Olga Tutka a 25 year resident of Ellenville, NY passed away Wednesday, August 17, 2011 at the Kingston Hospital after a long battle with cancer. She was 88. Olga was born on July 1, 1923 in Zboriw, Galicia, Ukraine; she was the daughter of Theodor and Anastazia (Bortsiuk) Nowakiwskyj.
Olga immigrated to the United States in 1946 and lived in New York City until moving to Kerhonkson in 1970. Olga worked as a housekeeper at the Granite Hotel in Kerhonkson, the VAW in Ellenville and was once the secretary at Self Reliance Ukrainian Credit Union. She was very involved in the Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church in Kerhonkson where she was a choir member and had changed the alter linens for over 30 years until her age and health no longer permitted her to do so. Her faith was a very important part of her life. She was a member of the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America and the Ukrainian Women's League of America.
Olga was predeceased by her husbands; Theodore Karpynec, Mykola Olijnyk and Walter Tutka and her son, Dr. Roman Karpynec. Her brothers and sisters; Dr. John Nowakiwskyj, Ivan Nowakiwskyj, Maria Yawnycz, Eldokia Martynew and Stephania Nowakinska all predeceased her.
Olga is survived by her nieces Eugenia Fessak and her husband Borys of Brooklyn, NY and Vera Karpeynec of Jersey City, her grandchildren Larissa Kay and her husband Jeff of Memphis, TN, Alexandra Spinosa and her husband Christopher, Theodore Karpynec and his wife Christina and Roman Karpynec all of Knoxville, TN. Also surviving are five great-grandchildren.
Visiting hours will be Monday, August 22nd from 5-7pm at HB Humiston Funeral Home, Kerhonkson. The Panakhyda will begin at 6pm that evening. The Holy Sacrifice of the Divine Liturgy will be Tuesday, August 23rd 10am at Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church, Kerhonkson. Burial will follow at St. Andrew's Cemetery in South Bound Brook, NJ.