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Memory Eternal! + Matushka Juliana Schmemann

Memory eternal! + Matushka Juliana Schmemann, 93, wife of the late Protopresbyter Alexander Schmemann, reposed in the Lord at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale, New York, on Sunday evening, January 29, 2017. Alongside her husband Fr. Alexander—eminent theologian, author, and Dean of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary—Matushka Juliana played a key role in the founding of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA). She and Fr. Alexander, who fell asleep in the Lord in 1983, ministered to numerous Antiochian seminarians throughout the years they were associated with St. Vladimir's.

Matushka enjoyed a distinguished career as a teacher and headmistress. In later years she traveled widely to speak to women's groups and authored two books:  My Journey With Father Alexander and The Joy to Serve. 

Matushka Juliana is survived by three children: Matushka Anne Hopko, Ellwood City, PA; Serge Schmemann, Paris, France; and Matushka Mary Tkachuk, Bronxville, NY; nine grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren; and four great great-grandchildren.

Visitation will begin at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 2, at Holy Trinity Church, 46 Seymour Street, Yonkers, NY, where the Funeral service will be celebrated at 7:00 p.m.  The Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at Holy Trinity Church at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, February 3.  A Panikhida and interment will follow at Saint Tikhon’s Monastery, South Canaan, PA.

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