Leda Evanovna (Shadura Schmidt) Taradonova

Leda Evanovna (Shadura Schmidt) Taradonova 

March 14, 1920 – Sept. 14, 2013

Longtime Kenai resident Leda Evanovna Shadura Schmidt Taradonova, passed away Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She was 93.

A panikhida service was at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, at Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai. Funeral services will be held in Seattle, Wash. and she will be buried at Evergreen-Washelli Cemetery in Seattle.

She was born in Vladivostok, Russia, on March 14, 1920. Leda fled from Russia to Japan and finally arrived in Seattle where she attended school graduating from the Seattle Business University in 1943. She met Alexander Shadura and traveled to Seldovia then homesteaded in the Kalifornsky Beach area. She setnetted for many years where in later years she married Robert Schmidt. Together, they were part owners of a fish processing plant. 

Leda continued to contribute to the community for decades. She was one of the first Democratic party treasurers after statehood, helped the community establish medical care and as a translator for the Russian community in several social service capacities. A devoted member of the Russian Orthodox Church, she volunteered as a service to the church and received recognition from the Bishop of Alaska as a servant of the faith and a member of the church. 

Leda enjoyed music, embroidery and cooking. Many will remember her as a giving and sharing person who was there to help others in need. Our families will miss her warm heart and wonderful love she so selflessly shared with all that came to know her. Share in our prayers and remember Leda as the energetic person who enjoyed life, cherished her family and gave sunshine to all that were lucky to have known her. 

Leda was preceded in death by her previous husbands, Alexander Shadura and Robert Schmidt, her mother, Olga Hettel, and brothers, John Taradonova and Edward Hettel.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Paul II and Virginia Shadura, and their children, Paul III and Christina Shadura, all of Kenai; daughter, Natalia Potebnya-Shadura, her daughter, Nicole Potebnya, and Nicole’s son, William, all of Olympia; daughter and son-in-law, Tamara and Lonnie O’Neal of Bellingham, Wash., and their daughter Katie O’Neal of San Diego, Calif.; and daughter and son-in-law, Leda and Robert Barnes and their children, John, Sasha and Joseph Barnes, all of Olympia, Wash.

Condolences may be sent to P.O. Box 3084, Kenai, AK 99611

Arrangements were by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.

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