November 10, 1925 - November 11, 2019
Mom led a full and happy life, and had it all. She would often comment that she had three lives: a life in Ukraine, her life in Germany, and then America. Mom was a beautiful, kind, and loving woman with extraordinary strengths, a great smile and sense of humor. She was a stickler for meticulous detail and took pride in everything she did from work (25 years with Salerno Baking Co.) to family, St. Nicholas Cathedral and St. Joseph the Betrothed Ukrainian Catholic Church, and friends. She loved her little home on Ozark Ave. in Norridge, IL. Annual spring clean ups, among a long list of tasks, included washing all the walls and ceilings every year! She enjoyed her garden, especially planting pickles, tomatoes, beets, and parsley. From garden to kitchen all were used to cook her delicious soups, holuptsi (stuffed cabbage), pyrohy (pierogi), and sundried delicacies. She was such an industrious tough cookie that she mowed the lawn into her early 80’s, shoveled snow, washed windows, and even tilled her garden at 90! Wanting to help she would say,” just start the lawnmower for me”. And one of her proudest accomplishments was passing her driver’s test every year through 2018. Mom learned early, that life could be difficult. But she knew that with perseverance, hard work and prayer, one would always be rewarded. Coming to America in 1951, from harsh war time conditions in Ukraine and Germany, she did not mind the difficulties encountered and necessary to attain the American Dream. She enjoyed in the early days, shopping on Chicago Ave. and window shopping. “The streets are made of gold in the USA”. Newly purchased clothing, and party dresses worn to church, parish functions, family gatherings and the like were preserved like museum pieces. They in small ways were the attainment of the American Dream and her streets lined with gold. She was a fashionista! Born November 10, 1925, Mom was one of 3 children from the village of MarcoPil, Lvivska Oblast, Ukraine. Daughter of Hryhorij and Maria Konoba, mom was raised in a rural farm village with dirt floors, no electric, and well water. Mom was not big on farm life. Her father would often tease her about what would become of her since she was afraid of cows and tried to avoid farm chores. At 16, during World War II, Mom was taken from her family as a slave –laborer to work in Germany on the farms. Fortunately she was well taken care of by the family whom she served. Soon after the war, she met the love of her life Wasyl Duda. She knew then that with her hand in his, all hardships would be surmountable and they would have a life filled with joy. Her greatest joys of course were her family. Her precious sons George and Zenon, 4 grandchildren- Mika,Hania, Georgie and Joby and so far 6 great-grandchildren- Tess, Lucy, Molly, Tommy, Mary and Brayden and daughter in-laws Patti and Tracey. They filled her life with love, laughter, and pride, as she did for them and always with lots of food. May Mom rest in peace with her Lord and Savior, and all those who have gone before her- parents, husband, sister, brother, cousins and friends. Those she loved so well and those who loved her. A grand reunion! Visitation Friday, November 15, 2019 at Muzyka & Son Funeral Home, 5776 West Lawrence Ave, Chicago from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. with Panachyda (Wake Service) at 7:00 p.m. Chapel Service Saturday 9:30 a.m. from the funeral home to St. Joseph the Betrothed Ukrainian Catholic Church for a 10:30 a.m. Funeral Service. Interment St. Nicholas Ukrainian Cemetery. For more information 773-545-3800.
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