Putnam – Alina Stack-Stakniene, 91, of Thurber Rd., died peacefully Wednesday, April 8, 2015, in Matulaitis Nursing Home. She was the loving wife of the late Edward Stack.
Born in Kaunas, Lithuania, the daughter of the late Dr. Juozas and Emilija (Leonaite) Pajaujis. Alina was raised in southern France, studied Lithuanian and Romance Pholology, Philosophy, Existentialism, and History of Art at the University of Vytautas D in Kaunas, Tubingen University in Germany (where she was one of the founders of the academic movement “Sviesa” and editor of the journal bearing its name), then completed a Master’s Degree in French Literature at Columbia University (1949). She received a second Master’s degree in Informational Sciences from St. John’s University in 1972.
Mrs. Stack-Stakniene taught foreign languages and library sciences as a teacher for the City of New York. She was editor of Lituanus Lithuanian Quarterly Journal, and contributed many articles to numerous Lithuanian periodicals “Literaturos Lankai”, “Akiraciai”, “Aidai”, “Draugas”, “Metai”, “Metmenys”, “Literatura ir Menas”. She was a member of PEN, AABS, the Lithuanian Wrtiters’ Society, and of the Institute of Lithuanian Studies.She enthusiastically appreciated music, art and poetry, loved Nature and enjoyed being in the outdoors.
Alina is survived by her daughters, Lillian Hayden and her husband Frank of Seaford, NY, and Audrey Stack of Falmouth, ME; her sister, Danute Anonis of Rego Park, NY; her grandchildren, Dawn Witman, Frank Hayden, and Christopher Staknys and her great grandchildren Olivia Witman, Ella Witman, and Charlotte Alina Hayden.
Relatives and friends are invited to Funeral Mass of Christian Burial for Alina on Tuesday April 14, 2015 at 10:45am in Transfiguration Church, 64-14 Clinton Ave, Maspeth, NY 11378 followed by burial in St. Charles Cemetery, Farmingdale, NY. For memorial guestbook please visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.