PEABODY, MA — Claudia (Pecevich) Safchuk, 91, wife of Protodeacon Basil Safchuk of Peabody, died on Tuesday morning, January 14, 2014, at the Pilgrim Rehabilitation Center, Peabody, following a short illness.
Born and raised in Salem, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Elizabeth (Pecevich) Pecevich. She was a resident of Peabody for over 50 years.
Claudia was a lifelong and active member of the St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Salem, where she taught Sunday School for 30 years.
Besides her husband, with whom she shared 60 years of marriage, she is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Very Rev. Gregory and Alexandra Safchuk of Bethesda, Md.; three grandchildren, Nathaniel and his wife, Sherry, Safchuk, Benjamin Safchuk and Alexander Safchuk; and several nephews and nieces, including Sandra Lillo, who was her caregiver for many years.
ARRANGEMENTS: Her funeral will be held on Friday, January 17, at 9 a.m., from the Full-Spychalski Funeral Home, 84 Washington Square East, by Salem Common, Salem, followed by a service at 10 a.m., at the St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, Salem. Visiting hours are Thursday, at the funeral home, from 5 to 8 p.m., with a Panikhida Service at 7 p.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Burial is in Greenlawn Cemetery, Salem. For those who desire, donations may be made in her memory to the St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, 56 Forrester St., Salem, MA 01970. For her guest book and directions, visit