Tavifa Petrovna Granchukoff
Sep 18, 1928 - Mar 22, 2016
Tavifa Petrovna Granchukoff died peacefully on March 22, 2016 in
Tavifa was born on September 18, 1928 in Novosibirsk, Siberia, Russia to Peter and Lubov Amegin. When she was 3 years old, the family moved to China where she lived until she was nearly 19 years old. She immigrated to California in 1948 and lived in the town of Bryte with her family. She married Ivan Granchukoff in 1951 and, together, they served the Lord faithfully in the church and in the Russian community, while working and raising their family.
Tavifa represented her Biblical namesake (Tabitha) with true kindness and a heart of service to many, especially the elderly who only spoke Russian, often driving them to appointments and serving as their translator. Wherever there was a need – whether it was visiting the sick, preparing meals or providing shelter and comfort in her own home – she served with joy and humility, never asking for anything in return.
After retirement in 1982, Tavifa and Ivan moved to Soap Lake, Washington, where they planted and grew a Russian church. After Ivan’s ordination, they continued their ministry in the city of Wenatchee, Washington. Tavifa spent countless hours assisting new Russian immigrants with their basic needs, translation and, even volunteering with the children in school. She received a commendation from the community for her selfless volunteering.
In 1996, Tavifa and Ivan moved back to Sacramento to be closer to their family.
She is survived by her six children, Vera, Helen, Peter, Zina, Anna & Veniamin, eleven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren, her brothers Alex and George Amegin and sister, Nida Lokteff. She is preceded in death by her husband, Ivan, her parents, Peter & Lubov Amegin, brothers Ben and Tony Amegin and sister, Leida Juedes.
Memorial service will be held at 7 pm on Monday, March 28, at 1st Slavic Baptist Church, 2925 Franklin Blvd. Graveside service will be held on Tuesday at 11 am at East Lawn Cemetery, 4300 Folsom Blvd, followed by a lunch at the 1st Slavic Baptist Church, 2925 Franklin Blvd.
Flowers and condolences may be sent c/o 2735 – 5th Avenue, Sacramento, (916) 596-8786.
Nightingale’s Funeral Home
1030 Del Paso Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95815