Vera Kencis


Vera Kencis, 93, of Rangeley,Maine died Saturday morning, Feb. 7, 2015, at the Sandy River Center for Healthcare and Rehabilitation. She was born Vera Assur on Feb. 27, 1921, in Riga, Latvia. She left Latvia when the Soviets invaded and went to Germany. There she stayed, during WWII, and later became an interpreter for the US Army for the next several years.

She emigrated to the USA with her husband and two daughters in 1952. For the next 56 years, she lived in New Jersey at which time her third child, a son, was born. During this time in New Jersey, she was employed for 25 years by Ethicon, Inc. (a branch of Johnson & Johnson), retiring in 1986. In 2008, she moved to Rangeley to be closer to her daughter, Tamara.

She was educated in Latvia and was fluent in four languages: Latvian, Russian, German and English. She was an accomplished artist: loom weaving tapestry wall hangings and rugs, water colors and oil painting.

In her retirement years, Vera used her talents as a translator to translate Russian Orthodox Christian spiritual literature. She translated several works from Russian for the first time into English. Most notable was The Royal Way of the Cross of the Lord, which was published by Monastery Press, Wildwood, Alberta, Canada.

She is survived by her three children: Daughters Leonora Florian of Princeton, NJ; Tamara Richel of Rangeley and Archpriest Andrew Kencis, of Wildwood, Alberta, Canada; and three grandchildren: Tanya Good of Florence, NJ; Justin Richel of Rangeley and Anna Williams of Leduc County, Alberta, Canada and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, February 13, 2015 at the Holy Dormition of the Virgin Mary, Wildwood, Alberta. Interment to follow in St Vladimir Cemetery, Chip Lake, Alberta

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