Loretta Gulaboff Popyk, age 90, passed away peacefully in her home on February 21, 2023, surrounded by her loved ones. Loretta was born on November 16, 1932, in Gavato, Macedonia and immigrated to the United States on April 15, 1937, when she was four years old to her loving parents Gjorgia and Mara Gulaboff.
Loretta was a graduate of Froebel High School and a twenty-year employee of US Steel. She was always devoted to her family and her church. On June 12, 1960, she married the love of her life, Raymond Popyk, with whom she shared a very wonderful and fulfilled life filled with love, purpose, satisfaction, and a vision for how to always make things better.
Loretta was blessed with her one and only son, Michael, whom she raised and instilled her Christian ways. Loretta and Raymond were one of the Founding Members of S.S. Peter and Paul Macedonian Church. Loretta and her mother were among the Founding Church Members who started up the Ladies’ Auxiliary, Bake Sales, Bunco Parties, and Fashion Shows to raise money for the Church- always looking for a way to make their Church a better place. She was a diehard and proud Macedonian Orthodox Christian. Her entire life revolved around her Church.
Loretta was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond; her parents, Gjorgia and Mara Gulaboff; her sister, Verka Gulaboff; her loving brother- Nicholas (Kole) Gulaboff; in-laws- Onufry and Magdalena Popyk. She is survived by her loving son, Michael Popyk (Kelly); her cherished grandson, Matthew Popyk; her beloved niece, Leni Stojcevski (Tom); her sister-in-law, Helen Kikalos; Kumovi, Kumbari, as well as many cousins in Canada, Australia, and Macedonia. Special thanks to her caregiver, Dalia Repeckiene, her Kumovi, Verka Taleff and Draga Talevski, for their visits, care, and support, and to Unity Hospice.
Visitation and Funeral Services will be held at Saints Peter & Paul Macedonian Orthodox Cathedral on Friday, February 24. Visitation will be from 10 AM to 11 AM, followed by funeral services at 11 AM. Fr Georgij Gligorov & Fr Aleksandar Mitrov will be officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Saints Peter & Paul Macedonian Orthodox Cathedral in honor of Loretta Popyk. For further information please call Mileva or David at Calumet Park Funeral Chapel (219) 736-5840. May her memory be Eternal.