Matushka Lubova Oskolkoff, 71, fell asleep in the Lord on Thursday, March 15, 2012 at the Alaska Native Medical Center here.
Born Donna Lee Gregorieff in Elemar, AK on June 29, 1940, she was raised primarily by her grandparents Elizabeth and Philip Borodkin and her sister Sylvia Allen in Tatitlek Village, AK. She is remembered as being “the Best Sunday School Teacher.” She was introduced there to her husband of 49 years, the late Archpriest Simeon Oskolkoff, by His Grace, the late Bishop Amvrossy. They were married on January 28, 1962.
Matushka Lubova was widely known for the love she displayed because, in addition to her children, she extended her family to include parishioners all across Alaska. She was a quiet but strong Native leader. Having faced her family’s health issues as well as her own, she made a point of visiting Elders, those in the hospital, and in nursing homes. She was always ready to help people through their difficult circumstances by listening. She didn’t preach, but always offered words of comfort or had a shoulder to lean on.
She is survived by her children, Ann-Marie and Gregory Oskolkoff, and her sisters Devona Jensen and Sylvia Allen. She also leaves behind many of the loved ones she and Father Simeon had the pleasure to serve.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 21, from 11:00 a.m. until noon at Saint Innocent Cathedral, 401 Turpin St., Anchorage. The Panikhida will follow the viewing. Funeral services and interment will be celebrated 1:00 p.m. Thursday, March 22, at Holy Transfiguration of Our Lord Church, Ninilchik.
In lieu of flowers, donations for Matushka’s burial expenses may be sent c/o Saint Innocent Cathedral, 6724 East 4th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99504.
May Matushka Lubova’s memory be eternal!