Protopresbyter Michael Zemlachenko, 89 years old, of Winchester, VA (formerly of Three Bridges, NJ), fell asleep in the Lord on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at home. He was lovingly surrounded by his wife Pani Matka Tatiana and his family.
Born on December 25, 1923 in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, he was a resident of Hunterdon County since 1963. He and his wife moved to Winchester, VA in January, 2012.
Protopresbyter Zemlachenko and his wife Tatiana celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary February 10, 2013. He is survived by his wife Tatiana; three sons and their wives, Jerry and Helen of Winchester, VA, Michael and Oksana, Nicholas and Kathleen of Flemington, NJ; ten grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
He was ordained to the Priesthood in February, 1955, and elevated to the rank of a Protopresbyter in 1988 – the highest rank of a priest in the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. He has served the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA for 58 years - having served parishes in Uniondale, Long Island, NY, Minersville, PA, Bayonne, NJ, South Bound Brook, NJ, Northampton, PA and Clifton, NJ. He served as an administrative Treasurer and Cemetery Director of the Consistory of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA in South Bound Brook, NJ. He was also a member of the Council of Metropolia as well as of the Consistory and served on many Church committees.
Visitations and the First Part of the Funeral Service for a Priest will be served on Friday evening, March 1, 2013 at St. Andrew’s Ukrainian Orthodox Memorial Church, (260 Main St., South Bound Brook, NJ) - Visitation 5:00 - 7:00 PM; Memorial Service - 7:00 PM, continued visitation until 9:00 PM.
Divine Liturgy will be served on Saturday, March 2, 2013 at 9:00 AM, followed by interment in the St. Andrew’s Memorial Church Cemetery.
His Eminence Metropolitan Antony, the First Hierarch of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA will preside at all liturgical Funeral services.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Father Michael’s memory to be sent to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA, South Bound Brook, NJ (St. Andrew’s Memorial Church) or Blue Ridge Hospice (Winchester, VA).