Michael Waskiw, longtime UNA activist

ELLENVILLE, N.Y. - Michael Waskiw, secretary of UNA Branch 88 for 20 years and an active member of Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church in Kerhonkson, N.Y., died here on Saturday, December 3. He was 86.

Mr. Waskiw was born in Shybalyn, Berezhany county, in Ukraine. He studied at the universities of Lviv and Vienna, and completed his studies in 1925. He passed the teacher's examination and taught biology in Lviv from 1925 to 1931.

He served in the Austrian Army in 1915-18 and in the Ukrainian Galician Army in 1918-20.

From 1932 to 1939 he was principal of the girls' agricultural school in Shybalyn.

In 1944 Mr. Waskiw emigrated to the United States and settled in Elizabeth, N.J. In 1950 he became a member of the Ukrainian National Association. He retired in 1966 and moved to Kerhonkson, where he became secretary of UNA Branch 88.

Surviving are his wife, Olympia; daughter Alexandra Kuropas with her husband Myron; son Myron with his wife Luba; and three grandchildren, Katya Waskiw and Stephen and Michael Kuropas.

The funeral was held Monday, December 5. Burial was at the Ukrainian cemetery in Kerhonkson.

Copyright © The Ukrainian Weekly, December 25, 1983, No. 52, Vol. LI

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