George Petro, 84, of Sherman, husband of Anna (Deliman) Petro, died Feb. 22 at his home.
He was born April 4, 1928, in Wyano, Pa., to Mary (Olexa) and Michal Petro. After his father was badly injured in a coal mine accident, he was taken with his family to Czechoslovakia. He was 4 years old.
Mr. Petro lived through the turbulent years of World War II, with his village occupied by both Russian and German troops.
In 1946, he returned to America at age 18 and lived in Jersey City, N.J. He married his wife of 54 years, Anna Deliman, in 1958.
After retirement, he and his wife moved to Sherman.
Mr. Petro was an avid lover of nature and was proud of his garden and his fruit trees and often enjoyed just a good walk in the woods.
He was an excellent woodworker and loved making wooden canes, walking sticks, birds and bird houses. Mr. Petro and his wife were faithful members of St. Nicholas Byzantine Church in Danbury, where he was active as a bingo worker and with the Golden Dome Bakers. One of his greatest joys was playing the part of St. Nicholas at its annual St. Nicholas Day celebration.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Petro is survived by a son, Michael, and a daughter-in-law, Louise; and a son, George, and a daughter-in-law Pamela; three grandchildren, Michael, Joseph and Harrison Petro; a brother, John Petro; a sister and a brother-in-law, Irene and John Astrab; a sister, Betty Dreyfus; and many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; his stepfather, Juraj Dancik; his stepfather, Michael Butkovski; a sister and brother-in-law, Anna and John Varga; a sister and brother-in-law, Mary and George Mraz; and a sister, Susan Wittstock.
Burial was at St. Gertrude Cemetery in Colonia, N.J.
The Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home in Danbury was in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to St. Nicholas Church Building Fund, 13 Pembroke Road, Danbury CT 06810.