Robert Wasylenko

Date of Death: 
May 21st, 2021

On Friday, May 21, 2021, Robert W. Wasylenko, of Philadelphia, PA, passed away peacefully with his siblings by his side. He was 63. Bobby, as he was known to most, was born in Philadelphia to his loving parents, Yolanda (nee Magnavita) and Michael Wasylenko. Shortly after birth, he was diagnosed with Downs Syndrome. He was born at a time when there wasn’t much education available for people with special needs. With the dedication and devotion of his parents, Bobby was able to go to a school specific to the mentally handicapped and continued his schooling after special education was made mandatory in public schools in 1975. After his graduation, Bobby was able to work at SPIN Enterprises and Warren E Smith Center as a Production Worker and earn a paycheck. Bobby’s enjoyments in life were eating his mom’s cooking, ice cream, pizza, soft pretzels, and listening to music or KYW News radio. He also loved going to the swim club with his dad, participating in activities for people with special needs, and going to church on Sundays. He looked forward to his summer vacations at Camp Kencrest and the SPIN camps where he would join in on the various activities and go swimming in their pools. He was very clever and determined to get himself out of any situation he did not like to be in or to even open a locked door using tools he found down the basement. Bobby was born and lived in the northeast Philadelphia region with his parents. For the last 20 years, he has resided in the same region under the care and support of the SPIN organization that provided Bobby with everything he needed. Bobby was a joy to his family, friends, his roommate, Mark, and his direct support professionals that loved him like family. Bobby was a friendly person whose personality brought pleasure and happiness to those that knew him. His face lit up whenever he would see his family members and people who cared for him. He had a mischievous sense of humor and loved to tease people - especially his sister. He was a prankster and always laughed when he played practical jokes on the people he was close to by hiding their car keys and other personal items as soon as their back was turned. He was so loved and leaves a special place in the hearts of every one that was close to him. Robert was preceded in death by his mother, Yolanda, and his father, Michael. He is survived by his loving brothers, Michael (Lydia), William, James and his devoted sister, Carol Landis, with whom he had a special bond. He was the uncle to 7 nieces and nephews, a great uncle of 6 and a cousin of many others. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, May 28th from 9 to 10am at the Maternity BVM Church, 9220 Old Bustleton Avenue. Phila PA 19115. His Funeral Mass will follow at 10am. Interment will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, donations in honor and memory of Robert can be sent to SPIN, 10501 Drummond Road, Philadelphia, PA 19154 or online at

Memories and Condolences

When your heart is empty, filling it with happy memories can help, so I say to the Wasylenko family,hold on to your memories, and let them guide you during this time of sadness. May he RIP.
Bobby was wonderful and a joy to be around and may he Rest In Peace.
R.I.P. Bobby. It was a pleasure to know and support Bobby. I'm saddened by this lost. Prayers for peace and comfort to everyone who was touched by Bobby's life.
Dear Michael Bill Carol and Jimmy, My deepest condolences for your loss. Sincerely, Cousin Jack

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