Sad Day in My Family

Today we got word that our cousin Vera Bogdanoff had died of complications from an aneurysm she had a few months ago. She was progressing well but had complications from an infection two days ago. Alex is my father’s nephew, my cousin. They were Molokan like my dad but left the Molokan church years ago to follow Christ more earnestly as did my parents. Vera was one of my relatives on my dad’s side that I could relate to and enjoy whenever I was around her. She will be missed dearly. They moved recently to Texas just before she had her aneurysm to be close to one of their daughters. My parents were just in Texas over Thanksgiving visiting my brother and his wife and they all were able to go to the convalescent home and visit her. They sang songs in Russian to her and she cried and mouthed some of the words with them. It was a sweet time.


This is a photo from 52 years ago on their wedding day. They were married in the Molokan church. It is the Molokan tradition that the groom and his extended family gather on the day of the wedding for a blessing and then go to the brides family home to pick her up (this is where the bride leaves her mother and father and clings to her husband) and go to the church for the wedding. There is always a married couple chosen to be the bride and grooms chaperons/escorts (best man and maid of honor type deal) My cousin Alex is in the middle of this photo flanked by my Uncle Bill and Aunt Nora who were his chaperons. I’m the littlest one on the front row with the coat on surrounded by my siblings and cousins. My dad and mom are next to my Aunt Nora in the back. Molokans still dress like this for church, weddings, and funerals.

My parents will be flying to the Dallas area for the funeral. We know that Vera is with her Savior and rejoicing. We are praying for her 2 daughters and son-in-laws, grandchildren and her husband, my cousin Alex who will miss her dearly.

Photobucket has blacked out all my photos I was storing on their site and they are holding them hostage. I am working on updating my more than 4000 posts.

About Ellen am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

16 thoughts on “Sad Day in My Family

  1. Hi Ellen,
    So sad, it took me by surprise.
    She was very special to me. She was there when I needed
    a shoulder to cry on.
    She will truly be missed.
    Vera is rejoicing with her Lord and Savior.
    Love to all, Vera

    Hi Vera, I’m glad the news reached you. Love you…

  2. So sorry to hear about your loss. She was a very pretty lady.
    This is my first time to your blog. I know that you have visited me many times and left comments, but your blog title is not listed on your profile page.
    Thank you for the comments and for leaving your blog address this time!

    Hi Suzy, Thank you for your comment and your visit. I’m glad you found me.

  3. I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I originally dropped by for WW, but felt it would be more appropriate to share my thoughts here.

    She sounded like a lovely lady.

    Carmi, Thank you…

  4. Love these pictures! In my google reader I can see the second one in its entirety – nothing gets cut off.

    The funeral is on Saturday. I wish I could go. She was one of my favorites – so spunky and full of love. She is singing loud and clear with her savior and in that I rejoice.

    Lana, yep…this is one funeral that I would have liked to be at, too.

  5. Jeanie had told me of the special ministry your family has- attending funerals, in support, and christian love. Bless you! I can tell she was a special lady by the sweet way you speak of her.
    The old photo was precious and so interesting. I just assumed that was the bride standing by the groom, not his chaperone.

    Kathy, yep it’s too bad we didn’t have a photo of him picking her up from her home! Did you pick out Jim in the front row?

  6. Hi Ellen,
    The news reached by your blog.
    I was watching the news and I felt I needed to
    check your blog and there it was.
    I know she is with the Lord and my parents.
    Mom and Dad asked the Lord to be their Savior
    at the Billy Graham Crusade in the 60’s and were
    baptised at Bethany.
    Love Me

    Vera, That was a great Crusade in 1963!

  7. Oh Ellen,

    It’s times like these that I am so thankful for God’s grace and the knowledge that this is not His final plan…you will see your aunt again one day! My prayers are with you and your family.

  8. Vera was a blessing to me. We worked together at Brethren Christian Schools in La Mirada for a few years. She will be missed by all. She also was my daughter’s cooking Teacher. Prayers to Alex and all the family.

    Lily Black
    Boise, Id

    Lily, I’m glad you found my post about Vera. Thank you for commenting and letting me know a little about how you knew Vera. Blessings on you and yours.

  9. Was she Vera Pete Kuznitzov?

    Hi Andrei, I’ll ask my parents what Vera’s maiden name was. I’m not sure…
    andrei, I just talked to my father and he says that Vera’s maiden name was Kuznitzov…

  10. Alex and family,
    Vera was a beautiful lady. God gave her the gift of hospitality and she was always gracious. I was looking forward to long conversations with her when we move to Texas but now that will have to wait until we meet in heaven, what a glorious day that will be! We loved her very much, she will be greatly missed.

    “The Lord bless you and keep you,
    the Lord make His face shine upon you and be
    gracious to you;
    the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.”

    Numbers 6:24-26

    Nick and Carol Urazoff

    Nick and Carol, Thank you for this lovely tribute you left here for Vera. I’ll forward this on to Val so she can pass it on to Alex and Lynn. blessings…

  11. Ellen

    I ran across your site and have had a good time looking it over. Your mother and father looked so familiar to me. When I saw the wedding photo from 52 years ago I knew why. I knew your Uncle John and Aunt Katsia many years ago. I think when they first came over to the US they stayed in my grandparents Stupin’s back house in South Gate. Over the years when I did go to church, she was always very, very nice to me and my children. I married “out”, so we were not very welcome. She always made sure we were welcome. Are they still alive? After meeting Katsia, my daughter as a child always said if she had a daughter she wanted to call her Katsia. She just loves the name. She has to convince her husband!
    When my Mom passed we wanted him to pray. They were always very close to my Mom and her family.

  12. Ellen – I stumbled across your website yesterday and after much browsing, I came across the notice of your cousin, Vera Bogdanoff, had passed away in 2007. When I was a child many, many years ago, she was my Sunday school teacher at the UMCA. I also remember seeing her and her two daughters, Debbie and Valia, at Big Church all the time where my parents too were members. She was always so kind to me at church that she left a lasting impression upon me to this day. I often wondered what ever happened to her and her family since they left the church. Thank you for your posting of her passing and adding a picture, it was nice to see her once again. God bless you and your family.


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