Alexander Wasilenko

Al Wasilenko

Wednesday, February 18th, 1925 - Friday, August 7th, 2020
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Alexander (Al) Wasilenko, 95, passed away peacefully Friday, August 7, 2020 at the Commons on St. Anthony.
Al was a life resident of the Auburn area, the son of the late Michael Sr. and Mary Kimak Wasilenko. He was a graduate of West High School, and following graduation he joined the Navy. He reached the rank of Aviation Machinist Mate 3/c. He served with the PBM Squadron #25, spending most of his naval time in the South Pacific and the Philippines. He was honored with the Distinguished Flying Cross along with many other medals for his service. He was a proud Navy veteran who was a Commander and Charter Member of the St. Nicholas War Veterans Post #1. He was also a member of the Swietoniowski-Kopeczek Post #1324 American Legion.
Al retired from Cayuga County Community College after 20 years as a Maintenance Technician. Prior to that he had worked for the Auburn School District at Owasco Elementary School for 5 years and prior to that at Firth Carpet Co.
Al enjoyed bow hunting, bowling and wood carving in his younger years. After retirement he took to golf which he loved spending time doing. He also enjoyed spending time at his camp, watching all kinds of sports and the occasional baseball game at Falcon Park.
Al is survived by his children Mary Nettle, Edward Wasilenko, George (Kim) Wasilenko and Judy (John) Cummings, his grandchildren Michael (Christina) McCormick, Sabrina (Brian) McCallister, Benjamin Wasilenko, Bradley Wasilenko, Jarred Cummings, Jacob Cummings and Anna Cummings, and his great grandchildren Piper and Neven McCallister and Adelaide McCormick. Besides his parents he was predeceased by his wife Alice Vatter Wasilenko, brothers Michael, Stephen, John, William, and Nikolas, and sisters Mary Solanka, Julia Hojnacki, Anna Moskal, Helen Knight and Susan Silke.
The family would like to send a special thank You to Karen May for her compassionate care she gave Al over the years, and also the 7th floor Staff at the Commons for the great care our father received during his time with them.
Funeral services will be at 9:30 A.M. Thursday in St. Nicholas Orthodox Church. Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery. Friends are invited to call Wednesday from 4 to 7 P.M. at the Plis Funeral Home, 220 State St., Auburn. Face masks or coverings are required and social distancing will be observed. NYS guidance on building occupancy will be enforced.
Contributions may be made in Al’s memory to St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, 30 Cross St., Auburn, NY 13021 or to the WWII Veterans History Project, 4327 S. Highway 27, Suite 139, Clermont, FL 34711 or for information.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, August 12th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Wednesday, August 12th, 2020 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Plis Funeral Home, Inc. Auburn
    220 State Street
    Auburn, New York 13021
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  • Service

    Wednesday, August 26th, 2020 | 9:30am
    Wednesday, August 26th, 2020 9:30am
    Saint Nicholas Orthodox Church
    30 Cross Street
    Auburn, NY 13021
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  • Interment

    Thursday, August 13th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Thursday, August 13th, 2020 11:00am
    St. Joseph's Cemetery
    Lake Avenue
    Auburn, New York 13021
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Bill Wade

Posted at 12:12am
Family of Al...what a nice guy Al was! He is now beginning his eternal life in the Heaven we all believe in and pray for. What great memories he has left for each of us to remember. I first met Al when I spent a year at Firth Carpet...and have thought of him many times since then. Prayers are in order, lots of them. They are listened to. Trust a God.

Donna M. DeJoy

Posted at 11:22am
Dear Mary, Edward, Judy & George,
and Family,
First and most important please, know that you are ALL in my thoughts and prayers at this time with the loss of your Father, Grandfather, Brother. We were a very blessed neighborhood fifty plus years ago to experience all the different kinds of life long friendships we made with everyone in our block. We all learned many valuable lessons from the different cultures and hard working men there. Your Father is one of the most memorable to me and how he took such good care of his family. Also he and your Mother raised their four children to be fine adults. You always were there for your Dad in the end taking good care of him for many years and seeing that he was loved. May your Dad be resting in peace forever with his beloved Alice now. You ALL definitely have an ANGEL in HEAVEN ! Sending my Deepest Sympathy with priceless memories from the past to be a small part of your families lives.

May God Comfort You ALL,

Donna M. DeJoy

Doug Michael

Posted at 06:55am
My condolences to Al's family. I worked with Al for many years at Cayuga Community College and always respected him and enjoyed his company. He could put a smile on your face better than anyone and his quick wit put people at ease. He was fun to be around. The word at the College was "Al is a good man" and he was that. He earned and enjoyed the respect of all. A good, likeable, dedicated man, Al will be missed by many. I was lucky enough to know him! May he rest in peace! Doug Michael

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