Angelina Wasilov passed away peacefully on June 16 at Keowee Place Senior Living in Salem SC. She was 91.
She was born and survived her early years in a forced labor camp in Tashkent USSR where her father (a doctor) was sentenced for not joining the communist party. She lost seven brothers and sisters during those ten years and in the end was the only one of eight who survived. After his 10 years was completed, Angie's father was taken away never to be seen again. What followed for Angie and her mother were years of being refugees traveling across Russia and Ukraine trying to survive. Her mother Julia ( a registered physicians assistant ) was always able to find some work in a medical facility but they seldom had enough to get by on.
Then came the war. Angie and Julia ended up in a number of German forced labor camps. At the end of the war her life changed forever. Liberated by the US Armed Forces, Angie met the love of her life Victor Wasilov. Married by a US Army Chaplain in Germany, Angie and Victor, along with Julia and Victor's parents, brother Anatoli and their then two year old son Victor Jr. immigrated to the US via the kindness of a Mennonite Church sponsorship. Prior to leaving Germany, Angie and Victor had another son who did not survive and was buried in Germany. What followed was 68 years of good health, prosperity, a third son Alex, two much loved daughter-in-laws (Jane and Irene), three grandchildren (Sasha, Lara and Nicholas), three great grand children (Mackenzie, Sophia and Alexandra) and a deep love for her church and country that gave her so much. Everyone who knew her loved her. She has so many friends that will miss her. Those who knew her know that she is not gone from our lives. Her spirit, guidance and love will endure forever. Angie has now transitioned to an eternal life filled peace and serenity.
Church services followed by the funeral will be held at Saint Mary's Russian Orthodox Church and Saint Vladimir's Orthodox Cemetery both located at 316 Cassville Road in Jackson, NJ 08527 on Thursday June 21st starting at 10:30 am.