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On Sunday, January 16th, 2022, Catherine Lynette Kravchuk (83) formally of Parma and North Royalton, OH passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family. Predeceased by her parents John M. Stacey and Eva Nell (nee Wyndham) Stacey. Beloved wife of Al Emil Victor Kravchuk of 53 years, 6 months, and 20 days. Loving mother of Tania Lynn (Kevin), Todd Alan (Sarah), and the late Jon Gerald. Dear grandmother of Roy Nicholas, Alexis Lynn, James Alan, and Phillip Alan.
Catherine was born on March 30, 1938 in Los Angeles, California. She moved to Orlando, FL with her family in 1983. Catherine was a very loving and devoted mother. She was very active in their education, president of the St. Josephat Ukrainian Catholic School Parent Teachers Unit (PTU)and quite instrumental in fundraising for that school and parish. In Orlando, Florida she was very active in the St. James Cathedral parish, supported her husband in his Knights of Columbus activities, and a super star in new home sales. She retired on July 1, 2008. She moved to Mount Pleasant (Charleston) South Carolina in 2018 to be closer to her youngest grandchildren - James and Phillip. Her children, and particularly her grandchildren, brought much happiness to her life.
Family and friends are invited to a visitation on Sun. Jan 23, 2022, from 5 pm – 8 pm, Parastas at 7 pm at Kolodiy-Lazuta Funeral Home 5677 State Rd. Parma, Oh. Funeral Liturgy Mon. Jan. 24, 2022, at 10 am at St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral, (Please meet at Church). Catherine will be laid to rest in the family plot at St. Andrews Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery in Parma, Ohio.
She wished these to be her last words:
To Those Whom I Love, and Those Who Love Me
When I am gone, release me, let me go
I have so many things to see and do
You must not tie yourself to me with too many tears
Be thankful that we had so many good years!
I gave you my love, and you can only guess
How much you have given me in happiness.
I thank you for the love that you have shown,
But now it is time I travel on alone.
So grieve for me a little while, if you must
Then let your grief be comforted by trust
It is only for a while that we must part
So treasure the memories within your heart.
I won't be far away, for life goes on
And if you need me, call and I will come.
Though you can't see or touch me, I will be near
If you listen with your heart, you will hear
All my love around you, soft and clear.
And then, when you finally come this way alone,
I will greet you with a smile........... and a "Welcome Home"!
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