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Memorable Manitobans: Orysia Paszczak Tracz (1945-2016)

Author, lecturer, translator.

Born at Berchtesgaden, Bavaria on 8 September 1945, daughter of Sofia Mazepa and Wasyl Paszczak, she grew up in New Jersey and met her husband Myroslaw Tracz there. They came to Winnipeg in 1968 where she fostered an interest in Ukrainian traditions, ethnography, and song. Over four decades, she wrote articles for the Winnipeg Free Press and The Ukrainian Weekly. She published The First Star I See Tonight (2015), a collection of articles on Ukrainian Christmas traditions. In 2016, she received the Shevchenko Medal from the Ukrainain Canadian Congress for her contributions to culture and arts. She died at Winnipeg on 10 November 2016.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 14 November 2016.

Author an inspiration to many” by Cheryl Girard, Canstar Community News, 5 December 2016.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 7 December 2016

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