Vera Polly Meganack

Vera Polly Meganack

April 2, 1952-Oct. 22, 2015

Port Graham resident, Mrs. Vera Polly Meganack, 63, died Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015, at South Peninsula Hospital Long Term Care in Homer.  

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, 2015. at The Saint Herman of Alaska Russian Orthodox Church in Port Graham.  She will be laid to rest at the Port Graham Cemetery. 

Mrs. Meganack was born April 2, 1952, in Port Graham. She attended grade school up until the 8th grade. Vera has lived in Port Graham for most of her life. She lived in Kenai from 1990 to 2001. Vera worked for the Clarion newspaper, Little Caesars Pizza in K-Mart and Burger King in Kenai. She was a member of the Saint Herman of Alaska Russian Orthodox Church in Port Graham. Vera loved traditional foods and subsistence living. 

Her son, Arthur Meganack, wrote: “She loved a traditional lifestyle, traditional teaching and traditional foods. She would do anything for her children, including walking through blizzards to be with them. She tried to teach us a traditional lifestyle — all the traditional foods, medicine and language. Even though they treated her badly when we were kids, she taught us honor and respect and traditional foods, even though some of us didn’t really eat it.”

Her daughter, Anna Sue Ukatish, wrote: “She loved walking the beach from village to village and loved her grandchildren to death.”

Her daughter, Polly Moonin, wrote: “She loved all her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, her sisters, and all of the neighbor children.”

Her son, Ephim Moonin Jr., wrote: “She loved the company of her friends and family and always helped out whenever she could. She cared about all of her kids equally.”

“She will be loved and missed eternal,” her family wrote.

She was preceded in death by her father, Larry Meganack; mother, Polly Meganack; son, Ephim Moonin Jr. 

She is survived by her sisters, Feona Sawden of Port Graham and Fedora Hedrick of Homer; daughters, Anna Sue Ukatish of Nanwalek and Polly Moonin of Anchorage; sons, Arthur Moonin of Anchorage and Ephim Moonin Jr. of Soldotna (named after his older brother); and grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel & Crematory. Please visit her online guestbook at