Elena Fortuna, 92, Russian immigrant, mother of five, a woman dedicated to God

By on July 20, 2016

Elena (Zabuzhnaya) Fortuna, 92, formerly of Russia, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, at her home in Akron, on Friday, July 15, 2016.

She was born Feb. 20, 1924 in Amovir Krasnodorski Kray, Russia, the daughter of the late Zacharaya and Matrona Zabuzhnaya; and was the wife of the late Nickolay Fortuna, who passed away in 2001.

In the year 1929, her family was deported to South Kazachtnan, and she barely survived from starvation. After World War II, she married in 1946. In 1955 they moved to Bornaul, Russia. In 1957 they moved to Nahodka, Russia, and lived there until 1988, and in that year their family moved to America as refugees. In her whole life she was a dedicated woman to God.

Elena is survived by five children: Sveta Fortuna of Russia, Lyubov and Sergey Dubinin, Peter and Anna Fortuna, Lena and Vladimir Novikov, and Lilliya Fortuna; 13 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by three brothers: Zhora, Meta, and Ivan.

Services were held July 19 at Bethany Slavic Church, Ephrata, with Pastor Oleg officiating. Interment will take place in the Mount Zion Evangelical Cemetery in Akron.

Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes Inc., Akron/Ephrata. Online condolences can be given at stradlingfuneralhome.com.

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