Doris "Evdokia" Holowczak, loving wife for 51 years of the late Mykola “Nicholas” Holowczak, of Morrisville Pennsylvania passed away peacefully during her sleep at her home on Tuesday, March 27th, after a very brief but determined fight against lung cancer. She was 85 years young.
Mrs. Holowczak was born in 1932 in Ukraine and spent her youth in the beauty of the Carpathian Mountains. World War II caused great upheaval throughout Europe and as the war front moved this caused Mrs. Holowczak and her family to continually stay ahead of the warfare. During this time she and her family traveled throughout Ukraine, Poland and Germany. As the war ended Mrs. Holowczak and her family lived in a displaced persons camp in Germany until eventually emigrating to Brazil in 1947, settling in the Parque da Lapa district of Sao Paulo. While in Brazil Mrs. Holowczak took any employment available to help her family, including working as a live-in house maid. During her monthly weekend visits to see her family, she never forgot about her younger siblings and always came home with some sort of treats such as candies or cakes for them. Later she took evening secretarial classes and worked in this field for several companies.
Mrs. Holowczak and her family emigrated to the United States in June of 1958. While living in Philadelphia, on Easter Sunday 1959, she met her future husband, Nicholas, in the Fairmount neighborhood and they were married on Oct. 31, 1959. Nicholas worked for Levitt Brothers and shortly after their marriage together they were transferred to Puerto Rico for a year. They returned to Bristol, Pennsylvania in time for the birth of their first child. Doris and Nicholas both enjoyed Puerto Rico and looked back on it fondly. Mrs. Holowczak often said that her time in Puerto Rico as a newlywed was one of the happiest times of her life.
On Jan. 14, 1965 Mrs. Holowczak and her husband decided to fulfill one of their dreams, owning their own business, and took over ownership of The Corner Inn, in Trenton NJ. They owned and operated the Corner Inn, Trenton from 1965 until 2002.
During these years she raised their six children and often worked 18 and 20 hour days keeping their restaurant successful. She was always happy to provide for her family and worked hard for all her loved ones. She was known for making hundreds of pierogies weekly for the Friday night special at The Corner Inn. To this day many in the area still recall her and her pierogies with great fondness and a smile.
Mrs. Holowczak cheerfully enjoyed cooking and baking always providing an over abundance which she enthusiastically shared with everyone. After moving to Yardley and then to Morrisville, she continued volunteering at St. Josephats Ukrainian Catholic Church joyfully preparing goods for their seasonal bazaars. She read many cookbooks and analyzed recipes; on any given day she could be found going through her many Ukrainian and American cookbooks. With her genuine nature and friendly spirit she easily made friends where ever she went. She enjoyed afternoons at the Morrisville Senior Center sharing her wonderful smile and demeanor bringing her many friends in the autumn of her life.
Mrs. Holowczak was preceded in death by her husband, Mykola Holowczak, her parents, Stephan Nimczuk and Maria Nimczuk; and her siblings, Mykola Myroniak, and Roman Hodowanec. She is survived by her children, Marko Holowczak of Knoxville, Tenn., Daria Holowczak of Trenton, N.J., Lesia and David Horowitz of Yardley, Kathryn and Joseph Graf of Yardley, Michael and Oksana Holowczak of Morrisville, and Myron Holowczak of Morrisville; her siblings, John Nimczuk of Philadelphia, Sonia Konrad (Ihor) of Philadelphia, and Paul Hodowanec (Diane). She is also survived by her grandchildren, Ava, Alexander, and Michael Horowitz, and Matthew and Emma Holowczak; along with many nieces, nephews and extended family members both here in the U.S. and Ukraine. Funeral services, under the direction of Fletcher Nasevich, will be held at 9 AM on Thursday, April 5, at J. Allen Hooper Funeral Chapel, 41 West Trenton Ave., Morrisville, PA, 19067. Requiem Liturgy will be celebrated at 10 AM on Thursday at St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Church, 1195 Deutz Ave., Hamilton, NJ. Burial to follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Jenkintown, PA. Relatives and friends may share their condolences with the family from 6 to 8 PM on Wednesday, at J. Allen Hooper Funeral Chapel, with Parastas celebrated at 7 PM In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Church, 1195 Deutz Ave., Hamilton, NJ 08611.
St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Church
1195 Deutz Avenue, Hamilton NJ