Alexandra (Zabuga) Lochanko, a Calistoga resident for almost ten years, passed away at Queen of the Valley Hospital in Napa on December 6th at the age of 93. She lived a full, rich life during which she selflessly cared for her family.
Alexandra was born in the Ukraine, the youngest of nine children. As a young woman, studying several languages at a local university, she was forcibly taken to labor camps in Germany during World War II. Although she survived the war, she was never able to return home again.
To escape the oppressive Stalinist regime, Alexandra emigrated directly to Montreal, Canada where she worked for several years before being introduced to her future husband, Adam, by mutual friends. They made their home in Toronto, where both their daughters were born. The family eventually moved to the U.S. and settled in New Jersey and later Pennsylvania. When her husband passed away in 1983, she moved to Westchester, New York where she lived for almost 25 years with her daughter Lilly’s family, and helped raise two grandsons, Constantine and Alexander Dimas.
When Lilly’s family moved to Greece in 2007, Alexandra relocated to Calistoga to live with her daughter, Lisa, who cared for her in her final years. Lilly later joined them, and both daughters were at her bedside when she passed away.
Alexandra loved to garden, cook, listen to opera and was a voracious reader. She was also a devout Orthodox Christian and developed a close bond with the Holy Assumption Monastery community and St. Simeon Russian Orthodox Church in Calistoga. She will most be remembered for her big warm smile and generous loving kindness to all.
The funeral was held at St. Tikhon’s Monastery in South Canaan, PA on December 15th and she was laid to rest there next to her husband. She will be greatly missed by family and friends and will continue to live on in the hearts of all those whose life she touched.
A memorial service will be held on January 15th at the Holy Assumption Monastery chapel in Calistoga. Donations in her memory can be made to the Holy Assumption Monastery, 1519 Washington Street, Calistoga.