Homer Alaska - Obituaries

Story last updated at 3:43 PM on Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Louie Kvasnikoff


Louie Kvasnikoff

May 1, 1928 April 19, 2012

Lifelong Alaskan and Ninilchik resident, Louie Kvasnikoff, 83, passed away Thursday, April 19, 2012, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Monday, April 23, at the Holy Transfiguration of Our Lord Church in Ninilchik followed by Repast at Ninilchik House at mile 134.1 Sterling Highway. Pallbearers were William Steik, Craig Bock, Greg Encelewski, Jack Kvasnikoff and Kenny Kvasnikoff. Honorary pallbearers were Robert Drennan and Arnold Oskolkoff.

Louie was born on May 1, 1928, in Ninilchik to Louis and Malina Kvasnikoff, He was affectionately known as Uncle Louie to most and Chum to a lucky few. Louie was raised and lived most of his life in Ninilchik. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.

In his later years, Louie spent afternoons at his home in the village often working in the yard or listening to the radio. Louie loved The Orthodox Church, spending many hours working in the graveyard, often helping to identify grave sites of his many ancestors. During services Louie loudly rang bells that pealed all over the village. His second home was Ninilchik House, where he shoveled walkways and visited with Harley Bob (Drennan). If you were special enough, he might teach you a little Russian. Dobra Utra he would say Good Morning.

As an elder, Louie honored his Russian/Aleut heritage and contributed much to the preservation of his culture. With his close friend Harry Leman he spent many hours with linguists from Russia contributing to the soon-to-be-published dictionary. In his later years he contributed further research to Wayne Leman. He was the most proficient of the few remaining speakers. On a sunny day he would sit on his lawn in the village telling stories with Bobbie Oskolkoff, to preserve the history of his beloved village.

Louie was a cannery worker, commercial fisherman and clam digger. Louie had a wonderful way with words and often wrote beautiful letters to his sister, Ann, and his niece, Carla OBrian, who has more than 300 of these wonderful letters. For the past two years he resided at Stonebrook Inn where he was lovingly cared for by the Headman family.

Louie was preceded in death by his parents, as well as by brothers Michael, Patrick, Ponto, Jack and Emil Kvasnikoff, and Joe Curtis; and sisters, Irene Shivers, Katherine Kvasnikoff and Ann Geraghty.

Louie is survived by his brother Manuel Kvasnikoff and numerous nephews and nieces, and special friends, Lara McGinnis, Robin Probart and Arnold Oskolkoff.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Holy Transfiguration of Our Lord Church or the Ninilchik Library.

Arrangements were by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.