Sophia Lazurko Bishko, 94, formerly of Broadalbin, New York, died peacefully on Friday, April 7, 2017, in Houston, Texas, where she lived her last two-and-one-half years of life.
Sophia was born in Ukraine, to the Rev. Petro Lazurko and his wife Maria. She immigrated to the United States in 1949 with her husband Konstantyn and their children as refugees. Her faith was a source of strength in meeting the challenges of building a new life on Union Mills Road, her home for 55 years. She was an active member of St. Basil’s Ukrainian Catholic Church in Broadalbin and later St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church in Amsterdam. Sophia was accomplished in traditional Ukrainian embroidery, was an excellent cook, and was well known for her generous hospitality.
Sophia was predeceased by her husband, Konstantyn; and sons, Peter and Orest. She leaves behind daughters, Christine (Victor) Villacorta of Houston, Texas and Irene (the Rev. Roman) Galadza of Brampton, Ontario, Canada; son, Igor (Carol) of Venice, Florida; widowed daughters-in-law, Sherry Bishko of Saratoga Springs, New York and Charlene Bishko of Little Rock, Arkansas; 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; nephews and nieces in Canada, Poland, and Ukraine.
The family will receive friends at the Robert M. Halgas Funeral Home Inc, 111 County Highway 106 (corner of Route 29 and Black Street) Johnstown, on Wednesday, April 19, from 4 to 7 p.m. with a Panachyda service at 6 p.m. The Funeral Rite of Burial, officiated by Archpriest Roman Galadza and the Rev. Marian Kostyk, will take place at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 20, at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church, 24 Pulaski Street, Amsterdam, New York, followed by burial at St. Basil’s Cemetery, Union Mills Road, Broadalbin.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church (address above) or to the reconstruction of St. Elias Ukrainian Catholic Church, by mail (10193 Heritage Road, Brampton, Ontario Canada L7A 0A1) or directly via the church website: www.saintelias.com.