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 2007  Issues 19, August 2007

Welcome to the 28th annual family reunion of descendants of the Oravetz (Oravec), Rebar, Kovachik, Lelak, and Kozak families.

The newsletter this year is going to combine some things from a shortened newsletter that was published last year with events from the last two years to bring everyone up to date.

As of press time, the youngest member of our extended family this year is Jackson Robert Kirsch, son of Jesse and Amy (Hahn) Kirsch. Jackson was born on May 5, 2009.

From time to time, we are contacted out of the blue by a long-lost relative. This year we were very happy to have made contact with a descendant of the Barnesboro Kozaks, Beth Miklos Essenberg


Teresa Rebar (daughter of John and Vicky Rebar) and Douglas Evans were married September 22, 2006 at Evangel Christian Church, Roseville, Michigan.

Chris Kus, son of Pat Kus-Curson, and Nicky Larkin were married on June 6, 2006, in a civil ceremony, and renewed their vows at Good Shepherd Church, Lake Orion Michigan, on June 16, 2007. Chris, a 2003 graduate of the University of Michigan at Flint, is employed at Faurecia Automative in Troy, Michigan. Chris is the grandson of John and Stella (Nazarek) Rebar.

Valerie (Semik) Colosimo and husband John Colasimo celebrate Reaffirmation of Wedding Vows on August 18, 2007.

Cynthia Catherine Kus and Justin Thomas Gillam were married on October 11, 2008. A reception was held in Metamora, Michigan. Cynthia is the daughter of Pat (Rebar) and Phil Kus, granddaughter of John and Stella (Nazarek) Rebar and great-granddaughter of John and Margaret (Oravetz) Rebar.


Kylie KusKylie Kus was born January 22, 2007, to Christopher and Nicky (Larkin) Kus. Kylie is first grandchild of Pat Kus-Curson and is the great-granddaughter of John and Stella (Nazarek) Rebar and great-great-granddaughter of John and Margaret (Oravetz) Rebar.

March 13, 2007- Seth Isaac Rebar- son of Wayne and Monica Rebar; first grandchild of David and Elsie Rebar.

Jackson Robert Kirsch was born May 5, 2009, to Jesse and Amy (Hahn) Kirsch. Jackson is the grandson of Pat (Oravetz) and Tom Kirsch and great-grandson of Rudolph and Verna (Keblesh) Oravetz.

Lillian Rose Kirsch was born February 27, 2009, to Tom and Heidi (Wessel) Kirsch. Lillian is also the granddaughter of Pat (Oravetz) and Tom Kirsch and great-grandson of Rudolph and Verna (Keblesh) Oravetz.

Olivia Helen Egnor was born on October 27, 2008. She is the daughter of Cathy and Greg Egnor and granddaughter of Donna (Linsenbigler) Megy and great- granddaughter of the late Helen (Oravec) Linsenbigler.


Kristy Rebar, daughtern of Joe and Heidi (Doran) Rebar, graduated in June 2006 from East Detroit High School. Kristy is the granddaughter of John and Stella (Nazarek) Rebar.

Kristy Kilgallen, daughter of Debbie (Pasquale) Wright and _____ Kilgallen, graduated on June 15th, 2009, from Chantilly High School, Chantilly, Virginia. Kristy is the granddaughter of Ben and Nancy (Rebar) Pasquale and great-granddaughter of John and Margaret (Oravetz) Rebar.

Jeff Curson, son of Pat (Rebar) Kus-Curson of Lake Orion, Michigan, graduated from high school on June, 2009. Jeff is the grandson of John and Stella (Nazarek) Rebar and great-grandson of John and Margaret (Oravetz) Rebar.

Of Special Note

Elmer Valco, a cousin of Rebars; whom we did not know, died May 19, 2007 in Elyria, Ohio.

Nancy Rebar our sister (me (Dot), Jim, Frank, Dave, Ed, John) has been hospitalized since January 15, 2007. She is in a nursing home now with a tracheotomy, she cannot be released yet. We visit her as much as possible, but she is depressed.


Jim and Carolyn (Young) Rebar celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on July 24, 2007.

Mark and Terry Rebar (Stan's brother) celebrated their 29th wedding anniversary on July 24th, 2009.


(Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 22, 2007) ETHEL "TOOTS" LINSENBIGLER) HALLIGAN oOf Penn Hills, age 71, died on Thursday, July 19, 2007. Beloved wife of the late Daniel F. Halligan; mother of Edward Aldrich, Sharon Halligan and Daniel F. Halligan, Jr. (Renee), all of Penn Hills, and the late Charles Aldrich; sister of Mary Montedoro of Turtle Creek, Frank Linsenbigler of Forest Hills, Ed Linsenbigler of North Versailles, Donna Megy of WA and the late Joseph and Thomas Linsenbigler; grandmother of Nicole, Amanda, Brittany, Carly, Autumn, Angela and Kimberly; stepgrandmother of Jarred and Darrah; great-grandmother of Anthony, Deklan and Alison; also numerous nieces and nephews. No Visitation. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Colman Church on Monday at 10 am. Arrangements by PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, TURTLE CREEK/ MONROEVILLE CHAPEL, Turtle Creek. 412-823-9350. Send condolences at

(Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, January 7, 2007) Mary M. Rebar, 73, of Greensburg, died Thursday, Jan. 4, 2007, in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. Born Dec. 20, 1933, in Johnstown, she was a daughter of the late Frank and Elizabeth (Kollar) Molnarko. She was a member of St. Vincent Basilica, Latrobe. Prior to retirement, she was employed as a legal secretary in Washington, D.C., for 37 years. She liked opera music, reading and watching classic movies. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Frank Molnarko Jr. and Andrew Molnarko. She is survived by her husband, Edward V. Rebar, of Greensburg; a son, Alan E. Rebar, of Baltimore, Md.; a daughter, Natalie M. Rebar, of Crofton, Md.; two brothers, Michael Molnarko and wife, Fran, of Johnstown, and Stephen Molnarko, of Johnstown; two sisters, Elizabeth Danyluk, of Greencastle, and Teresa Molnarko; and a number of nieces and nephews. Family and friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday in the JOHN J. LOPATICH FUNERAL HOME INC., 601 Weldon St., Latrobe. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Vincent Basilica. Interment in St. Vincent Cemetery, Latrobe.

OBIT published in a Barnesboro area newspaper - ELMER VALCO - Elmer Joseph Valco died on May 19, 2007 in Elyria, OH. He was born on Jun 6, 1924 in Barnesboro, the son of Helen (Osif) & Thomas Valco. Elmer lived in Barnesboro until he joined the Navy in 1943. After the war he found work as a machinist in Cleveland at the Warner-Swayze Company, from which he retired. Preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Ruth Brosnan & Evelyn Janssen, he is survived by a brother, Norman Valco of Texas, a sister, Betty Raymond, of Michigan & 12 nieces & nephews.

(Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, October 17, 2006) Mary V. (Oravetz) White, 87, of Shaler, died Sunday, Oct. 15, 2006. Born May 12, 1919, in Barnesboro, Pennsylvania, Mary enjoyed sewing and gardening. Wife of the late George White. Mother of V. Karen (Gerald) Morgan, of New Jersey; George (Sharon) White, of Michigan, and Bob (Cindy) White, of Glenshaw. Grandmother of Scott and Matthew White, Christopher Morgan and Shawn Cordell. Sister of the late Rudolph Oravetz, Margaret Rebar and Verna Kuzio. Friends received from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the BOCK FUNERAL HOME LTD., 1500 Mt. Royal Blvd., Shaler. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Bonaventure Church, Shaler.

(Baltimore Sun, December 6, 2007) Fleshman, Kathrine J. On December 5, 2007. Kathrine J. Fleshman (nee Rebar), beloved wife for 41 years of Allen Duane Fleshmen, loving mother of Jean Fleshman and Karen Stebner, devoted grandmother of Elizabeth and Amanda Stebner, dear sister of Gerogia Medford. Friends may call at Gonce Funeral Service, P.A., 4001 Ritchie Highway on Saturday and Sunday from 3-5 and 7-9 P.M. A funeral service will be held in the funeral home on Monday at 11 A.M. Interment will be in Glen Haven Memorial Gardens.

(Boerne Star (Texas) , January 26, 2009 - Norman Thomas Valco - Norman died Jan 25th due to complications from a broken hip. He was born Jun 4, 1919 in Barnesboro, PA to Thomas Joseph Valco & Helen (Oszif) Valco. He married to Lois Virginia McIntyre on Jun 26, 1943 in Detroit, MI. He graduated from Barnesboro HS in 1936 & moved to Detroit where he got a job with Kelvinator & enrolled in night school at Lawrence Tech. He joined the Civilian Pilot Training Program in 1940, first learning to fly, then teaching others. He went into the Navy as a pilot in 1944, ending up at Corpus Christi NAS. He remained in the Navy Reserves, rising to the rank of Lt. Cmdr. He became a private pilot for a Corpus Christi businessman. He & Lois raised their family in Corpus Christi, living there for 22 yrs before moving to the Boerne area in 1968. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Ruth (Jim) Brosnan & Evelyn (Edward) Janssen & a brother, Elmer Valco. He is survived by his wife of 65 yrs, Lois; daughter, Norann Lustfield of TX; 2 sons: Larry of MO & Tommy (Carolyn) of MS; 5 grandchildren & 3 greats & one sister, Betty Raymond of MI.

(Newspaper unknown) John H. Amen, age 60. Beloved husband for 35 years to Patty (nee Prusak), loving son of Harold and Laura Amen, awesome father of David (Kelly) Amen and Laura Kline (Chris), cherished grandpa of Lily, devoted brother of Jeanne Shepherd (Barry). John retired after 34 years of service from Defense Finance and Accounting Service, Cleveland. He was a man of integrity, unique humor, kindness, and generosity. He was looked up to by many. Visitation Monday, May 4, 5-9 PM, Busch Funeral Home, Parma. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests for those who wish, may make contributions to the Kidney Cancer Association or Seasons of Life Hospice.

Betty M. (Oravec) Fiedor passed away on June 30, 2009. She was born October 25, 1913 to Alex and Elizabeth Oravec. No further information is know at this time.

General News

Natalie Rebar, daughter of Ed and the late Mary Molnarko Rebar sent this informatin along: I still work in the same place, EJAL Health Services; it will be 11 years in September, as Addictions Counselor. I have two dogs, Stripe (beagle) and Shelly (jack russell terrier mix), both 5 years old and fiestier than ever. My boyfriend David Baldwin and I have just celebrated 3 years together. David has been playing guitar for over 40 years, and has released two CDs of his music. He's had a commercial driver's license (CDL), but has sold his truck and gotten out of the commercial moving business. He now has a job with PMI (Patuxent Materials Inc, a construction materials company) as a Commercial Driver.

Tony Pasquale, son of Ben Pasqule and the late Nancy Rebar, gave us these tidbits: I received an MS in chemistry from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, in May 2007. My father, Ben, got re-married January 18, 2008. Dad's wife is a pianist, and Dad plays trumpet.

Here's the latest and greatest about the Stan Rebar Family (grandson of Joseph and Elizabeth Rebar, son of Elmer and Mary Jane Rebar). Stan's son Andrew joined the Army Reserves, graduated from boot camp and will graduate from advance military police training on September 24, 2009, 6 days before his 22nd birthday. Stan's wife Lauri graduated with a Master's in Library Science from University of South Florida (Tampa) in August 2008 and is currently an Assistant Librarian at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton (her alma mater and in the town where they have lived for 32 years).

2006 Reunion

At the 2006 reunion there were about 35 attendees from 6 states.

Florida: Frank and Barbara (Jager) Rebar (Ormond Beach).

Maryland: Joyce Rebar (Bowie); and Linda (Rebar) Snyder (Baltimore).

Michigan: Donna Breyer (Oxford); Rick and Karen (Rebar) Semik and daughters, Leah and Erica (Wales); Cynthia Kus and friend Justin Gillam (Grand Blanc); Andy Kus (Grand Blanc); John Rebar and daughter Teresa (Clinton Township); Pat Kus-Curson and son Jeff Curson (Lake Orion); and Chris and Nicky (Larkin) Kus (Holly).

Ohio: Jim and Carolyn (Young) Rebar (Napoleon).

Pennsylvania: Dorothy (Rebar) Polenik (Clymer); Dave and Elsie (Williams) Rebar (Whitney); John and Betty (Bell) Kuzio and children, Matt, Dana, Melissa, Robert, and Maria, and Monica, granddaughter, Gabrielle Stevens, and friends, Timmy Pellas and Adam Zatorsky (Northern Cambria); and Ed and Mary (Molnarko) Rebar (Greensburg).

Virginia: Tony Pasquale (Centreville).


You thought there would be more pictures, right? Not if you don't send them.

   Well, that's it for another year and another newsletter. Please remember to drop us a line next year when you get the reunion invitation, and let us know of any special events that have occurred in your family. We want everyone to feel like they're a part of the family, and we do this by sharing your information with others. You can play a big role in this endeavor.

Dot Polenik and Jim Rebar


Looking for Old Photos

Jim Rebar is always looking for old family pictures. We want to share them with everyone.

Random Pictures

Donna Rebar Breyer, Rose Butz, and Pat Rebar Kus-Curson

John Rebar, sitting where Jim remembers him best.

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