Mary Janice Bourdukofsky
Lifelong Alaskan Mary Janice Bourdukofsky, 59, passed away at ANMC on December 30, 2012.
A visitation will take place at 10:00 a.m. followed by a service at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 9, 2012 at St. Innocent’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral. Pallbearers will include Eugene Jr., George, Dion, Ben, Mark, and Michael Bourdukofsky, Raymond, Myron Jr., and Sean Melovidov, Jery Boy Buterin, Alvin Amason, Mel Elamin, Domanic Quick, and Algie Frisby. Mary Janice will be laid to rest following the services at 3:30 p.m. at Angelus Memorial Park Cemetery.
Mary Janice was born January 9, 1953 in St. Paul Island. She lived on St. Paul Island, graduating from Chemawa High School, later moving to Sitka in 1974 and Anchorage in 1998. She was a homemaker and caregiver, member of the Russian Orthodox Church and Sisterhood, shareholder of the Aleut Corporation, and a Tribal Member of the Aleut Community of St. Paul. Bishop Gregory of Alaska bestowed upon her the highest honor a parishioner can receive, the St. Herman Cross Award, for her long-time dedication to the church. Mary Janice especially enjoyed cooking, baking, crocheting, camping, fishing, and most of all spending time with family.
Family states, “Mary Janice was a loving wife, sister, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend. She loved the Lord, was a devoted member of the Russian Orthodox Church, and was very active in the sisterhood. Mary Janice enjoyed caring for grandchildren and was affectionately known as “Nanny” to many nieces and nephews. Her compassion for others showed through her warm welcome and open heart. Many became known as family through the bonds she created with them. She enjoyed long drives to those special fishing spots, camping and spending time with her family.”
Mary Janice is survived by her husband, Eugene Sr.; children, Eugene Jr. (Sharon), Rachel, and George (Rachael); grandchildren, Mitchel, Kyle, Chloe, John Jr., Domanic, David, Kaleb, and Jaydin; siblings, Judy Zinaida, Nellie, Frances, Zoya (Max), and Myron (Marie); mother-in-law Mary N. Bourdukofsky; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and Godchildren.
Mary Janice is preceded in death by parents Alexander and SuShane “Susie” Melovidov and brothers Raymond and Anthony Melovidov.