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Anna Zacharko

Anna Zacharko

AGE: 89 • Manville

She would kneel beside her children, clasp their tiny hands in hers, and teach them how to pray. For Anna Zacharko, the day began and ended with prayer. It was her faith in God that supported and nourished her while living under oppressive Soviet Communism. At age 20, Anna was taken from her family to Nazi Germany as forced labor, spent four years in displaced persons' camps, immigrated to America and, was finally able to live a life free of oppression as an American citizen.

Anna (Pawluch) Zacharko, 89, of Manville fell asleep in the Lord on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at home. The eldest child of Stefan and Ksenia (Lialka) Pawluch, Anna was born January 16,1923 in the village of Khashchiv, Lvivska oblast (province), Halychyna, Ukraine.

Anna was employed at Spring Factory, Bound Brook; Johns-Manville Corp.; Iota Corp., Hillsborough and Rodhelm-Reiss, Hillsborough. She retired in 1985.

Anna arrived in the United States with her husband of one year on October 12,1949 and resided in Manville until her death. In 1950, she was one of the original members of St. Michael the Archangel Ukrainian Catholic Church in Manville. AS an active parishioner of the church, she was also a member of the Apostleship of Prayer, which supported the church spiritually and financially. She would lead the weekly Sunday rosary group and was a long time worker in the organization's pyrohy project. She would ensure the beauty of the Lord's house by changing the altar linens periodically and repairing the priests' and altar boys' vestments. She sang alto in the church choir since its founding, helped with church events, adult and children's programs and visited sick parishioners. She participated in annual pilgrimages to the Ukrainian Sisters of St. Basil the Great in Fox Chase, Jenkintown, PA and the Sister Servants of Mary Immaculate, Sloatsburg, NY. Anna was a member of Soyuz Ukrainok, Branch 92 in Manville, and a long time contributor to the United Ukrainian American Relief Committee. Anna loved everyone, was sympathetic toward people with problems or adversities, and always tried to help.

Besides her parents, Anna is predeceased by brothers Ivan and Nikolai and sisters Matronna and Katyryna, all who died in infancy and a beloved aunt, Tekla Kicyla (2005). Surviving to cherish Anna's memory is her loving husband, Michael, whom she shared 64 years of marriage, a son, Stephan and daughter-in-law, Olga, of Manville; a daughter Olga Kostuk and son-in-law, Walter of Cossayuna , NY; a daughter Dorothy Anna Blaszkiw and son-in-law, Lubomyr, of Columbia, MD; grandchildren Stephan M. Zacharko (Alison); Roman Zacharko; Stephanie Kostuk (Jose Gonzalez); Mark Kostuk; Michael, Anna and Maria Blaszkiw; and, a great granddaughter Sonja Gonzalez. She is also survived by brothers Anton, Josef and Wasyl Pawluch, and many nieces and nephews, all in Ukraine.

May God Almighty place her in a place of repose and peace. Vichnya Pamyat! Everlasting memory!

Relatives and friends are invited to attend calling hours at Fucillo & Warren Funeral Home, 205 So. Main St., Manville, on Tuesday, December 4 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. with the Parastas offered at 7:30 p.m. Additional calling time will be on Wednesday, December 5 from 8:00 a.m. until 8:30 a.m. A Divine Liturgy will be celebrated on Wednesday, December 5 at 9:00 a.m. at St. Michael the Archangel Ukrainian Catholic Church, 1700 Brooks Blvd., Hillsborough. Interment will follow in St. Andrew's Ukrainian Cemetery, South Bound Brook.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory can be made to: Ukrainian National Women's League of America Branch 92 (UNWLA Br. 92) and forwarded to J. Mrzyglocki, 52 Louise Dr., Manville, NJ 08835. Indicate "Social Welfare Programs" in the memo area. To send condolences to the family or sign an online guest book please visit www.FucilloandWarrenFuneralHome.com.


Published in Courier News from Dec. 3 to Dec. 4, 2012
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