Obituary of Elsie Bukata
Elsie (Dykan) Bukata, 97, of Schwenksville, passed away Monday, December 16, 2019, at Providence Place at the Collegeville Inn, in Collegeville. She was the wife of the late Walter Bukata.
Born June 22, 1922, in Philadelphia she was a daughter of the late Elias and Mary (Katchmar) Dykan. Mrs. Bukata was a graduate of Girls High School Class of 1940.
Elsie worked for over 22 years at the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf in Philadelphia as an administrative assistant for the elementary grades. The students took a liking to her, as she usually was the source of treats, and was proficient in American Sign Language. She was a devoted choir member for many years at St. Genevieve Church in Flourtown, where she also was active in the Ladies Auxiliary and working at the church Carnival [which was an extremely popular event during the 1960s]. Elsie also was a member of Annunciation Ukrainian Catholic Church in Melrose Park and was active in many of the facets of church life there. Elsie adored all things purple, and at one time, her home in Erdenheim was called the "Purple Palace". She had a generous, kind spirit, always with a smile [and wearing at least one lavender-colored item], and probably helped coin the phrase "....Love Ya !!" over sixty years ago.
She is survived by her children Walter Richard Bukata and his wife Dianne of Los Angeles, Christopher Bukata and his wife, Anne, of Gladstone, NJ, Mark Bukata and his wife, Beth of Skippack; ten grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her daughter Geraldine “Gerri” Hasapes, and her siblings Kay Fasano, Ann Perry, and Walter Dykan. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her funeral service at 8 PM on Thursday, December 19, 2019, at the R. L. Williams, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. 3440 Skippack Pike, where friends may greet the family from 6-8 PM. A private burial will take place at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Elkins Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to the favorite charity of your choice. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.RLWilliamsfuneralhome.com