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Alexandra Ozolins

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Alexandra Ozolins
Alexandra Ozolins, 89, passed away Jan. 30, 2009.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Alexandra was born in Liepaja, Latvia on Dec. 6, 1919, the daughter of

Goergi and Biruta Maronovs.

She was majoring in Philosophy and History at the University of Riga when

the Second World War threw her life into chaos.

After losing her husband, Harry Smelis, she fled her homeland with her 82

year old grandmother, mother, and newborn daughter to evade the advancing

Russian Army and subsequent 70-year Russian occupation.

She and her family crossed through war torn Eastern Europe on foot during

the frenzied last months of the war. She also survived the fire bombing of

Dresden and other horrors of the war.

At the end of the war she and her family were forced to live in a refugee

camp in Wolterdingen, Germany for eight years and were designated as

"Displaced Persons".

During her time in the refugee camp she met Dr. Julius Ozolins and


In 1953, the Nazareth Lutheran Church in Cedar Falls sponsored her family

into the United States.

In 1954, Alexandra and her family moved to Spencer where she spent the rest

of her life raising her six children; Marina, Uwe, David, Elina, Maija, and

Paul. Her family grew to include three son-in-laws and one daughter-in-law.

She had seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

She was active in the community as PTA president and working with People for