Lubomyra O. Palij

Lubomyra (Luba) Olha Palij (1922-2012)

Mrs. Palij died peacefully on Friday January 6, 2012 at the Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Lawrence, Kansas.
Memorial services for Mrs. Lubomyra (Luba) Olha Palij will be held on Sunday January 22, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. at the St. Lawrence Catholic Center in Lawrence, Kansas, with Monsignor Vince Krische officiating.
Graveside services for Lubomyra Palij will be held on Monday January 16, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at the St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Cemetery in South Bound Brook, New Jersey, with Fr. Jeremiah Rybakov officiating.
Lubomyra was born March 14, 1922 in Chortkiv, Ukraine, the daughter of Dr. Ivan and Maria Yashan Welyhorskyj. She was the middle child of three siblings. She had an older brother Myroslaw and a younger brother Ihor. In 1940, she finished high school in Yavoriv, Ukraine. In 1943, she graduated from the Pharmaceutical College in Lviv, Ukraine with a degree in pharmacy. After the Second World War, in 1948, the Welyhorskyj family immigrated to Espanola, Ontario, Canada. A few months later, they moved to Toronto where they settled permanently. Lubomyra obtained her license to practice pharmacy, and worked in St. Joseph’s Hospital until 1963.
In 1963, she married Chicago publisher and businessman Mykola Denysiuk. She moved to Chicago and became co-owner and manager of the Mykola Denysiuk Publishing Company. Mykola and Lubomyra published hundreds of books on Ukrainian culture; a monthly cultural magazine called “Ovid”; and the complete works of iconic Ukrainian writers like Taras Shevchenko and Ivan Franko. She was also active in the Chicago Branch of the Ukrainian National Women’s League of America (UNWLA). Mykola Denysiuk died suddenly in 1976. Widowed after 14 years of marriage, Lubomyra returned to Toronto to be with her family.
In 1979, she married Dr. Michael Palij, a librarian and historian in the Slavic Department of the Library of the University of Kansas in Lawrence. She moved to Lawrence, Kansas, where for 30 years Michael and Lubomyra dedicated all their time and energy to enlighten American academics about the history and culture of Ukraine. They also became benefactors of several religious and cultural organizations in Ukraine, and donated over 4000 books to Ukrainian libraries. Michael Palij passed away in Lawrence, Kansas in 2010. Lubomyra lived in Lawrence until her death on January 6, 2012.
Lubomyra is survived by her stepson Peter Palij, his wife Linda Leibengood, and their children Maria and Mark Palij, of Ardsley, New York.
Lubomyra was predeceased by her two brothers: Ihor Nicholas Welyhorsky (1927- 1997) of Toronto and Myroslaw Ivan Welyhorskyj (1920-2007) of Espanola.
She will be sadly missed by: sister-in-law Velta Druvis Welyhorskyj of Espanola and the Shepitka family; cousin Alexandra Yashan Kowalsky of Toronto with the Onyschuk, Moskaliuk, Kowalsky, Morozov and Elijiw families; niece Christina Welyhorsky Senkiw of Toronto with her husband George and the Senkiw family; niece Maria Welyhorskyj of Port Dover, Ontario, with her husband Malcolm and her son Alastair Crombie; cousins William and Anne Melnychuk of Oshawa, Ontario; cousins Yaroslaw and Vera Kryshtalsky of New York City; and extended family in Canada, the United States and Ukraine.
The family welcomes memorial contributions to the Palij Family Fund c/o University of Kansas Endowment, PO Box 928, Lawrence KS 66044.
Online condolences may be sent to the funeral home in Kansas at

Messages & Condolences

From Kendall Simmons...

I knew Luba through Michael, and thought she was quite wonderful. I’m very sorry for your loss.

From Erik Herron...

I had the great honor of knowing Pani Luba through her efforts, along with Michael, to support Ukrainian language and culture. She was a great woman who will be missed.

From Christina and George Senkiw...

Dear Peter, Linda, Maria and Mark – We would like to express our deepest sympathy for the loss of your dear stepmother and grand mother Lubomyra (Luba) Palij.Our aunt Luba (Christina’s father’s – Ihor Welyhorsky – older sister) was a compassionate, reserved, humble individual who always had a kind word of support and advice for us. Luba was raised in a family that believed in honor and selfless service to the community above all else. Having survived very difficult times during the Second World War, Luba and her family immigrated (1948) to Toronto, Canada where she worked as a pharmacist. Then she married and moved to Chicago where along with her first husband (Mykola Denysiuk), she became a book publisher. After being widowed, she married again and moved to Lawrence, Kansas where, for the last 30 years of her life, she and her husband Dr. Michael Palij were engaged in philantropic work in support of culture. Luba was always a hard worker – loyal and scrupulously honest. Her characteristic patience and composure helped her survive in tumultuous times. Dear Aunt Luba, may you live forever in our memories. You will be greatly missed. – Christina Welyhorsky Senkiw and George Senkiw (Luba’s niece and nephew in Toronto, Canada)

From Maria Welyhorskyj...

I admired my aunt Luba for her accomplishments, devotion, intelligence, kindness and dignity. She was an inspiration to me. I will always remember her with love.

My mother Velta Welyhorskyj will also miss Luba. Luba was always tender, considerate and affectionalte in her relationship with my Mum.

From Patricia Marvin...

Luba was my neighbor for several years and I was lucky enough, she became my friend. She was a remarkable woman, full of kindness. I will miss her.

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