April 23, 2022
Sofia Leskiw, of Northeast Philadelphia, died Saturday, April 23, 2022. She was 97.
Born May 31, 1924 in Buchach, Ukraine, Sofia was the daughter of the late Hryhorij and Julia (Chorna) Kupczynsky.
In 1943, during WWII Sofia married Mykola Leskiw. A year later they were forced to flee their beloved Buchach, trekking westward by train and on foot. Like many other refugees, they lived in several displaced persons camps in Germany. They eventually immigrated to the United States in 1954 with their three children and Mykola’s aging father.
The family settled in the Frankford section of Philadelphia and were longtime parishioners of St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Church.
Until retiring in 1986, Sofia worked as a seamstress at several garment-manufacturing facilities in Philadelphia.
Sofia devoted her life to her family. She enjoyed gardening and was a talented cook. She loved spending time with her grandchildren.
Sofia was predeceased in 2008 by her husband of 65 years, Mykola. Sofia is survived by her children: Maria; Michael (Lesia), Walter (Anna); grandchildren: Jurij, Adrian (Elizabeth), Natalia Moore (Andrew), Patricia, Andrew (Julie); and great grandchildren: Leanna and Andrew Moore and Cassandra Leskiw. Also surviving are nieces and nephews in Ukraine and Poland.
Relatives and friends are invited to her viewing on Tuesday at 10 AM at Annunciation BVM Ukrainian Catholic Church, Melrose Park, PA. Requiem Liturgy will be celebrated at 11 AM. Burial will follow at St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery, Elkins Park, PA.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Sofia's memory may be made to: United Ukrainian-American Relief Committee; or Annunciation BVM UCC.
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United Ukrainian-American Relief Committee
1206 Cottman Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19111
Annunciation BVM Ukrainian Catholic Church
1206 Valley Road, Melrose Park PA 19046