JJOHNSTOWN, PA – With great sorrow, the Diocesan Chancery announces the falling asleep in the Lord of Pani Anna Kozar, the wife of the late, Very Rev. Protopresbyter Elias Kozar, Pastor Emeritus of St. Mary’s Orthodox Church of Yonkers, NY. on Friday, October 27th.
Pani Anna was born in New York City, on December 8, 1925, to the late Konstantine and Anna (Herko) Yanoscik and was educated in New York City schools. After graduation, she worked for the Morgan Guaranty Trust Company in Manhattan. During the 1980’s she worked for Martinelli Publications in Yonkers.
On January 25, 1948, she married Fr. Elias Kozar at St. Nicholas Church in New York City. Fr. Elias was ordained to the holy priesthood on February 1, 1948, and was assigned to St. Mary’s Church in Buffallo NY, where the couple lived for three years. In 1951, Father Kozar assumed pastorate at St. Mary’s Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Church in Yonkers, where he and Pani Anna resided until Father Kozar’s retirement in 1996. They subsequently moved to Newburgh NY.