Maria Shevchuk (nee Dumanska) was born in Bolechiv, Ukraine, on December 28, 1932. As did so many Ukrainians displaced because of the war, she emigrated to the United States, with her mother Julia Dumanska, in 1950. They settled in Jersey City, where Maria worked during the day and completed her education, earning an Associates’ Degree, via evening classes. Maria married Ilia Shevchuk on October 31, 1959, at St. George Ukrainian Catholic Church in New York City. After living briefly in Manhattan, they moved to downtown Jersey City, where they raised four children: Walter, Ihor, Nadia and Roman.
Maria was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed creating Ukrainian embroidery, “vyshyvky”, keeping up with local news, sharing her Ukrainian culinary skills at school and church events. She taught Ukrainian language and embroidery classes at Sts. Peter & Paul Ukrainian School in Jersey City, and later worked as a recording secretary for the Ukrainian National Association.
Maria is predeceased by her mother Julia. She is survived by her loving husband Ilia; her son Walter and his wife Sophia, with their children Ariana and Adrian; her son Ihor; her daughter Nadia with her husband Oleh Maczaj, and their children Danylo, Paul and Julianna; her son Roman, with his son David; and family in Ukraine.
Visitation is on Friday, October 12, 2018 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Riotto Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Jersey City, NJ 07306 (For GPS navigation it is best to use parking lot entrance address: 14 Stagg St., Jersey City). A Parastas will begin at 7:00 PM during visitation. Funeral services will take place on Saturday, October 13, 2018 beginning at 9:00 AM at the Funeral Home. Funeral Mass will follow at 10:00 AM at SS Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church, Jersey City. Interment will take place in Holy Spirit Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery, Campbell Hall, NY.