LESIA KULBIDA DMYTROW Passed away peacefully at the age of 58, surrounded at her Toronto home by her loving family on June 6, 2014, after valiantly battling Multiple system atrophy. Known throughout her life for her warmth, hospitality and elegance, Lesia left her mark on all who met her. Born in England on June 22, 1955, raised in America and beginning her own family in Canada, Lesia never let anyone forget her Ukrainian roots. Her parents Tychon Kulbida and Anna Piwtoraiko Kulbida instilled in her a love of family, faith and community and she passed those lessons on to her younger brother Nicholas, who she liked to say was born as a birthday present for her, and later to her own daughter Alexandra. Growing up in New York City, Lesia excelled in academics, being accepted to the competitive secondary school The Bronx High School of Science before graduating from Pratt Institute with a Bachelor's degree in Architecture and Design. While she was the project manager for many high-powered companies, with a commanding view from her office in the World Trade Center, her favorite plan was the home she designed and built for her parents in Glen Spey, New York. It was at a festival held near this home she met the man who won her heart, Bohdan Dmytrow of Toronto, and with whom she raised the blessing of her life, their daughter Alexandra Monica Dmytrow. She worked as an associate for the premier U.S. design firm Gensler and Associates Architects in New York. She also served as Assistant Vice President of Shearson Lehman Brothers. Lesia and Bohdan married in New York, then took up residence in Toronto, where she resumed her career managing projects for Holt Renfrew, Direct Energy, as well as CBRE Richard Ellis. Both in New York and Toronto, Lesia was known for hosting gatherings filled with good food and good friends. Her cooking and baking skills were so renowned that even with a full-time job she was able at one time to run a part-time catering business. Her love of travel took her on adventures around the world, whether on solo sojourns to Australia, Greece and Italy or large family vacations to Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii and Florida. In every aspect of her life, professional career, home or downtime, Lesia always presented herself with a sense of style and grace. Lesia is survived by her beloved husband Bohdan, her daughter Alexandra whom she adored, her beloved mother Anna Kulbida; her beloved brother Nicholas with his wife Lydia and their two children Irena and Roma of Niskayuna, New York; her beloved sister-in-law Stepha Dmytrow of Toronto; her beloved aunt Maria Saliwon of Jackson, New Jersey; her beloved cousins Anna Saliwon Barelli of New York City (with her husband John and children Peter and Andrew), Nadia Saliwon Trovillion of Brielle, New Jersey (with her daughter Olivia) and Ihor Kulbida of Rochester, New York (with his children Christopher and Larissa) and many dear friends. Lesia was predeceased by her beloved father Tychon Kulbida and her in-laws Semen and Kateryna Dmytrow. Viewings will begin at 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 12th and Friday, June 13th at Cardinal Funeral Home, 366 Bathurst Street in Toronto. A panakhyda service will be held both nights at 7:30 p.m. The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 14th at the Saint Volodymyr Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral, 406 Bathurst Street in Toronto; burial at Saint Volodymyr Ukrainian Cemetery, 1280 Dundas Street West in Oakville, Ontario, with reception to follow. One of Lesia's favorite architects Frank Lloyd Wright said, "A great architect is not made by way of a brain nearly so much as he is made by way of a cultivated, enriched heart." Lesia's heart full of love enriched all who knew her and it is with profound sadness that we mourn her untimely passing. The family is forever indebted to her doctors, especially Dr. Nina Kryshtalskyj, Dr. Janis Miyasaki and staff and Dr. Swartz and his team--Elizabeth in particular--as well as all those who extended tender mercies and loving kind care-most notably Leila and Pi Halyna. Donations in her memory can be made to: Dzherelo Centre (www.Chornobyl.ca), Help Us Help The Children (www.huhtc.us) or the charity of your choice.
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Cardinal Funeral Homes - Bathurst Chapel
366 Bathurst Street
Toronto, ON M5T 2S6
Published in the Toronto Star on June 12, 2014