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Maria Krushelnytsky (Krushelnytska)

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Birthplace: Ukraine
Death: November 27, 1971 (89)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Reverend Amvrozij Vasilyevich Krushelnytsky and Maria Teodora Krushelnytska
Wife of Julian Drozdowsky
Mother of Salomea Drozdowsky and Olena Drozdowsky
Sister of Antin Krushelnytsky; Osipo / Josypa Bandrivsky; Olena Krushelnytsky; Solomiya Amvrosiivka Krushelnytsky; Emilia Sterniuk and 2 others

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About Maria Krushelnytsky

Maria Krushelnytsky (1882 - 1971) was a sister of the famous Ukrainian opera singer Salomea Krushelnytsky who helped Puccini rescue the opera Madame Butterfly by playing the lead role of Chio Chio Sun following a disastrousfirst presentation of the opera, took part in various Ukrainian organizations and was active in community life. Maria was a director of a music school.

In 1914 WWI broke out. In that region of Ukraine, which was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire at the time, a division of soldiers callingthemselves the Sichoviy Striltsi or Ukrainian Sich Rifleman, formed in order to lend military support to the battle of Austro-Hungary with Serbia but with the underlying view that the soldiers would gain military experience and have arms that they could eventually use in a struggle for a free Ukraine. In 1917, following the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the Sichoviy Striltsi actually did begin operationson Ukrainian soil and did fight for Ukrainian independence. Maria became the cook and head of the Ukrainian Sich Riflemen (Sichoviy Striltsi) kitchen in Drohobich. She came to the attention of the Polish government who had by then taken over control of that region, and was ultimately arrested for her activities. However, she was released following the intervention of a high level officer who was a relative of the Drozdowsky family but not before her husband, Julian, had an emotional breakdown. The reunification of the family with the Maria was one of the most joyous events in the family's life.

In the 1920's Salomea Krushelnytsky started gaining stature as she performed with the likes of Caruso and other top opera stars throughout Europe, the United States and South America. As she amassed her wealth, Salomea Krushelnytsky purchased a building in Lviv. She then invited the family members to join her in living there. The Drozdowsky family took her up on her offer.

Thus her husband Julian took up a new position as a higher court judge Lviv and the family settled down to a normal life in that city. The children finished high school and made their way into university and technical schools. In her daugther Helen's case, she earned a degree in forestry.

In 1959, Maria immigrated to the United States to live with her daughter Helen.

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Maria Krushelnytsky's Timeline

1882
1882
Ukraine
1911
1911
Age 29
Pidhaitsi, Ukraine
1971
November 27, 1971
Age 89
Los Angeles, California, United States
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