Sophia H. Gormish

Date of Death: 3/21/2017

Sophia H. Gormish, 90, Northern Cambria passed away March 21, 2017 at home.  She was born March 4, 1927 in Bakerton, the daughter of Andrew and Sophia (Naberezny) Gormish, Jr.  In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her brothers Andrew Gormish, III and Frederick Gormish.  She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.  She is survived by her nephews Dr. Clay (Carolyn) Gormish and Dr. Deron (Vasilisa) Gormish, great niece Alyssa Gormish and great nephews Nicholas and Benjamin Gormish.  Commander Gormish was a graduate of Spangler High School where she played the clarinet and her brother Andrew played the trumpet in the orchestra.  Sophia was a graduate of Jefferson University School of Nursing in Philadelphia and held a bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing Education from the University of Buffalo, N.Y.  She graduated with distinction and was the recipient of the Alumnae Association Award for outstanding scholastic achievement.  She also attained a master of science degree in nursing administration from University of Minnesota.  She was a charter member of the Navy Nurse Corps Association and a lifetime member of the Military Officers Association of America.  Her brother Andrew, a distinguished Aeronautical Engineer, with Aerospace graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree and Master of Science Degree from San Diego University.  Her brother Frederick, airline pilot, was a graduate of Parks College of Aeronautical Technology, Illinois and outstanding rifle stock gun smith and expert trap shooter and marksman.  As a Navy Nurse Corps Officer, she had a diversified career, serving as a flight nurse (receiving her Navy flight wings at Gunter Air Force Flight School, Gunter, Alabama), during the Korean Crisis in Honolulu, Wake Island, Guam, Kwajalein, Manila, Philippine Islands, Tokyo, Japan. Served as a Nursing Arts Instructor at the U.S. Naval Hospital Corps School, Great Lakes, Illinois, as a Navy Nurse Programs Officer for Western Pennsylvania.  Also, served as Educational Coordinator, Medical and Surgical Supervisor, Obstetrics and Pediatrics Supervisor and Chief of Nursing Service.  During her naval career, she had been assigned to numerous naval hospitals in the United States, far East and Kenitra, Morocco.  In her retirement years, she and her mother traveled the world.  Her parents brought grace, dignity, wisdom, compassion and integrity to parenthood.  Dad was a miner at the age of twelve, outstanding carpenter (built our house and all interior cabinets), mink rancher, farmer, deer hunter, expert marksman, trap shooter and Violinist.  Mom was proficient in Ukrainian customs and traditions, outstanding in culinary arts, crafts person, Christmas ornaments, pysanky, crocheting, coin and stamp collector, amateur astrologer and world traveler.  Toured the world via land, sea and air.  Toured historical sites and capitals in fifty states in the USA.  Sailed Panama Canal, visited birth places of Mom’s parents in the Ukraine and White Russia.  Visited all countries in Europe especially Lourdes, Fatima, Rome, Bukovina, Romania of the Frescoes and Mosaics of Monasteries.  Toured South American Countries especially Machu Pichu in Peru, Morocco, Egypt, sailed Suez Canal, toured Russia, Turkey, “Hagia Sophia” in Istanbul, Israel, Bangkok, “Taj Mahal" in India, Australia, New Zealand, Great Wall of China, Singapore.  She was a member of St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Church, Northern Cambria and St. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Bakerton.  At Sophia’s request, there will be no visitation.  Divine Liturgy 11:00 am Tuesday at St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Church, Northern Cambria, Rev. Vasyl Polyak, TOR, followed by Prayer of Repose at SS Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Bakerton by Rev. Paul Bigelow.  Interment, SS Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home, Inc., Carrolltown.  (

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