Mary Katherine Swerediuk


Mary Katherine Swerediuk, of Rome, beloved sister and amazing friend, passed peacefully at Abraham House of Rome, on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 with the love and support of her family and her church.

Born August 4, 1952, she was the daughter of the late Michael J. and Rose Natale Swerediuk. She graduated from Rome Free Academy in 1970 and from State University of New York at Oswego in 1974, where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. She then went on to receive a Master’s Degree in Education from State University of New York at Cortland and also earned a degree in Educational Administration. MaryK. was a dedicated teacher in the Rome City School District for 36 years, retiring in 2010.

MaryK. was devoted to serving others. She was a church Trustee, member of the Parish Council and also the Director of RCIA (Right of Christian Initiation of Adults) at Catholic Church of St. John the Baptist and Transfiguration. She was a member of Wednesday Morning Club, the Rome Twig, and a volunteer at Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, Utica. She was a very active person with many interests. She loved to cook and bake, sharing her creations with her many friends and family. She enjoyed reading, gardening, playing her piano, and traveling in the U.S. and Europe, with Italy being her favorite destination. A unique talent that she possessed was Psanky, the art of decorating Easter eggs with traditional Ukrainian folk designs, using a wax-resist method. She was a compassionate, loving, and very giving person. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

MaryK. is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Helen and Jay Reinhardt, Liverpool, N.Y.; her niece, Fran Reinhardt Ota (husband Tad and children Joey and Maggie), PA; her nephew, Jeff Reinhardt, Maryland; her aunts, Mary Greco, Rome; Palma Perfido, MA; Janice Swerediuk, Verona; uncles, Frank Santoro, CT; Andrew (Gladys) Swerediuk, Whitesboro; John Swerediuk (Cathy), FL; and numerous Swerediuk and Natale cousins. She also leaves behind a wonderful and supportive group of friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, March 2, 2021, at 3 p.m., at St. John the Baptist Church with the Rev. Paul F. Angelicchio officiating. Anyone wishing to attend is required to wear a mask and adhere to social distancing guidelines. Friends may call at the Nicholas J. Bush Funeral Home, Inc., 7751 Merrick Road, on Tuesday, March 2, 2021, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Spring Burial will be in St. John the Baptist Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in MaryK’s name may be made to Church of St. John the Baptist and Transfiguration, 210 E. Dominick St., Rome, NY 13440; Jervis Public Library, 613 N. Washington St., Rome, NY 13440; or Abraham House of Rome, 417 N. Washington Street, Rome, NY 13440.

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