Luka Szymkiw, age 90, passed away at his home on December 17, 2011 after a long illness. Luka was born in Ukraine on April 12, 1921, a son of the late Theodore & Katherine Szymkiw, he came to the United States in 1950. He is survived by his beloved wife of 54 years, Katherine Malik Szymkiw; his loving children, Alexandra Allderige & her husband Clifford and Michael W. Szymkiw; his cherished grandchildren, Heather & Clifford Allderige II, all of Hamden. Luka was predeceased by his brothers, John & Michael Szymkiw. He was employed in the stock room of the New Haven Water Company for over 30 years, retiring in 1986 and was a parishioner of St. Michael's Ukrainian Catholic Church. Luka enjoyed working around the house and insisted on cutting his own lawn well into his 80's. His greatest joy, however, was spending time with his family, especially his two grandchildren who he loves very much. He will be dearly missed. His funeral will leave from BEECHER & BENNETT FUNERAL HOME, 2300 Whitney Ave, Hamden on Wednesday at 9:00 AM, followed by Mass at 10:00 AM in St. Michael's Ukrainian Catholic Church. Friends may visit with his family at the funeral home on Tuesday from 4:00 to 8:00 PM with a Panachyda Service held at 7:00 PM. Interment will take place in St. Lawrence Cemetery, West Haven. Donations in Luka's memory may be made to St. Michael's Ukrainian Catholic Church, 569, George Street, New Haven, CT 06511.

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  1. Dear Katherine, Alexandra and Family We are so sorry to hear of your husband, father and grandfather’s passing. Remember he is not suffering anymore and is in a better place. Our prayers and sympathy is with all of you. Anthony and Phyllis Terrasi

  2. (part 2)He was a fixer, always repairing, painting or doing yard work and he did it happily. Being busy was a necessity for him. But, most of all he was a wonderful father, watching over you all until the end. I am so deeply sorry that he is no longer with you, here on our mortal earth. He is now with his parents and will be there waiting for all of you when, one day, you will see him again. I know you are proud to be his daughter and he will always be with you in spirit and in your heart. I love you, and my prayers are still with you and your family as you grieve. .No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draw him, and I will raise him on the last day.. John 6:44

  3. Dear Mrs. Szymkiw, Al, Mike and family, Your husband, father, and Grandfather was a good man and now he is resting in a place of peace and no pain. Take comfort in this. Al, I remember when we started driving and every time we left your house he made sure we knew how to get to where we were going, reminded us to drive slow, and reminded us to be sure to always park under a street light or parking lot light so wed be safe. I can still see him looking out the front window watching us as we drove away. He was a protector and he protected his family well.

  4. Dear Mrs. Szymkiw, Al, Mike and family, Your husband, father, and Grandfather was a good man and now he is resting in a place of peace and no pain. Take comfort in this. Al, I remember when we started driving and every time we left your house he made sure we knew how to get to where we were going, reminded us to drive slow, and reminded us to be sure to always park under a street light or parking lot light so wed be safe. I can still see him looking out the front window watching us as we drove away. He was a protector and he protected his family well.

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