WATERBURY — Maria (Olszak) Rybak, 88, of Waterbury, peacefully passed away at her home on Friday, Oct. 25, 2013 after a long and brave battle with lymphoma.
Mrs. Rybak was born in Sporniak, Poland, on Aug. 13, 1925, daughter of the late Jozef and Marianna (Zydek) Olszak. She was a longtime Waterbury resident where she raised her family. During World War II, she was a slave laborer under the Nazi regime. After being freed by the Allied Forces, she immigrated to the United States with her husband and two young children.
Mrs. Rybak moved to Waterbury in the early 1950s. She was mostly a homemaker, where she loved to entertain and cook for friends and visitors. She also worked at G. Fox & Co., and the footwear division of Uniroyal, Inc. She was a devout and active communicant throughout the years at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church of Waterbury.
She leaves her sons, Andrew Rybak and his wife Diana of Pine, Colo., Ted Rybak and Kaz Rybak both of Waterbury, Stefan Rybak and his wife Victoria of Mount Sinai, N.Y.; her daughters, Barbara Ochalski and husband Jacek of York, Pa., and Jane Rybak of Waterbury; nine grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.
A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 12 p.m. at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, 86 East Farm St., Waterbury. There are no calling hours. The Naugatuck Valley Memorial/Fitzgerald Zembruski Funeral Home, 240 North Main Street, Naugatuck has been entrusted with her arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Jane’s Home, 202 Torrington Drive, York, PA 17402.
To send an online condolence, visit www.naugatuckvalleymemorial.com.