Editha I. Morozynsky (nee Cholodniak) was born in Kharkiv, Ukraine, June 13, 1930. During World War II her family and she fled the communist regime in Ukraine, forever being separated from her older brother Volodymyr, and lived in refugee resettlement camps in Baden-Wurtemberg and Bavaria, Germany. Upon completion of the Augsburg Ukrainian Gymnasium in 1949, she was enrolled in an English language and business certificate program in Neuburg and Neu Ulm which culminated in her appointment to a position as a secretary to the International Refugee Organization of the United Nations in Augsburg. After her marriage in Augsburg in 1950, her husband Michael and she began making plans to emigrate to the United States. In 1952, following the birth of Victoria, their oldest daughter, Editha and her husband arrived in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. Ultimately, the young family migrated to Cleveland, Ohio, in August 1952, together with Editha's parents. In Cleveland, Editha worked for the Ford Foundation Eastern European Fund, and as a legal secretary, before being accepted to Western Reserve University in 1958. Editha and Michael welcomed daughters, Diana and Natalie, within a few years of settling in Cleveland. As a mother with three young children, Editha worked hard and tirelessly completing the Bachelor of Arts degree in German and Russian graduating magna cum laude and winning induction into the Phi Beta Kappa Society in 1962. She continued her studies at Western Reserve University in the Master's degree program in Eastern European and Slavic Languages program graduating in 1966. Editha came from several generations of teachers in her native Ukraine, and in 1962 was appointed as teacher of German at West Geauga Schools. Beginning in 1966 she also received appointments as an adjunct professor of Russian at Western Reserve University, and the newly established Cuyahoga County Community College, Western Campus, in the evening programs. In the interim, Garfield Heights Schools appointed her as a secondary level German teacher, where she remained until her retirement. Editha and her parents also taught Ukrainian language, history, and culture in the Ukrainian Heritage School of Cleveland, Taras Shevchenko School of Ukrainian Studies. Her father, John Cholodniak, had been instrumental in founding the school shortly after the family came to Cleveland. Editha like her father would eventually become principal of the school. She also served on the board of the Ukrainian Women's League of America, Chapter 12, and remained a member for many years. She often contributed Ukrainian language articles about her branch as correspondence secretary to Ukrainian publications. After retiring from teaching, Editha began studies in various foreign language programs at the Sorbonne in Paris, France, one summer, and the Italian Language Institute in Florence, Italy, the following year. She was a lifelong learner and became a passionate sudent of water color painting through her association with a water color artists' group at King James Condominium Association in Westlake, Ohio, where she resided in her later years. Editha stayed in touch throughout the years with her school classmates, and her university colleagues. She was an avid traveler, and opera enthusiast having made trips to hear operas at La Scala in Milan, Italy, and Verona, Italy. She had an interest in the fine arts and applied arts, having embroidered many Ukrainian art pieces for her family. Editha was preceded in death by her husband Michael Morozynsky in 1984, her parents Ivan and Julia Cholodniak, and granddaughter Nina Becka. She will be deeply missed by daughters Victoria (Thomas) Becka, Diana (Marcus) Bisinger, and Natalie (John) Benko, grand-daughter, Leah(Ethan) Hackett, grandson, Michael (Kaitlyn) Benko, great- grandson, Luke Benko and scores of friends and associates. Friends may call at THE KOLODIY-LAZUTA FUNERAL HOME, 5677 STATE RD., PARMA, TUESDAY 4-7 P.M. PARASTAS 6 P.M. Funeral Service Wednesday, February 20 at the funeral home at 10 a.m. Interment Brooklyn Heights Cemetery.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 10:00 a.m.
Kolodiy-Lazuta Funeral Home
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 4-7 p.m. Parastas 6:00 p.m.
Kolodiy-Lazuta Funeral Home