Svaja is Lithuania's first ever honorary consul in Alaska
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Laiduotuves siandien, Antakalnio kapinese in Vilnius.
Burial today in Antakalnio Cemetery in Vilnius.
He was a very generous, joyful person who loved his family and his country above all else, and his inimitable voice resonated with emotion. He will be missed.
According to Wikipedia, Talkeetna Air Taxi (est. 1947), originally called Talkeetna Air Service, is an Alaska-based flight company. It operates wheel-ski equipped bush planes [and helicoptors] and is one of less than a half-dozen air services with a permit to land in Denali National Park. Historically business included supply runs to remote homesteads and prospecting claims—though in the past decade traffic has been primarily tourist and climber related [and cabin runs]. Originally started by the legendary Don Sheldon of Alaska, it was bought by Paul Roderick, a 3rd generation Lithuanian-American. Paul's father's family's patronym was originally Radzevicius. Somehow that became "Roderick." Paul is the owner and operations manager and pilot extraordinaire as were famous Lithuanian aviators Darius and Girenas.
The book club that I belong to in Anchorage, Alaska,--the No Angst Book Club meaning you don't have to read the book to come and chat, chose Ruta Sepetys' Between Shades of Gray for this month, and all who came had read it and liked it saying they learned a lot about Lithuania's history from it, and now Lietuva is on their radar screens :)