Assen Zokoff(1921 - 2012)

Assen Zokoff


Assen Grueff Zokoff, 91, son of the late Gruio Zokoff Sredkoff and Raina Abadjieva Zokoff, died Sunday, October 7, 2012. He was born March 6, 1921 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

Upon suffering a debilitating stroke on Sept. 28, he passed away peacefully on Sunday morning Oct. 7, at his son's home where he was surrounded by his loving daughter, son, and grandson.

He survived the death of his wife, Annamaria Celiberti, who died from breast cancer in 1963. They met in Munich, Germany while attending the Techniche Hochschule University together before the start of WW II, and came to the US in 1951 as war refugees. After arriving in New York City, they settled in Pittsburgh, PA, where they both learned to speak English and raised their two children. He worked as an engineer in Pittsburgh and South Carolina before retiring from Fluor Daniel in 1987. He was an avid learner who loved history, playing chess, and teaching the seven languages he spoke fluently.

He suffered multiple strokes in 2004, but continued to live a healthy and meaningful life with his friends and family. He enjoyed his daily visits to Senior Action where he continued to make many new friends… he did not know a stranger.

He is survived by his son George Zokoff and grandson Aidan; and his daughter Karen, and her family: husband Warren, and children Annamaria, Ric, Josie, and Val Feist. He also welcomed new émigrés from Bulgaria to South Carolina and informally adopted the Ivanov family and their friends.

The family will receive friends 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday at Fletcher Funeral Service.

Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Friday at Prince of Peace Catholic Church. A reception will follow at the church.

The family wishes to thank the kind and attentive staff from Southern Care Hospice who helped with his care in 2012.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his name to the SC chapter of the and Senior Action, Orchard Park.

Published in The Greenville News on Oct. 10, 2012