Zinchenko, Grigoriy Vasilievich
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Ithaca: Grigoriy Vasilievich Zinchenko, 88, of Ithaca, NY died Friday, March 14, 2014. Mr. Zinchenko was born on March 24, 1925 in the Ukraine, and moved to the United States with his family to escape religious persecution in March of 1991. He was predeceased by his wife of 50 years, Varvara Zinchenko, who died in 2000. Together they had 6 children (three sons and three daughters), twenty-five grandchildren, and twenty-six great-grandchildren, which includes the Karandeyevs of Ithaca NY, the Kovals of Florida, the Perets of South Dakota, and the Zinchenkos of the Ukraine. Mr. Zinchenko was a Holocaust survivor and wrote an autobiography of his life. Escape from Buchenwald is the story of this escape from a Nazi concentration camp during World War II. When he returned home after the war, he found out that he and his brothers and sisters were now orphans, and his dream of building an orphanage for the children of the Ukraine was born that day. When he came to America he realized he could use the profits from his book to make his dream come true. The "Father's Home" Children's Orphanage in Kharkov, Ukraine was established in July 2001. To date, the orphanage has raised or found homes for 74 children. He was also the architect of the church in Kharkov, Ukraine in 1979 and several churches after that. Mr. Zinchenko and his family helped build Church of Christian Gospel Faith in Berkshire, NY, which was finished and established in 1996. He continued to be a strong member of his church throughout his life. Friends may call at 6 PM, Thursday, March 20 at the Church of Christian Gospel Faith, 954 Brown Road, Berkshire NY 13736. Funeral Services will be held at 11 AM on Friday, March 21 at the Herson Wagner Funeral Home, 110 South Geneva St. Ithaca, NY 14850.
Wagner Funeral Home
110 S. Geneva Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
Published in Ithaca Journal on Mar. 19, 2014