Wilmington-Jaroslaw “Jerry” Korzeniwsky, age 87, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, July 1, 2018 after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s Disease, with his wife, daughter and sister-in-law at his side. Jaroslaw was born in Yatsivka-Tlumach, near Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine on October 29, 1930 to Petro Korzeniwsky and Dominika nee Klus. He emigrated to the United States with his parents and brothers in 1949 after spending several years in the Regensburg, Germany Displaced Persons Camp. He served his new homeland in the Korean War. Jerry was an active member of Saint Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church since 1955. He was employed as a finish carpenter by DuPont, then C. F. Hill Construction Company, and later started his own custom carpentry and fine cabinet building business, where his acute attention to detail contributed to his success.
Jerry had many interests. He was a photographer, collector of Ukrainian music, an avid reader of Ukrainian literature, and was a car enthusiast. Jerry was passionate about his rose garden and loved attending Ukrainian festivals in the U.S. and Canada.
Jerry and Maria (Petesz) Korzeniwsky married on September 3, 1955 and shared a 62-year marriage. He is survived by his loving and caring wife, Maria; his children, Myron Korzeniwsky (Sharon) of Newark, Lewko Korzeniwsky (Terri) of Pittsburgh, PA, and daughter Doris J. Ryan, Newcastle; grandchildren, Phylicia (Ben) Philip, Katia (Zach), Sonya, and Alex; great grandchildren, Mackenzie and Nora, sister-in-law Nancy Turner (Buddy); Nieces Michelle Weldon (Craig and sons Adam and Zach), Bonnie Shriner (Jeff and son Jacob); as well as friends and supportive neighbors. His sister Luba, and brothers Orest and Roman, and son-in-law Dan Ryan preceded him in death.
Jerry maintained an extremely positive outlook throughout his illness and will be remembered by friends and family as a gentle, kind man at the end of his life. The family would like to extend their gratitude to Drs. Rudnick, Beardel, and Liu; the staffs of Evergreen and Weston Adult Day Care Centers; and the team from Season's Hospice. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in Jerry's memory to the Delaware Valley chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association: www.alz.org/delval
A viewing will be held on Friday, July 6, from 10-11 am at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church, 800 Lea Blvd., Wilmington, where a Mass will follow at 11am. Burial will be in All Saints Cemetery.
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