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On October 1st, my father passed away at the age of 93.  With his passing it was the end of a generation of my family.  A few months prior, my aunt met with a tragic end.  At that time, my father would be the last one from that generation left.

Theodor Iwaniw – October 1, 2011

Theodor Iwaniw, 93, of Liverpool, died Saturday, October 1, 2011 at St. Joseph’s Hospital. Mr. Iwaniw was born in Ukraine and had lived in the Syracuse and Liverpool areas for 61 years. He retired in 1980 from R.E. Dietz Co. where he worked as a die setter for 18 years. He was a communicant of St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church. He was a member of the Ukrainian National Home, the Ukrainian Congress Committee, the Organization for the Defense of the Four Freedoms of Ukraine, Ukrainian Youth Organization (CYM) and the Ukrainian National Aid Association. He was predeceased by his wife, Natalia, who died in 2009. Survivors: his daughter and son-in-law, Maria and Andre Revutsky of Auburn, NY; his son and daughter-in-law, Taras and Linda Iwaniw of Sicklerville, NJ; four grandchildren, Natalia Meyer, Theodore Revutsky, Christa and Alex Iwaniw; three great-grandchildren, Alexandre and Michael Meyer and Haydan Iwaniw; several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be conducted Monday 9:30 a.m. from the Macko-Vassallo Funeral Home and 10 a.m. in St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church. He will be laid to rest in St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery. Calling hours will be held Sunday 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home, 1609 W. Genesee St.. The Panakhyda Services will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday evening at the funeral home. MACKO-VASSALLO FUNERAL HOME

I’ve been busy lately with trying to get all of the documentations and information together in one spot. Additionally, I’ve been trying to go through some old boxes that have been stored here at the house along with some old photo albums. The photo albums were a great find for me because there were some old photos that I forgot that I had. Since the my mother had passed away a couple of years ago I figured that any of the old photos that she had were gone.  There may be other ones that I no longer have access to, but I have a very pleasant task of looking over the ones that I do have and getting them scanned onto CD’s.  I can then make them available to my own children.

I haven’t decided on where to display the photos.  I have a couple of choices:

  1. Upload them to the Family Tree site at
  2. Or, create a separate Gallery Page at this domain.

I guess this will give me something to think about.  But, I haven’t had too much of a chance to devote to the family research, what with the business and everything I last was able to send out a letter to the archivist at the Archives in Lvov and asked about the process and costs in obtaining documents pertaining to my family.

Other things that I have been doing is searching and connecting with others with the surname of IWANIW on Facebook.  I was pleasantly surprised to find so many people all over the world named Iwaniw.  I also started a group on Facebook called The Iwaniw Exchange.  I’m also interested in connecting with anyone else who is conducting family research into their Iwaniw roots so that we can exchange tips, resources, and general information.  I little motivation for me would be great, too. 🙂