Stephania Rohacz

May 15, 1931 - April 26, 2020

Stephania Rohacz passed away April 26, 2020 at the age of 88.

She was the beloved wife of the late Edward for 67 years; devoted mother of Patricia (Leonard) Swistak, Stephan (Kathleen) Rohacz, Roma (Andrew) Sysak, and late baby Christine; proud grandmother of Stacy Frye, late Steve (Megan) Swistak, Sarah (Christopher) Treacher, Kathryn, Nicholas, Christine, and Michael Rohacz, and Peter (Jennifer), Stephanie, and Christina Sysak; cherished great grandmother of Drew, Shelby, Sophia, Cecily, and one on the way; caring sister of Alex (Zenia) Serafyn and Bohdan (Sherri) Serafyn; and dear aunt of Natalie Serafyn, Martha Bernhardt, Nicole Serafyn, Alexandra Lawrin, Lidia Bayliss, Myron Serafyn, Roman Serafyn, Gina Decoste, and Gene Rohacz.

Stephania was born on May 15, 1931 to Leontij and Ahafia Serafyn in Kamenka Stare Selo, Ukraine. In 1944, during the war, she fled from Ukraine with her family to Germany where she was able to attend and graduate high school. In 1949, Stephania and her family immigrated from Germany to the United States, getting sponsored by a church in Jackson, Michigan. That same year, at a church picnic, Stephania met Edward Rohacz, a young man from Jackson.  The two fell in love and were married in 1950 at the Immaculate Conception Ukrainian Catholic Church in Hamtramck.

Soon after, the couple decided to move to Ann Arbor to be of equal distance between their two families in Jackson and Detroit. It is in Ann Arbor that they raised their children, Patricia, Stephan, and Roma. Stephania was a tough but fair mother. Family and food were the main focuses at home while she nurtured her children. Stephania loved to cook and bake, feeding you regardless of hunger. Family events and celebrations were common in the Rohacz household. Stephania also kept a garden and created belongings for her loved ones as a seamstress through sewing, knitting, and crocheting.

Stephania and Edward loved to travel, exploring all over the United States and internationally, visiting Stephania’s home country whenever possible. Playing bridge and taking long walks kept Stephania active. She was a lifetime member of the UNWLA: Branch 50 Ukrainian National Women’s League of America: Branch 50 and kept her culture close to her heart.

Stephania was a devout Catholic, worshipping at Ukrainian Byzantine Catholic Church, St. Michael’s Ukrainian Catholic Church, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Ukrainian Catholic Church, and St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church throughout her lifetime. She loved her children and grandchildren and savored the moments spent with her family and loved ones. Stephania’s faithful influence will live on in the hearts of her beloved family and friends.

Due to current circumstances, a Memorial Mass and Wake for Stephania will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions are appreciated to the Alzheimer’s Association in her name.

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