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Born: Wed., Jan. 10, 1934
Died: Sun., Sep. 29, 2019


5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Tue., Oct. 01, 2019
Location: Celentano Funeral Home

Divine Liturgy

10:00 AM Wed., Oct. 02, 2019
Location: St, Michael's Ukrainian Catholic Church

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Stefan Jurczak began his life in Brozhniv, Ivano Frankivska Oblast, Ukraine January 10, 1934. He was born into the family of Paulina and Petro Jurczak. Stefan and his family re-settled to Germany from 1942 until 1947. In 1951 the family was sponsored by friends and immigrated to America, with mother Paulina and brother Michael Jurczak. The move to America resulted in being separated from his father Petro and sister Kateryna permanently. They hoped to reunite
yet regrettably opportunity never presented itself. Stefan supported his family in Ukraine for decades and continued to love them while keeping close contact. Stefan was a great Ukrainian leader in the community for over 60 years He was highly involved and made significant contributions to CYM of Philadelphia (A Ukrainian youth organization). He enjoyed working as a youth counselor at Oselia, CYM, Ellenville, NY. There he met his lovely wife Valentina (Valia). They both shared a love for the Ukrainian culture and passed it down to the their children and grandchildren. They were married in 1961 and had two children Jaroslaw and Halia (Helen). Halia carries on the traditions of Ukrainian culture and is a leader of multiple organizations in New Haven. Stefan worked for decades as a project manager for Progress Lighting. He was known and loved by everyone working at Tryzub and the Ukrainian League of Philadelphia (23rd St). He had an outstanding work ethic which he passed to his family making them the wonderful people they are today.  
  Stefan was blessed with two loving children, Jaroslaw  Jurczak and Halia (Helen) Jurczak Adrian Lodynsky. A devoted grandfather to Alexandra, Tatiana, Andrejko  (Andre) and Adian(Aedan), his sister, Kateryna Jurczak,  and extended family in Ukraine; brother Michael Jurczak, and nephews Taras Jurczak  and  Dorian Jurczak  and family. Friends and family may call at the Celentano Funeral Home, 424 Elm St New Haven Tuesday October 1st from 5-8 PM. The  Panachida at 7:00 PM. Funeral Liturgy in St Michael’s Ukrainian Catholic Church, George St., New Haven Wednesday October 2nd  at 10:00. A Funeral Liturgy will also take place on Thursday October 3rd in the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Philadelphia  at 10:00 AM. There will be a calling hour from 9:00 – 10:00. Interment will follow in Fox Chase Cemetery.

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Donna Czabala-aponte
   Posted Tue October 01, 2019
Halia and Family you have my deepest sympathy on the loss of your father. You loved him very much because you used to tell me stories how he liked working at the Ukrainian bar in Philly. He was a strong and dedicated man to his culture! It was a pleasure talking with him when he would come down to Conn. He is with the angels now. God Bless his Soul! and your family for the terrible loss.
With all of my heart! you and your family have my condolence!
Love Donna

   Posted Wed October 02, 2019
I didn’t know Stefan well but saw him all the time in the neighborhood. He was very sweet to my son always saying hi and giving him a hard time :) I was very sad to hear about his passing. Sending his family love and strength during this trying time.
Sharyn & Max

Christopher Rizanow
   Posted Wed October 02, 2019
Having lived on 23rd St and being a member of the Club, it was a pleasure seeing Pan Stefan almost everyday sitting on the stoop of the club and just hearing him yell "Pan Rizanow!". If not on the street, it was always amazing chatting with him down at the club after work or in the evenings. Always funny, poignant, and an overall kind man. He is personally responsible for some of my (and many others) most fond moments living on 23rd St. Thank you Pan Stefan, you will absolutely never be forgotten.

Ukrainian League of Philadelphia
   Posted Wed October 02, 2019
Our deepest condolences to you and your family. Pan Stefan was very involved with the Ukrainian League and has done so much for the club. He will always be in our hearts.

Mike Trycieckyj
   Posted Thu October 03, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Jurczak and Lodynsky family. Your father's suffering is over and our faith gives us comfort that he is in a better place. Vichnaya Pamyat! Trycieckyj Family

rita and dick barse
   Posted Sun October 06, 2019
Helen, our best thoughts to you at this time

Elisabeth Meyers
   Posted Tue October 08, 2019
Halia and Family you have my deepest sympathy on the loss of your father. I have lived at 23rd and Brown Streets since 2000 and your father was my most cherished neighbor. He took an active interest in my life and was always curious about my travels for work and the wellbeing of the many friends we shared. We talked often about his trips to visit you in Conneticut and the changing landscape of our neighborhood. He was such a kind, humble man with a warm, generous heart that always wanted the best for those he knew. I loved him and will miss him very much.

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