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Olga Bajusova, award-winning illustrator

Sept. 8, 1954 – Nov. 18, 2012

Olga Bajusova, an award-winning illustrator of children’s books and a noted printmaker, died last Sunday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst. She was 58.

The Amherst resident was born in Slovakia and earned a master’s degree in fine arts from the Academy of Fine Art and Design in Bratislava, Slovakia. Her illustrations have been published in more than 30 children’s books in Europe.

Her illustrated books won awards including the Most Beautiful Book in Czechoslovakia in 1987 and the Most Beautiful Book of the Year in 1994. In 1997, Mrs. Bajusova received the Mlade Leta publishing prize and was elected to the International Board on Books of Young People, an international illustrators’ association.

Mrs. Bajusova participated in group exhibitions around the world, and she had an exhibition in 2005 in the Upton Hall Gallery at Buffalo State College. In 2010, the Western New York Book Art Center showcased her prolific illustrations.

Mrs. Bajusova moved to the Buffalo area in 2002 with her husband, Jozef Bajus, who also is an artist.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Jozef Bajus Jr.; a daughter, Tereza Gallineau; and two sisters, Elena Beharkova and Lubica Kollarova.

A memorial Mass was offered Saturday in St. Amelia Catholic Church, 2999 Eggert Road, Town of Tonawanda.

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