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Sava Stephan

January 18, 1920 - June 1, 2013 <-

Beloved “Chudda”, Sava Stephan Sr, age 93, passed away peacefully late June 1st surrounded by his family at ANMC.

A service will be held Tuesday June, 4th, from 3:30-5:30 at Evergreen Memorial and a second service will be held Wednesday June 5th at Saint Nicholas Orthodox Church in Tyonek, Alaska.

Sava was born January 18th, 1920 in Susitna Station, Alaska, to Anderson and Inca Stephan. Sava and his father Anderson moved to Tyonek, Alaska, a small fishing village 50 miles Southwest of Anchorage, when he was just a boy.

A fisher/trapper by trade, in his free time Sava was an acclaimed traditional Native dancer, and spent all his life devoted to the Russian Orthodox Church. In recognition of his devotion to the church, he was given the title of “Starista” or caretaker of the church.

In addition to his service with the Russian Orthodox churches in Alaska, he was instrumental to preserving the Dena’ina language. He worked closely with the Alaska Native Language Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Sava contributed to several books detailing the history and culture of the Dena’ina people.

He is survived by his son and daughter in law, Isaac and Ellen Stephan. Grandchildren Ruth, Becky, and Shawn Stephan, Michael Stephan and Theresa Cooper, Justin Stephan and Juliana Crandall. Great grandchildren, Breanna and Alex Stephan, Joanna Raduege, Christian and Crystal Cooper, Amanda Stephan, and Sava Crandall. Great great grandchild Malichi Stephan.

Sava was preceded in death by wife Annie Stephan. Sons Ralph and Sava Jr., and daugter Agrefina.

His Pallbearers will be Leonard Allowan, Steve Stephan, Art Standifer, Max Chickalusion, Howard Chickalusion, and Justin Stephan. Honorary pallbearers will be Max Chickalusion Sr, Bill Standifer Jr, Stan Mishakoff, Shawn Stephan, Slim Stephan, Lawrence McCord, Ray MccCord, Harold McCord, Joe Standifer, and Daniel Standifer.

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