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D'Esopo Funeral Chapel

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OBITUARY

Atanasia "Tanya" Osadca

January 31, 1926December 29, 2019
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Atanasia “Tanya” (Klym) Osadca, of Rocky Hill, and formerly of Wethersfield, died peacefully at home on Sunday, December 29, 2019. She was born in Siedlce, Poland, of Ukrainian parents, Andriy and Paulina (Elyjiw) Klym. After immigrating to the US in 1950, Tanya lived in several states: first New Jersey, then Illinois, California, Illinois again, Ohio, and finally Connecticut. Before moving to Wethersfield, she lived in Troy, Ohio, for six years. She met the love of her life, the late Dr. Bohdan Osadca, in Erlangen, Germany. They were married for 62 years before he passed away in 2009. Tanya is survived by her daughter Irma Osadsa-Payne, and son-in-law Thomas Payne, of Toronto, Ontario; her son Cornel Osadsa and daughter-in-law Dr. Deborah Sirko-Osadsa, of North Grafton, Massachusetts; her brother Justyn Klym and his wife Jacqueline of Toronto, Ontario; and two grandchildren, Natalia Payne of New York City; and Nicholas Payne of Hudson, New York. She was predeceased by her sister Aka Pereyma of Troy, Ohio. After moving to Wethersfield, she became a member of the Ukrainian National Home and Saint Michael the Archangel Ukrainian Catholic Church, both in Hartford. She was also a member of the Ukrainian Museum in New York City, the Ukrainian Museum & Library in Stamford, Connecticut, and the Ukrainian Museum-Archives in Cleveland, Ohio. Tanya’s two passions in life were her family and Ukrainian folk art. She was devoted to the research and creation of pysanky, Ukrainian Easter eggs. She conducted many demonstrations of the art form, and presented hundreds of exhibitions and art shows of her eggs. One of her last demonstrations was a lesson, conducted by Skype, for the Ukrainian community in Austin, Texas. She lectured about pysanky several times at the annual conference of the American Folklore Society, and she was selected by the Ohio Arts Council to represent Ohio with an exhibit at the 1993 presidential inauguration in Washington, DC. A few years after Ukraine gained its independence from the Soviet Union, the National History Museum in Kyiv, Ukraine, asked her to organize an exhibition of her pysanky which then went on tour throughout the newly independent nation, and is now on permanent display in Poltava, Ukraine. For her work in helping to revive this art form in Ukraine, then President Leonid Kuchma awarded her the medal of “Honored Master of Ukrainian Folk Art.” The funeral service will be Saturday, January 4, at 10:30 a.m. at Saint Michael the Archangel Ukrainian Catholic Church, 135 Wethersfield Ave., Hartford. Burial will be at St. Michael’s Cemetery, New London Turnpike, Glastonbury. Visitation will be on Friday, January 3, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the D’Esopo Funeral Chapel, 277 Folly Brook Blvd., Wethersfield. A Panakhyda service will follow at 6 p.m. For on-line expressions of sympathy, please visit www.desopofuneralchapel.com.

Services

  • Public Visitation Friday, January 3, 2020
  • Panakhyda Service Friday, January 3, 2020
  • Funeral Service Saturday, January 4, 2020
  • Burial Saturday, January 4, 2020

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George Osadtsa

January 9, 2020

Ever since the time I spent in Kent/Peninsula back in 1969 onwards, I considered Vuyko Bohdan and Teta Tanya as my "second" set of parents. They became, and still are, a part of my life.

Not having made it to the funeral, I doubly appreciated being able to see the picture montage (movie).

Sheila Tremaglio

January 5, 2020

I was so sorry to learn today of Tanya's passing. I am Sheila, Tanya's backyard neighbor. I was honored to know such a special, intelligent, creative and strong woman. She and I shared many wonderful conversations that I will always remember. I will always treasure the beauty of the Easter eggs she created and gave to me in friendship.

Andrew Fedynsky

January 3, 2020

Dear Cornel, Irma, Deborah, family and friends.

Writing on behalf of all of us at the Ukrainian Museum-Archives, please know how saddened we are то learn about the passing of your wonderful mother, Tanya. Please accept our condolences.

As noted in the obituary which appeared in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, your mother's pysanka display is a prime feature in our exhibit of Ukrainian art. I remember the Christmas party a quarter century ago when your mother and father surprised us all with the gift of a dozen frames of pysanky. This became the central part of the joint exhibit we did with the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and is now a major attraction at the UMA. We have heard many thousands of comments over the years (literally) not only how beautiful the collection is, but how educational. I personally remember Pani Tanyu fondly as well as others in the Osadca Family and have the deepest admiration and appreciation for what she did and what your family has done to preserve and share Ukrainian culture in the Diaspora and in Ukraine during some of the most critical times in Ukrainian history. Tanya Osadca was a person who truly made a difference.

Вічна її память,

Андрій Фединський

Paul Klym

January 2, 2020

PHOTO: Tanya with husband Bohdan -- proud new parents

Paul Klym

January 2, 2020

PHOTO: Tanya with siblings Aka and Justyn

Paul Klym

January 2, 2020

PHOTO: Tanya looking stylish, with siblings Aka and Justyn

Paul Klym

January 2, 2020

PHOTO: Tanya (far right) with her parents and siblings.

Paul Klym

January 2, 2020

We are now saying goodbye to our dear Teta Tanya. She was a very special woman, as all who knew her would surely agree. Tanya was a significant figure in our lives, and we will always treasure the times we spent with her and her family, most often during wonderful family visits with our American relatives. Our thoughts go out to her children Irma and Cornel (Boots) and their families, and her brother Justyn Klym (my father). We will miss you!

With much love,
-- Paul (Klym), Carol, Kayla & Brenna

ihor slabicky

January 2, 2020

i had a number of opportunities to share a common interest in pysanky and pysankarstvo with pani tanya. she was a good friend, a great scholar, and the greatest and best pysanka writer of the 20th and 21st centuries. i am so glad to have known her - she will live in my thoughts forever.

p.s. some pysanky for you, pani tanya!

I-) ihor

Hanya Krill

January 1, 2020

The Ukrainian Museum is deeply saddened at the passing of a valued member of the Museum, and an important contributor to the Museum's permanent collection of folk art. We fondly recall the wonderful exhibition of pysanky by Tanya Osadca paired with artworks by her sister, Aka Pereyma, in 1999. Her contributions to the preservation of Ukrainian culture are recorded for posterity and will be treasured for generations. May she rest in eternal peace.

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