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Obituary: Iwan (John) Kocur, Chicago

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Iwan (John) Kocur, age 89, passed away March 10, 2013. He died at his home in Chicago, Illinois, after a long battle with cancer.

Mr. Kocur was born March 2, 1924, in Rozvacz, Ukraine, and was the son of Constantine Kuzma Kocur and Olena Helena Chudziak. He was raised in Ukraine, but later relocated to Germany after World War II. He married Paraskevia Mikuliak in Ganacer, Germany, Feb. 26, 1949.

After WWII, Iwan moved with his wife and family to Chicago, Illinois, in 1952, where they became U.S. citizens. His parents, Constantine and Olena Kocur, later relocated to Chicago as well.

Mr. Kocur was a window washer and a tool and die machinist in the Chicago area, who also ran his own cleaning business for several years. Always a hard worker, he retired in 1983. Iwan was active with his church, his family and friends. He enjoyed helping at the Plast Ukrainian Summer Camp  with his wife and children. He fulfilled his dream of traveling back to Ukraine in the 1990’s to visit his family. He enjoyed playing cards with his friends and was an avid gardener. He will always be remembered for his spectacular rose and vegetable garden. He was a dedicated husband and father.

He was a member of St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral in Chicago.

Mr. Kocur is survived by his wife, Paraskevia Kocur; his children, Taras Kocur, Oksana (Rev. Mykhailo) Kuzma and John (Denise) Kocur; grandchildren, Tatiana Kocur (Bartek) Snigurski, Markian (Heather) Kocur, Andrea Kuzma (Ronald) Andres, Olena Kuzma (Andrew) Tefft, Josyf Kuzma, Yuriy Kuzma, Maria Kuzma, Anna Kuzma, Laura Kocur (Josh) Long and Alison Kocur. He also was blessed with six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his children, Jaroslav Kocur and Rev. Bohdan Kocur.

Services will be conducted at Muzyka Funeral Home and St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral in Chicago with the Rev. Mykhailo Kuzma officiating. Visitation will be at Muzyka Funeral Home, 2157 W. Chicago Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, on Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. At 7:00 p.m., a traditional Panachyda service will be held.

Funeral service will be on Thursday, March 14, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral, 835 N. Oakley Blvd., Chicago, Illinois. Burial will be at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery in Chicago, Illinois. Pallbearers will be Josyf Kuzma, Yuriy Kuzma, Markian Kocur, Ron Andres, Joshua Long, and Bartek Snigurski.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Immaculate Conception Ukrainian Byzantine Catholic Church, New Building Fund, 745 S. Benton Street, Palatine, IL 60067.


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