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Eugenia (Derech) Zwir

July 17, 1925 ~ September 17, 2018 (age 93)

Eugenia Zwir of Northeast Philadelphia, PA, passed away in the early morning hours of Monday, September 17, 2018. She was 93.

Born in the village of Chystopady, Ukraine, right outside of the city of Ternopil on July 17, 1925, Eugenia lived with her parents Joseph and Mary Derech. She often recalled the beauty and tranquility of this time in her life; loving to milk the cows, collect flowers in the vast meadows, and braid them into "vinky," and sit by the water.

She was taken by the Nazis at age 15, never to see her beloved village or family again. Eugenia displayed immense strength and perseverance in life, eventually meeting her husband in a refugee camp, having twin daughters, and emigrating to the US in 1951 through Ellis Island.

Once in the US, she built her life as loving mother and grandmother, friend, proud seamstress, and was known for her excellent cooking and sense of humor. Always speaking her mind, she was especially idolized by her granddaughter, Natalie. Eugenia will be dearly missed.

Eugenia is the widow of the late Peter Zwir and is survived by her daughters Slava Lipowicz and Irene Zitter, her three grandchildren David Lipowicz, Paul Lipowicz, and Natalie Zitter, and her four great grandchildren Leah, Eli, Reese, and Sydney. Vichnaya Pamyat!

Relatives and friends are invited to her Visitation Tuesday, September 25, 2018, 10 to 111 AM, in St. Michael Ukrainian Catholic Church, 1013 Fox Chase Road, Jenkintown, PA 19046. Funeral Service at 11 AM. Interment in Lawnview Cemetery, Rockledge.

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