Lucy Clara Maniscalco Ozarchuk

Lucy Clara Maniscalco Ozarchuk, age 101, passed away peacefully on Monday, June 13, 2022, into the presence of the Lord. She was born on September 28, 1920, in Alta Loma, TX and has resided in Galveston County her entire life.

Lucy was the first generation of immigrant parents Vincenzo and Serafina Nocilla Maniscalco from Ribera, Sicily. They were a family “poor in money but wealthy in faith.” She graduated from Santa Fe High School and worked at Eiband’s Department Store and later at First Hutchings Sealy National Bank in Galveston. As a member of St. Mary of the Miraculous Medal Catholic Church, in Texas City, since 1956, she sang in the choir, was a Eucharist Minister, and volunteered in the Adoration Chapel each week.

Lucy was a member of the Golden Division – Texas City-La Marque Chamber of commerce where she received three Ambassador of the Year Awards and was recognized as “Citizen of the Year”.  She also received the “Pro Deo Et Juventiente” Medal for her 15 years of service working with the Catholic Youth of the Galveston-Houston Diocese. As the Grand Regent of Catholic Daughters Court #1855 of the Miraculous Medal for 3 years Lucy received awards for her Outstanding Public Relations work for the State of Texas Catholic Daughters and the first-place scrapbook award at State and at the National Catholic Daughters Convention. She was a Charter Member for over 50 years of Catholic Daughters.

Lucy continued to volunteer at Our Lady of Fatima School where her children attended school. She was appointed chairman of the Parish Council, teacher of CCD classes, Room Mother, PTA board member, Den Mother for Cub Scout pack #240, and a Girl Scout Leader. For 30 years, Lucy was chairman of the Fatima Thrift Shop to benefit the School and the Parish.

Lucy had a wonderful passion for growing flowers and working in her yard. As a member of the Texas City Garden Club, she cared for the gardens at the Moore Memorial Library and the special flower beds in Nessler Park. She won the “Spot of Beauty” Yard of the Month Award and the Civic Beautification award for the Texas City Garden Club 3 times. Many blue and red ribbons were awarded to Lucy for distinctive flower arrangements. As an outstanding volunteer with many hours of service, Lucy was given the following honors: Citizen of the Year and Unsung Heroes Award; Eckerd’s Salute to Volunteers; and Heroes of Mainland. In 1987, Lucy was honored by the Texas City Kiwanis Club as “Mother of the Year”.

Lucy is preceded in death by her husband of 68 years Tony Ozarchuk; parents Vincenzo and Serafina Maniscalco; brothers Jasper and Johnny Maniscalco; sisters Rose Pistone; Carmella Maniscalco; Pauline Pistone; and Bessie Kellerman; son-in-law, Wayne Payton; and grandson, Austin Michael Ozarchuk. Lucy is survived by her sister Bertha Pistone of Taylor; daughters Gloria Montalbano (Anthony) of Houston; Shirley Dertzo (Johnny) of Omaha, Nebraska; Toni Marie Baker (Dan) of Texas City; and son Michael Ozarchuk (Sheri Dettman) of La Quinta, California;

Grandchildren: Mark Montalbano (Gina), David Dertzo (Nicky), Michele Osten (Greg), Amy Verhulst (Kurt), Sara Martin (Austin), Melissa Hawthorne (Matthew), Andrew Payton (Mackenize), Melinda Yaklin (Clay), Lauren Ozarchuk, Grant Ozarchuk; and 19 Great Grand Children and many nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be grandsons:  Mark Montalbano, Greg Osten, Matthew Hawthorne, Dr. Clay Yaklin, Andrew Payton, Austin Martin, Kurt Verhulst, Grant Ozarchuk and David Dertzo (honorary).

Lucy was a very devoted, hardworking wife, beloved mother, aunt, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was blessed to have so many good friends throughout her life. Because of her strong Catholic faith, she always prayed for her family and taught them to love God and each other and to never give up. She will be greatly missed and never forgotten.

An evening visitation will be held on Thursday, June 16, 2022 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. with a vigil and rosary at 6:00 p.m.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, June 17, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Dominic Pistone, celebrant.  The visitation and Mass will be at St. Mary of the Miraculous Medal Catholic Church, 1604 9th Ave. N., Texas City, 77590. Interment will follow at Hayes Memorial Grace Cemetery on Hwy 6, in Hitchcock, TX

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Lucy’s name to St Mary Miraculous Medal Catholic Church.

For those who are unable to attend the Mass of Christian Burial will be live streamed on the St. Mary of the Miraculous Medal Catholic Church website:






  1. May you finally enjoy what it means to rest in peace. Bless you!

    Dominic Pistone Jr
  2. I was delighted to read all of the accolades bestowed upon Lucy. God Bless her for her many years of service to her Catholic faith. I only wish I could have met her. I do have the privilege of having her son Michael as my new son-in-law. Recently married to my daughter, Sheri.
    Love and prayers to all,
    Frances Hicks Laguna Niguel, CA.

    Frances Hicks
  3. I know Lucy skated through the Pearly Gates after a lifetime of service to Our Lord! I can see her with the other mothers in the old barracks at Fatima school making hamburgers for school lunch….our mothers juggled so much raising children and the many, many other things that kept our Catholic families active & in support of our wonderful parish ….. no doubt THOSE WERE THE GOOD DAYS! I sense your loss but know she left you with lots of awesome memories to ease your heavy hearts. My prayers are with you. Judy (Kojis) Stallone, Gary, TX

    Judy (Kojis) Stallone
    • I’m in League City with my parents John & Lou Ringer, and they are so sorry to have missed Mrs. Ozarchuk’s service. They send all their love and prayers to Lucy and her extended family. I’ll always remember how kind Mrs. Ozarchuk was to me as a little kid who got dragged to help at the thrift shop. She always made me feel important and gave me one of my first experiences as a salesperson. I know my mom always envied her beautiful flowers. Glad you are finally reunited with Mr. Ozarchuk! All our love – the Ringer’s!

      Monica Ringer Rosenberg
  4. My heart is with y’all at this time. Lucy had a beautiful soul I loved her with all my heart. I will miss my friend but I will see her again. ❤️ You Toni

    Beverly Anderson
  5. I have many wonderful memories of Mrs. Ozarchuck. She was always welcoming me to her home to play with Toni. She was our home room mother and brought our donuts on first Friday to our classroom. I remember all the beautiful flowers in their yard. She had a wonderful long faith filled life. Mr. Ozarchuck was probably delighted to see her. I loved them both.

    Lou Ann Ringer O’Roark

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