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Obituary for Adele Koskosky Donchenko (Koskosky)

Adele Koskosky Donchenko was born on January 8, 1923 in LaSalle, Illinois, the daughter of Sophie and Stanley. Preceded in death by parents; husband of 63 years Fedor; brother Richard; and foster sister Rose. She died at 98 years of age on April 9, 2021. After graduating from the University of Chicago, Adele moved abroad with her friends and worked as a civilian for the U.S. Army in West Germany. Upon returning to the States, she and Fedor eventually settled in Minneapolis where they raised their two children. During her University of Chicago studies, she was a student worker on the Manhattan Project. Adele earned her Doctorate in Linguistics and had a lengthy and rewarding career as assistant professor of Slavic languages and literature at the University of Minnesota. She led numerous student trips to the former USSR and was the first dean of the Concordia College Russian Camp. 80 year member of the Slovene National Benefit Society (SNPJ), author and editor of numerous articles and texts. She was devoted to her church, St. Mary’s Orthodox Cathedral, where she served on the board, translated and volunteered in the library, and compiled the messenger. An avid reader, Adele was never without a book in hand. A special thanks to the staff at Chandler Place and Pearl Garden where Adele most recently resided. She is survived by her children, Nadia and Nicolai, special friend Romola, granddaughter and love of her life Natalya. Memory Eternal! Visitation at KOZLAK-RADULOVICH CHAPEL (1918 University Ave. NE) Wednesday, April 14, 2021 from 5-7 PM with Vigil Prayers (Parastas) at 7 PM. Funeral service at ST. MARY’S ORTHODOX CATHEDRAL (17th Ave. NE & 5th St.) Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 10 AM with visitation one hour prior. Interment St. Mary’s Orthodox Cemetery.