106316871 · View Source
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Archbishop-Metropolitan Schmondiuk dies

Headed Ukrainian Catholic Church in U.S. for one year

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Archbishop-Metropolitan Joseph Schmondiuk, head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church in the United States, died here at Einstein Hospital after suffering a massive heart attack Monday, December 25, just one year after being installed as archbishop-metropolitan. He was 66 years old.

Metropolitan Schmondiuk died at 9:37 p.m. The archdiocesan chancery reported that Metropolitan Schmondiuk had returned from an after-dinner walk at about 8:45 p.m. when he collapsed in the presence of his secretary, the Rev. Andrew Baunchalk. He was taken to Einstein Hospital, where he was pronounced dead after unsuccessful attempts by the doctors to revive him.

Earlier that day, Metropolitan Schmondiuk had celebrated the Christimas Divine Liturgy at 10 a.m. at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and then had breakfast with the members of the cathedral's choir.

Metropolitan Schmondiuk was nominated to head the Ukrainian Catholic Church in the United States by Pope Paul VI in October 1977. He succeeded Archbishop-Metropolitan Ambrose Senyshyn, who died on September 11, 1976. Metropolitan Schmondiuk was the third Ukrainian Catholic metropolitan in the United States.

He was installed as metropolitan in a ceremony at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral on December 1, 1977, presided over by Archbishop Jean Jadot, Apostolic Delegate to the United States.

Metropolitan Schmondiuk formerly headed the Ukrainian Catholic Diocese of Stamford, Conn. Its current eparch, Bishop Basil H. Losten, told Svoboda on December 26 that he was "saddened by the death" of Metropolitan Schmondiuk.

Bishop Losten said that the news was "unexpected" and he "couldn't believe it." He said that he had called Metropolitan Schmondiuk earlier that day to extend Christmas greetings to him.

The funeral was held Saturday, December 30, at 10 a.m. from the Immaculate Conception Cathedral to the Holy Ghost Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery in Hamptonburgh, N.Y.

I just love the page that you built concerning Wall, Pennsylvania. In reading about the young boy Joseph Schmondiuk, who lost both parents due to the Spanish influenza.

A little research on him and found the Naturalization Papers of one Michael Schmondiuk and it lists the names/dates of his wife and children.

Michael Schmondiuk
born 15 Jul 1879 in Tarstie, Austria, Hungary
sailed from Trieste Italy into New York on 1 May 1906 on the vessel Georgia
arrived in a New York Port on 24 May 1906.

He married Mary Schmondiuk who was born on 30 Sep 1879 in Austria Hungary, who was also residing in Wall, Pennsylvania.
Mary Bocia

Birth 30 Sep 1879 in Austria, HungaryDeath 1919 in Wall, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, USA

On the Naturalization papers are listed three children:

Michael Schmondiuk born 7 Nov 1910 in Dravosburg Pennsylvania and resided in Wall, Pennsylvania.
Jozef Schmondiuk born 6 Aug 1912 in Wall, Pennsylvania and resided in Wall, Pennsylvania
Emilian John Schmondiuk born 13 Jan 1917 in Wall, Pennsylvania and resided in Wall, Pennsylvania

Another search on found that there was one more child born to this couple.

Mary Schmondiuk

Birth aft 1917 in Wall, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, USADeath 1919 in Wall, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, USA

The father Michael Schmondiuk signed his intention to become a Naturalized citizen on 23 Jul 1917. On 13 Nov 1917 Michael Schmondiuk signed his Oath of Allegiance and on that day, he became a citizen of the United States of America.

Jozef Schmondiuk, at the age of 24, sailed from Villafranche France, back to a New York Port on the vessel S.S. Rex. This record shows a birthdate of 5 Aug 1912 in Wall, Pennsylvania. (same person). His residence in 1936 was in Philidelphia, Pennsylvania.

Interesting: Joseph Schmondiuk became an Archbishop in the Catholic Church:

Name: Archbishop Joseph Schmondiuk
Birth - Death: 1912?-1978
Source Citation:Biography Index. A cumulative index to biographical material in books and magazines. Volume 11: September, 1976-August, 1979. New York: H.W. Wilson Co., 1980. (BioIn 11)

Name: Joseph M Schmondiuk
Birth - Death: 1912-
Source Citation:Who's Who in the East. 16th edition, 1977-1978. Wilmette, IL: Marquis Who's Who, 1977. (WhoE 16)
Who's Who in Religion. Second edition, 1977. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who, 1977. (WhoRel 2)

Name: Joseph M Schmondiuk
Birth - Death: d1978
Source Citation:The American Catholic Who's Who. Volume 23, 1980-1981. Edited by Joy Anderson. Washington, DC: National Catholic News Service, 1979. (AmCath)

Please see the following weblink for a lovely newspaper article regarding the Archbishop:

Jozef (Joseph) was age 7 when his parents died, which would mean that sometime after August of 1919 is when his parents died. Sadly, just about 2 years after Michael became a citizen.

Michael, his brother Joseph (who later became Archbishop-Metropolitan Joseph M. Schmondiuk) and brother Emilian John were the only ones in the family to escape the influenza epidemic. Michael and Joseph were taken into St. Basil's Orphanage in Philadelphia by the Sisters of St. Basil the Great, sometime in 1919 or 1920. Emilian John was adopted by a family in Braddock.
In 1921, Joseph and Michael were transferred back to St. Paul's Orphanage in Carnegie where Michael remained. In 1925 Joseph was sent back to St. Basil's Orphanage.
here is another weblink for you if you are interested.
I thought that it was so sad that this 7 year old boy lost his parents in this influenza epidemic and that his parents are buried somewhere that we don't know.

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