in memoriam - εις μνήμην

decent into hades bearing the banner of victory

Archpriest Michael S. Romanchak, 98 of Bethlehem died on Sunday January 1, 2012 in St. Luke’s Hospital in Fountain Hill.  The husband of Presbytera Matuskka Julia (Knapp) Romanchak, they were married for 60 years.

Fr. Michael was born in Warrior Run, PA son of the late Stefan and Paraskva (Fedok) Romanchak.

Fr. Michael graduated from St. Tikhon’s Seminary in South Canaan, PA and was ordained a Cathedral Priest in NYC in 1952.He was transferred to Syracuse, NY in 1953 and then to Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church Catasauqua, PA in April of 1954 where he remained for 32 years until his retired.  In September of 1989 he took the position of Assistant Pastor at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral were he served until his death. In 2005, St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral honored Fr. Michael for his outstanding devotion.

Fr. Michael was a volunteer chaplain at Allentown State Hospital for 15 years and served as President of the Brotherhood of Orthodox Priests. He was honored the United Fund for his service to the community, delivered Meals on Wheels for 15 years and was a publisher of newspaper and religious journal articles.

Survivors: Wife Presbytera Matuskka Julia K. Romanchak; son Sergius, husband of Louise of McLean, VA, daughter Paula, wife of Alessandro Cagli of Belgium, grandchildren Maximos, Eli and Arianna. Nephew Very Rev. Stefan Romanchak, husband of Matuskka Larissa and their family; grand-nephew Matthew Romanchak, Novice Monk of Jordanville Monastery; niece Marilyn Nunnally, wife of John; brother in law George Knapp. Also survived by many other nieces and nephews.

Services: Viewing Tuesday, 1/3/2012, 6 to 7 PM followed by a Funeral Service at 7 PM in St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral 1607 West Union Blvd. Bethlehem, PA.  Viewing on Wednesday, 1/4/2012, from 9 to 10 AM in the Cathedral followed by Divine Liturgy at 10 AM. A Mercy Meal will follow in Cambanes Hall of the Cathedral.   Panahida Service at 3PM on Wednesday at St. Tikhon’s Monastery, 175 St. Tikhon’s Road, Waymart, PA 18473 followed by burial in St. Tikhon’s Cemetery.  Funeral arrangements are by the John F. Herron Funeral Home 458 Center At Market Street in Bethlehem.

Contributions:  In lieu of flowers to St. Tikhon’s Russian Orthodox Seminary or to Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Seminary all in care of the funeral home.


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The Priests and the Parish Council work hard to serve this wonderful community with the many different programs, ministries and projects that are undertaken. We look towards the 21st century with much hope, promise and determination to serve our children and the entire Saint Nicholas Community.