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Anatol Grynewytsch, 86, of Williamsburg

Anatol Grynewytsch (Courtesy of Altmeyer Funeral Home – Denbigh Chapel)

WILLIAMSBURG — Anatol Grynewytsch passed away peacefully at the age of 86 on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 in the presence of his family at the Williamsburg Hospice House and Support Care. He was born in Kiev, Ukraine and, as a child, managed to survive both the Soviet and Nazi atrocities of World War II, finding refuge in a displaced persons (DP) Camp in the American Zone of Germany in 1945. He and his parents were fortunate to be able to immigrate to the United States in 1950. and reside in Minneapolis, MN for a few years before relocating to Buffalo, New York. He graduated in 1954 from Dunkirk High School In Dunkirk, New York before joining the United Stated Air Force. In 1964, he married the love of his life, Zinaida, who preceded him in death and whom he always missed until his final day on earth. Anatol retired from the Air Force as a Senior Master Sargent in 1978 after serving over 23 years. After retirement he continued working in the civilian sector for several more years as a Systems Analyst, until finally retiring from the workforce in 1997. He then enjoyed his role as Club Secretary for the Tidewater Ukrainian Cultural Association (TUCA) for several years. He also volunteered over 2000 hours, from 2000-2008, as a docent on the USS Wisconsin. An avid reader, Anatol, Andy, or Tolia, however he may have been known to his friends and buddies, was always a kind, warmhearted human being, loved and respected by those who knew him and by the many he touched. Although always a truehearted citizen of the United States, he never forgot the roots of his beginning, Ukraine, and often remembered Ukrainian traditions and cared frequently for his relatives who still live there. Anatol is survived by his loving daughter, Christine Darby and her husband Mark, grandsons Zachary and Nicholas as well as by his two special lifelong friends in upstate New York. He was also blessed with several special friends from the neighborhood. The family will receive friends from 6:00-7:00 pm, December 9th, at Altmeyer Funeral Home, Denbigh Chapel. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am Friday, December 10th, at Saint Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 60 Traverse Road, Newport News, with Father George Chioros officiating. Burial will be at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Church or Williamsburg Hospice House & Support Care. Arrangements are under the care of Altmeyer Funeral Home – Denbigh Chapel, 12893 Jefferson Ave, Newport News, VA 23608, Phone 757-874-4200.

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