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Michael Jurkiw, 77, a longtime leader of the local Ukrainian community, died Saturday (Feb. 3, 2001) in his Depew home after a brief illness.

Born in Dorosow-Maly, Lvov, Ukraine, he came to Buffalo in the early 1950s. He was a tool-and-die setter at Ford Motor Co.'s Buffalo Stamping Plant in Hamburg for 32 years before retiring in 1985.

Jurkiw was a leader of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists and the Organization for the Defense of the Four Freedoms for Ukraine, secretary of the Ukrainian Branch of the National Aid Association of America, former president of the Ukrainian Home-Dnipro and a director of its Federal Credit Union and a member of the Ukrainian American Youth Association.

Surviving are a daughter, Irene Griffin of East Amherst; a son, Michael Jr. of Depew; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Prayers will be said at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday in Amigone Funeral Home, 6050 Transit Road, Depew, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 in St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church, 308 Fillmore Ave. Burial will be in St. Matthews Cemetery, West Seneca.

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