Zakhar Polyak

November 23, 1940February 23, 2019

Zakhar Polyak of Swampscott entered into rest on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at the age of 78. Beloved husband of Eva Polyak. Devoted father of Svetlana Zemel (husband Boris) and Sam Polyak (wife Christina). Cherished grandfather of Felix Zemel (wife Nicole), Melanie Zemel, Hanna Polyak, Alex Polyak and Sophia Polyak. Treasured great-grandfather of Flora, Eli and Isabella Zemel. The loving brother of Maya Temin and the late Ilya Polyak. Brother-in-law to Maryam Merenshteyn (husband Vladimir). Dear son of the late Isaak Polyak and Berta Zabejinskaia.

Zakhar grew up in Russia and Moldova, where he graduated from Kishnev University. He raised his family in Moldova and Massachusetts. He was a computer programmer and a Math Teacher. He cherished his time spent with family and friends. A funeral service for Zakhar will be held on Monday, February 25, 2019 at 12:30PM at Stanetsky-Hymanson Memorial Chapel, 10 Vinnin Street, Salem, MA 01970 with interment to follow at Pride of Lynn Cemetery, 89 Lake Shore Road, Lynn, MA 01904.

Shiva will be held at the home of Boris and Lana Zemel, Tuesday, February 26th and Wednesday, February 27th from 2-6PM.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in his memory to HIAS, 1300 Spring Street, Ste 500, Silver Spring, MD 20910 or via HIAS made it possible for Zakhar and his family to come to America.


  • Chapel Funeral Service Monday, February 25, 2019
  • Shiva Tuesday, February 26, 2019
  • Shiva Wednesday, February 27, 2019

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