On September 28th, 2022, Mariya S. Mangeym, loving mother, wife, and grandmother, passed away at age 85.
Mariya was born on December 17th, 1936 in Chernigov, Ukraine. Mariya demonstrated immense perseverance throughout her entire life, surviving the devastation of World War II and losing her mother. After being forced to flee her home in Ukraine at only age five, Mariya’s family resided in Kazakhstan for the next five years. Although faced with such tragedy, Mariya still celebrated the joys of life. Mariya was very close with her two siblings, Izya and Faina, who she loved dearly. At her core, Mariya was a strong and caring woman who prioritized her family above all else.
After the war, Mariya returned to Ukraine where she married the late Marklen Mangeym. She was married for 48 years and raised three amazing sons, Leonid, Vadim, and Vladislav. She has raised not only her children, but also her grandkids, and even her great grandchildren, who will continue her legacy. When entering Mariya’s apartment, one would be greeted by endless photos of her family covering all of the walls in her apartment. She was, and is, the root and matriarch of the family and will be remembered for her unconditional love and support.
In addition to raising her family, while living in Ukraine, Mariya worked as a clerical worker for over 30 years. She was an intelligent and driven woman who celebrated education and instilled those values in her children and grandchildren. In 1997, Mariya moved with her family to the United States. Although a daunting transition, Mariya persisted through the difficulties that came with moving to a foriegn country and served as an example of how to navigate through change.
She always loved creating - whether it was embroidery, knitting, or sewing, she always had a new idea for something to make. Mariya would often sew bags or clothes; she loved to take specific requests from her grandchildren, as well as surprising them with a handmade gift for no particular reason at all. Mariya was a talented cook, bringing her family together with the classic Ukrainian dishes she made. She always remembered her loved ones’ favorite dish and had it ready for them upon a visit. A stay would not be complete without her offering of a meal and some tea.
At the root of everything, Mariya was a kind woman with the biggest heart, holding so much love for her beloved family. Every day with her added infinite special moments to our lives. Our love for Mariya has shaped us, formed us, and helped us grow. We would not be the people that we are without her. May her memory be a blessing.
A funeral service is scheduled for Friday September 30th at Robert J. Lawler & Crosby Funeral Home, 1803 Centre St. West Roxbury. Visiting hours are from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm, and the funeral service will begin at 12:30pm at the funeral home. Interment Puritan Mt. Sinai Cemetery, West Roxbury.