Rev. John Polischuk, Baptist pastor, 77


CHICAGO - The Rev. John Polischuk, retired pastor of the Ukrainian Baptist Church of Chicago, died on Oct.3 in his sleep at age 77. He was the pastor and choir conductor of the church for 26 years until retiring in 1982. After a couple of years, he returned to be choir director for a few more years.

Before coming to Chicago, the Rev. Polischuk served as pastor in Canada, first in Swan River, Manitoba, starting in May 1948 and in Winnipeg beginning in October 1953. As choir director in Chicago, he conducted the choir on live radio broadcasts, and later he produced six record albums and recorded about 250 songs for use on radio programs beamed to Ukraine and all over the world.


The Rev. Polischuk was born September 25, 1916, in a village in Volyn, Ukraine. He was baptized in 1932. He organized a missionary choir that visited various churches. In 1944, he went to Bible school in Germany and in November 1947 he immigrated to Canada.


His wife, Julia, died in 1980. They had two sons, Jerry and Alex, and a daughter, Annie. He is also survived by his second wife Olga.


A memorial service was held October 5 at Pedersen-Ryberg Mortuary in Elmhurst and the funeral was held October 6, with the Rev. Olexa Harbuziuk and the Rev. Oleksander Kalinin officiating.


The Ukrainian Weekly,

OCTOBER 24, 1993 , No. 43, Vol. LXI

See Ukrainian Baptist Churches section, (Chicago) for more information.

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