Anna Lekanof

  • "Anna was the most wonderful hostess, friend, business woman..."
    - Mary Lekanof
  • "My late husband Flore Lekanof Sr and I traveled to St. Paul..."
    - Mary Lekanof
  • "Our deepest sympathies to the family. Our prayers are with..."
    - Julia Lestenkof
  • "Memory Eternal. Our condolences to the family."
    - Brenda Jones
  • "Our condolences from Jill, Steve, Vincent, and Katie...."
    - Jill Fratis

Anna Victoria Lekanof died Feb. 23, 2011, in Anchorage.

Her family wrote, "Anna left this world for the next, having just celebrated her 86th birthday a week prior."

A funeral will be at at 2 p.m. Monday, with a visitation from 1-2 p.m., at St. Innocent's Russian Orthodox Church on Turpin Street.

She was born Feb. 15, 1925, and raised, on St. Paul Island and was a fluent speaker of the Unangam Tunuu language.

She and her husband loved the Orthodox Church and were excellent choir singers; her husband was the choir conductor. They sang beautifully in different languages, including Slavonic.

Anna and her husband, Stefan A. Lekanof, were married for 49 1/2 years, having met at Funter Bay during the World War II evacuation and internment of the people of the Aleutian and Pribilof Islands to Southeast Alaska. They owned and operated Steve and Anna's Curio Shop, as well as operated a taxi service, both on St. Paul. When they retired they moved to Anchorage. They went on vacations and enjoyed life together.

Anna had a great sense of humor. She loved to sing, to hear from and see family and friends. She also enjoyed reading magazines and comics, playing cards, and trying her luck.

She was loved deeply and she loved deeply and generously, taking care of her entire family whenever she could. She will be missed very much. May her memory be eternal.

Anna's husband and two sons departed this life before her: Stefan Lekanof Sr., Stefan Lekanof Jr. and Victor Lekanof; as did her brothers and sister, Terry Misikin, Victor Misikin, and Pauline White.

Survivors include her daughters, Carol Melovidov, Lena Johnson and Debbie Yahtin; sisters, Tina Krukoff and Erena Misikin; brother, Benjamin Misikin; grandkids, Adrian Melovidov Jr., Stefan Melovidov, Nekita Melovidov, Victor Melovidov, Beverly Melovidov, Johnny Alger, Jodie Alger, Jolene Lekanof, Shawnetta Yahtin, Lillie Yahtin, Veronica Lekanof, Michelle Lekanof; and many great-grandchildren and great-great- grandchildren.

Arrangements are with Janssen's Evergreen Memorial Chapel;

Published in Anchorage Daily News from Feb. 26 to Feb. 27, 2011