Mykola Jarowyj, a resident of Northeast Philadelphia for 65 years, died on Monday, June 4, 2018. He was 95.
Born in Korovaina, Nemyriv Raion, Vinnytska, Ukraine, Mykola was the son of the late Maxym and Maria Domentovycz Jarowyj. He was seized by the Germans and was conscripted to work on farms in Germany during World War II. In Germany, he met Anna Kalyniuk; they were married in Germany in 1948 and together traveled to the United States in 1951. They arrived in New York City (they hated it) and moved to Rorer Street in the Feltonville section of the city in 1951; in 1980, Anna and Mike moved to the Pennypack section of the city.
Mike's wife Anna died in 2005; he's spent his last years taking care of their home, reading the Bible (he had bibles in every room of his house) and listening to religious programs on the radio. He especially loved taking care of his 'baby', his 1970 teal Cadillac Coupe DeVille.
He used to hear people tell him he was getting old; he'd tell them "look at me, I'm as strong as a bull". He credited his strength and well-being to eating his fruits and vegetables and walking or riding his bicycle.
About four or five years ago, he pointed the brick on the side of his house and until last year, he was still cutting his own lawn. He enjoyed the company of people; he enjoyed talking on his cell phone and he loved politics. He especially loved living in America and was overjoyed with the chance to live in the United States with his wife.
Friends are invited to call on Thursday at 9:15 AM at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Panahyda prayers will be sung at 9:45 AM followed by Requiem Services at 10 AM. Burial will follow at St. Mary Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery, Elkins Park, PA. There, Mike will join his beloved Anna who he visited every Friday to light candles at her grave.
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