August 14, 1936 – April 12, 2019
Hanna Horoshko, 82, died on April 12, 2019 in her home in Libertyville, IL surrounded by her family. She was born in Ukraine on August 14, 1936. Hanna studied construction and engineering in Ukraine and worked in different positions in both civil and industrial construction for the first 25 years of her professional life. Hanna was a life-loving self-starter who inspired people to do their best in their lives. During her lifetime, she changed four careers from construction to professional cooking, to small scale farming, and to a retail shop owner. She retired at the age of 72. Hanna was a loving wife and mother. She was married twice: 17 years with her first husband Yegor Sorokin and 37 years with her second husband, Mykola Horoshko. Hanna and Mykola had an adventurous and loving marriage that took them to different parts of the former Soviet Union. For many years they worked and lived in different parts of Siberia where Hanna worked first in construction and then later together with Mykola in gold mines. Hanna encouraged her husband to move to a far-removed part of the Soviet Union in search of a better life. They both built successful careers and raised their only child Olena in spartan conditions of taiga. When Olena had to start school, Hanna came back to live in Ukraine while Mykola flew back and forth from Ukraine to Siberia till his retirement in the late 1980s. Hanna and Mykola survived the turbulent times of the Soviet Union fall. In the process, they lost their retirement savings and had to start from scratch in their 50s. Unable to find employment in the newly born independent country of Ukraine, they started their own small farm where the entire family worked together to survive. It was a tough and challenging time for the Horoshko family, but they managed to live through it supporting and caring for each other. In her 60s, Hanna started her own new retail business following the advice of her sister to support her daughter Olena through college. Hanna had a turbulent and interesting life where she had to start from scratch multiple times during her lifetime. Hanna followed two main mottos in her life: “what will not break you will make you stronger” and “everything is going to be OK”. She never complained or gave up in her life. No matter what the obstacles were, Hanna knew how to survive and thrive, how to have fun in life and be friends with people. Easy going, straightforward and loving, Hanna enjoyed great company, good food, loved animals both big and small, and was a big sauna fan. She was a devoted Orthodox Christian. Her faith helped her stoically through the death of her son and her husband. She is survived by her daughter, Olena, her son-in-law, Sergiy, and their two kids, Anna and Nicholas, and her grandson, Yegor. The service to honor Hanna Horoshko will be on Thursday, April 18th at Marsh Funeral Home (305 N Cemetery Rd, Gurnee, IL 60031, phone: (847) 336-0127) in Gurnee. Visitation will be from 11am to 1pm followed by a traditional Orthodox Christian Ceremony in Russian at 1 pm. Interment to follow at Highland Memorial Cemetery, Libertyville.
- Visitation Thursday, April 18, 2019
- Funeral Service Thursday, April 18, 2019
- Graveside Service Thursday, April 18, 2019