Mr. George Lichvarik, a well known Orthodox Christian layman and fraternalist, fell asleep in the Lord here on Friday, August 27, 2010, two weeks after celebrating his 97th birthday. He had been in declining health for several months.
A long time Cleveland area resident and member of Saint Innocent Church, Olmsted Falls, OH, he and his wife retired to Florida, where they were members of Saint Demetrius Mission, Naples.
For many years he served as president and CEO of the Orthodox Society of America [OSA], a fraternal organization based in the Cleveland area. He was instrumental in OSA’s merger with the Loyal Christian Benefits Association [LCBA], Erie, PA, and served as a member of the latter’s board of directors.
Mr. Lichvarik was active in the Carpatho-Rusyn Society, the Fellowship of Orthodox Christians in America, and other Church-related organizations. He also served as an auditor for the Diocese of the Midwest.
At the 14th All-American Council of the Orthodox Church in America, held in Toronto, ON in 2005, he was awarded a Synodal gramota in recognition of his years of devoted service to the Church and related agencies.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Olga. He is survived by one daughter, Nina.
Funeral services and interment will be held in Cleveland. Further information will be posted as it becomes available.
May George’s memory be eternal!