Wolodymyr Pytlowanyj

November 27, 1924 — January 16, 2022

Wolodymyr Pytlowanyj

Wolodymyr “Walter” Pytlowanyj passed away on January 16, 2022 at the age of 97.  He died peacefully in his home surrounded by his family.

Wolodymyr was born in Koltiw, Ukraine on November 27, 1924, the oldest son of Evdokia (Skoczylas) and Wolodymyr Pytlowanyj.  Due to the ravages of WWII, Walter was forced to flee his beloved homeland, and eventually came to live in a Displaced Persons camp in Germany.  Fortune allowed him to obtain official papers to sail to America, and he arrived at Ellis Island on Columbus Day, 1949.  In 1952 he proudly became a U.S. citizen.  He eventually found his way to Lansing, Michigan where he acquired a job with Oldsmobile, from which he retired after 35 years of service.  Additionally, he worked on his farm until his health began to fail.

Married to his devoted wife, Jennie, for 70 years, he was the proud father of six children:  Pearl (Nykola) Bartkiw, Wolodymyr Pytlowanyj, Jr., Steve (Deb) Pytlowanyj, Stephanie Pytlowanyj, Nicholas Pytlowanyj, and Maria (Jean-Pierre) Nahirnyj.  Over the years his family grew to include 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, and son Wolodymyr Jr.,  onebrother Stephan and sister Maria.   Always a faithful and loving husband, he was a generous father and grandfather that served as a strong moral compass for his family. He knew and spoke five languages and maintained an active interest in the world around him.  A deeply spiritual man, he was a member of St. Vladimir Ukrainian Catholic Church in Flint, Michigan and St. Joseph Catholic Church in St. Johns, Michigan. "Vichnaya Pamyat!" (Eternal Memory.)

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church, St. Johns, MI, at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, January 22, 2022, with Rev. Fr. Michael Williams presiding.  Burial will take place at Mt. Rest Cemetery, St. Johns, MI immediately following the service.  Visitation will be held on Friday, January 21, 2022 from 2:00 - 4:00 & 6:00- 7:00 P.M. at Smith Family Funeral Homes - Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, MI.  A Parastas (Prayer Service) will be held at 7:00 P.M. Friday at the funeral home with Rev. Fr. Bohdan Rybchuk & Rev. Fr. Emilian presiding.

Memorials may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church Educational Trust Fund, St. Johns, MI 48879.   Online condolences can be sent to www.smithfamilyfuneralhomes.com. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes - Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, Michigan.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Wolodymyr Pytlowanyj, please visit our flower store.

Past Services

Visitation

Friday, January 21, 2022

2:00 - 7:00pm

Smith Family Funeral Homes- St. Johns, MI - Osgood Chapel

104 East Cass Street, St. Johns, MI 48879

Plant Tree

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.

Parastas (Prayer Service)

Friday, January 21, 2022

Starts at 7:00pm

Smith Family Funeral Homes- St. Johns, MI - Osgood Chapel

104 East Cass Street, St. Johns, MI 48879

Plant Tree

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.

Mass of Christian Burial

Saturday, January 22, 2022

Starts at 11:00am

St. Joseph Catholic Church

109 Linden St, Saint Johns, MI 48879

Plant Tree

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.

Burial will be held at

Smith Family Funeral Homes Elsie

TBA, TBA,

Send Flowers

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the
Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Service map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

Send Flowers

Plant A Tree