Katherine Shebelock Michalyshin of Johnson City, N.Y. peacefully transitioned into the arms of our Lord Jesus on the afternoon of November 7, 2021. Katherine was predeceased in death by her husband Nicholas Michalyshin, who she tirelessly cared for in his struggle with Parkinsons disease. Kashi, as her family and friends called her was born in August of 1929 to Mary Volk Shebelock and Anthony Shebelock. She grew up in the small coal mining town of Harwood Mines, Pa. with siblings Anna(Charles), Peter(Beatrice), Rose(John), Mary(John), infant brother deceased Michael, and is survived by her loving sister, Sister Maria Frances of Haverstraw, N.Y. Katherine is survived by her three daughters, Kathryn Thomas(Bill), Nancy Dunshee(Warren), and Mary and Michael Mallery of Apalachin, N.Y. Grandchildren, Alexander(Danielle), Mark, Kristen(Kevin), Justin, Emily(Mark) and Erica(Chris), were the light of her eyes... Luke, Violet, Markie, and twins Olivia and Jack are her great-grandchildren. Not to leave out the fantastic neighbors she had!! Katherine spent a distinguished career working in quality control engineering for the General Electric Corporation inspecting parts that were used to build jet fighters for the U.S. military. Years after retiring Mom told me that after she applied her inspection seal to a part she would say a prayer for the pilots who would be flying the aircraft. She loved her job at General Electric. Katherine was a devoted, decades long parishioner of Sacred Heart Ukrainian Catholic Church of Johnson City, N.Y., hugely contributing the building and design of the new parish church. She so loved everything about the Ukrainian Catholic Mass and Liturgy. Upon retirement Katherine worked many hours at the Nearly New Shoppe for Catholic Charities helping to clothe the needy in the community. Mom had a strong passion in support for the struggling and disadvantaged in society. So many of her childhood recollections revolved around the incredibly difficult struggles she witnessed her parents endure as poor immigrants. Yet, the love and prayers of her large family and cohesiveness of the coal mining community helped make her American Dream a reality. That being said Mom’s decorating and design skills were strong and always trendy. She simply had great taste and style. As seen in her high school yearbook if asked why she couldn’t attend her 25th reunion her answer could be that she was too busy designing the First Lady’s inaugural gown!! Much thanks to all who took care of Mom at Vestal Park Nursing Facility. In closing there can never be enough thanks to my sister Mary Mallery and her husband Michael for always being there in support of both of my parents in their failing years. We will miss you Mom… until we meet again. A Mass will be held 10 AM Thursday November 11th at Sacred Heart Ukrainian Catholic Church Johnson City, New York. Burial will be in St Michaels Cemetery Hazelton PA. Friends may call at the Church Thursday from 9 AM until the time of the Service.
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