27 June 2010

Recognizing a recently deceased Carpatho-Rusyn activist

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."

1 comment:

  1. Ron "Born Again" PykeJune 28, 2010 at 3:42 PM

    TIM, whoever inserted this obit as worded did us a tremendous favor. "Flying under the radar" is almost too mild a descriptor of how invisible we are. Bless the Post -- and the writer responsible.