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Jennie Malchoff


Port Graham resident Jennie Malchoff, 69, died March 25 at South Peninsula Hospital Long Term Care in Homer. Funeral services were held March 29 at St. Herman's Russian Orthodox Church in Port Graham. Burial was in the church cemetery. Father Sergie Active officiated at the service. Dale Malchoff was the cross bearer for the service. Pallbearers were Nick Moonin, Herman Moonin, Gary Malchoff, Paul Selanoff, Charles Selanoff and Patrick Selanoff.

Ms. Malchoff was born Jan. 1, 1933 in Seldovia. She was raised and spent her whole life in Port Graham. She had worked as a seasonal cannery worker in Port Graham, Windy Bay, Cordova and Uganik Bay. She retired in 1999.

She was a member of the Orthodox Church of America. She enjoyed skin sewing, beading, crocheting and knitting.

Her family said, "Her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews and friends loved her dearly. She entertained family and friends with her wholesome understanding, humor and love for cooking. She vacationed in the Prince William Sound during the summers with her daughter and grandchildren.

"Jennie, a single mother, raised three children with her employment as a seasonal cannery worker. She was knowledgeable of the traditional plants and herbs. She spent her summers gathering, processing, preparing and storing traditional foods she was taught by her elders. Jennie's belief in God and her support for the Orthodox Church of America gave her great comfort and strength throughout her life. Jennie was a little woman who made a big difference in the lives of many who came into contact with her."

Ms. Malchoff is survived by her children, Melvin and Gary Malchoff and Diane Selanoff; grandchildren, Alta, Alicia, Sabrina and Justin Malchoff, Bonita and Ricky Jager and Charles, Patrick, Joshua and Chelsea Selanoff; nieces and nephews, Martha Wallin, Nick, Charlie, Ephim,, Herman Jr., and Ralph Moonin, Elsie Prout, Violet Yeaton, Lorine, Tessie, Clifford, Albert and Ron Young, Phyllis Gil, Diane Olsen, Jerry Hanson, and Dale, Darlene, David and Donna Malchoff.

Arrangements were by Homer Funeral Home.