Alexander Braszko, Sr.August 6, 1937 ~ September 25, 2019 (age 82)
Alexander Braszko was born on August 6, 1937 to Ivan Braszko and Zinovia Stenenko in the former Soviet Union in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. On September 25, 2019, at the facility where he had lived for his last five weeks, Alexander peacefully reposed in the Lord with his wife and younger daughter by his side.
Caught up in WWII, Alexander and his mother embarked upon an amazing journey from Russia to Germany. In Munich they lived Stateless in a Displaced Persons Camp until his mother met and married a Navy Officer. They eventually relocated to Brussels where Alexander lived until immigrating to the US (Massachusetts) at the age of 19 through the Tolstoy Foundation.
Alexander served in the US Army first as Enlisted for nine years and then as an Officer until his retirement. While Enlisted, his most memorable assignments were in Thailand and Laos and, since 2014, he was a member of the Thailand Laos Cambodia Brotherhood (an organization for those who served in the Secret War). After gaining proficiency in English, becoming a Naturalized Citizen and attending college, he was accepted to and graduated from Officer Candidate School, Fort Benning, GA and retired eleven years later as a US Army Signal Corps Major. In 1967-68 he was assigned to Vietnam where he was awarded the Air Medal and Bronze Star. For the past seven years, he had been a member of a loving and supportive local group of Combat Veterans (Korean and Vietnam Wars both Army and Marines). During his military career, in addition to Thailand and Laos, he also served in the Democratic Republic of the Congo as a Military Attaché, Germany, and Korea and in the US in Georgia, Washington State, California, Texas, Maryland and New Jersey.
After retiring from the military, Alexander’s fluency in French enabled him to live and work in Constantine, Algeria for a year and travel extensively throughout North Africa. Upon his return to the US, he began a 22 year Civil Service career in Telecommunications living in Germany, Virginia, and New Jersey until retiring and moving to Colorado Springs in 2001.
Alexander was fluent in five languages and enjoyed having lively conversations with people in all five of them. He also enjoyed reading, traveling, cooking, entertaining, writing and interior decorating. He loved socializing with his gregarious Slavic friends in Colorado and on the East and West Coasts. He was grateful for his amazing neighbors who were always there for him. He loved his family most of all. He considered Gary, Chuck and Sobi his brothers. The most influential person in his life was his maternal Grandmother Babushka Euphemia Stenenko, a loving and religious Ukrainian woman, who instilled in him his Orthodox Christian Faith.
Alexander was predeceased by his parents, his son Nicolas and Nicolas’ son Martin, and a brother-in-law (Sophia’s youngest brother). He is survived by his wife Sophia of 39 years, his first wife Anna and three of their four children- first born Catherine, Natalie (Eric) and Alexander, Jr. (Jessie)- nine grandchildren, his half-sister who lives in Belgium, a niece who lives in France, and his wife Sophia’s two surviving brothers, a sister-in-law, three nephews, a niece and many grandnephews and grandnieces.
A Funeral Service was held on October 2, 2019 at St. Alexander Nevsky Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Howell, NJ. Interment followed at St. Vladimir’s Russian Orthodox Cemetery in Jackson, NJ which included Military Honors. Pominki followed Interment at the Lakehurst Diner. The Nine Day Panikhida was held at Our Lady of Tikhvin Church in Howell, NJ. The Forty Day Panikhida was held at Holy Theophany Orthodox Church in Colorado Springs, CO as well as separately in other States by his loving children.
Memorial contributions in Alexander’s honor may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Wounded Warrior Project or any of the Churches listed above.
May Alexander’s memory be eternal!