Emrick Prestash was born Nov. 11, 1923 and died May 5, 2021 at age 97 of natural causes.
Born in New Britain to Stephen and Catherine (Bonchak) Prestash, he was the seventh of eight children. Emrick served with Battery D 571st Anti Aircraft Artillery(AW) Battalion and was honorably discharged on March 17, 1946.
The Prestash family was among the very few that had six brothers serving in the Armed Forces at the same time during war time. His brother Andrew was killed in action on Dec. 18, 1944. Emrick married his high school sweetheart and church parishioner Lovey Waida in 1945. Lovey passed in 1968.
Emrick was formerly employed as a store manager at D&L and Weathervane stores. He was a devoted member of St. Mary's Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
He leaves to cherish his memories by his children, Andrea (John) Tolomea, Linda Kohl, Debra Gerardi (Charles Barbero); son-in-law, Doug Raineault; eleven grandchildren; and 15 great grandchildren. In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by two daughters, Donna Raineault and Pamela Baczewski, two sons-in-law, Frank Kohl and Michael Baczewski; and by his brothers, Myron, Walter, Steven, Anthony, Joseph, and sister Molly Mancini. He was also predeceased by his companion Anne Melnyk McAloon.
A private funeral service will be held at Erickson-Hansen Funeral Home in New Britain. Burial will be in St. Mary's Ukrainian Orthodox Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Mary's Ukrainian Orthodox Church Youth Ministry. Please share a memory of Emrick with the family in the online guest book at www.ericksonhansen.com
Published by The New Britain Herald from May 7 to May 11, 2021.