Rylene Oskolkoff

  • "rylene. the pain is easing and i know it is because you are..."
    - Elizabeth McLaughlin
  • "It's been a month without you..It gets harder and harder..."
    - Dakota Wilkerson
  • "I love you so much Rylene. Love, Mom."
    - Elizabeth Oskolkoff
  • "To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say... but..."

Rylene Arnell Oskolkoff, 14, of Kenai died Nov. 2, 2010, from injuries sustained in a car accident in Kenai.

A funeral will be at noon Saturday at Holy Transfiguration of Our Lord Russian Orthodox Church in Ninilchik. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Father Thomas Andrew will officiate. Pallbearers are Ed Salzar, Chase Lee, Joshua Liedes, Landon Beatty, Allen N. Oskolkoff and Allen D. Oskolkoff. A celebration of life will be after the burial at Ninilchik Fairgrounds. Her family requests attendees dress for inclement weather.

Rylene was born Aug. 24, 1996, in Soldotna. She was in the eighth grade and attended Kenai Middle School.

Rylene was active in Native Youth Olympics, worked on the school yearbook committee and played basketball. She also sang in the choir at Holy Assumption Church and loved to volunteer whenever possible at her church. She spent several summers volunteering at the Kenaitze Indian Tribe Senior Center helping to serve meals and clean up afterward, and for several years volunteered to help grow flowers for the senior center.

Rylene loved growing flowers and vegetables, walking on the beach searching for special rocks, and driving the riding lawn mower. She found everything in life an adventure. Her love for family was very evident and she loved to search for and prepare special recipes for holiday dinners.

Rylene loved people and they in return remember her as the girl who always had a smile and a hug to share. Rylene had the special ability to make the world a fun place to be, filling it with giggles and laughter. She was always there to lend a helping hand or a caring ear to anyone who needed her, from babies and peers to elders.

Rylene is survived by her parents, Elizabeth Oskolkoff and Don Eide Jr.; sisters, Natalya Oskolkoff, Mavra Oskolkoff, Heather Loftis-Eide and Briana Eide; grandparents, Arnold and Bobbie Oskolkoff and Don and Ella Eide Sr.; aunts, Cynthia Oskolkoff and Zoya Oskolkoff; uncles, Warren Eide and Daniel Eide; and numerous great-aunts, uncles and cousins.

Arrangements are with Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

Published in Anchorage Daily News from Nov. 19 to Nov. 20, 2010