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Natasha Gralenski


1930 - 2012 Obituary Condolences
Natasha (Natalie) Derujinsky Gralenski a longtime resident of Bennington died Thursday May 24, 2012 at the Vermont Veterans Home. Natasha was born in Manhattan on February 18, 1930, she was the daughter of well known sculptor Gleb W. Derujinsky and her mother Alexandra Michaeloff, who was related to Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov . She grew up in New York where she graduated from Julliard School of Music and embarked on a music career that centered on classical piano. She used Natalie Derjinsky as her professional name. As a concert pianist, she travelled much of Europe, Russia and North America, as her musical career began winding down she transitioned into academia to teach English and writing at the college level.
Natasha had a wonderful career, she began playing piano at age 4 and at age 16 was published in The New York Times. In addition to her worldwide performances, she performed locally at North Adams State College, Green Mountain College and with The Vermont Symphony Orchestra. She cherished listening to classical music, especially Bach and Chopin, she loved reading fine books and authored three of her own novels. She loved studying history and working in her flower gardens. She had donated several of her father's sculptures to charity including a Lillian Gish statue to the Smithsonian Museum and pieces to the Vatican in Rome. She had been a friend of Bill W. for 30 years.
She leaves her husband Raymond Gralenski, a very talented painter, of Bennington, brother in law Thomas Gralinski of Huntington, MA, sister in law Sue Gralinski of West Springfield, MA, niece Andrea Derujinsky and her longtime faithful canine companion Sammy. She was predeased by her brother Gleb Derujinsky Jr. a famed photographer for Harper's Bazzar from 1950-1968.
Her Memorial Service will be held on Monday June 4 at 11am from St. Peters Episcopal Church with Reverend Paul Gratz officiating.
Memorial gifts may be made in her memory to the Vermont Veterans Home Patient Activities Fund in care of the Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, 213 West Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201.
To send personal e-mail condolences to the family, please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.
The family would like to give personal thanks to the staff at the Vermont Veterans Home and Centers For Living and Rehabilitation for their kindness, patience and caring over the last few years
Published in Bennington Banner on May 30, 2012
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