Heaven's gates open for Jacob Medianick


     Cancer claimed the life of Jacob Medianick (Яків Медяник) on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at the age of 68.
     Brother Medianick and his family came to America from Kyiv, Ukraine in 1991. He was a former member of the Ukrainian Baptist Church in Trenton, New Jersey; a former member of the Ukrainian Baptist Church in Levittown, Pennsylvania; and a former member of Grace Ukrainian Baptist Church in Warminster, Pennsylvania.
     The viewing and homegoing service were held on Friday, December 29 at First Baptist Church of Pequea in Gap, Pennsylvania. Burial was on Saturday.
     Condolences are extended to his wife, children and grandchildren.

     Anne Melnyk, who was a longtime member of the Ukrainian Evangelical Baptist Church in Winnipeg, Canada, died Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at the age of 59. She was an active Christian, especially in the Ukrainian Baptist community, and served her Lord Jesus Christ faithfully all her life.
     Anne was retired and had moved recently to Benito, Manitoba, about five to six hours’ drive north of Winnipeg.
     Anne loved to sing; she was a soloist and also participated in various choirs. At one time, she worked at Popular Printers in Winnipeg, and printed Ukrainian-language magazines and books. She also edited the Christian Herald magazine for a few years, as well as the English-language supplement, The Challenger.
     Sister in Christ Anne had been ill for a couple of months with a blood clot in a leg and an infection. She had several blood transfusions. Subsequently, doctors discovered lesions on her brain.

     A service celebrating her life was held May 10 at Friends Funeral Services, 2146 Main St., Winnipeg, and on May 13 at the Durban Covenant Church in Durban, MB
     Condolences are sent to her brother, Nick; her sister, Mary; and other relatives.

Olga Malijewski joins heaven's choir at age 90

     Dr. Emmanuel Gitlin, whose parents were members of the Ukrainian Baptist Church of Chicago in the early 1950s, died June 13 in North Carolina at the age of 94.

     His father, the Rev. Dr. Moses Gitlin, helped initiate radio programs sponsored by the Ukrainian Baptist Church of Chicago. After moving out of state, Dr. Moses Gitlin occasionally would be a guest preacher at the Chicago church.

     Brother Emmanuel was a university professor of religion for many years.

     A funeral will be held Saturday, June 17, in Hickory, North Carolina.

    Olga Perec (Ольга Перець), a former member of the Ukrainian Baptist Church of Chicago, has passed away at the age of 97.
     She had been living in Holland, Michigan for many years.

     Sister Perec was born in Ukraine on September 5, 1920, and she died on October 16, 2017. She came to America after World War II. Her husband, Harry, died in 1992.
     Condolences are sent to her son, Michael; her sister, Ann Bandura; nephews and nieces; and other relatives.

     Martha Skoworodko, a longtime member of the Ukrainian Baptist Church in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, died June 19, eight days short of her 82nd birthday.

     Her husband, Steve, was pastor of the church for 35 years. The church eventually changed its name to Fairmont Baptist Church. Sister Martha and Pastor Steve were married for 62 years and had two children.

     Condolences are sent to Rev. Skoworodko, their children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and other relatives.

     Volodymyr Pokhodun, a member of the Ukrainian Evangelical Baptist Church in Crum Lynne, Pennsylvania, died unexpectedly on Thursday (May 25, 2017).

     A memorial service will be held Wednesday, May 31, at 7 p.m. at the church, 1110 Chester Pike, Crum Lynne, PA 19022. A viewing will be held Thursday, June 1, at 10 a.m. at the Kaniefski Kendus D'Anjolell Memorial Home, 3900 W. 9th St., Trainer, PA 19061. The funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Interment will be at Lawn Croft Cemetery, 1000 W. Ridge Road, Linwood, PA 19061.

     Condolences are sent to his wife, Vera; their children and grandchildren, and other relatives.

Matthew Halych dies after motorcycle accident


       Matthew Halych died on July 9 at home in Santa Barbara, California after being involved in a motorcycle accident. He was 38 years old.

     His parents, Bill and Nadia Halych, are former members of the Ukrainian Baptist Church of Chicago.

     The funeral was held July 14.

     Condolences are extended to his parents, sisters and other relatives.

     The Rev. Dr. John Kovalchuk (Іван Ковальчук), a leader of Ukrainian Baptists in North America, was welcomed into heaven yesterday, December 19, 2017, at the age of 78.

     Brother Kovalchuk had been living in Texas for the past few years with his wife near their son in the Dallas area. They were married 53 years.

     Brother Kovalchuk, who was born in Argentina, was heavily involved in ministry among Ukrainian Baptists. He attended the Ukrainian Bible Institute in Argentina from 1961-64. In 1965, he was working as a missionary/pastor in Paraguay, supported by the Ukrainian Evangelical Baptist Convention of the USA. Brother Kovalchuk served on the faculty of the Ukrainian Bible Institute from 1966-68.

     He immigrated to Canada in 1974 and worked in a printing shop. He served as assistant pastor of the Ukrainian Baptist Church in Winnipeg from 1974-77.  Then he was called to be pastor of the Ukrainian Baptist Church in Crum Lynne, Pennsylvania. He was installed as pastor of the (2nd) Ukrainian Baptist Church in Philadelphia on June 26, 1983, replacing Rev. Dr. John Berkuta, who died nine days later. Brother Kovalchuk later worked for several years as director of ethnic ministries for the Southern Baptist Convention's Pennsylvania/South Jersey district. He was elected president of the Ukrainian Evangelical Baptist Convention in the USA twice (1999-2005). He was editor-in-chief of The Messenger of Truth magazine (Післанець Правди) for about three years until suffering a stroke in 2011. He also had been president of the All-Ukrainian Evangelical Baptist Fellowship.

     Condolences are extended to his wife, Zenia; his son, Moses; his daughter, Pearl; five grandchildren and other relatives.

     Viewing was held the evening of December 28 at Levine Memorial Chapel, 4737 Street Road, Trevose, Pennsylvania, followed by a  Celebration of Life Service. A funeral service was held Friday, December 29, at 9 a.m., followed by interment at Lawnview Cemetery in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania.      

Cancer claims life of Roza Chernov at age 53

     Rev. Alex Ojcius (Олекса Іванович Ойцюсь), a longtime missionary and pastor in South America and the United States, died at the age of 83 on September 8, 2017.   
     Brother Ojcius, who was born in Ukraine, came to Paraguay with his family as a 1-year-old child. He was a missionary of the Ukrainian Missionary and Bible Society in Brazil starting in April 1962. He was the  pastor of the Ukrainian Baptist Church in Seattle, Washington in 1963. He was elected the first president of the Western Ukrainian Evangelical Baptist Convention in the United States in 1963. In his later years (around 2012), he served as interim pastor of the Ukrainian Baptist Church in Hemet, California.
     Brother Ojcius visited the Ukrainian Baptist Church in Chicago on several occasions, including in the summer of 1984, when he presented a slide show of his ministry with orphans in South America.
     Condolences are extended to his wife, Eva, and family.

Dmitriy Letushko meets his Savior in heaven at age 91

     Dmitriy L. Letushko, a member of The Gospel Church (Дім Євангелії) in Richland, New Jersey, passed away July 15 at home after an extended illness. He was 91 years old.
     Brother Letushko was the father of one of the pastors of The Gospel Church. He was born in Ukraine and immigrated to the United States in 2000.
     Funeral services were held Tuesday evening at the church and Wednesday morning at the Pancoast Funeral Home in Vineland, NJ, with burial in the Siloam Cemetery.  
     Condolences are sent to his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sisters and other relatives.

Obituaries 2017 / Посмертні згадки

Mariya Pokidyuk departs to her heavenly home       


     Mariya Pokidyuk (Марія Покидюк), a member of the Ukrainian House of Gospel in Richland, New Jersey, passed away on Sunday, November 12.

     Sister Pokidyuk was 83 years old. She was born and raised in Ukraine.
     A memorial service was held Wednesday, November 15, at the church. The funeral was held Thursday at the Pancoast Funeral Home in Vineland, New Jersey, with burial in the Siloam Cemetery.
     Condolences are extended to her family.

Arms of Jesus embrace Olga Perec  


Nadezhda Golubok meets her Savior


        Nadezhda Golubok (Надія Голубок), a member of the Ukrainian Baptist Church of Chicago, died on Wednesday, December 6 after an illness. She was 81 years old.

     Sister Golubok and her husband, Aleksey, were married for 61 years. She was the mother of the choir director and two choir members. She came from Ukraine to Chicago nearly 20 years ago.

     Visitation was held Wednesday, December 13, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Kuratko Funeral Home, 2447 S. DesPlaines Ave., North Riverside. A funeral service was held Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home, followed by burial in Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside.

     Condolences are extended to her husband, three children, eight grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Anne Melnyk, choir member and magazine editor

     Olga Malijewski (Ольга Малієвська), a member of the Ukrainian Evangelical Baptist Church in Hemet, California, died Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at the age of 90.
     She had undergone surgery recently and then was in a skilled nursing facility. She had been living with her daughter Helen for the past few years.
     Sister Malijewski also was a former member of the First Ukrainian Evangelical Baptist Church in Minneapolis and the Ukrainian Baptist Church in Chicago.
     She was born on September 16, 1926 in Ukraine. When Mrs. Malijewski visited Ukraine in 1976 with her husband, she saw her mother for the first time in 34 years. She visited Ukraine four more times.

     Sister Malijewski was involved in church life. For example, in Minneapolis, she sang in the choir, which her husband directed. In 1974 and 1975, she was elected to the executive board of the women's association of the Ukrainian Evangelical Baptist Convention. In 1985 at the Ukrainian Bible Centre in Canada, she was elected to the executive board of the women's division of the All-Ukrainian Evangelical Baptist Fellowship.
     Mrs. Malijewski was preceded in death by her husband, Paul (Павло Малієвський), in 2007.  Condolences are sent to her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and other relatives. The funeral was held Friday, April 28, at Hemet Valley Mortuary in Hemet, California, with visitation at 8:30 a.m., a service at 9 a.m., and burial at 10:30.

More obituaries may be found on the pages titled "Deaths in 2019", "Deaths in 2018", "Deaths in 2016", "Deaths 2012-2015" and "Deaths Before 2012".

Rev. Ojcius, pastor and missionary, dies at 83

Rose Ostapchuk falls asleep in the Lord

Rev. Dr. John Kovalchuk goes home to Jesus

God calls Volodymyr Pokhodun to heaven at age 61

Rev. olexa  Harbuziuk Legacy

Пастор олекса Романович Гарбузюк

     Mariya Ivanov (Марія Іванова), a member of the Ukrainian Baptist Church in Berwyn, Illinois,  died today (Monday, June 12, 2017). Born in 1933, she was 84 years old.

     Sister Ivanov joined the church after emigrating from Ukraine about 25 years ago. She was a faithful attendee until becoming ill about four years ago. She loved to pray at the services.

     Mrs. Ivanov was preceded in death by her husband in December 1997.

     The funeral was held Wednesday, June 14 at 11 a.m at Muzyka Funeral Home, 2157 W. Chicago Ave., in Chicago. Burial was in Elmwood Cemetery.

     Condolences are sent to her daughters, Nadiya Ivanov and Yelena Ishchuk, and her sons, Petro and Aleksandr, and other relatives.

     Lothar Harbuziuk, who attended the Ukrainian Baptist Church of Chicago as a child, was found dead Saturday, March 4, 2017 at his home in Jacksonville, Illinois. He would have been 68 years old later in the month.
     The Morgan County coroner, Jeff Lair, told cousin Alex Harbuziuk that the cause of death apparently was a heart attack. Lothar was preceded in death by his father in 2010 and by his mother about two months ago on December 31.
     Lothar and his parents operated the Star Lite Motel in Jacksonville, Illinois from 1972 to 1991, when his parents retired and sold the motel. Lothar was in charge of the registration desk. Lothar was a member of Lincoln Avenue Baptist Church in Jacksonville for many years.
     Lothar was born in Germany and was brought to America as a baby. He was a graduate of Willowbrook High School in Villa Park, Illinois. There were occasions when Lothar would visit the Ukrainian Baptist Church of Chicago as an adult and would sing a solo.
     Condolences are sent to his son, Samuel; a sister, Darlene Melton; and other relatives. Burial was Tuesday (March 7) in Diamond Grove Cemetery in Jacksonville. A joint memorial service for Lothar and his mother was held Monday, May 1 at Lincoln Avenue Baptist Church in Jacksonville. 

Mariya Ivanova enters eternity at age 84

     Sergei Miszczanczuk (Сергій Міщанчук), a member of the Ukrainian Baptist Church of Chicago, died today (Monday, October 2, 2017) after battling lung cancer for several months. He was 77 years old.

     Brother Miszczanczuk came to Chicago from Belarus in 1969. He and his wife soon joined the church.

     He served in a few capacities for several years, such as assistant treasurer for special offerings, janitor, maintenance committee and church council.

     Condolences are expressed to his four children: Tanya, Luba, Michael and Anna;  his grandchildren and other relatives. His wife died in 2014.

Leader among Ukrainian Baptists dies at age 78

Tania Siery is with her Lord and Saviour


     Tania Siery, a longtime member of the Ukrainian Baptist Church in Toronto, was welcomed into heaven on Wednesday, July 19.

     She was a member of the church for 58 years, and she sang in the church choir for many years.

     Born in Ukraine, Sister Siery was 95 years old. Her husband died in 1983.

     Visitation was held Monday evening, July 24, at Turner & Porter Funeral Directors (Yorke Chapel) in Toronto. A celebration service was held Tuesday, with interment in Park Lawn Cemetery.

     Condolences are sent to her children and other relatives.

Paul Ulaniuk, longtime choir director in Canada

     Paul Ulaniuk, the choir director at the Ukrainian Baptist Church of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, for more than 50 years, died September 8 in a nursing home. He was 95 years old.
     He was born in Ukraine, attended a Bible school in Germany, and moved to Saskatoon in 1949, where he also attended Bible school. He married his wife, Violet, in 1951.
     Brother Ulaniuk composed songs and also translated many songs into the Ukrainian language. He published three books of choir songs that were used in Ukrainian churches throughout the world, and he also produced three record albums of choir music. Besides directing the choir during church services, Brother Ulaniuk also prepared the choir to minister on radio and television broadcasts and in outreach throughout Saskatchewan.
     A celebration of his life was held at Fairmont Baptist Church (formerly called Ukrainian Baptist Church) in Saskatoon on Wednesday, September 13, 2017. Condolences are sent to his wife and other relatives.

Heaven welcomes Bohuslawa Bass at age 91


   Bohuslawa  Bass (Богуслава Жабко-Потапович), a longtime member of the Ukrainian Evangelical Baptist Church in Crum Lynne, Pennsylvania, passed away Tuesday (January 3, 2017) at the age of 91.
   She was involved in the church in various capacities, including as a Sunday school teacher and with the women’s group. She served as secretary of the women’s division of the Ukrainian Evangelical Baptist Convention for at least 10 years in the 1960s and 1970s.
   She came to America in 1947 with her parents and brother. Her father, Rev. Dr. Lev Zabko-Potapovich, was editor of the Ukrainian-language Messenger of Truth magazine (Післанець Правди) and was pastor of the Ukrainian Baptist Church in Chester, PA.

     A memorial service was held at 6 p.m. Sunday January 22 at the Ukrainian Evangelical Baptist Church, 1110 Chester Pike, Crum Lynne.
   Condolences are sent to her husband, Stephen Bass.

Sergei Miszczanczuk enters his heavenly home

Religion professor Emmanuel Gitlin dies

Lidiya Sichkar meets her Lord in heaven
    

     Lidiya Sichkar, a member of the First Ukrainian Evangelical Baptist Church in Philadelphia, passed away Monday, November 13, after being diagnosed with cancer.

     Sister Sichkar was 56 years old. She came to the United States from Lviv, Ukraine.
     A memorial service was held Friday at 7 p.m. at Joseph Levine & Sons Memorial Chapel, 4737 Street Road, Trevose, PA. The funeral was held Saturday at 10 a.m.
     Condolences are sent to her family.

Martha Skoworodko, pastor's wife, joins her Savior

Nina Wozny, women's leader, goes to Jesus

Lothar Harbuziuk dies unexpectedly at age 67

     Nina Wozny (Ніна Возьна), a longtime member of the Ukrainian Baptist Church of Chicago, Illinois, died today (Wednesday, February 22, 2017) at the age of 89.

     Sister Wozny was involved in various aspects of her church and beyond.

     She served for many years as president of the women's division of the All-Ukrainian Evangelical Baptist Fellowship (diaspora), president of the women's association of the Ukrainian Evangelical Baptist Convention in the United States, and president of the women's group in her church during the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. She served for a number of years as secretary of the church council.

     She also sang in the church choir for many years, and many years ago she recorded an album of duets with Kathy Bereza. Many people have fond memories of Mrs. Wozny as their Sunday school teacher. Sister Wozny, who was born in Ukraine, also was a teacher at the Saturday Ukrainian school at the Ukrainian Baptist Church of Chicago.

     Sister Wozny underwent hip replacement surgery last month, after breaking her hip in a fall. The Woznys celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary last summer.

     Visitation will be held Saturday at Woodlawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park, in Forest Park, IL. A service will begin at 11:30 a.m.  Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery.  

     Condolences are sent to her husband, Michael; a son, Michael (Irene); two daughters, Diane (Walter) Teresczenko and Betty (Steve) Wozniak; seven grandchildren and other relatives.

 
Jim Koroluk dies unexpectedly at age 56


     James "Jim" Koroluk, who attended the Ukrainian Baptist Church of Chicago as a child with his parents, died of a heart attack on Sunday, February 12, at the age of 56.
     He was a 25-year resident of Naperville, Illinois.
     The funeral will be held Saturday, February 18, at Woodlawn Funeral Home 7750 W. Cermak Road, Forest Park. Visitation will from 10 a.m. until the service at 11:30 a.m. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery.
     Condolences are sent to his mother, Lucy; his brother, Pastor Ted; and other relatives. His father died in 1992.


Daniil Linnik, 82, is in the presence of Jesus


     Daniil Linnik (Даниил Линник), a former member of the First Ukrainian Evangelical Baptist Church of Philadelphia and the Ukrainian Evangelical Baptist Church in Crum Lynne, Pennsylvania, died on February 9 after an illness. He was 82.
     For the past 15 years, he was a member of Lifeway Baptist Church (Церковь Путь Жизни) in Philadelphia.
     While living in Soviet Ukraine, Brother Linnik spent some time in prison because of his faith in Jesus.
     The funeral was held Tuesday, February 14. Condolences are sent to his five sons, two daughters and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years.



Peter Lubinsky departs to his heavenly home

     Peter Lubinsky, a former member of the Ukrainian Baptist Church in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, passed away to his Savior on January 29, 2017 at the age of 92.
      He had been involved with the Evangelical Mission to Ukraine for a number of years.
     The funeral was held Feb. 3.
     Condolences are sent to his three daughters and other relatives.

     Roza Chernov, a former member of the Ukrainian Baptist Church of Chicago, died Monday, September 4, 2017, from an aggressive form of breast cancer.

     Roza, 53, came to Chicago from the country of Estonia. Sister Roza was a member of the church in Berwyn for 16 years. She served for a year as leader of the youth group in the 1990s.

     Visitation was held Friday evening, September 8, at Countryside Funeral Home in Bartlett, IL. A funeral service was held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Life Changers International Church in Hoffman Estates, IL.

     Condolences are sent to her husband, Vladimir; her children and other relatives.

Rev. Karl Sedletsky called home by Jesus


        Rev. Karl Sedletsky, a member of the First Ukrainian Evangelical Baptist Church in Philadelphia, PA, died November 20 at the age of 91.

     Brother Sedletsky had been the senior presbyter of the Union of  Evangelical Christian Baptists of Moldova before coming to the United States in the 1990s.

     Condolences are extended to his family and relatives.

     Rose Marie Ostapchuk, who was a member of the Ukrainian Baptist Church in Toronto, Canada, for many years, died on April 8, 2017 at the age of 87.

     A funeral was held April 20 in Mississauga.

     Sister Ostapchuk was preceded in death by her husband, Walter, in 2004.

Condolences are sent to her children, grandchildren and other relatives.

Maria Zubyk is in the presence of Jesus


     Maria Zubyk, a member of the Ukrainian Baptist Church of Los Angeles, was called home by her Saviour on Saturday, March 18 -- a week after her husband died. 

     Sister Zubyk was 87 years old. She was born April 9, 1929 in Ukraine.     

     A funeral service was held April 1 in the Old North Church at Forest Lawn -- Hollywood Hills, 6300 Forest Lawn Drive, Los Angeles, California.
     Condolences are sent to his children and other relatives,

  

Steve Zubyk meets his Lord in glory


     Steve Zubyk, a longtime member of the Ukrainian Baptist Church in Los Angeles, has passed on to meet his Lord and Saviour at the age of 89.

     Brother Zubyk was born in Ukraine on January 1, 1928. He died on Saturday, March 11, 2017.

     A memorial service was held Saturday, April 1 in the Old North Church at Forest Lawn -- Hollywood Hills, 6300 Forest Lawn Drive, Los Angeles, California. Condolences are sent to his children and other relatives.



Nadiya Nagrudny has entered eternity


     Nadiya  Nagrudny (Надія Нагрудна), a member of the First Ukrainian Evangelical Baptist Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, died March 6, 2017.

     A service was held March 10. Sister Nagrudny was buried on Saturday, March 11, which was her birthday.

     Condolences are sent to her family.