Nina Meinhard

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Nina (Milovidova
Grinich) Meinhard

Feb. 5, 1926 - Jan. 26, 2014


Nina was born in Prague, which is now part of the Czech Republic, on February 5, 1926 to Peter and Helen Milovidov. Nina's upbringing was steeped in the language, culture and history of the old, pre-revolutionary Russia. Nina's parents' families were torn apart by the Russian Civil War and ensuing communist regime, but Nina was adored and well cared for by her Prague family and the Prague Russian community. Nina studied in French and Russian schools in Prague and showed exceptional abilities as an artist and in speaking and comprehending many languages. After being forced to suspend her studies during the German occupation of Czechoslovakia during World War II, Nina attended the Sorbonne in France and graduated from Charles University in Prague. In 1949, Nina married an American exchange student, Victor Grinich. After their Prague wedding they ventured to the University of Washington and later Stanford where Victor completed his studies. In California, Nina excelled at being a mother, housewife and efficient and loving manager of the household and kids. While raising her family, she also earned her Master's Degree from Stanford in 1969. After the death of Nina's father, her mother moved to California and was cared for by Nina until her mother's death in 1989. Nina remained a proud resident of California loving the weather and lifestyle until she moved to Willamette View in Portland in 2009. Nina loved keeping a spotless home, traveling to many countries, visiting friends all over the world and attending the opera in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York. She was a huge fan of Placido Domingo and was often included back stage following the performance. Nina was thrilled to travel to Russia in 1992,1997 and 2003 to finally meet and visit her aunt and namesake, Nina, her cousins, including her first cousin Alexey Boshkov, whom she considered the brother she never had, as well as many other delightful relatives. After a life well lived, Nina is survived by her children Nicholas Grinich (Kelli) of McMinnville, Oregon, Philip Grinich, of Santa Cruz, California and Anita Grinich (Ed McReynolds), of Hood River, Oregon, and Nick and Kelli's children Michael, Erin and Stephen. The family appreciates the professional and loving care provided by the wonderful caregivers at the Willamette View Health Center where Nina died of natural causes. Donations appreciated in Nina's memory to the Russian Children's Welfare Society, 16 West 32 Street, #405, New York, NY 10001 main@rcws.org.


Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Feb. 2, 2014
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