Wladimir Filipow, aka Joe, aka Volodya, 92, died in Los Angeles on June 30, 2021 of natural causes.

Born in Kishinev, Romania on July 28, 1928, he began working for the U.S. forces in Salzburg, Austria, as an interpreter and officer driver among other duties. He spoke English, German, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, and Ukrainian. He also worked at the International Refugee Organization where he met and married Galina Kolchevska on Dec. 1, 1949. They were married 65 years. In the U.S., he ultimately became a restaurant owner and opened restaurants in Chicago, Oak Park, and St. Petersburg, Florida. 

His passions were above all, his family, his business buddies (Billy Loutos), and his devotion and charity to his Russian Orthodox Church. He was instrumental in the development of the Holy Virgin Protection Cathedral in Des Plaines. 

The funeral service will be held at Holy Trinity Monastery, Jordanville, New York. Burial will follow the funeral at the monastery grounds. 

Arrangements handled by Guerra Gutierrez Mortuaries, Los Angeles, CA and Mohawk Valley, Albany, NY.

Wladimir Filipow is survived by his daughter, Lilly Filipow; his granddaughter, Sofia Pan; his grandson, Mark Genrizi, his daughter-in-law, Pat Genrizi; his great-grandchildren, Luca and Mateo Lopez; his nieces Natasha Kolchevska and Maya Marzullo; and his nephew, Alex Stigailo.

He is preceded in death by his son, Alex Genrizi; his sister, Raisa Stigailo; and his granddaughter, Elizabeth Genrizi.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to Holy Trinity Monastery, c/o Victor Lochmatow at lochmatow@yahoo.com.

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