Obituaries » Pani Tamara Kowal
October 2, 1944 - April 15, 2016
Service Date: April 23, 2016
Visitation for Pani Tamara will be on Friday, April 22nd in St. Michael’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church, in Scranton, from 3 to 7 pm with a Parastas at 6 pm and her funeral will take place on Saturday, April 23rd with a Funeral Divine Liturgy to be celebrated at 9:30 am in St. Michael’s Church. His Eminence, Antony, Metropolitan of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA will be the celebrant on both days.
Pani Tamara, wife of Very Reverend Protopresbyter Nestor S. Kowal, fell asleep in the Lord unexpectedly on Friday, April 15. Born in Wurzen, Germany on October 2, 1944, our Mom came to America in 1952 with her late parents, Ilya and Vera (Ivanova) Tymczyszak, her sister Natalia and her late brother, Myroslaw and settled in Milwaukee, WI, where the entire family was deeply involved in the Ukrainian Church and Community. Tamara was a member of CYM, area dance ensembles and proudly represented the Ukrainian Community with style and grace. Her love of music, theater and anything Ukrainian truly prepared her for her future when the family moved to Chicago and she met our Dad, Nestor Kowal. They married on October 27, 1962 and in 1966, shortly after our Dad’s Ordination into the Holy Priesthood in November of 1965, they came to Scranton where he served as pastor of St. Michael’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church until March 2016. There was not one thing our Mom could not do. She was an excellent cook, baker, seamstress, singer, dancer and could create just about anything we or anyone else asked her to do. She had the keen ability of being able to accomplish any project she set her mind to. She worked tirelessly for our Parish and soon became the leader of any project that came out of our church kitchen. Everyone at Saint Michael’s knew her as “Our Pani” and her secret recipes were what brought her the most joy. She and our Dad led the Parish through decades of projects and nothing made them happier than their part in the completion of the renovation of our beautiful Church in 1979. We, her children, Vera and Harry Krewsun, Heidi and Nestor Kowal along with our children, Larissa and Alexander, Lisa and Taras Kowal, along with our children, Elias Zachary and Priscilla Joan, are eternally grateful to our Mom and Baba for the gift of life and in our eyes and hearts, our Mom will be 21 forever. Our Aunt Natalia, her sister, cared for our Mom deeply and we know that her heart is truly a heavy one today. The only one whom will miss her more than anyone is our dear Dad. In addition to us, she leaves behind her mother inlaw, Eugenia Kowal, sister inlaw, Helen Buckley and Bob Gabig and brother inlaw Bohdan Kowal and his wife Janet. She also leaves behind her loved and extended families in Glen Spey, NY and Boundbrook NJ. Her father inlaw Zachary Kowal, also preceded her in death. We invite you to celebrate her life with us as she joins our departed family and many friends in eternal life. Visitation for Pani Tamara will be on Friday, April 22nd in St. Michael’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church, in Scranton, from 3 to 7 pm with a Parastas at 6 pm and her funeral will take place on Saturday, April 23rd with a Funeral Divine Liturgy to be celebrated at 9:30 am in St. Michael’s Church. His Eminence, Antony, Metropolitan of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA will be the celebrant on both days. Interment will be in St. Michael’s Ukrainian Orthodox Cemetery, Taylor. To those wishing to make memorial contributions, our family would be most grateful for your gifts be to St. Michael’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church or to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA in our dear Mom’s memory. Arrangements heve been entrusted through the kind efforts of the Edward J. Chomko Funeral Home, Scranton and the Muzyka & Son Funeral Home of Chicago.