A much loved wife, mother, grandmother (Grandma Roxy, Bia) and friend, she loved
music and the performing arts. She cherished her children and grandchildren. Roxy
was generous and kind and appreciated things beautiful and precious.
Roxy was born in Innsbruck, Austria to parents who fled Russian persecution. She
was profoundly affected by that period of her life and often spoke of potty training
on a tin can. Her father, Bohdan Chabursky, sang baritone and worked as an
elevator operator. Her mother, Wolodymyra Chaban, cleaned offices. When she was
3, the family moved to New York City, first to Ludlow Street, then to 3 rd Street, where
her aunts raised her and expected little Ronia to be on her best behavior at all times.
Roxy went to St. George’s School and Cathedral High School, often encountering the
Hell’s Angles on her way home.
She met her future husband, Oleh Mitringa, at St. George’s in grade school. They
started dating in high school. Roxy played the piano and often accompanied Oleh
when he gave performances on the violin. In 1965 they got married and started a
family. She had three children, Danylo (Danny), Sviatoslav (Slavko), and Motria.
Roxy turned her attention to raising their children and helping out at school. She
worked with the PTA, kindergarten and helped organize the school bus. After her
children were grown, Roxy attended and graduated from Audrey Cohen College with
a degree in social work. Upon graduation she worked in facility assisting
Alzheimer’s patients in Riverdale, NY.
Roxy loved sweet things, children, kittens, chocolate and Starbucks Frappuccinos.
She empathized with those who had less, always reaching into her pockets for the
homeless and collecting clothes for orphans. She enjoyed helping to sell books for a
friend and drinking coffee while chatting with anyone who would listen. She
supported friends as much as she could, by giving them advice, tutoring their
children or just being a person to talk to. Her biggest joy was spending time with
her grandchildren, especially when they were babies. Nothing was better than
feeding an infant or taking a baby out in a stroller so she could dote about her
grandchild with friends.
Roxy Mitringa is survived by her husband, three children and six grandchildren,
Rebecca, Rylie, Kaitlyn, Matthew, Lucca, and Nina.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Ophans' Aid Society oasukraine.org
24 East 7th street
New York NY 10003
St. Andrews Cemetery
280 Main street
South Boundbrook NJ 08880
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