On April 24, 2018, Wasyl Makar, 93, passed away peacefully in Philadelphia, PA with family by his side.
Born on October 5, 1924 in the village of Tycha in Western Ukraine, Wasyl was the son of Rosalia and Nicholas Makar, who was the town mayor. After World War II, Wasyl immigrated to the United States with his wife, Kateryna (nee Sopel) and settled with their three young children in Philadelphia.
Throughout his life, Wasyl was very active in local politics, a lifelong passion inherited from his father. Wasyl was elected as a political ward leader in Philadelphia and served as a committeeman for many years. He was an avid reader of political and world news. He enjoyed watching sports, particularly baseball. A prominent member of the Ukrainian community in Philadelphia, Wasyl dedicated much of his time to the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.
Wasyl was predeceased by his beloved wife, Kateryna and two sons, Jaroslaw and Nicholas. He was the dear father of Danuta (Eugene) Sawicky, Bohdan, Stephania (Francis) Flood, and Peter (Joanne); loving grandfather of Michael (Dianna), Christina (Dorian), Brett (Darlina), Marissa (Joshua), Jared and the late Nicole. He is also survived by two great-grandchildren, Catherine and Daniel.
Relatives and friends are invited to his viewing on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 9:50 AM at the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 830 N. Franklin Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123. Panachyda prayers to be held at 9:50 AM. Requiem service to be celebrated at 10:00 AM. Interment at St. Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery in Elkins Park, PA.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to: The Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 830 N. Franklin Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123.
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
819 N. 8th Street, Philadelphia PA 19123