Casimir Shynkaruk, a resident of Cornwells Heights, PA, died November 1, 1999; he was 61.
Born in Brody, Ukraine, Casimir was the son of the late Anastasia (nee Huziuk) and Iwan Shynkaruk. The family survived the destruction of World War II and emigrated to the United States aboard the USS General Blatchford from Bremerhaven, Germany. They arrived in New York City in June of 1950 and traveled to Philadelphia, PA where they joined their sponsor, the Symowka family at 629 Poplar Street in the Northern Liberties section of the city. More than likely they were parishioners of the Ukrainian Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on Franklin Street.
The family later moved to 1547 N. 6th Street; Anastasia died suddenly in June of 1952, almost two years to the day they arrived. Iwan later died in 1982.
Little is known about Casimir's life; he appears to have moved to Cornwells Heights with his father in the early 1970's. He had married at some point; his wife Dorothy died in 1997.
When Casimir died, there was no one to claim his body; he was cremated by the Bucks County Coroners Office and his cremated remains were stored at the coroner's office since 1999. The current coroner, Meredith Buck, started the project to catalog the many remains they held (either unclaimed or abandoned); a casual search of Bucks County Coroners Office records on their website revealed Casmir's name and a search through Ancestry.com gave some of his family history.
Casimir will be reunited with his parents on Saturday, March 25, 2023, at St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery. Committal Prayers will be sung at 12 noon.
Departure Date:26 Jun 1950
Resettlement Camp:Bremerhaven, Germany
Transport Ship:USS GENERAL BLATCHFORD
Arrival Place:New York, USA
Destination:Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
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