Amelia (Kowaleski) Bystry

Born: Fri., Jan. 16, 1920
Died: Wed., Aug. 1, 2018


10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Wed., Aug. 08, 2018
Location: Sts. Cyril & Methodius Orthodox Church

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Wed., Aug. 08, 2018
Location: Sts. Cyril & Methodius Orthodox Church

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Amelia (Kowaleski) Bystry passed away at the home of her daughter following a struggle with melanoma, she was 98 years old. The daughter of immigrants Anastasia (Pastyrnak) and Anthony Kowaleski, she grew up in Terryville with siblings Katherine McLaren, Steven, Mary Sarofin, Walter, and two nieces, Beverly Doty and Mary Jane Lewis who were raised in her home like sisters. Only these nieces survive her. She married Joseph Bystry, Jr. in 1945. Her family recognizes the many kindnesses of relatives, neighbors, and family friends which made it possible for Amelia to remain in her home for most of the decade following Joe’s death. Amelia is survived by her children Jane Bystry (Calvin) Weyers of Delanson, NY and Carl (Jean) Bystry of Nevada City, CA; grandchildren Amanda (Alistair) MacDonald of Arlington, MA, Alexis Weyers and Eva Weyers, both of Portland, OR; and great-grandchildren Iona and Cassian MacDonald, Cassian being born just days before her passing. Amelia is predeceased by her first child, Paul, who died shortly following birth. Mary was her closest friend as well as sister and her death was a great loss in Amelia’s life. Amelia was a hardworking homemaker and together with Joe enjoyed a country lifestyle. They canned produce, maintained their yard and those of older friends and their church, picked wild mushrooms, blueberries and nuts, and harvested firewood for heating their home. Amelia enjoyed reading, solving jigsaw and crossword puzzles, and had a great capacity for word building to the end of her life. As a young woman she worked at Seth Thomas Clocks and later at her brother Steven’s business, Tyler Automatics, as a parts inspector. Amelia was a lifelong member of Saints Cyril and Methodius Russian (now American) Orthodox Church, 34 Fairview Avenue, Terryville. Friends and relatives are invited to call at the church Wednesday, August 8 at 10:00 AM prior to the 11:00 funeral service. Burial will follow at the Northfield Cemetery, Knife Shop Road, Northfield. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Community Hospice Foundation, 310 S. Manning Blvd., Albany, NY 12208.

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