My father, Stephan Klevac passed away peacefully in his sleep on July 17th. He was 90 years old. There were many difficult moments in his life. He lived through the famines of the 1930s as a child. In 1949, his father was exiled to Siberia as a result of Stalinist repression. The family went hungry for many years due to the loss of livelihood that this caused. However, there were many good events. Born in a Romanian village, he received a scholarship and graduated from the Romanian lyceum. Later, he received a Ph.D. degree from Leningrad University and worked as a professor at Chisinau University teaching physiology and physical education. As an elite athlete, he participated in all-Union rowing competitions when he was a student at the university. He raised two sons and a daughter. He was a devoted father and made sure that we all got the best education. He leaves five grandchildren whom he also loved very much. On his 90th birthday, his granddaughter Vera was born. We find this to be a significant event and Verochka will always remind us of him. My father enjoyed cooking and was a great cook; we all remember his delicious meals. His also loved to read books; he especially loved poetry and used to read poems aloud to everyone who would listen. He enjoyed traveling and visited many countries. He lived in the US with us since 2000.
Dad, rest in peace; we know that you are in a better place now. We all love you and you will always be remembered.
My father’s first wife: Galina
My father’s second wife: Nina
My father’s children: Anna, Dmitry and Egor.
Anna’s spouse: Eugene
Dmitry’s spouse: Julia
Egor’s spouse: Rebecca
My father’s grandchildren: Nastasia, Daniel, Mitchell, Andrew, and Vera.