Luba Jakabowska Kasperskyj Fomin passed away on May 4, 2018 in Spokane, WA at the age of 101. She was born on October 28, 1916 in Dubno, Poland to Kassian and Dominica Jakabowski. Luba was the second of ten children. Country life was fairly normal for the family until the Nazi invasion. The healthy able-bodied young people were sent to Germany to work in the “work camp” during the war. Life there was a mixture of hard work, friendships and running for the shelters during the bomb attacks. After the war, she was relocated to a displaced persons camp. She met and married Petro Kasperskyj and they were blessed with two daughters before immigrating to the United States in 1950. The Grace Baptist Church sponsored the family, bringing them to Spokane. The family increased with the birth of another daughter in 1958. With the children growing up, Luba found a job at Gonzaga University in the food services. But Luba was a lady of many talents. She loved to cook and loved to gather people around her to feed. She was still doing her Sunday family dinners until the age of 97. Luba also loved to garden and was gifted with a green thumb. Vegetables were plentiful at every meal. She was known for her recipes from the Ukraine. Luba loved her church and was active in preparing foods for the annual Greek Festival. But she had other interests. She traveled to Hawaii every year until the age of 96, spending a month there. She often traveled with the Tenold Family. Luba didn’t learn to drive until the age of 57 and then became the chauffeur for her many friends. She also loved to play Canasta—even if it took all night to finish the game!
Luba was preceded in death by two loving husbands, Petro Kasperskyj and Seva Fomin and her daughter Theresa Ann. She is survived by daughters Kathy (Dave) Blatt and Maria (Jerry) Senn and stepsons Eugene (Sandy) and Andrew (Marcy) Fomin and 6 grandchildren and many greats. Thanks to the staff at Windriver Place and especially Romana, Shay and Natasha for the special care provided for Luba. Memorial contributions in her honor may be sent to Hospice of Spokane, P O Box 2215, Spokane, WA 99210. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 9th from 1-5 at Hennessey Funeral Home, 2203 N Division. The Funeral Service will be Thursday, May 10th at 11AM at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, N. 1703 Washington with a reception to follow. Graveside Service will follow at 2:30 PM at Fairmount Memorial Park, W 5200 Wellesley.