Michael E. Sasynuik, M.D. of Bellevue, WA passed away on February 21, 2017, at age 90.

Dr. Sasynuik was a highly respected Pathologist at Overlake Hospital, a proud alum of both the University of Manitoba (B.Sc.1950/ MD 1955) and of the University of Washington (Pathology 1969), and above all, a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather!

He was born in a wheat field in eastern Saskatchewan on August 3, 1926, the youngest of six children of Wasyl and Victoria Sasynuik. They were pioneer farmers and Ukrainian immigrants who instilled in Michael an extreme love of Ukrainian heritage. He loved school and learning. He served at 17 in the Canadian Infantry and returned to high school graduating in 1946.

On August 3, 1955 he married Elsie Cherkas and in 1956 he began 9 years of rural practice in Birtle, Manitoba. In 1965 he moved his family to Seattle.

Left behind to mourn his passing are his beloved wife and dear companion, Elsie. He is also survived by three loving children – Johann Sasynuik, Michelle (Michael) Barratt and Lesia (Keith) Schafer. Eleven adoring grandchildren – Randy, Katrina (Jesse), Angela, Jamie, Joseph (Susan), Meeta, Tatyana, Prasad, Anthony, Caleb and Kirsten; and four precious great grandchildren Ryan, Sophie, Timothy and Maple-Ann and their grandmother Carrie. He was the well-loved patriarch of his family. His wisdom, big bear hugs, hearty laugh and dimpled smile will be sorely missed.

In lieu of flowers, please give to http://www.seattlechildrens.org/ways-to-help/donate/commemorative-giving/