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Sophia M. Mykolajewycz

October 16, 1934 — November 29, 2023

Sophia M. Mykolajewycz, 89, of Syracuse, passed away on Wednesday at The Centers at St. Camillus. Born in Zhovkva, Ukraine, she made the journey to the United States in 1949 with her mother, seeking a new life full of promise. 

A proud graduate of Blodgett Vocational High School, Sophia embarked on a diverse career, working at establishments such as A&P and Byrne Dairy. She dedicated many years of her life as a comptometer operator at Crucible Steel, retiring after 13 years of dedicated service. 

Sophia’s faith was a cornerstone of her life as she was a devoted communicant of St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church. She played an active role in the church community, serving as a member of the Apostleship of Prayer, where she held the esteemed positions of past president and Mother of the Year. Her commitment was further demonstrated through her years of volunteer service in the church office, where she served as a secretary. 

Beyond Sophia’s professional and religious commitments, she found joy and fulfillment in various creative pursuits. She had a passion for baking, and her skillful hands were equally adept at embroidery, knitting, crocheting, and cross stitch. 

Above all, Sophia cherished the moments spent with her family especially the holidays and Sunday dinners. Her love and warmth created a home filled with lasting memories. Despite facing challenges, her strength and resilience were unwavering.

Sophia was predeceased by her loving husband, Iwan, in 2004; daughter, Irene Galvin, in 1979; father, Jan Schmidt, in 1973; and mother, Maria Schmidt, in 1995.

Surviving are her daughter, Helen Aragoni of Moss Beach, CA; son, Mark (Michele) Mykol of Florissant, CO, and son-in-law, Rev. Dc. Edward (Debbie) Galvin of Syracuse; 11 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Sophia’s family would like to thank the D-Unit at The Centers at St. Camillus for their loving care and compassion. 

Friends and family are invited to celebrate Sophia's life during a visitation Sunday, December 3, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Buranich Funeral Home, 5431 W. Genesee St., Camillus. The Apostleship of Prayer will hold a rosary at 2 p.m. and a Panakhyda service will be held at 3:30 p.m. to honor Sophia's memory.

A funeral service to celebrate Sophia's life will take place Monday, December 4, at 9 a.m. at the funeral home, and 10 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church, 207 Tompkins St., Syracuse.

Sophia will be laid to rest in St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery, Syracuse.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests contributions be made to St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church for its renovation fund in Sophia's memory.

Sophia’s legacy of love, faith, and creativity will be cherished by all who had the privilege of knowing her. May she rest in eternal peace.

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Service Schedule

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Visitation

Sunday, December 3, 2023

1:00 - 4:00 pm (Eastern time)

The Apostleship of Prayer will hold a rosary at 2 p.m. and a Panakhyda service will be held at 3:30 p.m.

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Funeral Service

Monday, December 4, 2023

9:00 - 10:00 am (Eastern time)

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Funeral Service

Monday, December 4, 2023

Starts at 10:00 am (Eastern time)

St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church

207 Tompkins St., SYRACUSE, NY 13204

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Burial

Monday, December 4, 2023

St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery

Salisbury Rd., SYRACUSE, NY 13219

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