Olga Marie Kozak Yuhas passed away on October 31. She was 91.
The daughter of the late Alexander and Mary Bielak Kozak, Olga was born in the hard scrabble coal mining region of Northeast Pennsylvania, instilling in her the values of faith, family, community and hard work that guided her throughout her life. When the mines closed during the Great Depression, she moved with her family from Troop PA to Trenton and on a blind date arranged my mutual friends, met Joseph Yuhas. They ultimately married, moving into a home in South Trenton where they resided for all their 65 years together.
Olga was employed for many years at the Atlantic Thrift Store in Trenton and Sears Roebuck in Trenton and Lawrenceville.
She was a parishioner of and active volunteer at S.S. Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church in Trenton for nearly 60 years. More recently, she was a parishioner of the Divine Mercy Roman Catholic Church and a member of its Rosary Society.
For over 20 years, Olga served as a member of the Mercer County Democratic Committee and a volunteer in support of dozens of candidates for public office on the municipal, county, state, and federal levels. She was an active member of the South Ward Democratic Club and a founding member of the South Trenton Area Residents Society.
Olga had a keen mind which she kept sharp as an avid crossword and word puzzle player. She often had Words with Friends games simultaneously underway with family and friends across the country and enjoyed keeping in touch with them on Facebook. A frequent visitor to Atlantic City, she also enjoyed traveling, experiencing countless summer road trips over the years in the family station wagon and in recent years, extended visits with family in Arizona.
Olga was preceded by her husband Joseph, daughter Roberta, sister Mary Kozak Dill and her husband Andrew, brothers Alexander, Heronim, Victor, Joseph and John and his wife Delores, and brother-in law Charles Bove.
Olga is survived by sister Barbara Bove of Morrisville PA and sister-in-law Alma Kozak of Howard OH, daughter Linda Yuhas of Phoenix AZ, Joseph Yuhas of Phoenix, and Michael Yuhas and wife Missy of Crossville TN, grandchildren Jennifer and Michael Tannenbaum of Hamilton, David and Jennifer Yuhas of Cave Creek AZ, Sam Ramsey of Lexington Park MD, Melissa Moody and husband AJ of Ewing, Jessica Yuhas of Levittown, and Kristopher Yuhas of Yardley, and great grandchildren Mara Tannenbaum of Hamilton and Nicholas and Emma Yuhas of Cave Creek. She also leaves behind many extend family members and friends including her wonderful neighbors of the McCorristan Square community in Hamilton.
A private Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday November 5 at Divine Mercy Church. Entombment will be at Washington Crossing National Veterans Cemetery in Newtown, PA. There will be no visitation. In lieu of flowers, donations in Olga’s memory may be made to the Anchor House Foundation, P.O. Box 2357, Trenton NJ 08607.
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