October 28, 1939 ~ November 2, 2020

Born in: Beniova, Ukraine
Resided in: Covington, Georgia

Oksana Marta Tymczuk Foltyn – daughter, sister, friend, teta, wife, Mama, and Babcia (grandmother) – emigrated from her earthly home in Georgia, to her eternal rest in Heaven on Monday, November 2, 2020, at 11:27 AM. She is missed by those of us left behind. We are thankful she blessed us with the legacy of her grace and wisdom.

She is survived by her daughter, Martha, with former husband, Billy, and their daughter, Madeline; twin son, Yarko, with his wife, Dianne, and their children, daughter, Shelby, and twin sons, Chase and Chance; twin daughter, Kasia; and son, Igor with his wife, Kelly, and their daughters, Emma and Isabella, and son, Fisher; her brother, Andrew, with his sons and their families; sister, Nadia, with her husband, her sons and their families; nieces, nephews, cousins. Oksana was preceded to heaven by her husband of 42 and one half years, Zdzislaw Stanislaw Foltyn, also a loving father (Tatuś) and grandfather (Dziadzio); her grandson, Ethan; her parents, Roman and Lubow; her brother, Taras; and other eggs of the Foltyn and Tymczuk baskets.

Oksana’s life was as colorful as the Ukrainian Easter eggs (pysanky) she shared the knowledge of making with so many people. She was born in Beniowa, Ukraine, on October 28, 1939, as World War II was just beginning to ravage Eastern Europe. Growing up in a beautiful country under an ugly regime, she survived. That survival meant immigrating from Ukraine, to Poland, and finally and thankfully, landing in America.

She sought information, questioning and knowing, about everything. She insisted that her children know how to swim, and that they know how to fish. Correctly, and well. She absolutely loved the ocean, being at and on the beach. She would produce gourmet meals out of whatever was in her kitchen, for one or for a houseful of family and friends. Her pierogi, borscht, and holobchy were legendary.

Oksana taught many so much about so much. She was a polyglot, speaking, reading, and writing her native Ukrainian, Russian, Polish, and her learned American English. She had an adorable accent. Her abilities led to her lifelong works of teaching, interpreting, and translating for people, government agencies, schools – as a professor at Morehouse College and Emory University – Pope John Paul II and President Jimmy Carter, among others.

Oksana’s fluency in love and life were her greatest gifts.

A private funeral Mass will be held at Mother of God Ukrainian Catholic Church, in Conyers, Georgia, on Thursday, November 12, at 1600/4 PM. A celebration of Oksana’s amazing life will be held at a future date.

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  1. CandleImageMama Foltyn, you were loved and will be missed by many. Thank you for coming to America. I am forever grateful for your daughter, Kasia, and her friendship. Prayers of peace and comfort for Martha, Yarko, Kasia and Igor and all the grandchildren and the rest of the family.

  2. CandleImageKasia, Your mother sounds like an extraordinary person. Portrayed so beautifully in the obituary. Thanks for sharing these special memories of her

  3. CandleImageOksana, You life was an amazing tale. Thank you for opening your home to me so many years ago and changing the course of my life and thank you for your amazing family and my beautiful best friend. Kasia, Yarko, Igor and Martha – I pray that there is a season of peace in your family as you say goodbye to your mother. Blessings upon you all! Jenith

  4. CandleImageMomma Foltyn, I will never forget the sincere kindnesses you showed to me when I was living on my own in Atlanta. Feeding me, making sure I was cared for while ill, gifting me with various blessings. I was always in awe of you. A strong and intelligent woman. And you were certainly one of the influences that led to my seeking a doctorate. I am glad God put you in my path and that I had the chance to know you.

  5. CandleImageYou taught us many things Mama Foltyn. Through a simple egg we learned that creativity requires imagination, practice, and patience. There were new foods, spices, and cooking techniques to discover at your house. Your pierogi recipes gave us a unique appreciation and hunger for carbohydrates. You once told me that we were like those little dumplings. What makes them so loved is the goodness that you find inside. Well, you had plenty of that and it carries forward in the many lives you touched, including mine.

  6. CandleImageKasia Your mother was truly blessed and loved. What a amazing life. God Blessed you with two wonderful parents. We are so sorry for your loss. Love to you and your family.
    Gary and Tilda Stream

  7. I remember Mama Foltyn best in her kitchen, bustling about and laughing at some of my mother’s clumsy, off-color jokes. She was always making sure everyone was fed, then fed some more, and – happy.
    She was an amazing woman and I know she will be sorely missed.
    My love to all the Foltyn Family.

  8. Martha & Family; Kasia; Igor & Family; and Yarko & Family – Your Mom was such a sweet, kind lady. I am truly going to miss her phone calls and visits, when she could make it in to the bank. I has truly been my priviledge to know her. Prayers for all of you.
    Jean Rawlins Lark

  9. CandleImageMartha and family: I didn’t know your mom, but after reading the other condolences, wow! She sounds like such a special woman. I’m so thankful you had her for so long, and I’m so sorry for your loss. Much love to the family and all who loved her. Prayers.

  10. CandleImageThe whole large family in Perespa (Ukraine) expresses its sincere condolences to the Tymchuk-Foltyn family in America.

  11. I was so blessed to have met Babchia. She was always concerned about anyone involved in your life, and put the well being of others over her own. Her last words to me where “ I love you, I love you, I love you “ and a sweet kiss on the cheek. Babchia, I hope you know how much I love you and how great of an influence you were in my life! Rest In Peace beautiful angel! ❤️

  12. CandleImageChristopher, Lynn, Nathaniel, Kirklynn, and Ryleigh Sirmans.

    We all love you and have kept your family close in our prayers and in our hearts.

    Matthew 25:23

  13. CandleImageDear Babcia,
    I love you super-duper much. Even though you were not my actual grandma, you still felt like it to me. It is hard for me to lose you. I enjoyed making polish food with you. Every time I saw you, you put a smile on my face. You made me believe in myself. I will miss you so much. Even though you are gone you will be in our hearts, so you will never be gone to us.

  14. CandleImageWhat a fitting tribute to our wonderful neighbor, and friend. Oksana will be missed by many. Our heartfelt prayers are with her family and all of those who loved her.

  15. CandleImageBabcia you will be greatly missed, but I know we will see you again one day. Sending all our love to the family. Love you all! Until we meet again….

  16. Sending love, thoughts and prayers to your family Igor. I know how much she meant to everyone and I know she will be missed by all that knew and loved her.

  17. CandleImagePlease accept our sincere condolences to the entire Foltyn extended family. This world lost an amazing person but wonderful memories of p. Oksana will live forever in our hearts.

  18. CandleImageДорога родино!
    Родина Шевчук Богдана і Марії зі Львова виражають Вам щире співчуття з приводу втрати дорогої нам всім блаженної пам’яті Оксани.
    Царство їй Небесне!

  19. CandleImageSending my condolences and love to the family. Ms Foltyn was an amazing, kind, generous, smart, funny and beautiful human. I often told her she was my favorite patient and I meant it. We usually met twice weekly and I always loved my visits with her. She left a great impact on my life and I will miss her dearly. Until we meet again my friend ❤️

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