Mr. Iwan Szamraj
Iwan Szamraj, 93, of Okemos and formerly of Osseo, passed away Monday, October 10, 2016 at the Ingham County Medical Care Facility. He was born April 14, 1923, in Mykolaiv, Ukraine, to Trofim and Sekleta (Snih) Szamraj. He married Anna Wasylow in 1946 and she preceded him in death on May 31, 1986. Iwan owned and operated his own dairy farm in Osseo with the help of his devoted and hardworking wife and children. In his spare time, he loved to repair old cars and read from the Bible. He cherished democracy and his right to vote. Surviving are six children, Marie (Grant) Shamraj, Nadia (Leslie) Lindberg, John (Janice) Shamraj, Lydia Szamraj, Olga (Scott) Shamraj, and Ruth (John) Shamraj; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; and brother, Vasil Kruk. Iwan was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Anna; his son, Zacchaeus; and his sisters, Nadia Chamraj, Oksana Revo and Gregory Shamray. Funeral services for Iwan Szamraj will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, at the VanHorn-Eagle Funeral Home in Hillsdale with Rev. Don Harkey officiating. Interment will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery in Jefferson Township. Visitation will be Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. Instead of memorial contributions, the family encourages to you to help someone in need, as our father would have done. For online condolences, visit www.eaglefuneralhomes.com.
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