Sophia Popowsky

Popowsky, Sophia COHOES Sophia Popowsky (Habura) of Cohoes, passed away peacefully in her home on Sunday, November 11, 2012 surrounded by loved ones. At the moment of her passing, a gentle sun shower fell on her home. Daugh-ter of her beloved mother, Maria, and father, Wasyl Habura. Wife of Stanley (Ostap) Popowsky and mother of Louis Popowsky and Michael Popowsky. Sister of deceased brother, Lubomir Habura, and sisters, Olga and Powlina Habura. Sister of Stephan Habura, Anastasia Rzoltkowoska, Melia Siwek, Rozalia Shutka and Michael Habura. Sister-in law of Dorothy Habura. Aunt of Anthony and Stephan Habura. Great aunt of Brian and Sarah Habura. Sophia was born in Florynka, Lemkivschyna. An area of great beauty near the Carpathian mountains. She was forced to flee her homeland and was torn apart from her close family at a young age during World War II. After many trials and tribulations during the war, she eventually emigrated to the United States becoming a proud citizen of her newly adopted homeland in the 1950s. Sophia lived in Washington, D.C., for a time before settling in Cohoes where she married Ostap (Stanley) Popowsky and began to raise their two children, Louis and Michael. Sophia and Ostap bought a piece of land in the heart of the Ukrainian community in Cohoes near the Mohawk River, built a house and tended to her gardens which included her prized rose bushes. Sophia had the kind of green thumb that could make anything grow and she was known for generously sharing the fruits of her labors. Sophia's rose bushes continue to bloom throughout the city and beyond. Sophia was active in many Ukrainian cultural and religious organizations and events including Soyuz Ukrainok, the lead soprano in Saint Peter and Paul's church choir, the Festival of Nations, making pirohi and traditional pastries for the Sts. Peter and Paul Mother's club, and creating beautifully intricate embroidery and Pysanky Easter eggs. Sophia was a very loving daughter, wife, aunt and mother and was very much loved by all those who knew her. Her hard working, humble and generous spirit will be greatly missed. Above all Sophia was a humble and faithful servant to God's love. As she journeys to the next world, Sophia brings her kind spirit, roses and soaring soprano voice making heaven an even nicer place for those that follow. Veechnaya Pamyat Sozia. Funeral from the Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Ltd., 105 Vliet Blvd., Cohoes on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial from Sts. Peter & Paul's Ukrainian Catholic Church, Cohoes at 10:30. Interment will be in Sts. Peter & Paul's Ukrainian Cemetery in Waterford. Relatives and friends are invited and may call at the funeral home Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. A Panakhyda service will be held Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the funeral home. Those wishing to remember Sophia may make contributions in her memory to Sts. Peter & Paul's Ukrainian Catholic Church, 198 Ontario St., Cohoes NY 12047.

Published in Albany Times Union on Nov. 13, 2012