Vladimira Zajac was born on October 18, 1934 in the town of Lutsk, Ukraine to the late Stefania (nee Bahtajowa) and the late Vladimir Bahlaj. For political reasons her family was forced to flee from their beloved Ukraine due to the Soviet Union occupation during the Second World War. She arrived in the United States, only with her Mother and sister Luba in 1949, as her beloved father Volodymir passed away before the end of the war.
The family ultimately settled in the Philadelphia area. With utmost perseverance Vladimira finished her high school education, while tending to her ill mother, and on March 11th, 1958 became a citizen of the United States. It is here where she met and on October 20th, 1956 married her late husband of 30 years, Ihor Zajac Sr., at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Philadelphia. Vladimira was an active member of Plast and also displayed her wonderful voice by singing in various church and secular choirs. She dedicated much of her time to the Ukrainian community which she greatly loved and revered. Vladimira leaves behind wonderful memories as well as truly inspiring stories which attest to her grit and resilience. She has touched many lives in many ways.
Vladimira is survived by her sons Ihor (Olenka ) , Andrew (Zina; step granddaughter Victoria) and daughter Alexandra. We will forever walk with the love, compassion, grace and values she instilled within us. Her spirit together with our memories will always be with us. May we all find comfort knowing Mom is now home and at peace. Vichnaya Pamyat.
Funeral Services will be held at the St. Mary’s (Protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church), 2026 Bath Road, Bristol, PA 19007 on Saturday, August 24, 2019. Visitation 9:30 am, Funeral Liturgy at 10:30 am. In lieu of flowers, we will be grateful for donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the United Ukrainian American Relief Committee, Inc.