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Olga V. Klinghardt


Olga V. Klinghardt (nee Gregorovitch) was born in Ulan-Ude Siberia, Russia, Oct. 27, 1904. She died peacefully in her sleep of natural causes Feb. 24, 2005, at her home in South Lake Tahoe. She lived to celebrate her 100th birthday last October.

She was the third child of Benedict and Nadeshda Gregorovitch who lost their two sons in childhood. Olga had a younger sister, Tatiana, who preceded her in death 25 years ago. They lived in Russia until the Russian Revolution started, which drove her widowed mother and the two children to Harbin, China. There Olga spent her youth, married Herbert Klinghardt (now deceased), and gave birth to Nonna and Gary Klinghardt. She lived in Shanghai, China, where again she was displaced by the Chinese Communist Revolution. She spent two years in the Philippine island of Tubabau, along with many Russian immigrants, until she arrived to America in 1950 with her son Gary, where Nonna Katzenstein already lived with her husband and her two grandchildren. Olga had a second husband, Michael Petrushevsky, with whom she lived 30 years, until his death in 1999. Having lived in San Francisco 30 years, Olga retired to join Nonna, then of La Habra, Calif., and later moved with her to South Lake Tahoe, where she had lived since 1991.

She is survived by her daughter, Nonna K. Katzenstein of South Lake Tahoe; son, Gary Klinghardt of Meadow Vista, Calif.; grandchildren, Nick Katzenstein of Santa Barbara, John Katzenstein of Albany, Ore., Arlene Sue Wolfe of Lake Tahoe, Gary Klinghardt Jr. of Grass Valley, Calif., John Klinghardt of Cameron Park, Calif., and Robert Klinghadt of Venice, Calif. She was great-grandmother to 16 and great-great-grandmother to seven, with another expected next month.

Russian Orthodox priest Fr. Sergei Kapitan of Reno, Nev., will conduct funeral service at 11 a.m. Feb. 28 at McFarlane Mortuary, 887 Emerald Bay Road. Burial will follow at Happy Homestead Cemetery in South Lake Tahoe with a reception afterward at home with family and friends.

The family asks in lieu of flowers that donations be made in Olga Klinghardt’s name to Holy Royal Martyrs of Russia Orthodox Church, 1314 S. Arlington Ave., Reno NV 89509. May she rest in peace in Tahoe that she loved so well.

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