Former Ninilchik resident Fedora Mae Encelewski died Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2002, at Alaska Native Medical Center after a valiant struggle with illness. She was 83.
Services were held in both the Anchorage and Ninilchik Russian Orthodox churches. Her grandsons served as pallbearers.
A fourth-generation Russian-Alaskan, she was born in Ninilchik to Alexander and Mary Kvasnikoff. Although a resident of Anchorage for the past 29 years, she returned to Ninilchik every summer where she enjoyed commercial fishing, fish processing, gardening, moose hunting and attending the Russian Orthodox Church.
In Anchorage, Mrs. Encelewski worked for many years as a health aide and in housekeeping. She was renowned for her bread making and people loved her kulich (Russian Easter bread), cinnamon buns and fry bread. She also taught her children the art of smoking fish to perfection.
"She had a large extended family and everyone who met her felt instantly that they were a part of it. She loved all her children unconditionally and would do anything for them. Faith and love were her guiding principals. She always told her children that love was the most important thing in life, especially the love of God and the church," her family said.
"We loved her stories and antics. She was a hard-working lady who knew how to have fun. 'Come and see me and we'll talk and laugh,' she used to say. Everyone who knew her will greatly miss her sense of humor. She loved to sing and dance and could play the guitar and accordion. Whether it was cleaning house, cleaning fish or pulling potatoes, her chores always included fun and laughter."
Mrs. Encelewski was preceded in death by four brothers, two sisters, two infant children and three grandchildren.
She is survived by sisters Nadia Oskolkoff and Mae Demidoff; children, Larry Oskolkoff, Loretta Throop, Sharon Culhane, Judy Belcher, Greg Encelewski, Grant Encelewski, Eric Encelewski and Linda Encelewski Henrikson; grandchildren Larry Jr., David, Tanya, Timothy, Sarah, Tricia, Craig, Ryan, Kelsey, Gregory, Ivan, Dustin, Shannon, Jenessa, Laurina, Brett, Zachary, Mark and Cody; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Arrangements were made by Evergreen Memorial Chapel.
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