Jawdocha "Eva" Tkaczuk, 92, passed away on January 24th peacefully in hospice at Jefferson Torresdale Hospital.
She was born on April 5th, 1928 to Stefan and Rosalia Tymkiw in Chohanij, Ukraine, where she remained until taken to labor in the fields of Germany by the invading army during WWII. After the war, she made her way to England where she worked in the textile mills. There, she met Anton Tkaczuk (deceased), whom she married in 1949 in Oldham, England. Despite being afraid of a trans Atlantic voyage, she agreed to emigrate to the US with Anton and their son Peter in 1965 in search of equal opportunities.
They settled in Philadelphia where, here too, Jawdocha worked in the local textiles mills as a winding machine operator to help establish a solid foothold.
Jawdocha is survived by son Peter and his wife Diane. Jawdocha was the proud grandmother of six grandchildren Andrew, Elizabeth, Stephen, Lily, William and Claire. She will be remembered for her generosity, strength of character, and love of animals that no doubt began while she was a little girl on the farm in Chohanij.
Services will take place on Friday, January 29 at 9:30 AM in St. Andrew's Memorial Church in South Bound Brook, New Jersey. Jawdocha will be laid to rest in the St. Andrew's Cemetery immediately thereafter.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Vladimir Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral, 6740 N 5th St, Philadelphia, PA 19126
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St. Vladimir Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral
6740 N. 5th Street, Philadelphia PA 19126