Rose Marie (Ruza) Vronick nee Wilsac passed away on Holy Thursday, April 13, 2023 at the age of 83. She was born on October 26, 1939 at home in Wolf Run, Ohio. She married Martin Vronick in 1962 and their marriage spanned over 60 years. They have two girls, Kyra Grathwohl and Mia (Steve) Rohweder, of whom she was very proud. Called Baba lovingly, she was cherished by six grandchildren, Michael, Nathan (Rachel), Evan, Natalie, Andrew, and Eric. She is survived by her sisters, Sonja Harvischak, Phyllis George, and Cynthia (Dale) Fairclough and sister-in-law Mary Bezbatchenko. She was preceded in death by her parents Russell and Helen Wilsac and sisters-in-law Dolores Christensen and Martha Vronick.
Rose Marie graduated from Springfield High School in what was known as the Berghols-Amsterdam area. While growing up she was a part of the Girls Choir, Acapella Choir, Symphony Orchestra and was a Drum Majorette. She was an avid and talented seamstress all her life. She made her own wedding dress as well as nearly all her daughter's clothes and many for her grandchildren on special occasions. As her girls married, she made the bridesmaid, flower girl and ring bearer outfits. She also sewed for the annual church festival as well as recently making 26 flannel blankets for the memory care unit at the Villages of St Edward's in Green.
Ruza made her living as a banker serving many roles from teller to admin assistant working in mortgage loans and private banking departments. Her career began at the Union Bank in Steubenville and then the one time Goodyear Bank that has changed names. Ultimately she retired from National City Bank now known as PNC Bank. She was once named Employee of the Year.
Rose Marie showed her leadership skills in other areas as well, mainly for her church. She was a dedicated Orthodox Christian and as a faithful handmaiden, she was a co-chair for the first St. Nicholas Something Russian Festival as well as in charge of many other fundraisers for both St. Nicholas Orthodox Church and St. Elias Orthodox Church. She most recently led a group of Independent Living residents at St Edwards in Green to make and donate blankets to Akron Children's Hospital.
Other organizations and churches that Ruza loved and belonged to were the Akron Orthodox Christian Women's club and The Fellowship of Orthodox Christians of America, St. Elias Orthodox Church and St. Nicholas Orthodox Church. This past year she was awarded Woman of the Year for the OCW.
Ruza was a pretty decent gardener when it came to planting beds and definitely passed her knowledge to her girls, making them pull weeds often and planting seeds despite their desire to not do so. The perseverance with gardening and passing it to her girls is now very much appreciated as they care for their own homes.
And last, Ruza was a very giving individual to whomever asked. If asked to donate her skills and time to any church or family need, she would have. She once wallpapered her parents' sitting room while her husband accidentally set fire to their own kitchen. He then phoned to ask how 'good' she was getting at wallpapering. On their Grand Canyon honeymoon, and being the only female, the guide told her to remove her hat to pour water on her. She looked at Martin for help and he 'lovingly' commanded her to follow the guide's instructions. They've experienced much in life including a wooden wagon trip, broken-down car on the Disney causeway looking for 4 leaf clovers, a grand trip to communist Russia, as well as many adventures in home building. They traveled with their daughters and grandchildren to Egypt where an unfamiliar guide took her alone down an alley, across a walkway and into a dark and dusty small room to purchase some green glassware to bring home. She never missed an opportunity to travel to watch her grandchildren as they practiced their passions in sport or music. She was fearless, trusting, adventurous and creative.
Visitation and a Paschal Panikihida will be Monday, April 17, 2023 at Anthony Funeral Home, 1990 S. Main St, Akron, OH 44301 with visitation from 4-6:30 PM and a Paschal Panikihida at 6:30 PM. Her body will lie in state at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, 755 S Cleveland Ave., Mogadore, Ohio 44685 on Tuesday, April 18, 2023 from 10 AM and a Paschal Funeral Service at 11 AM. Interment at St. Nicholas Orthodox Cemetery and repast dinner at St. Nicholas Banquet Center. The officiants will be the VRev. Don Freude and VRev. Nicholas Wyslutsky.
A special thank you goes to the caring staff at St. Edward in Green as well as her hospice team, her doctors and her immediate and extended family for all of the love and care. May God grant you many blessed years!
Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to St. Nicholas Orthodox Church. The family will be making future divisions to St. Elias and St. Jude's Hospital.
Christ is Risen!
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