Svaja Vansauskas Worthington of Chugiak speaks to Alaskastar.com about her Lithuanian heritage and her job as an Honorary Consul of Lithuania in Alaska.
“Lithuania has been a big part of my life always,” Alaskastar.com quotes Worthington saying. “I always have been aware of it. It was my first language. Before I became consul, I taught my children and grandchildren the culture of Lithuania.”
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Mrs. Svaja Vansauskas Worthington has been appointed recently as a Lithuanian Honorary Consul for the State of Alaska. She was born into a prominent family in Lithuania, but grew up in the United States. Svaja did not see her home country until 1999, more than 50 years after leaving it during the war, when she returned for her grandparents’ and aunt’s reburial ceremony. She has made many trips to it since then, always feeling a strong attachment to its people and land.