Newburgh family remember mother who died of COVID-19

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NEWBURGH, Ind. (WEHT) Julia Tonchev looks back on how her mother saved her life.

“I feel like she saved me,” Tonchev said. “She did not want to hear it, she would say ‘Life is a gift.'”

Lyubov “Luba” Stolyarenko passed away from COVID-19 related issues at Deaconess Hospital on April 11.

Stolyarenko moved to the United States from the Ukraine with the intentions of providing a place for her family to live freely. Over the last three decades she has accomplished her goal.

For the family of Luba Stolyarenko their mother’s death was a shock – and as the pandemic began to spread – the family says their mom was constantly thinking of others.

“Healthwise the only issues that she had was high blood pressure, because it ran in her family,” Tonchev said.

She was seen as a caretaker for her family and made sure to stay in contact with all of them.

With their mom’s life and legacy still shining bright – this Tri-State family has a simple message for their loved one.

“She’s my hero, I feel like she’s my hero,” Tonchev said.

She was survived by her husband of 45 years, seven children, eighteen grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.

Luba is preceded in death by her parents; and parents-in-law, Ivan and Lidiya Stolyarenko.

Stolyarenko is the third confirmed COVID-19 related death in Warrick County. Warrick County now has four confirmed deaths due to COVID-19.

Information about her funeral can be found in her obituary. More information about Luba and her life can be found at her daughters Julia Tonchev and Olga Tsybulnik’s Facebook pages.

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(This story was originally published on April 19, 2020)

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