Vladimir Makarenko

Obituary of Vladimir N. Makarenko

Vladimir N. Makarenko, 70, passed away on March 31, 2022, in Venice, FL. Born on August 30, 1951, in Lozovaya, Ukraine to Nikolay Makarenko and Nina Smagluyk. Vladimir lived in Kremenchug, Ukraine until he was 28 years old. While in Kremenchug, he joined the Soviet Navy where he specialized in submarines. During his military service in Odessa, he met his wife Lyudmila Tolstikova whom he married in 1973. Vladimir and Lyudmila had two beautiful daughters, Marina and Irina, whom they both loved dearly.

Living in YANAO Okrug, Russian “tundra”, although harsh, led to his appreciation of the beauty of wilderness. He often told stories of this period he described as an “out of this world experience.” While living there, he discovered his passion for hunting wild animals and fishing, which he had adored since childhood. He often joked that he was born with a fishing rod in his hand. In 2002, he and his wife moved to the United States to reunite with his oldest daughter Marina in Watertown, CT. He worked incredibly hard as a CNC machine operator, sometimes going above 12 or even more hours a shift in order to enjoy his retirement to the fullest. He relocated to Venice, FL in 2017 to be surrounded by family through his retirement.

Vladimir was a caring and compassionate man. He loved having company over and would never miss an opportunity to invite others to his home. He made a conscious effort to always keep in touch with family and friends. To his girls he would always gift flowers, as he was very generous. In all the years of his marriage, his home was never short of fresh flowers, his favorite being the Peruvian Lily. He was a prankster with a great sense of humor and also someone who never shied away from delivering the truth. Vladimir was a loyal fan of the New Jersey Devils hockey team and enjoyed Russian chanson music. He always looked forward to picking his granddaughter Nicole up from school even in times of poor health. Nicole was his inspiration and he would do anything for her. All she had to say was “krasavchik,” which means handsome. An animal lover, he always took care of his canaries, as well as his fish and even fed them before he fed himself.

He will be remembered as a loving husband, caring father, kind grandfather, and an amazing friend.

Vladimir is predeceased by his parents Nikolay and Nina Makarenko.

He is survived by his wife of almost 50 years, Lyudmila A. Makarenko, daughters Marina Yanovskiy and Irina Makarenko, son-in-law Boris Bugaytsova, grandchildren Matthew and Jonathan Yanovskiy, Masha Makarenko, and Nicole Bugaytsova.

A visitation will be held on April 8, 2022, from 10:30 AM to 12PM at Farley Funeral Home, 265 South Nokomis Avenue, Venice, FL 34285. A burial will follow at 12:30PM at Venice Memorial Gardens, 1950 Center Road, Venice, FL 34292.


I’d like the memory of me

to be a happy one.

I’d like to leave an afterglow

of smiles when day is done.

I’d like to leave an echo

whispering softly down the ways,

of happy times,

 and laughing times

and bright and sunny days.

I’d like the tears

of those who grieve

to dry before the sun

of happy memories I leave

behind―when the day is done.

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10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Friday, April 8, 2022
Farley Funeral Homes and Crematory - Venice
265 S. Nokomis Ave.
Venice, Florida, United States

Graveside Service

12:30 pm
Friday, April 8, 2022
Venice Memorial Gardens
1950 Center Road
Venice, Florida, United States
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