Obit: Sereda, Wasyl (1898 - 1955)
Contact: Dolores Mohr Kenyon
Surnames: Sereda, Kryklywec, Malikoff,
----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville,
Clark Co., WI.) January 20, 1955
Sereda, Wasyl (27 December 1898 - 16 January
Little Walter played at the Christmas tree - But
Grandpa Sereda went silently Away - end for displaced
When his father and mother and sister went to the
movies last Sunday afternoon, little Walter Kryklywec, 2, was happy
to stay at home with the Christmas tree and his grandfather, Wasyl
Sereda. While his grandfather did whatever the big folks do,
Walter went about his own baby business around the Christmas tree
in the front room.
Walter was still playing there when the Vasili
Malikoffs came knocking at the door. In answer the dog barked
inside, but nobody opened the door and so Mr. Malikoff presently
pushed the door open and walked in. They saw the baby playing
and laughing, but Grandpa Sereda was down on the floor. An
hour or so before an unbidden guest had entered the Kryklywec home
and had taken the good part of Wasyl Sereda away.
word was taken to the Kryklywecs at the theater and they came
quickly home, filling the house with the lamentations customary to
the people of southern Europe and in contrast with the pent-up
restraints of occidentals. Wasyl Sereda, 57, was a displaced
person, as are the Kryklywecs. He was born December 27, 1898,
in the Ukraine. He became a bookkeeper, but the war came on
and he worked in a labor camp in Germany. In 1950 he and his
family came to a farm in Illinois. Later he worked in
Chicago. Not long ago he and his wife came to live with their
daughter on the old Harry Gehrt farm in the Town of Grant which the
Kryklywecs had bought last September.
body was cared for at the Bergemann Funeral Home, and was then
taken to Chicago, where the rites and burial could be conducted in
accordance with the Orthodox faith, to which Mr. Sereda
This family is part of the small Ukrainian colony of displaced persons who have recently been finding homes in Clark County.
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