With profound sadness, we announce that our beloved father and grandfather, Alex Pryszlak (Oleksa) passed away on February 4, 2018, at the age of 92.
Alex was born in the of Tuczne, near Lviv in western Ukraine on August 30, 1925, to Ivan Pryszlak and Kateryna Ivaschyshyn. He lost his only sister, Maria when she was only 10 years old, but is survived by his dear brother Mykola Pryszlak with whom he was very close. Alex immigrated to the USA via Hamburg with his parents, brother and cousin in 1949, after surviving difficult World War II years as forced laborers in Germany. They settled down in Philadelphia with the support of the Boyko family.
Alex married the love of his life, Maria Jaworska , a Ukrainian orphaned immigrant in 1951 in Philadelphia. Between 1952 and 1972 they had, and are survived by, 8 children: Anne (Ron), Teresa, Alexander, Marianne, Vera (Eugene), Nadia, Ivan (Christine) and Josyf (Natalia). Alex dearly loved his 11 grandchildren: Larissa, Christine, Julia, Natalie, Emilia, Alexandra, Zoya, Maya, Gabriel, Isabella and Nicholas. His favorite times were when his entire family was together, whether on holidays, birthdays or regular Sundays.
Alex supported his family working as a tailor at “After Six Tuxedos”, as well as several men’s specialty clothing shops. He enjoyed
his work and was always ready to help a friend or neighbor with alterations and quick fixes.
The 3 things dearest to Alex were his faith, his homeland Ukraine and his family. He loved Ukraine, never forgot his roots and avidly kept up with current events by reading Ukrainian newspapers daily and staying active in the Ukrainian community. Alex had a deep warm voice and sang for many years, and as long as his health permitted in the Ukrainian Male Choir, Prometheus. Alex was a proud and faithful member of Christ the King Ukrainian Catholic Church, sang in the church choir and attended Liturgy every Sunday until very recently.
Alex loved the Eagles and passed away on Super Bowl Sunday. He got a front row seat to the game and would’ve been very proud of their victory!
Pop and Dido – we will miss you.
Relatives and friends are invited to his viewing beginning 10:30AM onSaturday (February 10) at Christ the King Ukrainian Catholic Church, 1623 W. Cayuga St., Philadelphia, PA 19140. Panakhyda prayers to be sung at 11:15, Requiem Liturgy 11:30AM. Interment to follow at St. Mary's Cemetery in Elkins Park, PA.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Alex may be made to either Christ the King Ukrainian Catholic Church or the United Ukrainian-American Relief Committee, 1206 Cottman Ave., Phila., PA 19111