Daniel Tomaszczuk died peacefully at home on February 22, 2017.
Daniel was born in Sadzavka, a small village in western Ukraine, on November 14, 1921. As a young man growing up in Stalinist-controlled Ukraine, his early years were marked by hunger and difficult living conditions. During the latter part of World War II he contracted tuberculosis and was sent to a hospital in the Black Forest region of Germany, which after liberation was occupied by the French army. As a displaced refugee he worked for the French army, and ultimately met his first wife, Katherina Kivernagel, in the town of St. Blausen, Germany (Katherina died of cancer in 1961). Sponsored by a Catholic relief organization, he immigrated to the United States in 1952, and settled initially in St. Joseph, Missouri. After several years there, he moved his wife and two young sons to Kansas City, where he resided for the rest of his life. Upon arrival in Kansas City he enrolled in barber school, and worked as the “singing barber of Kansas City” for nearly sixty years, first at the Executive Barber Shop on the Country Club Plaza and later at Hank of Hair in Brookside.
Daniel married his second wife, Eleonore, on July 17, 1965, and enjoyed more than fifty years of marriage to Eleonore, who survives him, as do his sons (Borys and Alex), his stepdaughter (Jean), his sister (Maria) who still resides in western Ukraine, and a host of grandchildren and great grandchildren in the United States as well as cousins in Ukraine. Although he lacked formal education beyond the fifth grade, Daniel read voraciously, spoke five languages, voted in every election after acquiring his citizenship, and was an active member of the Ukrainian-American community. Daniel genuinely loved life, always had a twinkle in his eye and a joke at the ready, and was generous with his time, often providing free haircuts to the ill and needy. He will be sorely missed and fondly remembered.
Burial services are private, but a public memorial service will be held at 3 pm on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 5800 College Boulevard, Overland Park, KS 66211. Please RSVP to email@example.com or by phone to 901-489-4059 (Borys) by March 12, 2017 if you plan to attend the memorial service.