Lifelong Alaskan and Kenai resident Sterling L. Oskolkoff, 20, died Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 4, at the Holy Assumption Orthodox Church in Kenai, where he served as an altar boy in his early youth. Burial will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 5, at the Transfiguration of our Lord Church in Ninilchik.
"Sterling will be placed with generations of ancestors for his final rest," his family said.
A repast will follow at the fair grounds in Ninilchik. Pallbearers will be Greg Encelewski, John Gramm, Tommy Eide, Don Eide, Eli Darien, Cameron Guzman and Allen Oskolkoff.
Mr. Oskolkoff was born Nov. 23, 1989, and attended school in Kenai and Soldotna. He was also a member of the Kenaitze Indian Tribe.
"Sterling will be remembered for his 'big love' and 'big hugs.' Sterling adored the elderly, small children, babies and dogs. His sense of humor and love for everyone he knew will live forever in the hearts of all who knew him, including special friend, Kayla Johnson," his family said. "He was a direct descendant of the early Russian settlers, Sugpiaq Alutiiq and the Denaina people. He was developing a strong sense of family and cultural interest surrounding his heritage and loved finding new cousins and developing relationships with them. His special hobby was fishing and camping with close family."
Mr. Oskolkoff is survived by his cousin, Otto Darien; greataunt, Nancy Aldrich; mother, Zoya Oskolkoff; father, Ed Salzer; brother, Chase Lee; grandparents, Arnold and Bobbie Oskolkoff; aunts, Cynthia and Elizabeth Oskolkoff; cousins, Blake, Landon and Autumn Beatty, Alexis, Natalya, Rylene, Brianna and Mavra Oskolkoff; numerous greataunts, uncles and cousins.
The family suggests that donations be made to either the restoration fund at the Holy Assumption Church in Kenai, the Holy Transfiguration building fund in Ninilchik, or to Love INC.
Arrangements were by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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