Missing Maria

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated Jun 20, 2013 at 2:22 PM EDT

Town of Union, NY (WBNG Binghamton) As April 3 dawns Saturday, Greater Binghamton will mark one year since a mass shooting marred its history.

A year that has been difficult for so many families and friends of 13 people who died at the American Civic Association.

Action News reporter Gabe Osterhout sat down with the Zobniw family who keep Maria's memory in their hearts and home.

"Everyone was saying with time it would pass, but it doesn't happen that way," says Lubomyr Zobniw, Maria's husband.

The Zobniw family is still recovering from the loss of their wife and mother.

Maria Zobniw was killed in the American Civic Association.

"The first two weeks, that I went back to work, automatic speed dial and the first time it dialed through to her cell phone and I heard the voice mail of my mom, it was very difficult," says Zoriana Zobniw, Maria's daughter.

The Zobniw children have moved from the area, but they are back home this week to help their father, through this trying time.

"We've been coming back and forth to check up on him, making sure he has plenty to eat because my mother took care of the food and prepared dinners and things like that so we make sure he's taken care of," says Oresta Zobniw, Maria's daughter.

Lubomyr still lives in the home he shared with Maria...

Which hasn't really changed.

"I just like to preserve it so that until I really understand why things are the way they are because there's a lot of symbols here," Lubomyr says.

"It's kind of strange walking into the house and not seeing her smiling face but I think with this, each of us will kind of walk in here on our own, just kind of look around, look at the pictures, remember the memories," Oresta says.

The family plans to continue on traditions that were important to Maria, like celebrating Easter.

"Easter was one of my mother's favorite holidays and Easter is truly a religious holiday of rebirth. You're celebrating the triumph over evil," says Zoriana.

"We'll have the family around. We'll try to make it normal as possible but of course there will be that one person missing," says Oresta.

A person that the Zobniw's say made their house a home.

In the Town of Union, Gabe Osterhout, WBNG-TV Action News.

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