Very Reverend Michael M. Rachko (STOTS 1943), 90, passed away Monday, Nov. 5, peacefully, at Forest City Nursing Home, after an illness.
He was the widower of Jean (Oleynik) Rachko, who died Feb. 15, 1986.
Fr. Michael was born in Maysville, PA, on April 27, 1922, a son of the late Michael and Julia (Bader) Rachko.
He was a graduate of St. Tikhon's Monastery and was ordained a priest in April of 1944 in New York.
In his lifetime, he served as pastor in many parishes throughout the Northeast. He was a founding member of Christ the Saviour Eastern Orthodox Church, Harrisburg. He also worked as a systems analyst for the U.S. Department of Defense.
Fr. Michael is survived by a daughter, Theodora "Terri" Bruno of Rockland Twp., PA; three brothers: George Rachko of Woodbury, NJ, Rev. Dimitri Rachko, Minneapolis, MN, and Peter Rach-ko of Frackville; a sister, Mrs. Helen VanCleave of Dallas, TX; and several
nieces and nephews.
Additional information is available on the OCA's In Memoriam