Rusyns exist mostly under the radar of U.S. media, so it's important to note when we break through, as happened in the Washington Post today as it compiled a list of newsworthy obituaries that included Mary B. Onufrak, a board member of the Carpatho-Rusyn Society's D.C. chapter.
The obituary features a concise explanation of who the Rusyns are:
"Mary B. Onufrak, 82, a longtime McLean resident and activist who promoted awareness of her ancestors, the Carpatho-Rusyns, died of congestive heart failure June 6 at Inova Fairfax Hospital.
"Carpatho-Rusyns trace their roots to a region that includes Slovakia, Poland and Ukraine. A stateless minority ethnic group, Carpatho-Rusyns are recognized by many countries, including the United States."