Biliana (“Yana”) Valkov was born in Russe, Bulgaria to parents Denka Borisova and Petar Balbuzanova. She is survived by her mother Denka Borisova, her daughter Veronika Balbuzanova, her husband Tim Temoff, and her brother Yavor Balbuzanov. Yana is preceded by her father and her daughter’s father, Plamen Shoykov. Yana was happily married to Tim and surrounded by her loved ones when she passed.
At the young age of 20, Yana gave birth to her daughter and shortly thereafter immigrated to the United States in search of a better life for her daughter. She found it and succeeded in bringing Veronika to the United States, as well, where they began building a life together. Despite the hardships that come with being a single mom, Yana successfully raised and put her daughter through a rigorous magnet program, college, and law school. The pride she felt for her daughter was palpable in every conversation she had about her.
While juggling parenthood, Yana built an unparalleled career in the sales and hospitality industry, single-handedly working her way from the bottom up. She had a way with words but, more than anything, Yana had a way with people. She made enduring and genuine connections in every professional circle she had the chance to form—from the Fairmont and Edward Don to the Newport and TriMark. Anyone who had the honor of knowing Yana even just in passing knew that she poured her heart and soul into everything she did and everyone she knew. She gave so much of herself—her time, her effort, her knowledge, and her heart—to help others without thinking twice about the personal toll it would have on her. For five years, she battled her diagnosis with a radiant smile, a giddy laugh, and a faith that never wavered—all while keeping her pain and struggle to herself to not burden those around her. She was, quite simply, the strongest person any one of us have ever met. She wasn’t one in a million. She was one of a kind.
Though many of her friends, family, and colleagues have gone in different directions and are located throughout the world, they now form a village of people she’s left behind who will continue to love, cherish, and admire her, her memory, and her legacy.
Professional arrangements by:
Gary Panoch Funeral Home
6140 N. Federal Highway
Boca Raton, FL 33487