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Cornelia Yavarow (Jazyshyn)
September 02, 2021


of Norwood, age 96, passed peacefully at her home surrounded by her family on September 2, 2021. Born in Woonsocket, RI, Nellie was the beloved daughter of Michael and Antonia Susla Jazyshyn. She was predeceased by her sister Ann DiCecco. Her husband of 30 years, Taras Yavarow, also predeceased her 40 years ago. She leaves behind her loving children Jane Yavarow and her husband Steven Prutzer of Norwood and her son Steven and his wife Janet Yavarow of Norfolk. She had two adored granddaughters Alexandra Yavarow of Wrentham and Andrea Yavarow of Walpole. Relatives and friends are invited to attend an hour of visitation on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 at St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Boston, 24 Orchardhill Rd., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 from 9 am to 10 am followed immediately by a funeral service. Interment will be in Highland Cemetery in Norwood. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Nell’s name to St. Andrew’s Church. Cornelia was born in Woonsocket, RI in 1925 to her parents – Michael Jazyshyn and Antonia (Susla) Jazyshyn who had immigrated from Ukraine to the United States in 1910 when they were just teenagers. Nell joined her three-year old sister, Ann. Their parents had lost two babies – Olga and John – previously due to the RH blood factor – so Nell was a very precious bundle of joy to them. She grew up in Woonsocket’s Ukrainian community on Boyden Street, Church Street and then on Cato Street. They lived within walking distance to the church, which was the center of their lives. Nell and her sister Ann were life-long friends who both valued the importance of family. Because of them, their children knew the joy of celebrating Sunday dinners, Fourth of July cookouts, Christmas Eves and Thanksgiving gatherings together. Nell was an excellent student, graduating from Woonsocket High in 1943 during WW II. She took what they called the classical course in school despite knowing that she could never afford to go to college. After high school she took some business courses at night and always managed to have good jobs. She went from her first job working with a typewriter to her final job working on a computer. Nell met Taras “Terry” Yavarow in the late 1940’s when he came from Boston to attend a church dance in Woonsocket. They wed in 1951 and were happily married for 30 years until he died in 1981. She was widowed at age 56. Although this was a great tragedy for her, she showed her strength, courage and optimism by living a full and independent life for the next 40 years. Nell loved baking, going on vacation, and being an active member of her church. She sang alto in the choir and was a past president of St. Olha’s Sisterhood. She was in charge of the Annual Holiday Bazaar for many of the first years of its ongoing 30-year history. She especially loved having the bake table at this event. People came every year just to buy her fudge. She was a devoted and loving mother who taught her children by word and deed and supported them in all of their endeavors. She will be missed by all who knew her. May her memory be eternal.

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