CHESTERLAND - Eugenia "Genny" Brakas, 91, passed away peacefully into eternal rest on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013, at her home with her loving family and caregiver by her side.
Genny was born on May 27, 1922, in Lithuania, the daughter of the late Felix Kobylinsky, violinist and conductor for Tsar Nicholas II, and niece of Eugine Kobylinsky, commandant of The Alexander Palace for the provisional government, and niece of Adele and Leonard of Russia. Genny's mother, Maria, and father escaped the turmoil of destruction surrounding the Romanov dynasty.
Genny's mother Maria passed when she was very young, and she was raised by her father and Anna, her loving stepmother.
Genny grew up in Lithuania and was known for being a beautiful and feisty blue-eyed blonde. She learned to play the violin from her father.
She married Adam John Brakas Jr. on Sept. 27, 1940, and enjoyed 71 years of marriage to Adam before his passing on July 18, 2012.
Adam and Genny emigrated to England with their son Adam (Adomas Benediktas), where Genny played second violin in the Barclays Bank Musical Society. They came to the United States in 1960, living in Buffalo, N.Y., where Adam worked at the Ford Motor Co. and Genny worked at two bakeries.
After retirement, they moved to Ohio to be closer to their son Adam, his wife, Marilyn, and their granddaughters.
Loving memories of Genny will be carried on by her son, Adam (Adomas Benediktas) Brakas of Chesterland; two granddaughters, Yvonne Jeanette Botsis (W. Thomas James) and Suzanne Denise Brakas; as well as two nephews, Vito Kabas and Valentine Kabas, both of Pennsylvania.
Genny was preceded in death by her parents, Felix and Maria Kobylinsky; stepmother, Anna; her husband, Adam; and two brothers, Benediktas Kobylinsky, born in 1919 in Petrograd, and Leonard Kobylinsky, born in 1925 in Lithuania.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Gattozzi and Son Funeral Home, 12524 Chillicothe Road, Chesterland, where friends may visit from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the James Funeral Home, 330-872-5440. This complete obituary may be viewed and condolences sent at www.jamesfuneralhomeinc.com.