Edito's Note: In your charity, please remember the repose of the soul of Mary Koshut in your prayers. Even well into her 80s, Mary was a friend and faithful attendee of our Catholic Identity Conference since the very beginning. Mother to one of our most loyal volunteers, Theresa Koshut, we'd also ask you to remember Theresa and her family in your prayers as they lay to rest their beloved Catholic mother and loyal soldier of Jesus Christ.
There is so much more to the story. She was a convert from Serbian Orthodoxy. As a young girl she sang in the Serbian choir. She converted to Catholicism and had a great love for the Traditional Latin Mass and a great devotion to the Sacred Heart and to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Through the years she made thousands of scapulars and prayer cards and sent them to missionary religious orders for distribution. She faithfully made the annual Byzantine Catholic pilgrimage to Mount Saint Macrina in Uniontown, PA. In the days just prior to her death she attended a Solemn Traditional Latin Mass for the Vigil of the Assumption, and on the Feast of the Assumption she traveled to Mount Saint Macrina to light a candle at the grotto of Saint Ann for her late husband. She died the next day on the Feast of St. Joachim, within the Octave of the Assumption, after receiving the traditional sacrament of Extreme Unction and the Apostolic Pardon.
Eternal rest grant unto Mary, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul and all the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace. MJM
Mary Koshut, of Duquesne, was taken back to our Lord on Friday, August 16th, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital.
She was born November 28, 1926, in Latrobe, Pa. A devout Catholic who lived the Word, Mary was a member of St. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Duquesne. The daughter of Mile and Bozicha Vockley, she was one of 7 siblings, Ann, Daisy, George, Martha, Mitch, and Nicholas, all who preceded her in death. Mary was also preceded in death by her husband, William Joseph Koshut, in 1982.
Surviving are her daughter, Theresa Koshut, of Duquesne, with whom she lived, her two sons and daughter-in-law’s, William John and Lynn Koshut, Chippewa Township, PA and Thomas Michael and Erin Koshut, Huntsville, Alabama, and 4 grandchildren, Cara Koshut, Will Koshut, Mary Addison Koshut, and Samuel Koshut. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Irene Vockley, and numerous nieces and nephews. Mary was extremely proud of her children and grandchildren, and cherished each moment with all of them.
Friends will be received Monday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., as well as Tuesday at 9 am, at William S. Skovranko’s Funeral Home, Richford and Commonwealth Avenue, Duquesne. A funeral mass will be offered at St. Peter and Paul on Tuesday at 10 am. Interment will follow at St. Peter and Paul’s Cemetery in West Mifflin, Pa., with a repast to follow at the church hall.