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Mary Colomon, 95, helped Ukrainians settle in U.S. after WWII Sept. 10, 1912 -- Nov. 15, 2007

After World War II, Mary A. Colomon and her husband helped to bring displaced people from the Ukraine to the United States, assisting them with finding jobs and places to live.

A 45-year resident of Elma, Mrs. Colomon died Thursday in ElderWood Health Care at Heathwood, Amherst.

She was 95.

Born Mary Anne Matwijko in Buffalo, she was a homemaker. With her husband, John, Mrs. Colomon had owned a farm in Wales Center, as well as Colomon's Food Store in Buffalo.

Active members of St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church in Buffalo, the couple sponsored immigrants from Ukraine, often opening their own door to entire families until housing could be found elsewhere.

Mrs. Colomon was a past president and treasurer of Branch 49, Ukrainian National Women's League of America, and a lifelong member of Ukrainian American Sitch, as well as a member of Elma Senior Citizens.

Her husband died in 1975.

Survivors include three daughters, Nancy Lang, Blanche Rick and Nadine Burkholder.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday in St. Nicholas Church, 308 Fillmore Ave.


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