Odile E. Marynowych, co-founder and secretary of “The Ukrainian Melody Hour” radio and television programs, died May 22 at her home in Washington. She was 83.
The cause was a stroke and a heart attack, said her son Roman A. Marynowych.
In 1952, Mrs. Marynowych and her husband co-founded the weekly radio program “The Ukrainian Melody Hour” in New York. Three years later, they started their own television counterpart.
The programs — which aired in Chicago, Philadelphia, New York and Washington, among other cities — featured Ukrainian music and dance and provided news coverage of Ukraine. She helped manage the program until her husband’s death in 2005.
She settled in Washington in 1964. Outside of the programs, Mrs. Marynowych worked as a display decorator at the former Hecht’s department store in Washington in the 1960s.
In the mid-1970s, she worked at a Society of St. Vincent de Paul thrift store and volunteered at the old Second Time Around boutique on Rhode Island Avenue, said her son.
Odile Emilie Strebler was raised in a suburb of Thionville, France, and emigrated to the United States in 1952.
She volunteered at the Franciscan Monastery in Washington and was fluent in four languages.
Her husband of 53 years, Roman V. Marynowych, died in 2005. Survivors include her three children, Roman A. Marynowych, Paul Marynowych and Alexandra Marynowych, all of Washington; and a brother.
— Megan McDonough