January 30, 2017
I learned today your beloved mother has passed into Eternity, her natural home. I have known Juliana since 1959 at the "old St. Vladimir's Seminary" on 100 West 121st Street as a young seminarian. I was engaged by Juliana and Father Alexander to watch over the children in their absence. I got to know them not simply as our dear mentors but as beautifully caring and spiritually loving persons.
I remember the sacrifices they made in order to plant the seedlings of Orthodoxy on this soil. They were true role models for us in a very distinctive way. They, as a wonderful family unit, were living testimonies to the truth "that God is with us," in every sense of "the Word." Their love was electric, and all of us wanted to be like them. I still see Alexander and Juliana in my mind's eye, hand in hand exploring New York as they enjoyed the arts, intellectual gatherings, concerts, or when they participated in a number of Sobors of what was then the Metropolia. What an influence and impact Alexander had on these proceedings.
Your mother Juliana, as we discovered, had a saintly ancestor who I believe she emulated in her daily life. There was always a mysterious air about her. As teacher, headmistress, and mother, she had a measure of discipline and authenticity in her daily life, both private and in reaching out to others. One knew instinctively that she was a person of deep faith and prayer. Light emanated from her persona at the Seminary because as she took interest in her husband's students, and she was always ready to comfort and embrace us in a special and unique manner.