May 8, 1935 – January 25, 2019
Vera Caryk (nee Dikteruk), died at age 83 in Crownsville, MD on January 25, 2019 in the company of her husband of 61 years, Michael Caryk. They married May 12, 1957 in Baltimore MD at St. Michael the Archangel Ukrainian Catholic Church. She is preceded in death by her parents Olex and Oxana (Solodka) Dikteruk, and her brother Peter. Vera is survived by her devoted daughter Vera Helen Caryk and her husband William Paul Autrey of Riva MD and many nieces and nephews. Born May 8, 1935 in Polyana Ukraine, Vera immigrated in October 1949 at age 14 to Ellis Island with her parents and brother after having spent seven years in post-WWII refugee camps in Germany and Austria. They were selected by the Displaced Persons Commission under the USA Congress to immigrate to America where they were sponsored by a family residing in Bethesda MD before eventually moving to Washington DC. Vera became fluent in English within three months of arriving in America. She became a US citizen on October 11, 1955 and graduated with her peers from MacFarland Junior High School, Theodore Roosevelt High School and Strayer Business College. She proudly and proficiently served as Executive Secretary to senior staff in prominent Washington DC institutions. Her lifelong passions included world history, politics, education, high fashion, sunbathing, flowers and beauty in all forms. A memorial service in her honor will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at John M. Taylor Funeral Home 147 Duke of Gloucester St, Annapolis, MD 21401. Please leave condolence messages at www.johnmtaylorfuneralhome.com . In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of the Chesapeake.
- Memorial Service Saturday, February 2, 2019
January 27, 2019
Becky and I are so sorry for your loss. Teta Vera had a commanding presence and was a very hospitable and charming person. I remember being at our grandparents house on Collington Street when Uncle Mike and Teta Vera asked for Dido and Baba's blessing for their marriage. And I still recall the wedding of this beautiful couple. May our happy memories carry us through this time of sadness.