Oksana Juzeniw, 89, restaurant hostess

August 18, 2005

Oksana Juzeniw, a Ukrainian immigrant who worked for many years as a restaurant hostess, died of complications from Alzheimer's disease Aug. 11 at the Manor Care Ruxton nursing home. She was 89.

She was born and raised Oksana Macduk in Pidhaici, Ukraine, and after graduating from college taught elementary school from 1939 to 1944.

In 1944, Mrs. Juzeniw left her homeland with her children and later lived in Germany before coming to Ellicott City in 1949. She moved to Baltimore in 1951 and became an American citizen in 1954.

Mrs. Juzeniw worked in the Cannon Shoe factory on Eastern Avenue, and during the 1960s and 1970s she was a hostess at the old Eager House and Meeting Place restaurants.

In 1976 she took a job as hostess at the now-closed Shane's on York Road in Timonium, whose owner was Baltimore attorney Peter G. Angelos, now owner of the Orioles. After working there for a decade, she became cashier and hostess at Perring Place Restaurant, also owned by Mr. Angelos, in 1986. She retired in 1996.

Mrs. Juzeniw was active in Ukrainian cultural and social organizations. She was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Ukrainian Catholic Church in East Baltimore.

Services were Monday.

Surviving are a son, Andrew Barys of Essex; two daughters, Donna B. Hickman of Timonium and Olga Juzeniw Vos of Pikesville; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson. Her first husband, Bohdon Barys, a teacher, died in a Russian prison in 1939. Her marriage to Leo Juzeniw ended in divorce.

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