Lubova 'Luba' Meganack
Lifelong Port Graham resident and Alaska Native Lubova “Luba” Meganack died Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2006, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer. She was 83.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at St. Herman of Alaska Russian Orthodox Church. Father Michael Frederick officiated. She was buried at the church cemetery following the service. Pallbearers were her grandsons, Matt Meganack, Dale Malchoff, David Malchoff, Ben Meganack Jr., Billy Meganack, Basil Meganack, Ivan Meganack, Storman Norman, Brandon Moonin, Samuel Moonin, William Miller, Nicholas Meganack, Jemerson Anahonak and John Tanape. Honorary pallbearers were Ben Meganack Sr., Walter Meganack Jr., Seraphim Meganack, Ryan Meganack and Harvey Meganack.
Mrs. Meganack was born Sept. 9, 1922, in Port Graham. She lived there all of her life and worked as a cannery worker and homemaker. She was a member of St. Herman of Alaska Russian Orthodox Church and received an award from the bishop. She also received Elder of Year Award from the Port Graham Village Council in 1996.
“Mom was devoted to her family. She loved her 30 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchild. She was very devoted to her church as an Orthodox Christian. She lived a very traditional lifestyle her whole life and was very generous and giving. She was a homemaker and a very private person,” her family said.
“All her life she was a devoted chief’s wife and supported her husband and fed many visitors to the village. She was considered to be the matriarch of the Mumchuck family and was the last of that family in her generation. She was peaceful in her death as in her life and was very much loved by family, friends and community. She loved to cook and was known for her Spam pie and huge dinners. She also enjoyed gardening, fishing and picking berries.”
Mrs. Meganack was preceded in death by her husband, Walter R. Meganack; sons, Riley and Nikolai Meganack; three sisters; and three brothers.
She is survived by her sons, Ben Meganack Jr., Walter Meganack Jr. and his partner, Pauline Allen, Seraphim Meganack and his wife, Deborah, and Harvey Meganack; daughters, Mary Malchoff, Jean Huntsman, Agnes Miller and her husband, James, Alice Anahonak and her husband, Mickey, Francis Norman and her husband, Patrick, Cheryl Grieser and her husband, Brian, and Susan LaBelle and Derenty Tabios; daughter-in-law, Stella Meganack; 30 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
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