Maria K. Zobniw
July 21, 1948-April 3, 2009
Maria "Mima" Koropey Zobniw, age 60, passed away suddenly on April 3, a victim of a senseless act of violence. Maria is predeceased by parents, Malvina and Ostap Koropey; brother, Andrij Koropey; and uncle, Ivan Iwanejko. Maria is survived by her husband of 37 years, Lubomyr Zobniw; loving children, Dr. Zoriana Zobniw Nehrebeckyj (Yuri Nehrebeckyj), Dr. Adrian Zobniw, Oresta Zobniw Lisowsky (Dr. Taras Lisowsky), Chrystia Zobniw; brother, Orest Koropey and family; Godmother and aunt, Olha Iwanejko; sisters-in-law, Roma Chabursky and Irene Chabursky (Myron Chabursky); nephews, Roman, Zenon, Oleh, Orest, Lubomyr and their respective families; niece, Renata Romanchykevych and family. Maria was born in Landeck, Austria at a DP camp after WWII. At the age of 4, the family immigrated to the United States and walking through the gates of Ellis Island, the Koropey family started a new life in America. The Ukrainian village of Binghamton was located in the First Ward district. Here a strong Ukrainian community worked together to maintain their Ukrainian heritage and religious values while establishing themselves in this new country. Without the threat of persecution and with America's freedoms, the Koropey family was able to teach and maintain the fluency of Ukrainian language, religion, music, literature, history, and arts. These are the very same ideals which she continued to impart upon her own family and our growing community. Mima grew up within the Sacred Heart Ukrainian Catholic Church community and its organizations. First she attended Ukrainian school directed by Malvina Koropey and then carried on the role from her mother for 30 years to ensure her children knowing and growing within the Ukrainian heritage. Mima was an integral member of the church's committees and worked on marketing for fundraisers and activities. Mima was a member of Plast Ukrainian Scouting Organization from her youth through adulthood. She was a scout camp counselor to many, ensured that the organization had a branch for this community, and most recently last summer the Zobniw family planned a weeklong Ukrainian family camp where over 30 families took part. For decades Mima has been President of the Binghamton Chapter Ukrainian Women's League and Secretary of the local branch of Ukrainian Congress Committee of America. In these roles she represented the Ukrainian culture and heritage through her and Lubomyr's weekend radio programs, organized Ukrainian independence day concerts and news conferences, organized educational booths for the Ethnic Festival and a Ukrainian library, and gave presentations at area schools about Ukrainian Easter Eggs, embroidery, and arts. Mima was always ready to share her Ukrainian heritage and time with those wanting to know more. Maria grew up in this Binghamton community attending the Catholic Schools of St. Cyril's and Methodius, and was a member of the first graduating class of Catholic Central. She achieved her Bachelors of Arts from SUNY Binghamton. To Mima, her family was her life. She put them before her own needs and nurtured them in a loving traditional Ukrainian Catholic environment. She persevered to ensure that all her children were fluent in Ukrainian, knew their heritage, and maintained and shared that identity. Her long marriage and children were her joy and identity, yet in her humble ways she never wanted to take credit for how hard she had worked to develop this life. Her steadfastness and support allowed her children to succeed in their endeavors. Mima will be missed dearly by all as her influence was literally felt world wide.
A funeral service will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 8, 2009, at Laskowski Funeral Home and at 10:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Ukrainian Catholic Church, Johnson City, where a Divine Liturgy will be celebrated by Rev. Teodor B. Czabala Jr. Burial will take place at the parish cemetery, Castle Creek. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Ukrainian Women's League of America and Ukrainian Congress Committee of America--Ukrainian School Curriculum Fund, 203 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10003. Arrangements and supervisions by:
Published in Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin from Apr. 6 to Apr. 8, 2009