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Ivan Bobrek, 69, of Willimantic and Windham, CT passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 1, 2009 at Mercy Medical Center in Springfield, MA, with his loving family by his side. Born January 23, 1940, son of Sofia Bobrek and the late Nikola Bobrek, Ivan was a long time resident of both Willimantic and Windham, CT. He retired after many years of dedicated service from General Cable in Willimantic. He was a long standing member of St. Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church and the Ukrainian National Home. In addition to being a member of the Ukrainian National Home, he also dedicated many years of service and served on the Executive Committee. He loved to spend time with his family and enjoyed listening to traditional Ukrainian music and watching Westerns and CNN. Besides his mother Sofia of Willimantic, CT, Ivan is survived by two loving sons, Miroslav Bobrek and his wife JoAnne of Ludlow, MA and Roman Bobrek and his wife Kelly of Springfield, MA; his cherished grandson, Christian V. Bobrek also of Springfield, MA; three loving brothers: Michael Bobrek and his wife Tamara of Norwich, CT, Peter Bobrek and his wife Karen of Bradenton, FL and Pavlo Bobrek and his wife Lesia also of Bradenton; two loving sisters, Maria Oborski and her husband Josip of Willimantic, CT and Anna Koziupa and her husband Michael of Cedar Knolls, NJ, and many loved nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by a brother Stefan Bobrek. Calling hours are Thursday February 5, 2009 from 6 to 8 p.m. with a Panakhyda Service at 7 p.m. at the Bacon Funeral Home, 71 Prospect St. Willimantic. A Panakhyda Service will be held on Friday at 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home followed by a procession to St. Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church in Willimantic for the celebration of the Divine Liturgy. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery in Windham, CT. In lieu of flowers, donations, in his loving memory, may be made to St. Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church, 69 Oak St. Willimantic, CT 06226. Please visit www.baconfh.com to register your condolences online.