NICHOLAS PRYSZLAK, a longtime resident of Jenkintown, PA, died Wednesday, November 7, 2018, after a short illness. He was 90.
Mykola was born in the town of Tuczne, near Lviv in western Ukraine on June 7, 1928, to Ivan Pryszlak and Kateryna Ivaschyshyn. He lost his only sister, Maria when she was only 10 years old and is also predeceased by his brother Alex Pryszlak with whom he was very close. Nick 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.
Nick joined the US Army on December 14, 1950 and served with the 528th Brigade; he was discharged on December 2, 1952 with the rank of Corporal and earned the United Nations Service Medal and the Korean Service Medal with 1 Bronze Star.
Nick and Rosalia Alfawicky married on May 21, 1960. He was a tool designer for Clifton Precision in Clifton Heights, PA for many years before retiring.
He is predeceased by his wife, Rosalia (Alfawicky) Pryszlak and is survived by his loving children: Luba Haldis and her husband Stephen; Roman Pryszlak; and Juri Pryszlak and his wife Sophia. He is also survived by his grandson Stephen Haldis (Eva).
Relatives and friends are invited to his viewing on Saturday, November 17, 2018, at Christ the King Ukrainian Catholic Church at 10 AM. Panahyda Prayers will be sung at 10:45 AM with Requiem Liturgy celebrated at 11 AM. Burial will follow at St. Mary Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery, Elkins Park, PA.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Nick's memory may be made to: United Ukrainian-American Relief Committee (SUDAK): Ukrainian Orphans Fund.
United Ukrainian-American Relief Committee
1206 Cottman Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19111