Katherine Buchynsky, 88, formerly of Cumberland, RI passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2022, at Novant Medical Center in Bolivia, NC. She was the loving wife of the late Joseph Buchynsky for 43 years and the daughter of the late Wasyl and Maria Jaryniak. Born in Ukraine in 1934, she emigrated to the United States in 1950 after surviving WWII and resided in Cumberland until moving to Southport, NC 17 years ago.
She was employed for over 30 years at Owens Corning Fiberglass in Cumberland until they closed. She then went on to work at A.T. Cross in Lincoln. She was a parishioner of St. Michaels Ukrainian Catholic Church in Woonsocket, where she attended weekly mass and was active in many church functions. Katherine loved spending days at the beach and harvesting quahogs along the RI coast with her husband and children. She was an avid pet lover and had many dogs thru the years. She enjoyed watching and feeding birds and gardening. She took pleasure in cooking traditional Ukrainian meals and baking. She was especially known for her delicious apple pies and desserts. On Good Friday, she would bring her hand painted Ukrainian Easter eggs, along with her freshly baked Easter bread, Paska, to church to be blessed. Family and faith were most important in her life.
She is survived by her children Irene Joseph, Lida Benoit and her husband, Bruce, Donna Palange and her husband Mark. Grandchildren, Justin Pratt and his wife Beth, Gregory Benoit, Amanda Prill and her husband, Andrew and great grandson, Dmitry Pratt. Sisters, Rose Masnyk and Anna Jaryniak along with many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sister, Maria Kun. Visiting hour will take place on Friday, Jan 20th at 9:00 a.m. at Kubaska Funeral Home, 33 Harris Ave, Woonsocket, RI followed by 10:30 a.m. mass at St. Michael’s Ukrainian Catholic Church, 394 Blackstone St., Woonsocket, RI. In lieu of flowers, donations in Katherine’s memory can be made to St. Michaels Ukrainian Catholic Church, 394 Blackstone St, Woonsocket, RI 02895.
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