V. Rev. Fr. Aleksandar
Bonita Springs, FL
V. Rev. Fr. Aleksandar, 91, of Bonita Springs, passed away May 26, 2009 at Joanne's House in Bonita Springs. He was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1915. He was a survivor of Dachau Concentration Camp. He was beaten and tortured by the communists and his faith never faltered. He was dear friends of St. Nikolai Velimirovich. He also knew Drasa Michailovich, a freedom fighter against Communism. He saved thousands of Jews from Germany's genocide.
He received his law degree in Budapest then went to Belgrade where he enrolled in theological school. He was classmates and good friends with Patriarch Pavle. He married his wife, Djurgina, on December 23, 1941 in the cathedral in Belgrade. He was ordained August, 1942 at St. Andrea. In 1945 he went to Serbia Novisad and served several parishes.
In 1966 he came to America where he served at St. Savas Monastery in Libertyville, OH until 1988. After leaving Ohio, he served at St Katherine's Greek Orthodox Church for many years.
He is survived by his wife, Djurgina; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a sister in Budapest.
He was preceded in death by his son, George.
He was one of six children and his youngest sister is still alive in Budapest.
Divine Liturgy will be held on Thursday, May 28th at 9:00 a.m. at St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church, 7100 Airport Pulling Road in Naples with his Eminence Metropolitan Alexios of Atlanta and other area clergy officiating, followed by his funeral at 11:00 a.m.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m with a Trisagion Service at 7: 00 p.m. at St. Katherine Church.
Interment will be at Naples Memorial Gardens.
Naples Memorial Funeral Home and Cemetery
Published in Naples Daily News on May 27, 2009.