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It is with deepest emotion and sorrow that we report the passing of our beloved, Very Reverend Stephen Varzaly. After a brief illness, Father Varzaly succumbed at 9:15 A.M. on June 3, 1957 in the Montifiore Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA.

He was born on October 6, 1890 in the village of Fulanka, Czechoslovakia formerly Austria-Hungary. He completed his elementary, university and theological studies in Presov May 6, 1914 he was ordained on November 7, 1915 in Presov.

Beginning his service to God he remained in Europe until 1920 when he came to America on assignment to the parish of the St. Nicholas Greek Catholic Church in New Castle, PA. After 12 years of faithfully discharging his duties, he was called to the parish of Saint Michael's Greek Catholic Church in Rankin, PA. His zeal to the order of priesthood cannot be described, nor can this short obituary adequately express his tireless efforts over the years to God, his Faith and to his country.It is well known by the subscribers of this newspaper from the first edition, which was published in 1936, that these strenuous efforts were to preserve not only the unity, but the dignity, of his people and his Faith. In order to accomplish this, he gave of himself and his time unselfishly, and after 42 years of such priestly devotion and paternal love, what greater monument have we than his undying memory, his kindness, and his understanding so adequately worded by his own editorials in the past editions of this newspaper. While we cannot fill the void of such a loss, we have the consolation of knowing that his soul rests in peace eternally before God, in heaven.

Needless to say, his passing has been a tragic blow to many and felt deeply by his family who will miss his love, his kindness and his guidance.

He leaves in bereavement his wife, Anna Kristof Varzaly, 3 sons and 4 daughters; Captain Eugene Varzaly, U.S. Army in Germany, Stephen Varzaly, Jr. of Warren, Ohio; George Varzaly of Rankin, PA.; Mrs. Adeline Matiak of Pittsburgh, PA; Mrs. Dolores Amman of Norfolk, VA; Miss Martha Varzaly of Rankin, PA; Mrs. Mary Louise Lazor of Rankin, PA.

Requiem High Mass will be said in St. Michael's Greek Catholic Church in Rankin, PA on Thursday, June 6, 1957 at 9:00 A.M.

It is on this sad note that we inform the subscribers of the Vistnik that future publication will be temporarily discontinued.