AMHERST — George Andrijowych, 72, of Amherst, died Tuesday April 29, 2014, at Mercy New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph in Lorain after a lengthy illness.
Born June 17, 1941, in Nadvirna, Ukraine, he moved to Lorain in 1951 at the age of 10 and lived here most of his life until moving to Amherst four years ago.
George graduated from Lorain High School in the class of 1960 A and then attended the Ohio State University where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in psychology in 1966. He earned his master's degree in education from Cleveland State University.
George was a teacher for Avon Lake city schools and taught science and math in junior high and high school for 34 years, retiring in 1999.
After his retirement, George never stopped teaching. He taught his grandchildren about science and took them to libraries and parks. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and the neighborhood children who knew him affectionately as "Papa George." He enjoyed drawing, painting, and going to the mall.
He was a member of the Ohio Education Association and the Church of St. Peter in Lorain.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Gayle Andrijowych (nee Hennes); daughter, Kathy Gargasz (Mike) of Amherst Township; son, David Andrijowych (Katy) of Amherst Township; twin daughters Denise Kropp (Nathan) of Fredonia, N.Y., and Deanne Miller (Justin) of Waterville; grandchildren Michael and Samantha Gargasz, Eve and Addison Andrijowych, Maxwell and Isabelle Kropp and Tyler, Gretchen and Isaiah Miller; brother, Don Andrijowych of Henderson, Nev.; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mykola "Nick" and Maria Andrijowycz (nee Noskiw); and brother, John Andri.
Funeral services were held Saturday at Gluvna-Shimo-Hromada Funeral Chapel, Lorain, followed by a Mass of Christian burial at the Church of St. Peter, Lorain. The Rev. Craig Hovanec, pastor, officiated. Burial was at Calvary Cemetery in Lorain.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Church of St. Peter, 3501 Oberlin Ave, Lorain. OH 44052.
Online condolences can be made at www.gluvna.net.