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LAMBERSON Former longtime Alaska resident LC Lamberson, 84, died Aug. 11, 2010, in Tucson, Arizona from cancer. According to his wishes, there will be no memorial service. His ashes will be scattered in Resurrection Bay at a later date.LC was born Oct. 1, 1925, in rural Arkansas, near McCrory. He was the eighth of 10 children born to Rob and Maggie Lamberson. He attended high school in Cotton Plant, Ark., where he played basketball and football.After high school, LC enlisted in the Army and served in Japan during post-WWII reconstruction. In 1949 he married Doris Yarbrough, and in 1951 the couple moved to San Diego. In February of 1952 they drove to Alaska and settled in Seward, where LC worked for Standard Oil. He narrowly survived the 1964 earthquake in Seward as he ran from the Standard Oil docks uphill to safety. The docks slid to the bottom of the bay. In 1965 he and his family moved to Anchorage, and in 1981 he retired from Chevron after 28 years of service. He enjoyed travelling, fishing, golfing and gardening. After living in Alaska for 50 years, he moved to Tucson, Ariz., in 2002.LC is survived by his wife, Toots (Valera) of Tucson; brother and sister-in-law Morris and Cynthia Lamberson of Conroy, Ark.; sister Monnie Cole of San Diego; son and daughter-in-law Eric and Terry Lamberson of Anchorage; daughter and son-in-law Ann and George Riggs of Palmer; daughter Chellie Miller of Wasilla; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Trudy E. Lamont, 26, of Anchorage, Alaska died July 1, 1999 at her residence. Mrs. Lamont was born June 27, 1973 in Soldotna, Alaska. She is survived by her husband William Lamont Jr.; sons Billy and Joey; daughter Desirae; mother Scharlott Curtis; brothers Jason and Ruben Curtis; sisters Jolene Curtis and Amber Gardner
LANMAN Gaylor Lee Lanman, 62, died Feb. 20, at Wesley Rehabilitation Care Center in Seward. Mr. Lanman was born in Anchorage. He is survived by his son, Jeff Babbitt; sisters, Kathy Johnson and Bonnie Croskrey; and brothers, Jesse Lanman and Gary Stevig.
LaROCHE Anchorage resident Sheila Marie Devlin LaRoche, 58, died Jan. 23, 2006, at Providence Alaska Medical Center.
A service will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Witzleben's Bragaw Chapel, 1707 S. Bragaw St. Ms. LaRoche was born Jan. 15, 1948, in South Boston, Mass. She lived in Alaska from 1964 until 1981. She returned in 1995 and lived in Anchorage. She worked as a chef and was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church. Family wrote: "Sheila was very active and devoted to the church and volunteered her time lovingly to church functions. She enjoyed fishing, water skiing and traveling. "Sheila was a devoted mother and grandmother who enjoyed life to its fullest. Although illnesses slowed her down early in life, she let the Lord strengthen her to carry on longer than most could have. She will be very missed by all." Ms. LaRoche is survived by her daughter, Ann Chism; son, Stephen Daniels; grandchildren, Alexandria Yancey, MaryAnn Daniels, Mercedes LaBrie, Stephen Daniels and Stephanie Daniels; sisters, Diane Madden and Loretta Burke; brothers, James Devlin and George Devlin; and nieces and nephews in Massachusetts. She was preceded in death by her mother, Maryann Burke Parker; father, Charles Devlin; stepfather, James Parker; brother, Charles Devlin Jr.; and grandson, Andrew LaBrie. Memorial tributes may be made at Arrangements are with Witzleben Family Funeral Homes.
LaVALLEY-JORDAN Anchorage resident Marian Marguerite LaValley-Jordan, 82, died Aug. 7, 2010, at her home.A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 2301 Strawberry Road.Marian was born Aug. 4, 1928, to Edmond T. and Florence (Wood) LaValley in Marquette, Mich. She was 7 years old when she came to Alaska with her family from Michigan as part of the Matanuska Valley Colony Group in 1935. She shared many fond memories of frontier living. One memory often told was of Wiley Post and Will Rogers visiting her family homestead the day before their tragic plane crash. Marian loved Alaska, the beauty, the wildlife, the adventure and the uniqueness of the land.Marian was raised in Wasilla and lived for a short time in Oklahoma and Texas, as well as Seward and Kodiak, before making Anchorage her home. She went to school in Wasilla and took various business courses at Anchorage Business College. She did waitress work, bookkeeping and accounting and was a business owner until her retirement.Her family wrote: "As one of the Jehovah's Witnesses she loved talking to people about God's kingdom and all the blessings she has received. She often commented that she felt she had a good life. She looked forward to the future when her dream of living in Paradise on earth would be fulfilled, where there will be no more pain, sorrow or death, and God will wipe away all tears."She will be missed by her family and many friends."Marian is survived by her husband, Daniel Jordan of Anchorage; daughter and son-in-law, Lois and Chris Fedele of Anchorage; son and daughter-in-law, Robert Jr. and Grazia Howell of Virginia; 11 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; sister, Ethelyn Williams of Oregon; and many nieces, nephews and other family members.Arrangements are with Anchorage Funeral Home.


Ma'ave Yvonne Lealaimatafao, 22, died Dec. 18, 2006, in Anchorage. A memorial service will be at 10 a.m., with viewing from 8:30 to 10 a.m., Friday at Witzleben Family Funeral Homes. She will be laid to rest in San Francisco, where her grandfather Siaki resides. Born Aug. 17, 1984, in Honolulu, Hawaii, she graduated from East High School in 2002, "where she was a fabulous cheerleader and a member of the Dance Contempo dancing team," her family wrote. "She loved dance in all varieties, jazz, hip-hop and Polynesian. She had the voice of an angel and unlimited talent. Ma'ave deeply loved her friends and family and never missed an opportunity to leave a note or a voicemail to say, 'Love you' and 'What are you doing?' She had an uncanny affinity for Dr Pepper, MySpace and the color pink. There was no mistaking Ma'ave was in your presence if you were enveloped in her love and warmth along with her fragrant 'Love Spell.' "Her passing is an unbearable loss, and we will greatly miss her infectious laughter, cheesy smile, hugs, thoughtfulness and kindness. We mourn her loss and unfilled potential." She is survived by her mother, Caroline; brothers and sisters, Lasi, Joseph, Salaina and Taylor; and many other family members and friends. Arrangements are with Witzleben Family Funeral Homes

Hazel Jean Lindsay, 65, died Jan. 23, 2003, at Winfield Rest Haven in Winfield, Kansas. Ms. Lindsay was born Oct. 15, 1937, in Anchorage, Alaska. She is survived by her daughters, Doris M. Sewell, Bobbie J. Green, Theresa M. Smith, Dawn R. Kyle, and Deborah R. Chenoweth; son, Geddes L. Lindsay; sisters, Inez Hardcastle and Agnes Grant; brothers, Chet Brink and William France; 16 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
LOPEZ Willard Albert Lopez, 54, died Sept. 11, at home in Anchorage. Mr. Lopez was born July 20, 1951, in Ekok, Alaska. He is survived by his wife, Rita S. Lopez; daughters, Melinda Lopez, Serena Lopez, Stephanie Lopez and Miranda Lopez-Philemonoff; and stepson, Leo L. Roehl Jr.
LOPEZ Leonard Lee Lopez, Sr., 61, died July 15, 2002, at home in Anchorage, Alaska. Mr. Lopez was born Sept. 10, 1940, in Portage Creek, Alaska. He is survived by his sons, Darrell, Bryon, Darren and Kevin; daughters-in-law, Lisa, Nina and Darbe; grandchildren, Steven, Darien, Ashtyn and Lauryn; sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Jim Freeman; brothers and sisters-in-law, Morris and Barbara Lopez, Delpin and Lila Lopez, Mickey Jr. and Betty Lopez, Benny and Nancy Lopez, Albert and Rita Lopez; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
LOWTHER Desa L. (Gallegos) Lowther died May 31, at Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage. Ms. Lowther was born Nov. 13, 1970, in Anchorage. She is survived by her husband, William Lowther; daughters, Shaylene and Karina; son, Michael; sisters, Jamie Rodriguez and Valerie Rodriguez; sister and brother-in-law, Regina Shull and Dave; brother and sister-in-law, Neil Gallegos-Rodriguez and Melissa; nieces, Marcelina Gallegos-Rodriguez, Mariella Gallegos-Rodriguez, Yajaira Rodriguez and Yesenya Rodriguez; nephews, Athan Rodriguez, Jesiah Rodriguez, Lucian Rodriguez and James Shull; aunts, Freda Bosette, Jeane Hull, Erica “Desa” Jacobsson, June Jardine, Deirdre Viera and Hilda Vandergrift; uncle, John “Jake” Jacobsson; and many other relatives and friends
LUCIA Carolyn Scott Lucia died peacefully Aug. 5, 2010, in Porterville, Calif.A celebration of life is planned for 1 p.m. Friday at ChangePoint Church in Anchorage with a time of fellowship immediately after the service.Always having a spirit of adventure, Carolyn was able to travel as a teenager through Europe and left her New England home for a life in Alaska more than 55 years ago. Her passions ranged from collecting antiques to volunteering as a cook at Victory Bible Camp, and having a bed-and-breakfast at her home to show off the beauty and friendliness of Alaska. She always had time for a cup of Kaladi Brothers coffee and a visit with her family and friends. Her hospitality made her home a welcome place for all.Carolyn leaves behind her husband of 58 years, Ernest; daughter and son-in-law, Jane and Dale Seaman; son, Ken; son and daughter-in-law, Cordell and Laurie; son and daughter-in-law, Joseph and Kelly; daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Les James. She also leaves 12 wonderful grandchildren, Josh, Tim and Phil Seaman, Amber Hill, Justin and Rachel Lucia, Chelsea Lucia, Tricia and Jack Silva, Blake, Luke and Nathan James; and two priceless great-grandchildren, Chloe Lawrence and Myriah Hill.
LUND Alf L. Lund, 72, of Anchorage, Alaska died May 12, 1999 at the Alaska Native Medical Center. Mr. Lund was born April 2, 1927 in Seldovia, Alaska. He is survived by sisters Jean Hansen, Virginia Boone and Agnes McVay.
LYMAN Randall "Randy" Laddie Lyman, 63, died peacefully Aug. 7, 2010, at his home in Anchorage with his loving family by his side.A private service will be held for his family. There will be a gathering to celebrate his life from 1-3 p.m. Saturday at Little Italy.Randy was born on April 18, 1947, in Akron, Ohio.After serving in the U.S. Army at Fort Richardson, Randy began a lengthy career in the restaurant business, working at The Abby, Elevation 92, and for the last 12 years, Little Italy. His employers, colleagues and customers valued his talents and "style." At his retirement party in July, his friends and customers honored Randy by presenting him with a Lifetime Achievement Award acknowledging his dedication and professionalism in the food and beverage industry.Randy was an extraordinary man who loved his family, his home, his gardens and his dog, "Foxy." He was a patriot and loved freedom. Randy was a gifted cook and had a grand wit. He was gracious to everyone. All who met him liked him and all who knew him loved him. Randy had a "servant's" heart and was a man of great character. His smile was genuine and he joyously, without hesitation, shared his happiness with the world. Randy was a friend to everyone and touched each heart he encountered. Many will miss him and will always treasure the memories of good times spent with Randy.He is survived by his parents, Laddie and Ann Lyman and Donna and Gene Hunt; beloved wife of 25 years, Heidi Lyman; his children, Kelly Stewart, Kala Lyman, Heather Lyman, Jeffery Bailey and Randi Ann Bailey; and many nieces and nephews.In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the following account: Wells Fargo, Randall Lyman Donation Fund, 8940271185
MAHLE Harold "Scoop" Mahle, 75, died January 1, 2000, at Country Living in Sterling, Alaska. Mr. Mahle was born in Anchorage, Alaska, on October 22, 1924. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law Dixie and Tom Hess; sisters Olga Hilleary, Mabel Spencer and Ida Sigler; granddaughters Christina, Joni and Caniece; great-grandchildren Savannah and Jason; and many nieces and nephews.
MALONE Maj. Aaron Wallace Malone, 36, was killed in a tragic airplane crash July 28, 2010, at Elmendorf AFB while doing a practice flight in a C-17 Globemaster for the Arctic Thunder Air Show.A military memorial for the four airmen who perished was held Monday at Elmendorf. Family and friends are invited to celebrate the life of Aaron Wallace Malone at 6 p.m. today at the Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum, 4721 Aircraft Drive, Lake Hood.He was born Feb. 3, 1974, in Iowa City, Iowa.Upon graduation from North Linn High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in 1992, Aaron relocated to Anchorage, where he met his wife-to-be, Melanie Smith, while attending the University of Alaska Anchorage. They married in Bellevue, Wash., in August 1996 and have since made their home in Anchorage with their three wonderful sons, Jacob 11, Jeffrey, 8, and Alexander, 3.His aviation career began with Era Aviation in Anchorage, flying Twin Otter and Convair 580 aircraft in Alaska and throughout the United States. Aaron graduated from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University with a bachelor's degree in aeronautical science. Most recently, Aaron was working toward a master's degree in family financial planning from Iowa State University. He had only two classes left to complete his degree.In 1997, Maj. Malone was hired by the South Dakota Air National Guard to fly F-16s. He was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant by his older brother, LCDR William Malone, in 1998. He attended pilot training at Vance AFB in Oklahoma, where he graduated with an award in academic excellence.Maj. Malone was hired as a pilot for Alaska Airlines in July 2001. He relocated to Great Falls, Mont., to continue flying the F-16 for the Montana Air National Guard, commuting to Seattle for pilot training with Alaska Airlines. Immediately after Sept. 11, Maj. Malone was called to active duty with the Air National Guard, leading to a deployment to the Middle East to patrol the southern no-fly zone. Maj. Malone was hired by the Alaska Air National Guard in 2007 to join the newly formed 249th Airlift Squadron, flying the C-17.As a young boy, Aaron was an avid baseball player, an interest he held throughout his life. Aaron loved practical jokes, fourwheeling, snowmachining, camping and spending time with family and friends. Aaron considered himself a cigar aficionado. He was an avid Seahawks and Iowa Hawkeyes fan. He also had a purple belt in karate, a family activity that he shared with his wife and sons. In addition, he co-coached Little League with Maj. Michael Freyholtz, who was also killed in the crash. Aaron was also a mentor in the Alaska Military Youth Academy.Aaron was a dedicated airman and aviator who loved flying and the talented people with whom he worked, but his proudest dedication and love was for his family. He gave them his love and support each day. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends and co-workers at Alaska Airlines and the Alaska Air National Guard.Aaron is survived by his bride, Melanie; his three wonderful boys, Jacob, Jeffrey and Alex; his parents, Dennis and Karol Malone; a brother, William; two sisters, Katherine and Karrie; and a large extended family.In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in care of the Malone family's account at Alaska USA Federal Credit Union. Condolences may be sent to 9761 Arlene Drive, Anchorage 99502
MALONEY Lydia Corrine Maloney, 64, died Aug. 4, 2001, at home in Anchorage, Alaska. Ms. Maloney was born Jan. 8, 1937 in Nome, Alaska and is survived by Glenn Daniel Irby.
MARK Agnes Mark, 69, died Feb. 20, 2004, at home in Anchorage, Alaska. Ms. Mark was born May 8, 1934. She is survived by her brother, Walter Mark, and niece, Shelly J. Albert.
MARIK Anchorage resident Jack F. Marik Jr., 57, died Sept. 30, 2000, at home. A service of remembrance will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Evergreen Memorial Chapel. His ashes will be scattered over Cook Inlet. Mr. Marik was born Aug. 6, 1943, in San Francisco and moved to Alaska with his family when he was 5 years old. He had worked as a commercial fisherman and carpenter. He loved fishing, cooking, camping and clam digging. Most of all, he loved the outdoors. He also liked tending to indoor and outdoor plants. His family said: ''Jack always had a sense of humor. ''Jack Marik will be greatly missed by close family and many dear, thoughtful friends.'' Mr. Marik is survived by his companion of 34 years, Matrona M. Peterson of Anchorage; daughter, Faye C. Cogdill of Anchorage; sisters, Marie Windham of Anchorage, Linda Hakenson of Palmer; granddaughters, Ronda E. Ryder of Homer, Elaina N. Ryder of Homer, Shaylayna Matrona Barber of Palmer; son-in-law Mark Peterson of Mekoryuk; and close friends, Richard Behmer of Anchorage and Louie Miller and family of Anchorage.
David Scott Martin, 29, died March 8, 2001, at home in Windsor, VT. Mr. Martin was born Nov. 8, 1971, in Anchorage, Alaska. He is survived by his father, Clyde (Skip) Martin; mother, Joyce Martin; and brothers, Daniel and Chris Martin.
McCLELLAN D. Frank "Mac" McClellan, 84, died Aug. 11, 2010, at Alaska Regional Medical Center.A celebration of his life will be 1:30-4 p.m. Wednesday at Romano's restaurant, 2415 C St.He was born Dec. 21, 1925, in Vero Beach, Fla., to William and Emmie McClellan. He was the third oldest of six children.Frank joined the U.S. Navy in December 1942, serving aboard destroyer escorts USS Weiss and USS Cannon as a radioman second class in the Atlantic. He was honorably discharged in February 1947.He married Lucille Taylor and worked for Bell Telephone in the Miami area until January 1960, when he and his young family moved to Anchorage. There he operated the Tip Top Cafe on Spenard Road.Mac went to work for the Anchorage Telephone Utility and was a proud member of IBEW Local 1547, retiring in 1985.In 1979, he married Sherill Lucas. They enjoyed their cabin at Big Lake, motorhoming, golf, snowmachining and spending time with family and friends.Frank was a life member of the Elks Club, the IBEW Retirees Club and the Seward Yacht Club. He was also past president of Telephone Pioneers.He leaves his wife, Sherill; daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and David Pope, Judy Marsolf and Jerri Ann and Gary Luvvorn; stepchildren, Collette Bentz and Scott Lucas; siblings, Ethel McCollum, Rufus McClellan, Louise Erkland and Carolyn Perry; 11 grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by his former wife, Lucille; and his brother, William McClellan.His family gives special thanks to Jerome and Leo Valdez of Our Lady of Lourdes for the kind and excellent care they have given to Frank for the past 2 1/2 years.
McFARLIN Donald W. McFarlin Jr., 50, died Nov. 27, 2004, at home in Palmer, Alaska. Mr. McFarlin was born March 30, 1954, in Anchorage, Alaska. He is survived by his son, Troy A. McFarlin; parents, Don and Hazel McFarlin; sisters, Clovis Leiser and Roxanne Smyers; and brothers, John McFarlin and Paul McFarlin.
MEANS Jack Chester Means died Jan. 30, 2010, in his home in Fruita, Colo., at age 90. A memorial is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday at the Fruita Seventh-day Adventist Church.He was born in Clayton, N.M., to Andrew Jackson Means and Burdella Carver Means, where he lived until coming via covered wagon to Colorado at an early age. Jack graduated in 1937 from Fruita Union High School.Duty called Jack to enlist in 1944. He served in the 30th Transportation Corps as a master captain and earned an honorable discharge.He worked with the Bureau of Land Management as a cadastral engineer, first in the Fruita area and surrounding states -- often on horseback. Jack was then transferred to the Juneau BLM office, where he served in the field, then to the office in Anchorage, from which he retired in 1976 after 25 years as head of cadastral engineering.He was a member of the Chugach Range Riders. He also served as consultant/adviser to the Philippine government for four years in the 1970s, organizing their government survey office and record-keeping of land ownership.After leaving Alaska, he lived in Omak, Wash., where he owned fruit orchards, and eventually resettled in Fruita.In June 1982, Jack married his classmate, Mildred Raver Schultz and was baptized into the Seventh-day Adventist Church. They enjoyed 28 years of church service and outdoor sports, including snowmobiling, raising horses and riding.He is survived by his wife, Mildred; daughters Kathleen Frederick of Virginia, Patsy Ragnan of Nevada, Charlotte Winslet of Oregon, Sheria McAllister of Colorado, Catherine Shoemake of Washington and Pamela Yogi-Freeman and Constance Luce of Anchorage; 20 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; four stepchildren; eight step-grandchildren; and three step-great grandchildren.He was predeceased by his daughter, Patricia Ann Rudolph; wife Patricia Liffick Means; his parents; two brothers; one half-sister; and former wife, Charlotte.Jack was greatly loved and is greatly missed by all of his family and friends.



Anchorage resident Jimmie Meyers, 88, died May 21, 2010, at the Anchorage Pioneers' Home with his family by his side.A funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Alaskan Heritage Memorial Chapel, 440 E. Klatt Road, with a visitation at 1:30 p.m.Jimmie was born Jan. 7, 1922, in Bethel, Mo. After graduating from college, he joined the U.S. Army, serving on Attu Island in 1944-1945.Leaving the military service in 1946, he moved to Seattle, where he met and married Esther "Mary" Monlux on Dec. 8, 1946."She chased me until I caught her," he said.He rejoined the U.S. Army in 1947 and worked with the Alaska Communications System.In 1947, Jim and Mary moved to Juneau, where their daughter was born; then to Nome in 1951; Seattle in 1953, where their son was born; and Anchorage in 1956. There he spent the rest of his life.He retired from the U.S. Army in 1967. He then went to work for the 9th Circuit Federal District Court in Anchorage as an in-court cerk for Judge James von der Heydt and Judge James Fitzgerald, retiring in 1984.After retirement, he worked at the Commissary at Fort Richardson to keep busy.Roller skating was a passion for Jimmie and Mary, as they made up their own routines in Juneau and taught local children how to roller skate. The media said they were the hottest thing on roller skates to hit Juneau in the early '50s.Jimmie enjoyed downhill skiing, hunting and fishing in Alaska. He watched sports of all kinds, including football, baseball and basketball, always knowing the scores. He loved going to the Great Alaska Shootout every year since it started.His family wrote: "He was well liked, always a gentleman, kind to others, with a big heart, a zest for sports, and he always put family first. He was the caregiver to his loving wife of 63 years."He is survived by his wife, Mary; daughter and son-in-law, Cathy and Steve Franklin; and grandson and granddaughter-in-law, Jim and Trish Franklin.He was preceded in death by his son, Dennis W. Meyers; brothers, John and Reese Meyers; and sister, Esther Tuininga.Arrangements are with Alaskan Heritage Memorial Chapel in Anchorage.
MITCHELL Former Alaska resident Alna Paul Mitchell, 54, of Benton, Ky., died June 4, 2005, at home. Mr. Mitchell was born June 12, 1950, in Kentucky. An Alaska resident from 1963 until 2004, Mr. Mitchell was a U.S. Navy veteran and retired land surveyor. He was a member of Teamsters Local 959. His family wrote, "Paul was loved by all who had the pleasure of sharing his caring and compassionate personality; his kindness will be missed." Mr. Mitchell is survived by his parents, Robert and Nella Mitchell of Gilbertsville; son, Colby Mitchell; and two grandchildren, all of Gilbertsville; daughter, Tonya Mitchell of Spokane, Wash.; and brothers, Robert and S. Craig Mitchell of Anchorage. A third brother, James Mitchell, died June 18 in Gilbertsville. Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Note: See North Slope Borough for brother James Mitchell's obit)
MITCHELL James A. "Amp" Mitchell, 53, of Gilbertsville, Ky., died June 18, 2005, at home. Mr. Mitchell was born Oct. 29, 1951, in Kentucky. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and retired land surveyor. He also had been a member of the Teamsters Local 959. Mr. Mitchell had been one of the first crew members to work on the North Slope during the construction phase of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline. He left Alaska in 2004. His family wrote: "Amp was known and revered by his employers for his hard work ethic and fun-loving attitude. We miss and love him deeply. Peaceful rest is his forever now." Mr. Mitchell is survived by his parents, Robert and Nella Mitchell of Gilbertsville; and brothers, Robert and S. Craig Mitchell, both of Anchorage. He was preceded in death by his brother, Paul Mitchell. Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
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MOON Sophia Marie Moon, 58, died May 13, 2001, at home in Anchorage, Alaska. Mrs. Moon was born Nov. 29, 1942, in Anchorage, Alaska. She is survived by her husband Arnold R. Moon Sr., son Eli W. Darien, and daughters, Doris Jean Lageson and Florence Elizabeth Darien.

Elizabeth A. Morgan, 70, of Nashua, N.H., died Aug. 28, 2010, after a 15-year battle with breast cancer, at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack, N.H., with loving family by her side.Elizabeth was born Aug. 22, 1940, in Boston, Mass., the daughter of the late Harlie and Lucia (Morrill) Cookman. Elizabeth was also predeceased by a brother, Peter H. Cookman; a sister, Anne M. Thome and a niece, Nikki Mitchell.Elizabeth was well-read and enjoyed doing The New York Times crossword puzzle. She spent more than 30 years in Alaska; more than 10 of which were spent running and owning a lodge in the backcountry. Her nieces and nephews were a very important part of Elizabeth's life and she loved them a great deal.Elizabeth is survived by a sister, Susan Levesque of Nashua; three nieces, Lisa A. Hogan of Nashua, Lori J. Doherty of Melrose, Mass., and Tricia MacKinnon of Milford, N.H.; 10 grandnieces and -nephews, Emily, Jenna, Kayla, Erin, Alison, Harli, Sara, Terra, Austin, Ethan; and many dear friends.A private service will be at a later time.In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to Home Health & Hospice, c/o Community Hospice House, 22 Prospect St. Nashua, NH 03060 or Susan G. Komen for the Cure , Attn: Donor Services, PO Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75265

MOSES Mina Marie Teerik Moses, 36, died Sept. 3, 1994 in Tununak while taking a steam bath alone. A funeral was held Sept. 9 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Tununak and a memorial service at Assembly of God Church in Barrow. Mrs. Moses was born Dec. 30, 1957, in Barrow. She spent most of her childhood there and in Anchorage, except for seven years that she and her family spent in Chicago. Mrs. Moses served 16 years in the Army National Guard in the 1st and 2nd Scout Battalions. She was originally stationed in Barrow, but transferred to Bethel, where she met and married David Moses. They resided in Tununak. She was the only woman in the National Guard in Tununak and she inspired the women of Tununak and the surrounding villages, her family said. She helped raise funds for the National Guard Rescue Service with great enthusiasm because she had a great concern for the safety of others. Mina had a great love for children, young adults and elders and often volunteered to work with children in the Tununak Head Start Program, her family said. Whenever she received muktuk from her parents and relatives in Barrow, she always shared with the elders of Tununak, Newtok and Toksook Bay, the family said. "She was always cheerful and kind toward everyone, readily inviting both young and old in for a cup of coffee. She will be greatly missed by all," the family said. She is survived by her husband, David; children, Otto Lloyd, Edward Grant, and Melody Marie; brother, Philip Teerik Jr.; sisters, Lenora Featherly, Sandra Dee Hopson, Phyllis Ivanoff, Evelyn Aquino and Molly Ann Spicer; parents, Phillip and Eunice Teerik; grandparents, Henry and Evelyn Nashaknik; and many other relatives. Arrangements were handled by Kehl's Forest Lawn Mortuary and Crematory.
MOSHER Longtime Alaska resident Alice Lorraine Mosher, 84, died of cancer June 30, 2005, at home in Anchorage while surrounded by her family. A funeral will be at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 2301 Strawberry Road. A celebration of life will follow at the Smith home. Call Barbara at 277-7809. Mrs. Mosher was born March 25, 1921, in Sisseton, S.D., to Anna and Peter Olson. She moved to Seattle in the '40s and met and married George Mosher in 1945. They had four children, Barbara, Julie, Rick and Christine. The couple drove up the Alaska Highway in 1952 and fell in love with Alaska. They built many homes in the Anchorage area along with their cabin at Big Lake, which they enjoyed with their children for many years. In 1974, the Moshers moved to Ellensburg, Wash., where they lived for five years. In 1979, they returned to Alaska and retired at their Big Lake cabin. When George became ill, they returned to Anchorage to be near their children. Mrs. Mosher loved gardening and church work. She was preceded in death by her husband, George, and nine siblings. Mrs. Mosher is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Barbara and Rick Smith of Anchorage, Julie and Roger DeHeer of Anchorage, and Chris and George Wyatt of Ellensburg; son, Rick Mosher and his friend, Pam Gallivo of Anchorage; grandchildren, Lonny DeHeer of Anchorage and Angela and Michelle Wyatt of Ellensburg; great-grandson, Lonnie S.L. DeHeer of Anchorage; and sister, Pearl Jacobson of Minneapolis. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made in her name to Denali Hospice, 3935 Reka Drive, Anchorage 99508. Arrangements are with Kehl's Forest Lawn Mortuary.
MOSQUITO Ruben Inuituk Mosquito, 54, died April 15, 2004, at home in Anchorage, Alaska. Mr. Mosquito was born in Teller, Alaska. He is survived by his father, Frank N. Mosquito; sisters, Helen McClusky and Stella L. Dau; and brothers, Roger Mosquito Sr., Einer Mosquito, and Frank Mosquito Jr. relevant
Thomas Munson, Sr., 76, of Anchorage, AK died July 23, 1999 at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska. Mr. Munson was born January 26, 1923 in Akutan, Alaska. He is survived by his daughter Joni Munson; sons Thomas Jr. and Harold Munson; grandchildren Tanya Salazar, Christopher Ondola, Jason Anderson, Brendon Munson, Bodean Kuphaldt, Karina Munson and great-grandchild Caliegha Salazar.
MUNSON David Munson, 45, died March 8, 2002, at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska. Mr. Munson was born Oct. 9, 1956, in Eagle River, Alaska. He is survived by his daughters, Melinda Munson and Melanie Munson; his sisters, Mary Shepler, Carol Munson, Arlene Dodson, June Montgomery, and Ruby Munson; and brothers, Robert Munson, and Oscar Munson III.
MUSHOVIC Marcella Mushovic, 85, died peacefully in her sleep Aug. 27, 2010, in Anchorage.Mrs. Mushovic was born on March 25, 1925, in South St. Paul, Minn., the youngest child of Carl and Emily Klinger. She was treasured by her parents, brothers Ed and Carl, and sister, Margaret. She grew up enjoying the outdoors and athletics, pursuing tennis, skiing, camping, fishing and horseback riding into adulthood.She married James Mushovic in 1948 and, as a Navy wife, spent the early years of their marriage stationed around the country as the family grew. They settled in Coronado, Calif., where James established a medical practice. Mrs. Mushovic was active in the Coronado social scene, her children's schools and sports, and Coronado Hospital events, while raising and loving many pets.She was an accomplished cook with many signature recipes, and talented with textiles, sewing clothing for her children when they were young and creating quilts and lace.Mrs. Mushovic enjoyed traveling abroad with her husband as well as to the family ski home at Mammoth, Calif., and camping and boating with her large brood throughout the Southwest. After many visits to the Great Land during the late 1970s and early 1980s, as her children migrated to Alaska, Mrs. Mushovic relocated to Anchorage, where she became active as a dog breeder and trainer. With her daughter, she established Stevenstar Kennels, bred many championship boxers, and was a well known fixture at local dog shows and events.Mrs. Mushovic is survived by her children, James Jr. (Janis), Gary, Beth Ann, Steven, and David (KJ); granddaughters Emily (Greg), Jessica, Megan, Sasha, and Kellyn; and great-grandsons Rhodes and Noah. She will also be missed and loved by extended family members and friends throughout the country.The family would like to express special thanks for the care and support received from the staff of Mama's during the last chapter of Mrs. Mushovic's life.
NELSON Donald E. Nelson, 84, of Anchorage died July 22, 2010, at Providence Alaska Medical Center.A celebration of life will be from 3-6 p.m. Aug. 14 at Amvets Post 2. A celebration of life was held by his siblings July 30, 2010 in Milwaukee, Wis.As he requested, his cremated remains will be scattered in the Kenai River.Donald was born Dec. 24, 1925, in Clayton, Wis., the fifth of nine children born to Edward and Ella Nelson.He served in the U.S. Air Force in the mid 1940s. He married his wife, Theresa, in 1953. They lived in Waseca, Minn., where Don worked for Bell Telephone.In 1970, they moved to Anchorage, where Don worked for Alascom. After his retirement, Don spent many happy summers fishing at the Kenai River. He was a member of Amvets Post 2.He is survived by his children, Andrew Joseph Nelson of Portland, Ore., Donna Marie Nelson of Anchorage, Leonna Lee Nelson of Anchorage, and William Howard "Bill" Nelson of Bremerton, Wash.; his grandchildren, Donald Dustin Nelson and Theresa Mae "Tess" Nelson, both of Anchorage; his siblings, Elmyra Hanson of Grafton, Wis., Virginia Hulda Istel of Hudson, Wis., James Edward Nelson of Black Creek, Wis., Carolyn Juanita Gebert of Ocono, Wis., Royann Jane Fall of Ameny, Wis., and many nieces and nephews.Don was preceded in death by his wife, Theresa Mae "Terry" Nelson; his parents; and his siblings, Andrew Leonard "Lenny" Nelson, Betty June Rue, and Doreen Rachel Wieher.Arangements are with Kehl's Legacy Funeral Home.
Carol Nathalia Nelson, 56, died Dec. 4 at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage. Ms. Nelson was born Aug. 20, 1948, in Anchorage. She is survived by her daughter, Michelle Wilson; sons, Greg Nelson and Mike Wilson; father, William Wallner; sisters, Ruthie Creech, Marge Houser and Dorothy Wallner; and brother, Billy Wallner.

Anchorage resident Scott L. Nelson, 56, died Aug. 25, 2010, in his daughter's home in Kennewick, Wash., due to complications from cancer.Scott was born Aug. 30, 1953, in St. Paul, Minn.After graduation, Scott enlisted in the Army, serving at Fort Lewis, Wash., before requesting a transfer to Fort Richardson in 1974. After an honorable discharge from the service, Scott decided to make Alaska his home. In 1977 he married Melody Davis and had two daughters, Kelly and Holly.Scott resided in Wasilla or Anchorage for the next 36 years.Scott was the proud owner of Birchwood Flooring. He enjoyed his Ford Mustangs, car shows, history, traveling and snowmachining. He enjoyed spending time with his friends and family, and was always up for telling a good joke.Scott is survived by his parents, Curt and Eunice Nelson; his daughters, Holly Nelson and Kelly McMire; his brothers, Vern and Les Nelson; his grandchildren, Jayden and Kaela; his former wife, Melody Nelson; and his "Ala Around" family.

NESS Carol Sue Ness, 43, died July 10, 2002, at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage. Ms. Ness was born March 15, 1959, in Anchorage. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Kelly and Michael Valdez; son, Cory Ness; grandson, Nathan Valdez; father, Bobbie Call; sisters, Debra Call; Sharon Padilla and Delia Call; niece, Sarah Dallas; nephew, Ryan Gump; and former husband, William Ness.
NICHOLSON Lifelong Anchorage resident Richard "Rick" M. Nicholson, 53, died Aug. 10, 2010, at home.A celebration of Rick's life will be at 5 p.m. Thursday at Guido's Pizza, 549 W. International Road. Everyone is welcome to bring photos and memories to share with family and friends. He will be laid to rest with military honors at Fort Richardson National Cemetery.Rick was born April 5, 1957, to Clarance Richard and Margaret Ann (Ramsey) Nicholson in Anchorage."He was a honorable soul who led a quiet private life," his family wrote. "He wore his passion for life on his sleeve and his voice and character will remain in our hearts and memories forever. Rick was the loudest cheerleader who spoke the truth. He honored his mother's memory. Rick never complained, he just did it. He gave the shirt off his back and always followed through with what he said, always keeping his promises. Rick was honored to have the profound privilege of dedicating and devoting his life to his only child and sole heir, April M. Nicholson."Rick was a man of many talents and was a natural at softball, which led to many joyful days spent playing and competing for more than 25 years. His motto was "Scoop Fire," and he was fondly known as Rick "The Stick" Nicholson, Son, Daddy, Uncle Rick, Big Brother and "Honorary Grandpa." Rick wanted to spend many more years with April and hoped his family and friends will always be there for her, as she continues to honor him.Rick was preceded in death by his mother, Margaret Ann Nicholson.He is survived by his daughter, April M. Nicholson of Anchorage; former spouse, Rhonda Nicholson of Anchorage; significant other, Mykki Orth of Anchorage; sisters, Linda Silk of Tigard, Ore., and Tookie Crank of Georgia; April's godparents, Andy and Karen Bailey of Anchorage; and many nieces, nephews and loved friends.Memorial contributions may be made to April Nicholson, c/o Anchorage Funeral Home, 1800 Dare Ave., Anchorage 99515.Arrangements were by Anchorage Funeral Home.
NICKERSON Anchorage resident Robert M. Nickerson, 59, died Oct. 12, 1993 at Providence Hospital. A memorial service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church. Mr. Nickerson was born Aug. 15, 1934, in Ipswich, Mass. He married Marion Bahr in August 1963. Mr. Nickerson came to Alaska in 1964; he worked for TWA for 30 years and retired in 1990. He enjoyed sport aviation and built his own biplane. He also built a log cabin and garage in Willow. Mr. Nickerson is survived by his wife, Marion; four sons, Robert of Newtok, Maxwell and Charles of Anchorage, and Steven of Hinsdale, Ill.; a 27 brother, Bruce of Connecticut; two sisters, Janet Nickerson Brown of Waco, Texas, and Dolly Nickerson of Miami; and eight grandchildren. Arrangements are being handled by Kehl's Palmer Mortuary.
NICKITA Hedy Nickita, 75, died April 17, at home in Anchorage. She was born April 30, 1929, in Knik, Alaska.
NICKITA Elaine Frances Nickita, 55, died Jan. 23, 2001, in Portland, Oregon. Mrs. Nickita was born Aug. 22, 1945, in Anchorage, Alaska. She is survived by her sons Rex Leininger and Ross Leininger.
NICOLI Gerald Roy Nicoli, 68, died July 31, 2003, in Anchorage, Alaska. He was born Jan. 14, 1935, at Susitna Station and lived his life in Talkeetna. Mr. Nicoli attended Mount Edgecumbe and was honorably discharged from the Army National Guard in 1966. He loved hunting, fishing, working with wood and painting. He is survived by his brother, William B. Nicoli; sisters, Virginia Cullars and Donna Schwiezer; children, Renee Rebecca Nicoli, Brenda Marie Nicoli, Bonnie Lee Nicoli, and Gerald Roy Nicoli, Jr.; and many grandchildren.
NIENKARK Anchorage resident Frank Nienkark, 77, died July 7, 2010, after battling Alzheimer's for five years.A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. Friday at Moose Lodge 1534, 4211 Arctic Blvd.Frank was born April 13, 1933, in Jackson County, Iowa.He served on the USS Hanna during the Korean War. In 1955, he enlisted in the Air Force, which brought him to Alaska, where he resided for 54 years.He worked as an electrician and communications installer and was a member of the IBEW, working throughout the whole state of Alaska, including at pipeline camps. Frank was an active member of Amvets Post 2, Moose Lodge 1534 and American Legion Post 1. He enjoyed bowling, darts, gambling, dancing and driving the Alaska Highway. His free time was spent with friends and he could often be found fishing in Seward and Homer.Frank is survived by his son, Royal and wife Terry of Monroe, Wash.; son, Larry of California; brothers, Robert and wife Vivien, and Richard and wife Barbara; sister, Lois Sommers of Arizona; sister, Shirley and husband Gus Gizas of New York; brother, "Fast" Fred and wife Suzi of Anchorage; and best friend of 55 years, Ted and his wife Cyndi Carlson of Chugiak.Frank was preceded in death by his wife, Loretta; and brother, Jerry.Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association .
NORMAN Leonard Joseph Norman, 53, died Aug. 22, 2000 at home in Nikiski, Alaska. Mr. Norman was born in Anchorage, Alaska on Feb. 25, 1947. He is survived by his daughter Dana M. Norman; grandson Chris; mother Betty Johnson; sister Carol F. Joy; brother Bucko Norman and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
NORTHCUTT Kyle Douglas Northcutt died July 30, 2010, in Terrell, Texas.His family wrote: "At age 24, on July 30, his recently deceased father's birthday, upon jubilantly completing nine blistering weeks of heavy equipment operator schooling in Wills Point, Texas (near Terrell, east of Dallas), Kyle's planned return to his family and a great job in Alaska the next day was changed by a tragic bulldozer accident at the school."Mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Patrick's Church, 2111 Muldoon Road, with a reception afterward at Snow Goose Restaurant, 717 W. Third Ave.Kyle, the beloved son of Melvin Douglas and Carol Ann Northcutt, was born Sept. 11, 1985, at Elmendorf USAF Hospital in Anchorage.Kyle attended Baxter Elementary, Wendler Junior High School and Bartlett High School. He found great joy in music, playing hockey, fishing, snowmachining, billiards, shooting, 4x4-ing, fabricating vehicles, hanging with friends and helping anyone who needed him. He was a big boy who loved big toys.Kyle is survived by his mother, Carol; his adored 2-year-old son, Rocky Douglas Northcutt; his soulmate fiancee, Lori Ann Scott and her 9-year-old daughter, Ruth, whom he cherished and supported as his own and hoped to officially adopt; his brothers, Chris (Jen), Michael and Johnny; his sisters, Gabriella "Bre" Surles and Sheila; his nephew, Hunter Surles and nieces, Brighton Northcutt and Bella Surles; a very large loving extended family that spans the continent; and many cherished friends.A memorial account for his children is at Alaska USA Federal Credit Union. Contributions must state "Gabriella Surles c/o Kyle Northcutt Memorial Account." Account #1542761, routing #325272021, wire transfer #1100015427610.
NOWELL Merna Genevive Johnson Nowell, 100, of Stromsburg, Neb., formerly of Anchorage, died Aug. 8, 2010, at the Midwest Covenant Home in Stromsburg.A funeral was held Wednesday at the Evangelical Free Church in Stromsburg with Pastor Kerry Relihan and Pastor Willis Pauls officiating. Interment was in the Stromsburg Cemetery.Merna was born March 16, 1910, to Eli William and Isle Levisa (Seymour) Johnson in rural Stromsburg. She attended Blue View District 56 elementary school and graduated from Stromsburg High School in 1927.In 1937, Merna moved to Chicago, where she met her husband, Bob. They were united in marriage on May 4, 1943. They moved to Anchorage in August 1945. Her husband, Bob, died in September 1962 while visiting Merna's family in Stromsburg.Merna began working for the U.S. Postal Service in October of 1945, retiring in June of 1972 after 27 years as superintendent of the downtown Post Office. Merna was the recipient of several service awards.After retiring, Merna traveled throughout Europe, Asia and the continental United States as well as Hawaii and the Philippines.In October 2008, Merna came to live in the Park Villa Apartments in Stromsburg. She moved into the Midwest Covenant Home in March of 2009 and resided there until her death.Merna enjoyed attending several alumni gatherings, including her 80th high school class reunion.She was a charter member of Trail Side Community Church (Evangelical Free Church) in Anchorage.Survivors include sisters Rogene Dickson, Shirley Morris, Coral Boden and Wanda (Myron) Larson, all of Stromsburg; sister-in-law, Rea Mae Johnson of Stromsburg; a host of nieces and nephews; and many Alaska friends.She was preceded in death by husband Robert Nowell; parents Eli and Isle Johnson; brothers Clifton Johnson, Curtis Johnson and Rolland Johnson; sisters, Blanche Schofield and Elnore Hanson; and infant sisters, Margaret Andel and Bonnie Beth Johnson.Arrangements were with Dubas Funeral Home in Stromsburg.
OLSON Anchorage resident Vivian Elizabeth Olson, 87, died Aug. 24, 2010, at her home after a lengthy battle with cancer. She was cared for by her family with assistance from hospice.Vivian was born Nov. 13, 1922, in Bismarck, N.D., to Luther and Nora Carlson. She was the second of two daughters. After her birth, they returned to their farm home in Lehr, N.D. She loved the outdoor life and as a young girl rode her horse Pep to and from grade school.When Vivian was 12, hard economic times and the Dust Bowl caused her family and others to relocate to the Rapid River area south of Baudette, Minn. There she later met and married Melvin C. Olson and had Allan Lee, their first child.Soon afterward they moved to the West Coast, where Melvin was a commercial painter and Vivian at times worked in canneries. In California, two daughters, Elaine Marie and Carolyn Christine, were born. In 1948, the family moved back to the farm along the Rapid River, where a few years later another son, Duane Walter, was born.In 1969, Melvin came to Anchorage, where Allan was; in 1971, Vivian and Duane followed. Vivian worked at the J.C. Penney warehouse for 17 years before her retirement.Over several years, Vivian and Melvin spent many enjoyable fishing trips with family and friends. A small campfire in their front yard was a popular gathering place.Vivian enjoyed crocheting afghans to give to her family. She was lovingly and gratefully known for her cinnamon rolls and lemon pies. She was known for her friendship and generosity. She will be greatly missed by her family and many friends.Vivian is survived by her children, Allan and Duane of Anchorage, and Elaine (Bill) and Carolyn of Minnesota; grandchildren, Renae, Ed, Jerod, Karl, Matt, Liz and Katie; great-grandchildren, Amanda, Hailey, Jaylen, Kaitlyn, Zechariah and Sammy; niece, Arlene and family; nephew, Don and family; friend (and like a daughter), Linda (Hancock) Babnik; and cousin and lifelong best friend, Charlotte Demary.Vivian was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin; infant son, Gayle, parents; sister, Lois; granddaughter, Amy; and daughter-in-law, Kathy.At Vivian's request, her ashes will join her husband's on Mount Susitna. Vivian's family wishes to thank Anchorage and Providence Hospice for their invaluable assistance and also to the many friends who offered love and support.Arrangements are with Janssen's Evergreen Memorial Chapel

Catherine A. Olufson, 45, of Kirkland, Wash. died Dec. 22, 1998. Ms. Olufson was born Nov. 13, 1953 in Anchorage, Alaska. She is survived by her mother Lydia Meyer; father Ernest Heald, Sr; sisters Linda Phillips, Peggy Kane and Elizabeth Cockett; brothers John Bourdon and Ernest Heald, Jr.; daughter Peggi Odle and granddaughter Faith Montana Odle.
ONDOLA George Ondola, Jr., 37, of Anchorage, Alaska died October 20, 1998. Mr. Ondola was born November 26, 1960 in Palmer, Alaska. He is survived by his parents Susie and George Ondola Sr.; sisters Marie Ondola-Miller, Marlene and Marianne Ondola; brother and sister-in-law Walter and Janet Ondola; son Jeremy; nephews Chris, Shawn, Darrell, Leonty, Johnny, John, Bryan, Eric and Brandon; nieces Deseree, Carolyn, Edith, Lisa and Aurora; great-nieces Kayla and Salena; uncles Roy, Jerry and Carl Ondola, George Stem, Freddy Yakasoff, Gilbert Rosenberg, Leland Cook, Bill Churchill and Gilbert Gutierrez; aunts Marie Rosenberg, Sophie Gutierrez, Dorothy Cook, Gena Ondola, Sally, Ann Stem, Agnes Brookley and Jeannie Reekie; and numerous cousins in Alaska and the Lower 48.
OSCAR Anchorage resident Rosemary Oscar, 32, died March 12, 2005, at Alaska Native Medical Center. Visitation will be at 10 a.m., with a funeral at 11 a.m. Friday at Hope Cottages, 570 W. International Airport Road. The Rev. Steven Sanders will officiate. Burial will be at Anchorage Memorial Park. Ms. Oscar was born Oct. 22, 1972, in Bethel. She worked for Hope Community Resources in the records department. She was a member of the Orutsararmiut Native Council in Bethel, Hope Community Resources, ARCA and the Eastside United Pentecostal Church, where she assisted in the children's Sunday school classes. She also received awards in the Special Olympics. Ms. Oscar enjoyed crocheting, beading, bowling and bingo and loved nature. "She was my big sister and I was her little brother, and she would let me know," her brother wrote. "When I felt sad, she would show a piece of her heart and that made me feel a lot better." Her family wrote: "Rosemary touched us with love every day in every way. Her smile and laugh and just being herself will be missed. We all have cherished memories and will always love her." Survivors include her parents, Isabel and Thomas Oscar Sr. of Bethel; brothers and sisters-in-law, Thomas Jr. and Angela Oscar, Xavier and Emma Oscar, and Harry and Hilda Oscar, all of Bethel; foster parents, Patricia and Mark Fuller of Anchorage; daughter, Selena Commacho of Texas; nieces, Ayisha and Cherilyn Oscar, Chelsea Oscar, Brittney Oscar and Brianna Oscar; nephews, Damon and Marcus Oscar and Tristen Manchuak; grandmother, Jane Oscar of Bethel; uncles, David Oscar of Kasigluk, John Oscar of Mekoryuk, Jimmy Oscar of Bethel, Joseph Jr. Oscar of Tununak, Dick Lincoln of Tununak, Alois Lincoln of Toksook Bay and David Bill of Toksook Bay; aunts, Lucy Egan, Julia Nevak of Toksook Bay and Julia Bill of Toksook Bay; and biological mother, Maggie Karl of Toksook Bay. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Joseph Oscar Sr. and Stephanie Naiagnik. Arrangements are with Evergreen Memorial Chapel.
OSCAR Pamela Christine Oscar, 29, died peacefully June 20, 1999, at Alaska Native Medical Center. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. today at Evergreen Memorial Chapel, downtown. A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Mekoryuk Covenant Church in Mekoryuk. Mrs. Oscar was born July 30, 1969, in Anchorage. She was raised in Mekoryuk until she moved briefly to Bethel in 1977. She graduated from the Mekoryuk high school in 1983. She had worked for the Swanson's store in Bethel, the Tununak Headstart Program and the Tununak Native Store. She left for Madison, Wis., and received her double lung transplant on Christmas Day 1996. She returned to Alaska in 1997 and has since lived in Anchorage with her family. Mrs. Oscar was a member of Mekoryuk Covenant Church and the Evangelical Covenant Church in Madison. She was married in Tununak at St. Joseph's Catholic Church on Aug. 29, 1992. Mrs. Oscar enjoyed making beadwork, knitting, reading, listening to music, subsistence gathering, family activities, and especially her children's development and spiritual virtues. Her sisters said: ''She used to encourage us when we had problems. We will miss her support and guidance.'' ''She was always caring and compassionate,'' her husband said. A family friend described her as having ''great strength and courage, and shared her love with all.'' Mrs. Oscar is survived by husband, John Oscar of Anchorage; children, Kayleen, Aaron, Jeremy and Caroline of Anchorage; mother, Dora John of Anchorage and Mekoryuk; brothers, Bobby John and Joel John of Mekoryuk, and Moses John of Dillingham; sisters, Marianne John Williams of Mekoryuk and Clarissa John of Anchorage; grandmother, Mildred Whitman of Mekoryuk; uncles, David David, Alvin David, Eugene David and Emory David of Mekoryuk; and aunts, Julie Shore of Palmer and Dina David of Bethel; and all her friends and relatives. She was preceded in death by her father, Kusowyuk John, and brother, Clement John.
OSCAR Lifelong Alaskan Jimmie "Kaganak" Oscar Sr., 72, died Nov. 14, 1994 at Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage. A service was held Nov. 21 at the Catholic church in Bethel. Burial took place in the old cemetery in Bethel. Mr. Oscar was born May 14, 1922, in Tununak on Nelson Island. In 1954, Mr. Oscar and his family moved from Tununak to Bethel for his children's education. Mr. Oscar enjoyed fishing, hunting, trapping and outdoor life. He worked as a subsistence fisherman and as a commercial fisherman in Bristol Bay for the past 30 years. During the summers, he sometimes worked in the canneries. His family said: "As a trapper, he used to trap over 100 minks each winter. When trapping, he lived at Chilugan and Chukfaktooliq. He used dog teams at Kayaluvik and Newtok. One lead dog was named 'Keeviak,' meaning red fox. Every winter he traveled to Bethel by dog team to buy grub and kerosene. Mr. Oscar always made everyone around him laugh. He will be missed by all his family and friends." Mr. Oscar is survived by his wife, Martina of Anchorage; his daughters, Sophie Shuler, Teresa Fisk and Minnie Oscar, all of Anchorage, and Maria Guinn of Bethel; his sons, Paul Sr. of Bethel and George of Anchorage; his brother, Joseph of Tununak; his nephew, Andrew George of Nightmute; 29 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; his close friends and relatives, Louie Andrew of Bethel and Alexie Jimmy of Toksook Bay; and many other relatives and friends throughout Alaska. Arrangements were handled by Evergreen Memorial Chapel.
OSKOLKOFF Steve (Stephan) Peter Oskolkoff Jr., 64, died April 1, 2004, at Providence Wesley Care in Seward, Alaska. Mr. Oskolkoff was born Sept. 18, 1939, in Anchorage, Alaska. He is survived by his sister, Irene Oskolkoff-McMillan, and half-brother, Leo Stephan.
OSKOLKOFF David Eugene Oskolkoff, 52, died Aug. 7, 2002, at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska. Mr. Oskolkoff was born March 29, 1950, in Torrington, Wyo. He is survived by his daughters, Brenda Adams and Leslie Colburn; father, Joseph Oskolkoff; sisters, Beverly Oskolkoff, Selma Simon, Carol Smith, Lenora Shaffer, Melanya Berg, and Marsha Hughton; and brothers, Robert and Kenton Oskolkoff.
OUTWATER Walter "Emuk" Outwater Sr., 85, was born in Noorvik on Nov. 24, 1919, to Ruby Outwater and Murphy Johnson. He was raised as a loving son to Ruby and Clay Outwater. Said Walter of his wife, Ruth, "I trusted her in everything. In the early times of our marriage, I knew that she would be okay, knowing that the home and our children would be taken care of." They were married on Sept. 22, 1938 in Candle. Walter became a pastoral student at the Evangelical Covenant Church and was dedicated at the Wales yearly conference in 1960. He received his Pastor's Certificate and a congratulatory recognition from Gov. William Egan. Walter moved his family to Anchorage in 1969 where he worked for the Anchorage School District at West High School as a maintenance technician. While working there he started and faithfully served as pastor for the Anchorage Friends Church until he retired from his pastorship. While fishing on the Yukon River, he heard a message on KICY that he was elected to be Superintendent of the Alaska Yearly meeting at Kotzebue in 1983. After accepting the position, he served as Superintendent for four years, went to pastor at Deering and Nome, and re-retired in 1992.
OVERTON Aniak resident Lee Frank Overton, 78, died Feb. 4, 2006, at home. A service will be at noon Thursday at Kehl's Forest Lawn Chapel with a visitation at 11 a.m. Mr. Overton was born Nov. 22, 1927, in Broadus, Mont., to Esther and Loy Overton. He moved to Alaska in 1949 when he drove up the Alaska Highway with his brothers. He lived in Seward, Palmer, Eagle River from 1957 to 1977, and in Aniak until his death. Mr. Overton was a refrigeration supervisor for Fort Richardson and was a civilian employee and self-employed. He retired from Fort Richardson in December 1977 and had served in the Navy. Mr. Overton was a member of the Kuskokwim Mission in Aniak. His family wrote: "Lee always was there to help anyone. He was always busy doing something. He truly loved the Lord Jesus Christ and served faithfully in the church. He will be truly missed by family and friends, but we'll see him again in heaven." Mr. Overton is survived by his wife, Agnes Overton; children, Sam Overton and Elaine Simeon, both of Aniak, and Ellie Wright of Wasilla; grandchildren, Pete Tom Kelila, Christina, Gary Jr., Gerald, Joshua, Charlene and Pete Wright, Jasmin, Shelby Lee and Soren Simeon and Stephanie Overton; and siblings, Carol, Lone, Darlene, Vearl and Allen. He was preceded in death by his parents, Loy and Esther Overton; siblings, Clifford, Evelyn, Ollie; and son, Walter Overton.
PAILING Former Anchorage resident Barbara D. Pailing, beloved wife and mother, died peacefully Aug. 5, 2010, in Pensacola, Fla., after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.Barbara was born in Yorkshire, England, on Dec. 10, 1929. As a child she survived bombing and evacuation during the London Blitz in World War II. In 1948, Barbara met her soulmate, Jim Pailing, a Marine Guard at the U.S. Embassy in London. They were married on Nov. 22, 1950. Barbara moved to Alaska with her family in March of 1965. Beginning her career as a dispensing optician for Anchorage Opticians at Ninth Avenue and L Street in 1967, she was a member of the Opticians Association for her entire 30-year career, forging many friendships. Kind and caring, Barbara always had a smile for everyone. She was a member of St. Christopher's Episcopal Church in Anchorage. The Pailings reluctantly moved to Florida in 2008 due to health problems.Barbara was preceded in death by her son, Bill.She leaves behind to cherish her memory, her loving husband Jim; devoted sons and daughter, Bob, Dennis, and Peggy; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren, and many, many friends.In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made, in her name, to Anchorage Alzheimer's Resource of Alaska, 1750 Abbot Road, Anchorage, AK 99507.Condolences may be sent to James Pailing at 3171 Montecito Blvd., Milton, FL 32583.
PAUL JOSEPH PAUL , Services for lifelong Alaska resident Joseph Jim Paul, a former chairman of the Kuskokwim Federation of the Blind and the Alaska Native Blind Development, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Evergreen Memorial Chapel with the Rev. August Alexie of the Moravian Church of God officiating. A visitation will precede the service from 1 to 2 p.m. Mr. Paul, 54, died Sunday, Feb. 14, 1988, at his Anchorage home. He was born May 4, 1933, in Kipnuk. He had worked at the vending stand in the State Court Building in Anchorage and had owned and operated the Cracker Jack Cabin in Kipnuk. He was a member of the Bethel and Rabbit Creek Lions Clubs, and was a former member of the Kipnuk School Board. He was known for his musical talents and composed in both English and the central Yupik language. He enjoyed sharing his interest in music by teaching. He leaves his wife, Natalie; his sons, Gary and Clifford; his daughters, Joann and Nancy; his brothers, David and Johnnie; and 14 grandchildren; all of Kipnuk. Burial will be in Kipnuk later this week. Memorials may be sent to the Alaska Native Blind Development, P. O. Box 100224, Anchorage 99510.
PEDERSON Chugiak resident Michael "Mike" Paul Pederson, 63, died Aug. 13, 2010, at his home surrounded by friends and family.A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Pederson home in Chugiak.Mike was born Nov. 16, 1946, in La Mesa, Calif., to Mancel "Manny" and Lorraine "Lola" Pederson.He graduated from high school at Sierra Vista High, then joined the U. S. Air Force and served in Osan, Korea, and at Edwards Air Force Base as a fire protection specialist.Mike moved to Alaska in 1972 and went to work in the construction industry. He owned "Mike's Repair," specializing in home remodels, plastering and cement work, and was known for his attention to detail and quality of work.Mike was a member of the Eagles Lodge No. 4174 and American Legion Post 33.Mike had a passion for racing and was always tinkering in his garage. He was especially proud of the time he spent flat-track racing his motorcycle. He asphalt drag raced on both motorcycles and snow machines, much of the time alongside his daughter, Heather. When he wasn't racing he enjoyed surfing, riding jet skis and playing guitar around the campfire; he also loved to spend time at the fish wheel at Chitna.He is survived by his wife, Mary Pederson; father, Mancel Pederson; brother, Greg Pederson; daughter and son-in-law, Heather and Lee Davis; son and daughter-in-law, Justin and Terez Pederson; stepdaughter and son-in-law, Jessica and Levi Hogan; stepson and daughter-in-law, Adam and Susanna Cohen; and grandchildren, Nicholas Cohen, Faviana Cohen, Ava Cohen and Gordon Smith.Mike was preceded in death by his mother, Lorraine Pederson; and his first wife, Judi Pederson.The family said: "Mike was always lending a helping hand to friends and members of the community. We would like to thank Dr. Steven Liu for his dedicated compassionate care, and to thank Squeaks O'Connor for helping Mike mark one "Last Fast Pass" off his bucket list, and Julia O'Malley for telling their story.In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Sleeping Lady Lions Club at 18344 Eagle River Road, Eagle River 99571 and to the Mike Pederson Memorial Drag Race at Wells Fargo, Account No. 2859783033.
PETERSEN Ruth Petersen, 88 , Former Anchorage resident Ruth Petersen, 88, died Aug. 8, 2005, at her daughter's home in Walton, N.Y. , A funeral was Aug. 12 at the Walton New Hope Community Church. Interment was at the Walton Cemetery. Mrs. Petersen was born Sept. 15, 1916, in Walton to Silas and Rachel Wolfe. She married Glenn Petersen in Walton in 1936. He died Nov. 18, 1989, in Anchorage. She was a member of the Anchorage Free Methodist Church until 1990. She worked for Three Sisters fabric store at the University Mall until she retired. She lived in Anchorage from 1959 until 1990. After her husband's death, she moved to Arkansas to be near her daughter and family. While living in Walton, she was a member of the New Hope Community Church. "Mrs. Petersen will be remembered for her love of family, faith in God and her love of music," her family said. "She was a loyal wife for over 53 years." Mrs. Petersen is survived by her children and their spouses, Ronald and Nelly Petersen of Anchorage, Loretta and Dale Babcock and Charlene and Gary Covington of the Lower 48; and seven grandchildren including Eric of Nome and Brian of Wasilla; and eight great-grandchildren including Rebecca of Alaska.

Timothy O. Phillips, 38, died March 28, 2001, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn. Mr. Phillips was born July 22, 1962, in Anchorage, Alaska. He is survived by his mother, Mary B. Phillips; sisters, Tammie Mitchell and Tiffany DeMint; and brother, Todd Phillips.
POGGAS Bern Roberta Canon Poggas, 60, died April 10, 2002, at home in Anchorage, Alaska. Ms. Poggas was born April 5, 1942, in Nome, Alaska. She is survived by her sister, Josephine Thomas; brother, Mike Canon; sister-in-law, Georgia M. Bass; and brother-in-law, Robert A. Poggas.


Thomas Pushruk, Anchorage resident and lifelong Alaskan Thomas Annorak Pushruk, 84, died peacefully in his sleep April 10, 2010, at the Alaska Native Medical Center.A celebration of life will be Friday at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Palmer, with visitation at 10 a.m., rosary at 11:30 a.m. and a Mass of Christian burial at noon. Father Marilag Nelson will officiate. Burial will be afterward at the Pioneer Cemetery in Palmer, and a potluck will be after the burial.Pallbearers are Wayne Pushruk, Tony Pushruk, Robert Pushruk, Sammy Mogg III, Curtis Lundy and Frank Pushruk. Honorary pallbearer is Dean Pushruk.Mr. Pushruk was born June 25, 1925, in Ukivok on King Island to Mary and Anthony Pushruk I.In 1942, he joined the Alaska Territorial Guard and later the U.S. Army. In Nome, he worked as a mechanic for Q-Trucking. He was also an accomplished ivory carver.Mr. Pushruk is survived by his brother, Wayne Pushruk; son, Vince Pikgonna and wife, Bess; daughters, Elizabeth Butler and Bernadette Muktoyuk and husband, Harold; sister-in-law, Helen Pushruk; and many relatives, nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.Arrangements are with Legacy Funeral Homes, Kehl's Chapel.

Helen Agnes Quest, 83, of Anchorage, died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2007, at Providence Hospital after declining health and a brief illness. Funeral services were held in Anchorage, followed by services and burial in Grand Junction, Colo. She was born March 5, 1924, in Beaver Dam, Wis., daughter of Sylvester and Marcella (Roark) Thoma. Helen went to school and spent her childhood in the Beaver Dam area. On March 2, 1943, she married Donald Quest in Richwood, Wis. Helen and Don farmed in Mud Lake until they bought a farm on Quest Road near Clyman, Wis. Together Helen and Don became parents of 11 children. In 1962, the family moved to Grand Junction where they continued farming until 1973. At that time, Helen and Don and their younger children moved to Anchorage, where they established the Magi-Clean carpet cleaning business. Their cabin property at Chickaloon was a source of enjoyment and relaxation for Helen and Don and their entire family. Countless friends were welcomed there. The Quests traveled extensively and enjoyed a vacation home in Hawaii for many years. Helen was a devoted wife and dearly loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved to cook, bake and can her garden produce, and was known for the honey she made from corncobs and wildflowers from Chickaloon. Needle-point, crafts and writing letters were among her many creative interests. Survivors include her husband, Donald; children, Carol Kocher (Bob) of Beaver Dam, James Quest (Rosila) of Anchorage, Ronald Quest (Joan) of Parachute, Colo., Susan Garner of Anchorage, Edward Quest (Pamela) of Pipe Creek, Texas, Eva Quest of Anchorage, Joseph Quest (Rhea) of Loma, Colo., Helen Kinsey of Anchorage, Kristine Paeth (David) of Anchorage, and David Quest of Eugene, Ore.; grandchildren, Donald and Edward Kocher, Kim Crummit, James Quest, Russell and Matthew Quest, Michael and Christopher Garner, Joseph Cline, Patrick Quest, Misty Gilbert, Amber Hill, Jason and Jamie Paeth, Tarren Stitchler, Janelle and Brandon Quest; great-grandchildren, Alahna, Adrian and Victoria Guthrie, Mackenzie and Schuyler Garner, Samantha and Elizabeth Garner, Sean Beliveau, and Christopher Cline, Travis and Justin Weldon, Kassidee Gilbert, Kaitlynn Lulay, and Mariah, Shannon, Taylor and Jordan Stitchler; and her sisters, Florence Riedl, Elizabeth Quest and Marian Kreuziger, all of Wisconsin. Helen was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Joseph; a son, Thomas; a grandson, Gregory Quest; and great-grandson, Devin Cline.
RAMIREZ Anchorage resident Phyllis A. Ramirez, 71, died of complications due to a brain tumor at Providence Extended Care on Aug. 2, 2010, surrounded by family and friends.A service will be at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 13, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church. She will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.Phyllis was born June 13, 1939, in Swords Creek, Va. Shortly after, the family moved to West Virginia, where she attended elementary through high school.While working in Washington, D.C., Phyllis met and fell in love with her husband of more than 47 years, and they began their beautiful journey through life together. Through the military they were stationed in Germany for four years, transferred to assignments in Maryland, Virginia and ended in Alaska, where they spent the last 38 years of their lives together raising a family and enjoying all that Alaska has to offer.She had a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration with a minor in accounting from Wayland Baptist University. She became a resident of Alaska in October of 1972. From 1975-1995 she worked as an accountant for the Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. She retired after 20 years of service and continued to work in an administrative capacity at Alaska Regional Hospital for Dr. Rai and Dr. Muffoletto from 1998-2008.Her family wrote, "Phyllis's greatest passion was her family, friends, being very involved with the Catholic Church, including as a Eucharistic minister with St. Anthony's and living life to the fullest. She could make your heart smile with her beautiful blue eyes and infectious hugs. She will be greatly missed by her family, friends, and all who came to know her."Phyllis was affiliated with St. Anthony's Catholic Church. Her hobbies included gardening, reading, sewing, ceramics, traveling and spending time with family and friends.Survivors include her husband of 47 years, Cipriano Ramirez; sons, William Reed and Anthony Ramirez; daughters, Monica Bryan and Veronica Schwankl; daughters-in-law, Kathy Reed and Kristen Ramirez; sons-in-law, Jay Bryan and Jim Schwanke; grandchildren, Timmy, Tommy, Anna Mae, Holli, Carter, Cody and Jason; sisters, Shelby, Mary, Peggy, Betty and Sue; brothers, L.C., Johnny, Billy and Jamie; brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, and many nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by her parents, Audrey E. Miller and Lemuel Cohen Miller.In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to a charity of one's choice.Arrangements are with Janssen's Evergreen Memorial Chapel.
RAMSEY Donald Lee Ramsey, 60, died of heart failure Dec. 22, 2005, at Providence Alaska Medical Center. He was buried Monday in a memorial service with full military honors at Fort Richardson National Cemetery. Mr. Ramsey was born June 17, 1945, in Decatur, Ga., and spent most of his adult life in Alaska. Almost 40 years ago, he moved to Anchorage shortly after getting out of the military. He was a Vietnam-era veteran. He served in the Navy from May 17, 1964, to March 23, 1967. Although he did many things, including owning a tackle shop at Anchor Point, he was proud to call himself a taxi driver. For many years, he worked as an independent contractor, driving fares all over the streets of Anchorage. Usually, his passengers got a good joke or story along with a ride. No one enjoyed humor or a witty turn of phrase more than Don Ramsey. He was a collector of jokes and loved to share them. He was also a prolific writer and self-educated. His family says he believed in speaking out against what he thought was wrong and would go to great lengths to make his point, sometimes at a huge personal cost. Although he struggled with diabetes and a thyroid condition, he enjoyed cooking for his sons, William and John. He loved trying gourmet recipes and sharing them with his friends and family. He was also known to take in homeless people, let them warm up in his apartment and feed them a good meal. Mr. Ramsey was a Pentecostal Christian. Singing gospel music and accompanying himself on the banjo was a source of strength and joy for him. Friends say he had a voice that was rough and sweet at the same time, with a haunting spirituality that came from another time and place. His family said: "His grandson, 'Little John,' brought him the most happiness. Ramsey never thought he'd live long enough to experience the joy of being a grandfather. Holding 'Little John' was his very favorite thing to do. "(We) will never forget his words. Every time one of (us) left his home or ended a phone conversation, he said, 'You know, I love you.' " Mr. Ramsey was preceded in death in 2005 by his wife, Carolyn Edwards Ramsey. He is survived by his sons, John, Evan and William, and grandson, John.

Brandon Christopher Reiley, 28, died Aug. 24, 2010, near Mount Susitna. A family memorial will be 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Alaska Heritage Aviation Museum, 8800 Heritage Center Drive. Arrangements are with Janssens Evergreen Memorial Chapel.

REISER Arlene Reiser, 42, died Nov. 27, 2003, at home in Anchorage, Alaska. Ms. Reiser was born Feb. 6, 1961, in Tyonek, Alaska. She is survived by her daughter, Kayla Reiser; grandson, Jeremiah Reiser; mother, Tania Bismark; sisters, Dorothy Bismark, Sharon Bismark, Alice Bismark, and Laura Bismark; brothers, Fred Bismark Jr., Steve Bismark, Robert Bismark, Stan Bismark, and Eugene Bismark; and many nieces and nephews.
RENK Emily Renk, 86, beloved wife, sister, mother, grandma and great-grandma, died peacefully Sunday, Aug. 8, 2010, in Big Lake, with Shirley by her side.She went to be with her Lord, family wrote.A service will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Kehl's Legacy Funeral Home, 11621 Old Seward Highway in Anchorage. Flowers are welcome. A graveside service will be at 2:30 p.m. at Angelus Memorial Park, off Klatt Road.Emily was born Oct. 2, 1923 in Chehalis, Wash., to Joseph and Emilie Marie Riebli. She was the 10th of 11 children.Raised in Randall, Wash., near Tacoma, it was there that she met Al, her husband of 63 years, while he was training her to take his place at Oakwood Dairy. Later, as Al's occupation in trucking kept him increasingly in Alaska, Emily, along with three young children, Bud, Lynnette and Joyce, flew up from Washington in October of 1952 to join him. Shirley and Jim completed the family over the next four years.Emily had a life full of love and happiness and adventures. She raised her family. Emily worked in the family businesses, Al Renk and Sons Trucking, Alaska Generator, and Howard's Gun Shop.Later, she retired to spend more time being a grandmother and great-grandmother. She and Al loved going to Hawaii. They traveled the Panama Canal, Mexico, and even Paris.One of her biggest joys was garage sales, often arriving before 8 a.m., patiently waiting to see what they had to offer. She loved trying new recipes. Her family was most important to her. Every two years, when the kids were younger, she would gather them up and drive or fly to Chehalis for the annual family reunion. As her children grew and had children of their own, she never missed a year, encouraging all her kids to go and taking whatever grandkids with her she could muster.She never forgot a birthday, anniversary, or any special occasion. Her life was her family; she was a devoted wife, mom, grandma and great-grandmother. She supported her husband and children in whatever ventures in life they wished to pursue. She was always a lady.She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Al; nine older brothers and sisters; her baby boy, Richard; and her great-granddaughter, Stephanie Russell.Emily is survived by her sister, Helen Robison of Centralia, Wash.; son, Bud Renk of Anchorage; daughters, Lynnette Payne, Joyce Spencer and son-in-law, Steve, of Fairbanks, Shirley Glass and son-in-law, John, of Houston, and son, Jim and daughter-in-law, Jo, of Wasilla; grandchildren, Heather Russell of Two Rivers, Mack Miessner and wife, Chelli, Lizy Stocker and spouse, Doug, all of Wasilla, Willow Canady and spouse, Brandon, of Peters Creek, and C.W. Payne and wife, Renee, of Flagstaff, Ariz., Josea, Drea, J.D., Josiah, Olga and Mosiah Renk, all of Wasilla; and 12 great-grandchildren Tyler, Hannah, Spencer Russell and Ty Albert Dale, Blake and Seth Miessner, Emily and Aubrey Stocker, Annelise and Madden Canady, Brody and Gavin Payne. She leaves over 30 nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews in the Washington area.Arrangements were made by Kehl's Legacy Funeral Home.
REZIC Mato Rezic died Aug. 5, 2010, at home in Anchorage at the age of 77 after fighting a long illness.A service will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at St. Benedict's Catholic Church, 8110 Jewel Lake Road.He was born April 10, 1933, in Siroki Brijeg in Bosnia.He married his wife of 46 years in Bosnia. He was a good and loving husband and father who cared for his family and provided for them as a mechanical engineer for the majority of his life.He came to America with his wife nine years ago and became an American citizen. He was loved by his family and friends and was a devoted husband and father. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and watching sports on television.He is survived by his wife, Stefanija Rezic; daughter, Ljiljana Rezic; son, Anto Rezic and wife Belinda; and his two grandchildren, all of Anchorage.Arrangements are with Evergreen Memorial Chapel.
RHODES Warner "Dusty" Rhodes Jr., age 78, of Kearney, Neb., formerly of Anchorage, died July 2, 2010, at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Kearney. Burial of ashes will be at a later date. Military rites at the church will be provided by the Kearney American Legion Post No. 52, VFW Post No. 759 and the U.S. Navy's Military Honors Team. Memorials are suggested to Make-A-Wish Foundation or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital . A message of condolence, tribute or memory can be left at was born Jan. 10, 1932, to Warner and Marguerite Capp Rhodes. He grew up in Bay Shore, N.Y., then joined the U.S. Navy. He moved to Anchorage in 1961.In aviation since 1950, he worked for Reeve Aleutian Airways as a dispatcher. He then joined the FAA in Anchorage, where he remained until his retirement in 1993.Dusty was a life member of VF. Post No. 1685 in Anchorage. In retirement he was a foster grandparent volunteer in Grand Junction, Colo., and was the chief supporter of his wife's equine breeding and training operation.He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Peggy Rhodes of Kearney; daughters, Kim and husband, Russell Hilliard of Kearney, Lisa and husband, Pieter Koudijs of Cambridge, Ontario, Canada, and Laurie and husband, Berry Childers of Anderson, S.C.; sons, Chris Shults and fiancee, Jolene Oster of Denver, Colo., Jim and wife Joan Rhodes of Belmont, Mich., and Jeff and wife Renee Rhodes of Ellwood City, Pa.; 15 grandchildren; and a brother, Kenneth Rhodes of Poughkeepsie, N.Y.He was preceded in death by his mother; stepsister, Jeanne Adele Powell; and sister-in-law, Patricia Rhodes.Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl Funeral and Cremation Services of Kearney are in charge of arrangements.
RICE Emma Jean Rice, 76, of Anchorage, died July 26, 2010, at Providence Alaska Medical Center.A funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Alaskan Heritage Memorial Chapel, 440 E. Klatt Road. A private family inurnment will be at Fort Richardson National Cemetery at a later date.Emma was born Feb. 25, 1934, in Whitesville, W.Va., to Mr. and Mrs. Cantley. Emma moved to Alaska in the 1960s and worked for Humana Hospital in the nursery. She later worked as a heart monitor technician. She retired from Alaska Regional Hospital in 1997. Emma enjoyed crocheting, baking and raising her grandchildren.Her family said: "Emma was loved by everyone who met her. A grandmother to all and a provider to anyone who needed support, Emma's love was unconditional. She never expected anything in return from anyone. A community of loved ones and a zoo of cats and dogs will dearly miss her."In addition to her parents, Emma was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Rice.She is survived by her sons, Randy Rice and Kevin Rice; daughter, Brenda Rice; grandchildren, Tami Rice, Cody Rice, Katie Rice, Tina Rice, Curtis Rice, Dani Berlin, Kamalei Palmer, Emmit Williams, Kevin Rice Jr.; and extended family, Kayla Pusich, Mitch Edmondson and Tina Edmondson.In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Rice Family, 7724 Snow View Drive, Anchorage, 99507.Arrangements are with Alaskan Heritage Memorial Chapel of Anchorage;
ROADY Former Alaska resident Steve Alan Roady, 56, died Monday, Aug. 2, 2010, at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital in Yakima, Wash.A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Keith & Keith Funeral Home's Ninth Avenue Chapel. To share a memory, visit was born Nov. 28, 1953, in Yakima to Al and Jennie (Bock) Roady.Steve joined the Army at age 17, and served in Fairbanks. After serving two years, Steve returned to Washington to attend college. Steve then returned to Alaska, where he worked on the trans-Alaska oil pipeline for a short time and then became a real estate agent in Anchorage. He was a very successful agent in Alaska for nearly 25 years before moving to North Carolina. While in Alaska, Steve also worked with disabled children, a job he enjoyed immensely and where he was well liked.Steve was a very active person who enjoyed working and took great pride in his home and yard. He especially loved fishing, boating and camping with his family.Survivors include his sons, Christopher Roady of North Carolina and Kevin Roady of Wasilla; and parents, Al and Jennie Roady of Yakima.He was preceded in death by his brother, Lynn Roady.
ROBER Former resident Leonard James Robar, 83, died Aug. 25, 2010, in Methodist Hospital in San Antonio, Texas.A Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, 825 Klevin St., with the Rev. Fred Bugarin presiding. Pallbearers are Ben Robar, Jim Robar, Alan Robar, Kurt Robar, Cye Robar, Kevin Robar, Jamie Haines and Aaron Haines. Interment will follow at Angelus Memorial Park.Jim was born Aug. 20, 1927, in Lennox, Calif., to the late Cyril and Jeanette Robar. He proudly served in the Army Signal Corps during World War II, as a communication specialist in the Philippines and Okinawa. After his discharge, Jim moved to Alaska in March of 1947 and he was one of the first to travel the Alaska Highway after it was opened for civilian use. Jim met Patricia Hamor in Anchorage, and they were married Nov. 19, 1949. He worked civil service at Elmendorf AFB. He was also employed with Matanuska Plumbing in Anchorage, and CR Lewis Plumbing and Heating of Anchorage before retiring in 1989.Jim was an officer of Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 367 board for over 20 years. He was also a member of the Catholic Church, volunteered for Meals on Wheels, Boy Scouts of America where he was the first Boy Scout to earn Eagle in Alaska, and co-founder of the Alaskan Chapter RC Clubs.His family states, "He was a man of integrity, honor, and devoted personal time through scouting, the union, and church activities to teach these values to others."Jim is survived by his wife of 60 years, Patricia Ann Robar of Mason, Texas; sons, James (Patricia) Robar, Alan (Karen) Robar, Kurt Robar; daughters, Tracy (Christopher) Haines and Krista (Mike) Bailey; grandchildren, Kevin Robar, Cheryl Hartbauer, Cye Robar, Alana Robar, Jamie Haines, Aaron Haines, Carlie Bailey, Amy Bailey, Maggie Bailey; great-grandchildren, Shelby Robar, CyAnn Robar, and Jason Robar; brother, Bernard (Brigitt) Robar, all of Anchorage.In lieu of flowers, memorial donations maybe made to Boy Scouts of America, 3117 Patterson St., Anchorage, 99504
ROBSON Mary Ann Robson, 61, died Aug. 1, 2003, at Providence Hospital in Anchorage, Alaska. Ms. Robson was born March 3, 1942, in Anchorage, Alaska. She is survived by her husband, Gerald E. Robson; children, Jerry, Monte, and Mike Robson; sisters, Ollie Hudson and Ruby Robson; and brother, Allan Dahl.
RONHOLDT Roy Fridiman Ronholdt Jr., 56, died July 27, 2004 at home in Anchorage. Mr. Ronholdt was born January 13, 1948 in Anchorage. He is survived by his sister, Roylene Ann (Ronholdt) McElroy; brothers, John Olaf Ronholdt and Robert Gerard Ronholdt; niece, Angela McElroy; and nephews, Bryan McElroy, Craig McElroy, Duane McElroy and Michael Otte.
ROSENBERG Marie Rosenberg, 70, died Aug. 24, 2003, at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska. Ms. Rosenberg was born April 4, 1933, in Eklutna, Alaska. She is survived by her husband, Gilbert Rosenberg; daughters, Theresa Hartman and Diane Buls; and son, Franklin Rosenberg.
ROTH Anchorage resident Mary Jean Roth ("Jean" to her family and friends), 79, died Aug. 9, 2010, at her home from complications due to a fractured hip.A family service is planned for Pinedale, Wyo., in the fall. No service is planned for Anchorage.Jean was born March 12, 1931, in Pinedale to James K. and Alice E. (Morrow) Harrower. The oldest of four children, she grew up in Pinedale and later attended the University of Wyoming.She married Bertram Roth in 1951. They lived in Wyoming, Iowa and Hawaii before settling in Houston, Texas, where they had three children. After her divorce, Jean and her children drove the Alaska Highway in 1974, settling in Anchorage.Jean retired from Alyeska Pipeline after 21 years as an accountant."She will be deeply missed," her family wrote.Jean maintained a lifelong interest in fine art, and continued to produce original oil paintings and sculpture while pursuing her career in accounting and raising her children. In her later years, she enjoyed gardening, reading, crossword puzzles and her four grandchildren. She prized her independence highly.Jean is survived by her three children, David (Julie) Roth of Manhattan, N.Y., Heather Kincaid of Hood River, Ore., and Douglas (Becky) Roth of Anchorage; four grandchildren, Payton and Makenna Kincaid, and Jonathan and Douglas Roth; two brothers, Bob Harrower of Pinedale and Jim (Denise) Harrower of Cederville, Calif.; one sister, Ruth (Pete) Arnold of Cheyenne, Wyo.; and many nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by her parents.Arrangements were by the Cremation Society of Alaska
RUDE Ernest Edward Rude, 66, died March 14, 2002, at Sunset Home Care, Inc. in Anchorage, Alaska. Mr. Rude was born Nov. 5, 1935, in Flat, Alaska. He is survived by his mother, Johanna Kerr; daughter and son-in-law, Ronalda Rude-Olivera and Tony Olivera; son and daughter-in-law, Dale and Colleen Rude; grandchildren, Amariah Olivera, Robert Olivera, Ryan Olivera, Shawn Olivera, Christopher Olivera, and Alexa Rude; sisters, Evelyn Jones and Dorothy Nitz; adopted sisters, Kathy Johnson, Joan Bennet, and MaryEllen; brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert and Virginia Rude, James and Denise Kerr, and Glen and Angela Kerr; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. Mr. Rude was preceded in death by his father, Herbert Rude, and his stepfather, Robert Kerr.
RUNSTETLER Anchorage resident Jenny Lee (Rickteroff) Runstetler, 82, died Sept. 3, 2010, at the Alaska Native Medical Center of prolonged illness and was surrounded by family and friends."She went to heaven," her family wrote.An open public viewing will be at noon, with a service at 1 p.m., Saturday at Janssen Funeral Homes,737 E St., Anchorage. A pastor from St. Innocent Russian Orthodox Cathedral will officiate. A potluck is planned after the service. Cremation will take place Monday at the Alaska Cremation Center. Burial of ashes will take place at a later date at Fort Richardson National Cemetery, next to her husband, Alvin W. Runstetler.Mrs. Runstetler was born July 4, 1928, in Iliamna, at fish camp.Jenny's parents were Michael C. Rickteroff and Katherine Simeon.She married Alvin Wilber Runstetler on Jan. 26, 1959.Jenny enjoyed visiting with relatives, family and friends. She loved gardening and house plants, extensive photo wall hangings, eating her Native foods and cooking.Her family wrote: "Jenny had a kind heart and lived her life with great courage."Mrs. Runstetler was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin; her siblings, Albert, Victor and William Rickteroff, Mike, Freda and Carl Jensen; grandson, Joe Peplinski; children, Terry and Billy Runstetler and Catherine Rickteroff.Mrs. Runstetler is survived by her daughters, Kathy Wright, Susan Benyish, Mary Ann Peplinski; sons-in-law, Michael Wright, Richard Peplinski; grandchildren, Nicodemous Marsing and Thrina (Media), Justin Marsing and Heather (Wilson), Tina and Emily Wright, Stephen Peplinski and Marianna, Erik, Kayla and Erica Benyish; great-grandchildren, Kylee, Brayton and Gage Marsing, Ember and Phoenix Marsing; brothers, David Rickteroff, Chris Jensen; nephews, Alan Victoroff and family, and Kurt Jensen; nieces, Amber and Bernice Victoroff and family, Debra Brown and family;Arrangements are with Evergreen Memorial Chapel / Janssen Funeral Homes, Inc.,
RUSSI Lifelong Alaska resident Gertrude S. "Gertie" Russi, 53, died March 10, 1995, at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Wash. A funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Evangelical Covenant Church, with visitation beginning at noon. The Rev. Nathan Toots will officiate. Burial will follow in Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery. Pallbearers include Gary, Glenn and Melvin Ivanoff, Samuel Shavings, Walter Dotomain and Rueban Noratuk. Mrs. Russi was born May 12, 1941, in Mekoryuk on Nunivak Island. She was the postmistress in Mekoryuk and moved to Anchorage in 1974. She worked for the U.S. Postal Service for many years in Mekoryuk and Anchorage and had volunteered at the Crisis Center in Anchorage. Mrs. Russi was a member of Evangelical Covenant Church and enjoyed knitting, crocheting, fishing and being with her grandchildren. Her family said: "Her smile and sense of humor will be greatly missed." Mrs. Russi is survived by her daughter, Caroline Ivanoff of Anchorage; three sons, Glenn Ivanoff of Anchorage, and Gary and Melvin Ivanoff of Mekoryuk; mother, Susie Shavings of Mekoryuk; three sisters, Lillian Shavings of Mekoryuk, and Marian Shavings and Karen Shavings-Stein of Anchorage; two brothers, Samuel and Silas Shavings of Mekoryuk; eight grandchildren, Jackie, Jamie, Mitchum, and Sidney Ivanoff, and Ian Alexander, all of Anchorage, Jessica Paul of Napaskiak, and Jordan and Jasmine Fitka, of Marshall; and many other relatives. She was preceded in death by her father, Harry, and brothers, Jim and Richard. Arrangements were handled by Evergreen Memorial Chapel.
RYAN Robert Eugene Ryan, 34, died June 17, 2003, in Columbus, Ohio. Mr. Ryan was born May 29, 1969, in Anchorage, Alaska. He is survived by his mother, Mary Jean Ryan; brother, Raymond Edward Ryan, Jr.; and stepsister, Dianna Lynn Gaskins;
SCHARPER Anchorage resident Elizabeth Sue Scharper, 76, died at Providence Alaska Medical Center Aug. 17, 2010.Friends are invited to the interment at 3 p.m. Friday at Fort Richardson National Cemetery. Meet at the main gate at 2:30 p.m. for escort onto the base. A celebration of life will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at AMVETS Post 2, 855 E. 38th Ave., next to the University Center mall.She was born July 18, 1934, in Mountain View, Ark.Sue was the beloved wife of 54 years of Fred L. Scharper. They moved to Alaska in 1954 when Fred was stationed at Fort Richardson. They fell in love with Alaska and never left.Sue was a lifetime charter member of AMVETS Auxiliary Post 2, Antique Auto Mushers of Alaska, Auto Mushers of America and the "Alaska Territorially Calvary Motorized." Sue enjoyed her sewing, gardening and carrying for her dog Rosie."She will be missed and I love her," her husband wrote.She is survived by her husband, Fred; sister, Erlene Hinkle; and brother, John Fisher. She is also survived by Linda Farrisj, Madeline Stratton, Carol Jane Rathrovani, Joan Hawkins, Regina Wilson, Gary Foster, Jerry Foster and Rhonda Conrad; and by numerous nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by her sister, Blondie Seafers; and her parents, Roxie and Thurman Foster. The family prefers memorials be made to your local cancer society.


Frank Charles Schmidt, 82, died March 14, 2010, at Providence Alaska Medical Center from a heart attack. A service will be at 1 p.m., with visitation from noon to 1 p.m., today at Evergreen Memorial Chapel, 737 E St., Anchorage. Pastor Andy Heer will officiate. He will be laid to rest at Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery on Ninth Avenue at 2:30 p.m. Pallbearers will be Casi Knoedler, Howard Chivers, Sam Grosvold and Jos Dugan. Frank was born Oct. 5, 1928, in Burwin, Ill. He moved to Alaska in 1956 and lived in Kenai. He was also a resident of Anchorage and Unalakleet. He worked as a jeweler for his father in Chicago, served as a volunteer fireman, was a master carpenter and a retired roofer from Rainproof Roofing. He enjoyed fishing, building, hunting, fixing and doing repairs, and was an ulu knife maker. He is survived by wife, Daisy Anna Schmidt of Kenai; brother, James Schmidt of Chicago; sister, Catherine Schmidt of Chicago; daughter, Cathy Kotongan of Unalakleet; daughter, June, and husband Bobby Haught of Tunnelton, W.Va.; son, Sam Grosvold of Kenai; daughter-in-law, Carla Grosvold of Kenai; grandsons, Ray Redington Jr., Vernon Redington, Ryan Redington, Byron Kotongan, Clayton Kotongan, B.J. Haught, Wesley Haught, Charlie Grosvold, Michael Grosvold, John John Grosvold, Joshua Grosvold; and granddaughters, Cory Haught and Bambie Grosvold. He was preceded in death by his mother, Catherine Schmidt, and daughter, Nicky.
SCIANCALETORE Anchorage resident Barbara Sciancaletore, 49, died on July 21, 2010, at home.Barbara was born Aug. 1, 1961, in Sellersville, Pa., to Robert Knabb and Ruth Lick. She graduated from Phoenixville High in 1979 and became an Alaska resident about 12 years ago. She loved Italian cooking.Her family writes, "She was a good woman and the family misses her."She is survived by her mother, Ruth Lawless of Norristown, Pa.; her son, Jason and his wife, Alyssa Spicer, and child, Addison; daughter, Katie Lyn, wife of Christopher Mamrol of Lansdale, Pa.; sister, Rose Marie, wife of Robert Thees of Colledgeville, Pa.; and sister, Robyn Lynn, wife of Robert A. Spicer of Mohrsville, Pa.She was preceded in death by her father, Robert Knabb, and sisters, Robyn Spicer and Rosie Thees.Arrangements are with Legacy Funeral Home-Bragaw Chapel.
Rosa Ekkrileazue Sebwenna, 68, died Nov. 6, 2001, at home in Anchorage, Alaska. Ms. Sebwenna was born May 24, 1933, and is survived by her daughters, Elizabeth Ann Sebwenna, Geraldine W. Sebwenna, and Aurora Harris; and her son-in-law Tony Harris.
SELLERS Ruth E. Sellers, 77, of Anchorage, Alaska died June 27, 1999 at Elmendorf Hospital. Mrs. Sellers was born June 6, 1922 at Cape Darby, Alaska. She is survived by her husband Charles Sellers; sons, Gerald Beltz, Thomas L. Beltz Jr. and Robert Sellers; daughters, Pauline Hooten, Ruth Chambliss and Kathy McCune; 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
SHANE Anchorage resident Walter Edward Shane, 49, died Aug. 3, 2010, at the Alaska Native Medical Center, surrounded by his wife of 27 years, daughter and son-in-law, siblings and extended family members.A lifelong Alaskan, Mr. Shane was born July 28, 1961, on St. George Island to William and Martha Shane and raised on St. Paul Island.A funeral and burial will take place today on St. Paul Island at the Saint Peter and Paul Church, officiated by the Rev. Maxim Isaac.Mr. Shane was one of the first Village Public Safety Officers to graduate in the 1980s and later was trained to become a police officer. He was also a board member of the Central Bering Sea Fishermen's Association.His family said, "Walter was a very committed, faithful individual to the Russian Orthodox Church and maintained extremely strong family values."He is survived by his wife, Julie Shane; daughter and son-in-law, Martha and Vladimer Krukoff of Anchorage; brothers, Benjamin Shane of St. Paul, John Shane of Anchorage, William Shane Jr. of Anchorage, Nikander Shane of Adak, Frank Shane of St. Paul, David Shane of Anchorage and Mike Shane of Kenai; sisters, Mable Kochutin of Wasilla, Diane Krukoff of Adak, Anna Lestenkof of St. Paul and Dorothy Andrews of New York; and many nieces, nephews and godchildren.Mr. Shane was preceded in death by his parents, William and Martha Shane; and sisters Sarafima Shane, Katherine Dunton and Erena Haynes.
SHAVINGS Lifelong Alaskan Josephine R. Shavings, 72, died Jan. 3, 2002, at Alaska Native Medical Center after an illness. Visitation will be at 11 a.m. today at Evergreen Memorial Chapel, Eighth Avenue and E Street. A funeral will follow at noon with the Rev. James Blackshear officiating. Burial will be later at Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery. Ms. Shavings was born July 4, 1929, on Nunivak Island and later moved to Bethel and then to Anchorage in the 1960s. She completed her GED and later worked for the University of Alaska Anchorage in food service during the 1960s before her retirement. Ms. Shavings was a member the United Pentecostal Church. She was an artist and enjoyed beachcombing, harvesting beach grass and weaving the grass into baskets. She also enjoyed camping, fishing, picking greens and berries, sewing, knitting and music. She loved shopping. Her family said: ''She was a hardworking woman to provide for her family. She had a great sense of humor. Her laughter will be missed and will be a precious memory in our hearts. She was loved by her family and friends. She was a firm believer in our Lord Jesus Christ and loved Christian movies and music.'' Ms. Shavings is survived by her brother, Alex Rogers of Anchorage; sisters, Mary Smith of Anchorage and Susie Williams of Mekoryuk; daughters, Laura Kolerok of Wasilla and Anna Shavings of Anchorage; sons, Dennis Shavings of Kodiak, and Martin Shavings, Luther Shavings and Jacob Shavings of Anchorage; grandchildren, Reginald and Brenda of Anchorage, and Dorothy of Wasilla; great-grandchildren, Jackie and Deandra of Wasilla and Chris of Anchorage; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, three daughters, two sons, and two grandchildren.
SHAVINGS Reuben Nick Shavings, 38, an Anchorage resident, died May 5, 1989 at Alaska Native Medical Center. A funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at Kehl's Forest Lawn Memorial Chapel. The Rev. J.R. Blackshear of United Pentecostal Church will officiate. Mr. Shavings was born June 6, 1950, in Mekoryuk. He had attended chef school in Oregon and worked as a cook in Kodiak, the Seward Skill Center, Church's Fried Chicken in Spenard and Big Boys in Anchorage. During the fishing season he worked in canneries. His hobbies included playing the guitar and singing. He enjoyed wood carving, making masks and gardening. He leaves his father, Frank, of Bethel; his mother, Josephine, of Anchorage; his brothers, Martin, Dennis and Jacob, all of Anchorage, and Luther, of Palmer; and his sisters, Anna and Sharon, both of Anchorage, and Laura Kolerok, of Wasilla. Burial will be in Anchorage Memorial Park.
SHAVINGS Anchorage resident Sharon Shavings, 43, died Dec. 11, 2001, at her home. Visitation will be at 2 p.m. today at Evergreen Memorial Chapel, Eighth Avenue and E Street, with a service at 3 p.m. The Rev. Jesse Powell of Trinity Christian Reformed Church will officiate. Burial will be at Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery. A gathering of friends will be held at a later date. Ms. Shavings was born June 1, 1958, in Bethel. She spent her childhood in Mekoryuk, Nunivak Island and Bethel before moving to Anchorage in the late 1960s. She had most recently been employed by at the 4th Avenue Theater in service preparation. Prior to this position she had been employed at Tudor Bingo. Her family wrote: ''Sharon was an avid participant in Special Olympics and an excellent bowler. She was a member of the Trinity Christian Reformed Church. ''Sharon was a gifted knitter and loved to knit scarves for her friends. She also could be seen riding her bike daily in the community. ''Sharon was a joy to her family and friends. She was always telling jokes and making people laugh. She will be remembered for her sense of humor and her positive attitude.'' She is survived by her father, Frank Shavings of Bethel; mother, Josephine Shavings of Anchorage; sisters, Laura Kolerok of Wasilla and Anna Shavings of Anchorage; brothers, Martin Shavings, Luther Shavings and Jacob Shavings of Anchorage, and Dennis Shavings of Kodiak; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by two sisters, two brothers and her grandparents.


Thompson Sihakhoth, 76, Anchorage resident Thompson Sihakhoth, 76, died Oct. 5, 2005, at Providence Alaska Medical Center of natural causes. The Buddhist Association will conduct a funeral at 1 p.m. Sunday, with visitation from noon-1 p.m., at Kehl's Forest Lawn Mortuary. His sons and grandsons will act as pallbearers. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are being accepted at Republican National Committee, 310 First St. S.E., Washington, DC 20003. Mr. Sihakhoth was born Dec. 10, 1928, in Laos. He was educated in Laos. In 1981, he graduated from welding and electronic assembly course at Educational Cultural Complex in San Diego. He served as a captain in the Laotian army for 24 years. He moved to Alaska in 1983. He worked as a porter for Caterair, from which he retired in 1996. He loved to garden and plant flowers and occasionally played bingo. His family said: "Thompson Siharhoth was a brave and honorable father who taught his family how to become good, respectful, honest, loving and hardworking people. He was known for always helping out others." Mr. Sihakhoth is survived by his wife, Pay Sihakhoth; sons, Phimphila, Viengsavanh, Ace, Kongsavanh, Chantaakhath and Vasana Sihakhoth; daughter, Amphaphone Sihakhoth; grandsons, Christopher, Michael, Whilesky, George, Phonesavanh and Brendon; and granddaughter, Charoulavan, all of Anchorage.

Longtime Alaska resident Beverly Ruth (Lebold) Silva, 82, died Sept. 3, 2010, at Providence Hospital in Anchorage.Beverly was born Sept. 26, 1927, in Salem, Ore.. She moved to Alaska before statehood in 1959 after visiting a school friend. In 1963 she met Robert "Bob" Silva, and they married later the same year. She worked at BLM from 1959 to 1964.Beverly was a devoted wife and mother. For over 10 years she was a Campfire leader for her daughters. She enjoyed family RV camping, cooking great family meals, and spending time with her children, grandchildren, and many pets. She was an avid baseball fan, and also enjoyed reading and making crafts.She had a deep and inspirational faith. She was one of the founding members of St. Patrick's Parish in 1971, and actively supported the parish hospitality and prayer groups for nearly 40 years.Beverly had many lifelong friends through her service to church and as a 50-year member of the Beta Sigma Phi sorority.Mrs. Silva is survived by her children, Lisa Russell and Karin (Dan) Wessels; and her grandchildren Zachary and Jacob Russell of Anchorage, and Jessica, Michael, Laura and Matthew Wessels of Eatontown, N.J. She will be missed by her extended family and her many friends in Anchorage.She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Robert Silva, and her brother, William Lebold.Visitation is at noon on Friday, Sept. 10, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 2111 Muldoon Road. The funeral Mass will be at 1 p.m. Friday, officiated by Father Scott Medlock. Burial will be at Fort Richardson National Cemetery with her beloved Robert. There will be a reception at 4 p.m. at St. Patrick's.

SMITH Mary Smith, 79 , Lifelong Alaskan Mary Pauline (Arnatqang) Smith, 79, died peacefully in her sleep Aug. 18, 2005, at home in Anchorage, with family members at her side. She had fought a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. A funeral will be Thursday at Mekoryuk Evangelical Covenant Church. Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday at Anchorage Funeral Home, 1800 Dare Ave. Born April 27, 1926, in Mekoryuk on Nunivak Island, she was married to Peter Smith Sr. of Nunivak Island for 53 years and proudly raised 16 children. They were missionaries from 1958 to 1964 for the Evangelical Covenant Church of Alaska, and served in Nome, Hooper Bay, Mekoryuk and Anchorage. She worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs as a chef and enjoyed living a traditional subsistence lifestyle in Mekoryuk. Her family recalled that her favorite pastimes included creating beautiful Native crafts and quoting scripture from the Bible for her family members. Mary's favorite scriptures were John 14:1-2 and Psalms 23. She was preceded in death by her husband, Peter Smith Sr.; sons, Abraham and Peter Jr.; brothers, Jimmy, Martin and Ted; sister, Josephine Shavings; and uncle, Tom Dotomain. Mrs. Smith is survived by her aunt, Susie Shavings; niece, Edna Mathlaw; son, Richard Davis; brothers, Jesse Moses and Joseph Moses Sr.; sons and daughters-in-law, Samuel, Dale Sr. and Alice, Ishmael and Viva, and Davis, all of Mekoryuk, Showalter Sr. and Grace of Eagle River, Joshua and Alice Mathlaw, Luke and Mary, Miller and his companion Joyce Haynes, Jimmy and Chrystal, and Johnny; and daughters and sons-in-law, Margie and Joseph David, and Lola and Robert Ferguson, all of Anchorage, Grace and James Harrod of Kodiak, and Marion and Gene Scarzella of France. "Mary was also a proud grandmother of 42 grandchildren and great-grandmother of 39 great-grandchildren," her family said. "Mary is survived by many relatives and it may be that not all have been mentioned, but she embraced every one of them. Mary touched many lives throughout Alaska and will fondly be remembered for her beautiful smile." In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in memory of Mrs. Smith to Wells Fargo Bank of Anchorage or to the family through Anchorage Funeral Home.

Valerie Ann Smith, 37, died Feb. 16, 2001, at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska. She was born Aug. 2, 1963, in Anchorage, Alaska. She is survived by her son Jedediah Ian Smith; father Leroy G. Boies Sr.; brother Leroy Boies Jr.; and sisters, Jennifer Coughlin, Debra Morris and Denise Morris.
SMITH Jo Smith, 57 Eagle River resident Joellen "Jo" Smith, 57, died Aug. 15, 2005, at Mile 174 Parks Highway. A visitation will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Saint Andrew's Catholic Church in Eagle River, with a service at 2 p.m. Pallbearers include Aaron and Jason Smith, Jim and Jess Richey, Chris Rogers and Ben Langham. Cremation will be after the funeral service. Mrs. Smith was born July 1, 1948, in Greenfield, Ind., to James and Katherine Richey. She attended St. Michael's Parochial School and graduated from Greenfield High School in 1967. In 1968, she married Ronald Smith at Lake Heath air base in England. They came to Alaska in 1969 and started a family. "She was proud to be a mother," her family wrote. "She made her family a priority by staying home and raising four children. Later, she worked at the Family Health Center in Eagle River for 18 years, and the state of Alaska Office of Child Services in Anchorage. "She faithfully attended Saint Andrew's Catholic Church, where she served as a Eucharistic minister and sang in the choir. She enjoyed spending time with family, reading, playing cards, walking and praying the rosary. "Jo was a beloved mother, grandmother and friend. She was a beautiful woman who was blessed with a caring heart. She was encouraging, a great listener and a fun-loving person. Our mother will be deeply missed by all who knew her." Mrs. Smith is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Shawn and Chris Rogers of Anchorage and Leigh and Ben Langham of Kenai; sons, Aaron Smith and Jason Smith of Eagle River; grandchildren, Fischer, Gunner and Rivers Rogers of Anchorage, and Gavin Langham of Kenai; brothers, Jimmy and Jess Richey of Greenfield; sisters, Cass Hewitt of Fortville, Ind., and Jeanette Richey of Greenfield. She was preceded in death by her parents. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to National Alliance on Mental Illness of Anchorage Affiliate, P.O. Box 243302, Anchorage 99524 in memory of Jo Smith. Arrangements are with Evergreen Memorial Chapel.
SNYDER Corinne M. Snyder, 75, died April 20, 2003, at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska. Ms. Snyder was born to Anna and Roy Snyder Sr. in Nome, Alaska, and was the oldest of five children. She loved to bake and entertain family and friends. She was a past employee of the U.S. Post Office and ACS. She is survived by her sister, Roberta Reyes; brothers, Roy Snyder Jr. and Charles Snyder; as well as other family members.
STARK Former Anchorage resident Bobbie Sue Stark, 71, died peacefully Aug. 2, 2010, at her home in Las Vegas after a courageous battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.A funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Evergreen Memorial Chapel, 737 E St. Longtime friend Raymond Torres will give the eulogy. Burial will be at Anchorage Memorial Cemetery. Family and friends will gather from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the AGC building, 8005 Schoon St. In addition to flowers, please consider making a contribution to the ALS Association to further research for this dreadful disease.Bobbie was born Sept. 15, 1938, in Morrilton, Ark., to John Henry and Serena Shirley (Kirtley) Patterson.In 1958, Bobbie moved to Alaska, where she raised her family and was a very successful businesswoman. She was incredibly independent and business-minded throughout her life. Bobbie was the owner of Bobbie Jack Trucking Inc. in Anchorage for more than 25 years. She owned and managed several businesses prior to that. Bobbie Stark, fondly referred to as "Bobbie Jack," is very well known and admired in the local trucking industry.She retired, and she and her husband Ray moved to Las Vegas in 2007. She was diagnosed with ALS last year. Ray cared for her throughout her illness. He was her very loving and compassionate caretaker during her final months.Bobbie's family wrote: "Bobbie Sue Stark was a great lady, a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin "Cuz" and friend. She will be remembered as one very remarkable woman who was cherished and loved by many. May she rest in peace until we are united again."She is survived by her husband, Ray Thomas; daughter, Michelle S. Chargois of Las Vegas; daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Kevin Monaghan of Anchorage; stepson and daughter-in-law, Jason and Sabrina Thomas; grandchildren, Robert, Dalton, Jeffrey, Jennifer, Jamie, Molly, Sarah, Tommy, Taylor and Eryn; and four great-grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law, Danny and Stella Patterson; nieces, Sabrina and Bobbie Patterson; nephews, Roland Patterson and James "Duckey" Patterson; her "babies," Patches and Buddy; plus extended family members including cousins, Joyce Anderson, Chuck Stretch, Floyd Stretch, Sunny Mitchell, Ed Lewis and Don Lewis; and many, many friends in our local community and the Las Vegas area.Bobbie was preceded in death by her parents; an infant son; her daughter, Terri (Shirley) Yip; and her brothers, Jay and Billie Patterson.

Former senator Ted Stevens of Alaska, 86, who funneled billions of dollars to his home state over six terms in office and became one of the most powerful and combative federal legislators of his generation, died of injuries suffered in a plane crash Monday [August 9, 2010] in southwest Alaska.Mr. Stevens served 40 years in the Senate, longer than any other Republican in history. Starting out as a little-known envoy from a remote state, he used a combination of blunt aggression and deft political maneuvering to become a power broker who guaranteed a steady stream of federal dollars to Alaska. He narrowly lost a bid for reelection in 2008, days after he was convicted of seven felonies for allegedly failing to disclose personal gifts. The conviction was thrown out months after the trial because of allegations of prosecutorial misconduct. As chairman of the powerful Appropriations Committee, Mr. Stevens ensured that Alaska got the billions of dollars it needed to build modern transportation, education and sanitation systems despite the state's vast and remote terrain. "Stevens money," as federal dollars came to be known in Alaska, transformed the state, from its largest cities to its farthest-flung hamlets, and made its residents among the country's biggest per-capita beneficiaries of federal largess.He was a favorite target of government-spending watchdog groups, and the notorious "bridge to nowhere" he championed in 2005 became a national symbol of out-of-control pork politics. Mr. Stevens, a self-described "mean, miserable SOB," was unapologetic about defending the interests of the nation's northern frontier. For difficult fights on the Senate floor, he famously wore a scowl and a necktie featuring the raging comic-book character the Incredible Hulk. "They sent me here," he once said simply, "to stand up for the state of Alaska."Mr. Stevens molded Alaska through more than just money. By reaching across the aisle to form alliances with his Democratic counterparts, he established himself early in his career as a senator who could pass major legislation.He played a leading role in drafting the landmark 1971 Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, which addressed indigenous land claims by creating native corporations instead of reservations. In exchange for $15 billion and title to 44 million acres of ancestral homeland, native corporations gave up their claims on the rest of the state.That agreement paved the way for a 1973 bill authorizing the construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, another Stevens victory. The 800-mile pipeline traverses Alaska, shuttling oil from drilling sites in the north to cargo ships in Prince William Sound. It's an essential component of the state's oil industry, which now makes up nearly a third of Alaska's economy. Oil royalties and taxes account for 90 percent of the state government's general fund."The job of Alaska's congressional delegation has always been to pursue any project that has any promise of economic development," said Stephen Haycox, a historian of Alaska and the American West. "Ted Stevens understood that right from the very beginning."He added that Mr. Stevens is probably "the most important Alaskan in shaping modern Alaska."As chairman or ranking member on the defense appropriations subcommittee for more than 20 years, Mr. Stevens was a notorious hawk who brought hundreds of millions of dollars in defense spending to his state.He also pushed through legislation that made life easier in the more-remote parts of Alaska. He modified postal rates to cut the cost of ordering groceries by mail and created the Denali Commission, an effort modeled on the Depression-era Tennessee Valley Authority. It provided millions of dollars a year to improve sewage systems, drinking water systems and other public health infrastructure in Alaska's rural villages.Mr. Stevens was instrumental as a member and later chairman of the Commerce Committee in revising the principal law governing American fisheries. The 2006 Magnuson-Stevens Act, which called for sustainable fisheries management and an end to overfishing, earned rare praise for Mr. Stevens from environmentalists, who had tangled with the senator over his pro-logging stance and were some of his most vocal opponents.Environmental groups and their allies in Congress frustrated Mr. Stevens's years-long effort to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling. To Mr. Stevens, the fight over Alaska's wild coastal plain was personal. "I make this commitment," he said during a 2003 debate. "People who vote against this today are voting against me, and I will not forget it." His threats were not enough, however. In 2005, he lost his last best chance for a bill to open ANWR when Sen. Robert C. Byrd (D-W.Va.) barred Mr. Stevens from tacking a drilling provision onto a defense appropriations bill.
Facing scandal
For all his power in Washington, Mr. Stevens occasionally struggled with personal finances. During the 1980s, investments he had made in cattle and crabbing went bad and forced him to sell his home in Maryland. He escaped from those straits when he inherited a yacht worth about $400,000 from the publisher of the Fairbanks newspaper.
In 2007, Bill Allen, a friend of Mr. Stevens's and former chief executive of an oil pipeline company called Veco Corp., pleaded guilty to paying three state lawmakers $400,000 in exchange for their favorable votes on oil and gas legislation.An FBI investigation into the scandal resulted in an investigation of Mr. Stevens and a raid of his home in Girdwood, south of Anchorage. He was indicted on seven felony counts of lying on Senate disclosure forms to conceal $250,000 in gifts, including a sled dog, an electronic massage chair and major home renovations overseen by Allen for which Mr. Stevens had paid only a fraction of the cost. Mr. Stevens said any omissions on his disclosure forms were a result of sloppy bookkeeping, not a criminal attempt to circumvent the law. He said he had paid the bill that Allen had sent for work on his Girdwood home, trusting that the bill accurately reflected services rendered.Saying he hoped to clear his name before the 2008 election, Mr. Stevens insisted on a speedy trial and took to the witness stand in his own defense. Just eight days before voters went to the polls, he was convicted of all seven counts. He lost a narrow race to Democrat Mark Begich, the mayor of Anchorage. "I wouldn't wish what I'm going through on anyone, [not] my worst enemy," Mr. Stevens told reporters at the time.In a farewell speech at the Capitol on Nov. 20, 2008, he said his philosophy throughout his career had been "to hell with politics, just do what's right for Alaska. I've tried every day to live up to those words."Less than six month later, newly confirmed U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. asked a judge to throw out the case against Mr. Stevens after revelations that federal prosecutors had withheld evidence, including key details that supported the defendant's claim that he hadn't known that he was being undercharged for home renovations."After careful review, I have concluded that certain information should have been provided to the defense for use at trial," Holder said in a statement at the time. "In light of this conclusion, and in consideration of the totality of the circumstances of this particular case, I have determined that it is in the interest of justice to dismiss the indictment and not proceed with a new trial."
Part of Alaska's beginnings
Theodore Fulton Stevens was born Nov. 18, 1923, in Indianapolis. After his parents divorced, he lived with various relatives and eventually grew up in California with an aunt. He picked up a fondness for surfing, and for years, he kept in his Senate office a polished wooden surfboard that he had bought in the 1940s. At 19, he entered the Army Air Forces and became a pilot, flying transports during World War II over the Himalayas to supply Chinese nationals fighting Japanese troops. His military decorations included two awards of the Distinguished Flying Cross and two Air Medals.After the war, Mr. Stevens put himself through college with money from the G.I. Bill and odd jobs. He graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1947 and three years later received a law degree from Harvard University. He was the first person in his family to attend college.In 1952, he married Ann Mary Cherrington, and they moved to Alaska, where Mr. Stevens became a federal prosecutor in what was still a federal territory. A few years later, as a top Interior Department lawyer in Washington, he used his position to lobby for Alaska's statehood. It joined the union in 1959 as the 49th state.He returned north in the 1960s and opened a private practice in Anchorage, winning a seat in the state legislature and losing two races for U.S. Senate.
'Frontier fertility god'
In 1968, Sen. Edward L. "Bob" Bartlett (D-Alaska) died, and Gov. Walter Hickel (R) appointed Mr. Stevens to replace him. Four years later, Mr. Stevens was named to the Appropriations Committee and began a long practice of helping other senators secure home-state projects in return for their votes on Alaska-related issues. Although he generally voted with his party on national issues, Mr. Stevens was known as a compromiser who was willing to work with Democrats and occasionally broke with Republicans on key issues. He preferred to spend federal surplus dollars rather than cut taxes, and in 1999, he opposed the across-the-board tax cuts favored by the GOP. That same year, he was one of only 10 Republicans to vote against President Bill Clinton's impeachment. In Alaska, Mr. Stevens's largess was so interwoven with the lives of his constituents that they called him "Uncle Ted." Alaskan journalist Michael Carey wrote that Mr. Stevens's "ability to deliver -- and his invulnerability to electoral challenge because he could deliver -- transformed him from an elected official into something of a frontier fertility god -- worshipped, propitiated, feared."He was never known as a great orator or as a national spokesman for his party. But many of his colleagues respected him for his ability to prepare bipartisan bills and for his fierce nature. "He actually cultivated his reputation for a temper because it made people less willing to challenge him. It worked," said Svend Brandt-Erichsen, a legislative assistant for Mr. Stevens in the 1980s.Mr. Stevens made headlines for his histrionics in 2005 when Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), a longtime critic of wasteful government, proposed diverting $452 million for two Alaskan bridge projects to rebuilding Louisiana infrastructure destroyed by Hurricane Katrina."I come to warn the Senate," Mr. Stevens thundered during floor debate. "If you want a wounded bull on the floor of the Senate, pass this amendment." After that display of wrath, Coburn's proposal was roundly defeated.In addition to serving on the Appropriations and Commerce committees, Mr. Stevens also was chairman of the ethics, rules and government affairs committees. He used the last position to propose a considerable pay raise for senators in 1980. That bill was shot down.He served as assistant Republican leader from 1977 until 1985. He almost became Republican leader in 1984 but narrowly lost to Robert J. Dole (R-Kan.). In 2002, he became president pro tempore, third in line for the presidency.In December 1978, a plane carrying Mr. Stevens home from Juneau, where he had witnessed Republican Gov. Jay Hammond's swearing-in, crashed on the runway in Anchorage. Mr. Stevens was seriously injured; his wife and four others were killed.Two years later, he married Catherine Chandler. Besides his wife, survivors include five children from his first marriage, Susan Stevens Covich of Kenai, Alaska, Elizabeth Stevens of Washington, Walter Stevens of Scottsdale, Ariz., Theodore Stevens Jr. of Menlo Park, Calif., and Ben Stevens of Anchorage, the former president of the Alaska Senate; a daughter from his second marriage, Lily Becker of San Francisco; and 11 grandchildren.On April 12, 2007, Mr. Stevens reached 13,990 days of Senate service, making him the longest-serving Republican in that body. (Strom Thurmond of South Carolina served longer but had been a Democrat early in his tenure.) His colleagues stopped work and gave him a standing ovation. Republican Lisa Murkowski, then the junior senator from the 49th state, was among those who offered remarks."What you all need to appreciate," she said, "is that so much of the history of Ted Stevens is the history of Alaska.", Washington Post, 8/11/2010

STINEBURG Myron William F. Stineburg, 49, of Anchorage, Alaska died April 30, 1999 at his home. Mr. Stineberg was born December 22, 1951 in Palmer, Alaska. He is survived by his son Lonnie W. Stineberg; mother Elizabeth Mills (Ezi); sisters Rebecca and Kristina Stineberg, Maria Coleman, Bernice May, Jeraldine and Beverly Mills; brothers Sam, David, Henry and Mike Stineburg, James, Lundy and Benjamin Mills; uncles Jim and Sam Ezi.
SWARTS Anchorage resident William Lane Swarts, 67, died Feb. 6, 2006, at home of pancreatic cancer. A service will be at 4 p.m. Friday at the Alaska Laborers Union Hall, 2501 Commercial Drive. Mr. Swarts was born Oct. 9, 1938, in Windsor, Ontario, to Roswell and Mary Swarts. He graduated from Hope College in Michigan. From 1957 to 1959, he served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany with Elvis Presley, his family said. In 1974, Mr. Swarts moved to Ketchikan, then to Anchorage in 1975. He joined the Laborers Union in 1975 while working on the trans-Alaska oil pipeline. He also worked at Alaska Village Electric Cooperative, Dowl Engineers and the Alaska Laborers Union Training School from 1998 until a week before his death. Mr. Swarts was an election judge for the Laborers Union. He retired from the union in November 1999. Mr. Swarts enjoyed commercial fishing for herring out of Unalakleet from 1980 to '85. He was a volunteer math tutor for his sons' classes in elementary school. He also enjoyed carpentry and playing the drums and electric and acoustic guitars. His family writes: "Jack of all trades, master of many, he had every tool a neighbor could need. Bill was in his element connecting with children of all ages. He played Santa for years at the Laborers Union annual family party. He was a wonderful example for kids in the neighborhood, creating lasting bonds with many. He will be missed dearly by family, co-workers, neighbors and friends, as he brought light into everyone's heart." Mr. Swarts is survived by his wife, Aileen Swarts of Anchorage; daughter, Carrie Yanders of Citrus Heights, Calif.; sons, Lane and Drew Swarts, both of Anchorage; grandsons, Jacob and Zachary Yanders, both of Citrus Heights; brother and sister-in-law, Raymond and Carla Swarts of Verdi, Nev.; sister, Kim Zimmerman, and nephew, Adam Zimmerman of New Mexico; aunt, Velma Swarts of Canada; and cousins, Kevin, Dennis, Randy and Bradley Swarts, all of Canada. His cremains will be scattered at Kenai Lake. Arrangements were by Anchorage Funeral Home and Crematory.
TADGERSON KATHLEEN TADGERSON, April 17, 1987 Page: B8 Record Number: 198635 Services for Kathleen Agnes Tadgerson, infant daughter of Thomas and Ruth Tadgerson of Anchorage, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Witzleben Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Sixth Avenue Chapel, with the Rev. Anthony Patalano officiating. Kathleen died April 14 at Humana Hospital, Alaska. She was born in Anchorage on March 4, 1987. She is also survived by her brothers, Wayne, of Anchorage, and Shawn, of Fairbanks; her sisters, Thomasina and Shana, both of Fairbanks; and her maternal grandparents, Matthew and Lucy James of Tununak. Burial will be at Angelus Memorial Park

Susan Anne Tallman's long, valiant battle with cancer ended Aug. 31, 2010, in Grand Junction, Colo. She was a former Alaska resident.A service will be at 4 p.m. Saturday at Callahan-Edfast Mortuary in Grand Junction. A potluck is planned for 1 p.m. Sunday at Spirit of Life Christian Fellowship in Grand Junction.Susie was born in Seattle, Wash., on Sept. 25, 1949, as the second child of James and Alice (Lindberg) Tallman.As a child, Susie moved with her family to Anchorage, where she attended public schools. In her early years, Susie played piano, took ballet and horseback riding lessons, and loved going into the woods to collect bugs. As a teen she was a downhill skier and during summers enjoyed swimming and water skiing. In 1972, Susie received her nursing degree (LPN) in Sarasota, Fla., working in nursing first at Sarasota Memorial Hospital and later at Providence Hospital in Anchorage. She received her B.S. in biology from California State University, Sacramento, in 1978, working at a fish cannery and as a waitress while attending college. She also received a B.A. in psychology from Mesa State College in Grand Junction in 1997.Susie was married to Max Schwab in 1985 and had two daughters, around whom her life revolved. That marriage later ended in divorce. During her life, Susie was a successful entrepreneur. Her many ventures included a fireworks stand, a family car dealership, a food wagon, a Christmas tree lot, selling topsoil, a bed & breakfast, a thrift store and furniture warehouse, collecting and reselling unusual items, and buying and remodeling homes.She was an active member of Talkeetna Christian Center until 1993 when she moved to Grand Junction, joining her pastor and other church members to form the Spirit of Life Christian Fellowship. During and after continuing her education at Mesa State, Susie volunteered at The Pregnancy Center and worked as a counselor for Miranda Place and The Salvation Army. She received her Certified Addiction Counselor II certification in 2006.Susie loved to travel, visiting such places as Europe, Mexico and the Caribbean. Other hobbies included camping, interior design, photography, boating and skiing.Susie is survived by two daughters, Gina Tallman and LeeAnna Tallman, both of Grand Junction; one sister, Barbara Tallman of Alaska; one brother, Jon Tallman of Hawaii; one grandson, Oliver Tallman of Grand Junction; one aunt, Anna Renda of Florida; and 14 nieces and nephews.She was predeceased by her parents and one brother, Jim Tallman.Susie will be deeply missed by her family, many friends and those who received the benefits of her counseling.Memorial donations may be made for her grandchildren's education to Gina Tallman, C/O Spirit of Life, P.O. Box 40111, Grand Junction, CO 81504.

THOMPSON Thomas James "Tommy" Thompson, 85, of Anchorage, died of leukemia at home, surrounded by family and friends, on Aug. 16.Family wrote that he "went peacefully to be with the Lord."Visitation and viewing are at 1 p.m. with a service at 2 p.m. Friday at Alaskan Heritage Memorial Chapel, 440 E. Klatt Road, with interment immediately following at Angelus Memorial Park Cemetery. A reception will follow directly after the brief graveside service in the foyer of Alaskan Heritage Memorial Chapel. The family invites everyone to share in the celebration of Tommy's life at that time. Condolences may be sent to Marjorie Thompson, 2800 Pribilof St., Anchorage 99517.Tommy was born Jan. 31, 1925, in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He married Sadie Scott in 1945, and together they immigrated to South Africa. In 1954, Tommy received his commendation to missionary service to Chitina. Tommy's memoirs, "Toil and Treasure in Alaska," were published in 2009.Tommy was an adventurer, a pioneer, a traveler, a thinker, an innovator, a gifted public speaker and writer, storyteller, poet and pastor, a beautiful singer, and a strong rock to all who knew him. He will be greatly missed for his constancy, deep faith, compassion, and his ability to minister to the needs of the many people he knew. Tommy's life was fully devoted to the interests of his Lord and Master, his family, and to his beloved brothers and sisters in the faith. It was often said that people came to Alaska to fish, but Tommy came to Alaska to fish for souls.Tommy is survived by his wife of 24 years, Marjorie; his children and their spouses, Brian and Ross, Bill and Jean of Anchorage, Barry and Avril of Colorado, Brent and Paula of Texas, and Sarah and Bruce of Washington; grandchildren, Chad, Mark, Sam, Reagan, Quinn, Tarryn, Ryan, Lauryn, Jaclyn, Samantha and Alexander; and great-grandchildren, Akeeva, Taylor, Tristan, Zaylah and Hayleigh.Donations may be made in Tommy's name to Providence Hospice, 3435 E. Tudor Road, Anchorage 99517.Arrangements are with Alaskan Heritage Memorial Chapel of Anchorage:
THOMPSON Billy Eugene Thompson, 59, died Aug. 2, 2010, in Phoenix, Ariz.A visitation will be at 1 p.m., with a funeral at 2 p.m., Saturday at Norris Funeral Home, 1500 Kings Mountain Road, Martinsville, Va. Interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery.Born Nov. 8, 1950, in Martinsville, Va., Billy proudly served for 22 years in the U.S. Air Force, retiring as a senior master sergeant.Billy enjoyed spending time with friends, fishing and hunting while living in Anchorage for 17 years. Billy was forever grateful to his friend, Nancy Eubank, for her overwhelmingly generous kidney donation.He was preceded in death by his mother, Mildred Whitlow Thompson.He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Michelle (Lapergola) and his beloved dog, MoJoe; his father, Ford Thompson; brother, Jimmy Thompson; sisters, Patsy Thompson and Kathy Coeburn (Barry); his mother-in-law, Claire Lapergola; and many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and in-laws. Billy will be sadly missed by his nieces and nephews, Ryan Perry, Bridget Lawrence, Jacob and Sydney Handy, Tony Mike Ludovici, Conor (Gina) and Christopher O'Grady, A.J. and Christian Lapergola, Sarah, Hannah and Abby Pottieger, Jake Lapergola, Bobby and Nicole Coccia.In lieu of flowers, contributions in Billy's memory may be made to the Arizona Kidney Foundation , 4203 East Indian School Road, Suite 140, Phoenix, AZ 85018. To submit online condolences, please visit
TINDALL Dana Tindall, 48, died in a plane crash with her beloved daughter, Corey, 16, on Aug. 9, 2010.A celebration of her life and accomplishments will be held at 5 p.m. Monday at the Dena'ina Center.As one of Alaska's most influential businesswomen and public policy leaders, and as a remarkable mother, wife, friend, artist and leader, Dana Tindall had a profound impact on the people she touched and the issues she championed. A visionary and brilliant advocate, she shaped Alaska's telecommunications policies and structure for decades.For more than 20 years, Dana Tindall led multiple successful efforts to transform telecommunications policy in Alaska. Her tremendous strategic skills together with her dynamic leadership resulted in significant changes in Alaska's and the nation's telecommunication laws and regulations. She served with distinction in numerous positions at GCI, including as senior vice president of legal, regulatory and governmental affairs.In so many ways, Alaska has been positively affected by Dana's work. She directed the statewide voter initiative campaign to bring competitive in-state long distance telephone service to Alaska, and under her leadership more than 25 percent of Alaska's registered voters signed the initiative. She then successfully negotiated the legislation that opened up Alaska to competitive in-state long distance telecommunication services.Believing strongly that competition best serves the interests of Alaskans, Dana also championed efforts to open local telephone markets. Her successful work has provided multiple additional benefits to hundreds of thousands of Alaskans.Understanding the crucial role of telecommunications in Alaska, Dana worked effectively to achieve universal service policies at both the state and national levels that have made telecommunications throughout the state more affordable.First and foremost, good public policy was Dana's unwavering North Star and one of the reasons that she was so effective. Dana masterfully built hardworking, diverse and highly effective teams that she treated with respect, generosity, compassion and fierce loyalty. In turn, her employees and contractors were deeply loyal to her.Above all, her family was the most important part of her life. Her two children, Connor and Corey, together with her husband, Virgil, were the sources of her greatest happiness and pride. Together they traveled extensively, engaged in thoughtful and lively discussions, provided tremendous support to one another, laughed a lot, watched movies, enjoyed Alaska, raised wonderful dogs and cats, danced, listened to music, built a house and learned from one another. They truly loved one another, and that love was evident and inspiring to all.Dana was born Nov. 20, 1961, in Moses Lake, Wash. As a child she lived in central Florida, where her love for animals first became obvious. Among Dana's pets were peacocks, a monkey, a parrot, numerous parakeets and flying squirrels. In 1970, the family moved to Midland, Mich., where Dana attended primary school and graduated from Midland High School in 1979. During high school, Dana was active in art and student government and was a National Merit Scholar.Dana graduated from the University of Michigan, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics with high distinction, a master's degree in public policy, and many honors.Among her numerous public service contributions, Dana was a board member for the Anchorage Economic Development Corp. and a board member for the University of Alaska Economic Education program. Dana also was an adjunct professor at Alaska Pacific University, and was recognized as one of Alaska's Top 40 under 40.A gifted artist, Dana was a highly skilled potter and generously donated her work to many organizations and friends. Her internal and external beauty extended to her art.Dana will be deeply missed, but her accomplishments, her spirit and her love will persevere.She is survived by her husband, Virgil Peachey; her son, Connor Tindall; her parents, Grant and Sandra Russell; her sister, Linda Steidtmann; her brother, Ryan Russell; and nieces and nephews.Dana specifically wanted her celebration of life to be joyful and casual (with casual clothes), and hoped that people to whom she had given her artwork would bring these together for others to see and share as a memorable expression of her.In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Covenant House, 609 F St., Anchorage 99501.
TINDALL Corey Taylor Tindall, 16, died in a tragic airplane crash Aug. 9, 2010, in the mountains outside Dillingham.A memorial reception will be held at 3 p.m. Monday at the Dena'ina Center in Anchorage.She was born Nov. 19, 1993, in Anchorage.Corey was an exceptional student at South High, excelling in debate and carrying a 4.0 grade point average. She planned to pursue a career in medicine, and was a volunteer at the NICU at Providence Alaska Medical Center.More important to her family and friends, though, was Corey's joy for life. She was a happy, creative, artistic young woman who was always looking for a way to liven up a day and amuse herself and her friends. Anyone who knew Corey has a story of a great joke or a perfect prank she played.Corey was a voracious reader, and enjoyed cooking, fishing and playing the guitar. She was fortunate enough to travel to Europe and the Caribbean, and delighted in learning about new cultures.She also loved her dogs, Miley and Mozzy, and her pet mice, Thelma and Louise.At its heart, Corey's life was about her love for her family and friends. Her brother Connor was her closest friend and partner in crime. She and her mother shared a special bond, spending intimate and happy times together. She and her Dad John were inseparable on weekends and are the only two persons to share the secret recipe for "Day after Nuclear Chili." Any who knew her thought she was, and would always be, "Daddy's little girl," and her father referred to her as "the light of my life."Corey also shared deep and loving relationships with her stepparents. Her stepmother, Mary, said: "Corey was my best friend and I adored her. We loved spending time together having 'girls day' shopping, getting pedicures, having lunch. We were fortunate enough to spend her 16th birthday together in Seattle for a special girls' trip. She was in every way (except biologically) my daughter. I will always treasure the time I spent with her."Corey had a nickname for her stepfather Virgil: "Virgie." They enjoyed teasing each other and Corey usually got in the last "dig."Corey was one of the most accomplished debaters in South High School history. She was named the 2008/2009 MVP of the South Anchorage HS DDF team, and was elected to be the team interpretation captain for the 2010/2011 season. She had most recently achieved first place overall (with teammate Bexley Brown) and second best speaker in British Parliamentary Debate at the 2010 Northern Lights Tournament at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Her list of accomplishments was impressive, including rising to fifth on the all-time "wins" list in individual events (speech and acting) by her sophomore year. She achieved an overall record of 28-13 (68.29 percent) in 2009-10.She took first place in Public Forum Debate (with teammate Tavish Logan) at the 2009/2010 Homer High School Tournament; third place in Humorous Interpretation at the 2009-2010 Homer tournament; and fourth place overall and fifth best speaker in Lincoln Douglas Debate at the 2010 Alaska State Championships.To honor Corey's life and her competition in debate, the annual South High School award for MVP in DDF will be named The Corey Tindall MVP Award for all years going forward, according to debate coach Shawn Briscoe.Corey's mother, Dana Tindall, also died in the airplane crash.Corey is survived by her brother, Connor Tindall; her father, John Tindall; her stepmother, Mary Tindall; her stepfather, Virgil Peachey; her maternal grandparents, Grant and Sandy Russell; and her many beloved aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.In lieu of flowers, donations to the South High debate program through the Corey Tindall Memorial Speech & Debate Fund Inc. would make Corey happy. Donations to the fund can be made at any Northrim Bank branch.Arrangements are with Janssens Evergreen Memorial Chapel,

Anna Marie Toshavik died April 30, 2003, at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska. Ms. Toshavik was born Dec. 21, 1932, in Anchorage, Alaska. She is survived by her husband, George Toshavik; sons, Quinn Edwin Toshavik, William Johnson, and Thomas Lock; daughters-in-law, Alice Johnson and Amanda Toshavik; grandchildren, Diana Johnson, Michael Johnson, and Amber Lock; and many great-grandchildren.
TRAMMELL Earl Dewayne Trammell, 58, died Sept. 19, 2001, in Lancaster, Calif. Mr. Trammell was born April 26, 1943, in Anchorage, Alaska, and is survived by his wife Penny Marie Trammell; son Brian Earl Trammell; and mother Beatrice Shirley Trammell.
TRAVERSIE Gladys H. Traversie, 90, died July 31, 2003, at Immaculate Conception Home in Anchorage, Alaska. Ms. Traversie was born Sept. 20, 1912, in Egavik, Alaska. She is survived by her sister, Anna Etageak; brother, Daniel Savetilik; and many nieces and nephews.
TROFFER Anchorage resident William "Bill" Troffer, 64, died suddenly on July 16, 2009, while working at Prudhoe Bay.He was laid to rest on July 22 at Angelus Memorial Park in Anchorage. Bill was born to Vivian and Frank Troffer on Aug. 25, 1944, in Oak Harbor, Wash. After graduating from Goldendale High School in 1963, Bill first joined the Teamsters union and then the Laborers, and started his career as a driller and a blaster. Bill came to Alaska in the mid 1970s, first working in Skagway, then moving on to Prudhoe Bay and finally to Nome in 1975. It was in Nome that he met Marge Warnke, whom he married in 1984. After 10 years in Nome, Bill and Marge settled in the Anchorage area and he continued his lifelong career working on projects throughout Alaska, the last few years at Prudhoe Bay. His family wrote: "Bill's favorite past-time was traveling in his camper with his boat in tow, to camp and fish in the Seward area. The last trip occurring over the 4th of July weekend. He also loved the quiet hours spent at his workstation tying flies and he was very proud and generous when sharing his creations with family and friends. Bill also mastered the ability to marinate and grill his catch and these wonderful dinners that we looked forward to will be missed by all who were fortunate to partake. "Bill had a very strong work ethic of which he was very proud and he expected the same of those he supervised and trained on each project. His main concern was always the safety of his crew and if one did not possess the same work ethic as it applied to safety, it was the first issue to be dealt with. Many found him to be gruff and tough, but his family and close friends knew the other side and experienced the compassion and love, more so when it came to the children whom he cherished dearly. Over the past few years, Bill often spoke of retiring but no sooner would he come home from the job, he was either called or talking about having to go back; it was always 'one more year' or 'pretty soon.' " Bill is survived by his wife, Marge; sister, Verna; daughter, Mindy and husband Jay; sons, Tim and Kevin; stepdaughters, Birdie, Cootus, Darla, and Tissy and her husband Rick. He also leaves his nieces, Candy and Cathy; many grandchildren; and his little buddies Jax and Pidge. He will be missed. Happy fishing. Arrangements entrusted to Kehl's Legacy Funeral Home & Crematory.
TYONE Allen Lee Tyone, 31, died October 21, 1999, at his home. Mr. Tyone was born in Anchorage, Alaska, on June 2, 1968. He is survived by his mother and father, Mardell A. and Elmer B. Tyone; brothers Darryl R. Tyone and Clarence Bonewitz Jr.; sisters Crystal B. Tyone and Katherine Henry.

Anchorage resident Marian M. Wagers, 92, died peacefully of natural causes at Elmendorf Air Force Base on Aug. 26, 2010.A celebration of life will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, at the Anchorage Senior Center. At her request there will be no funeral service.Known to close friends as "Madge," she was born June 10, 1918, in Drumright, Okla., to Fleeta and William Miles. In 1926, she moved with her family to Madison, Kan., where she graduated from high school in 1936. From 1936-1938, she attended Blackburn College in Carlinville, Ill., and continued her education at Central State College in Edmond, Okla., where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in education. She taught kindergarten for one year and in 1941 started her career with the federal Civil Service in Washington D.C. Her office was the first to move in to the unfinished Pentagon Building in Arlington, Va. She spoke of the time she saw Eleanor Roosevelt dining in the Pentagon cafeteria at the same time that she was there dining.On Aug. 13, 1944, as a single young woman, she boarded a C-47 with 20 women aboard for a 10-hour flight bound for adventure in Alaska to work on Elmendorf. It was there that she met her husband, Willard Wagers, a member of the 54th Troop Carrier Squadron. They were married at Fort Richardson in 1948 and had three children. The family relocated with the Air Force many times on various assignments both in the United States and overseas but returned to Anchorage for good in 1961. Marian was widowed in 1972 and retired from her position at Elmendorf.After retirement she volunteered at "The Gilded Cage," (Alaska Crippled Children's Association) and at the Anchorage Senior Center in the gift shop from the time of its inception in 1983 until 1996. She continued volunteering as a member of the Retired & Senior Volunteer Program with the Anchorage Senior Center.Her most enjoyable hobbies were gardening, walking , reading and corresponding with her many special friends through handwritten cards and letters.She is survived by her two sons, Alan Wagers of Anchorage and Chris Wagers (Jane), of Tacoma, Wash., seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.She was preceded in death by her husband, Willard Wagers, in 1972, her great-grandson, Austin John Evers in 2005, and her daughter, Carolyn Anne Kuhn in February 2010.Her cremated remains will join her husband's at Fort Richardson National Cemetery.Memorials may be made to the Anchorage Senior Center Endowment Fund.

Arnold Chase Walker Sr, 65, . died April 7, 2005, at Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage, Alaska. He was born Aug. 21, 1939, in Anvik, Alaska. He is survived by his spouse, Charlene; daughters and sons-in-law, Anna and Antone Durgan, Susan and Rob Helgeson, and Sharon and Joe Zuboff; sons and daughters-in-law, Arnold Walker Jr. and Jan Walker and Phillip and Lenora Walker; sons, Leonard Walker, Patrick Walker, and Ry Walker; brothers, Gabe Walker and John Walker; 10 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles.
WALLINGFORD Eric Paul Wallingford, 37, died Aug. 12, 2010, at his home in Eagle River due to complications from juvenile diabetes.Family and friends are invited to celebrate the life of Eric at 4 p.m. Thursday at Holy Spirit Episcopal Church, Eagle River.Eric was born August 13, 1972, in Steamboat Springs, Colo. He moved with his family to Eagle River in the second grade and graduated from Chugiak High School in 1991. Shortly after arriving in Eagle River, he began playing hockey and it became his lifelong passion. While at Chugiak High School, he participated in hockey and was co-captain of the Chugiak team that won its first state hockey championship.After high school, he attended Northern Arizona University for two years before returning home to become a special education teacher assistant at Chugiak High School. During this time, Eric went on to become a hockey coach for local comp teams, the Chugiak High School junior varsity team and assistant coach to the Chugiak varsity team. Eric always found working with teenagers to be very rewarding, both in the classroom and athletic settings, and truly enjoyed his interactions with students and staff. During recent summers, including this past summer, Eric worked in the Anchorage School District Maintenance Department.Eric embraced the solitude and freedom of the Alaska lifestyle which was embodied in the small-town feel and tight-knit community of Eagle River. This setting afforded him the enjoyment of the open roads on his Harley Davidson with close friends. He also enjoyed fishing, hunting or just relaxing at friends' wilderness cabins. In recent years, Eric looked forward with anticipation to family reunions in the mountains of Colorado.Eric is survived by parents, Claudia and Dave Wallingford; his sister and brother-in-law, Colleen and Paul Debler; nephews Declan and Keene Debler; and an extended family in Arizona, California, Idaho, New York, Rhode Island and Maryland.In lieu of flowers, donations to the Northwest Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 1215 Fourth Ave., Suite 1400, Seattle, WA 98161, would be appreciated.
WALTERS Anchorage resident Benjamin Oscar Walters Jr., 71, died Jan. 23, 2006, at Providence Alaska Medical Center of natural causes. A service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Turnagain United Methodist Church, 3300 W. Northern Lights Blvd. The Rev. James Campbell will officiate. Mr. Walters was born Oct. 4, 1934, in Ventura, Calif. He graduated from Homer High School in 1952 and received a law degree from Boalt Hall, University of California at Berkeley, in 1965. Mr. Walters became a resident of Alaska in 1965, living in Juneau from 1965 to '67 and Ketchikan from 1967 to '69. He worked as an assistant attorney in Juneau, as a district attorney in Ketchikan, with the Private Practice Office of Special Prosecution and Appeals and as deputy municipal prosecutor. In 1999, he retired. Mr. Walters was a member of the Turnagain United Methodist Church, Anchorage International Rotary and Boy Scouts. He was also a volunteer at Nine Star. He is survived by his wife, Annetta Walters; daughter, Bonnie Walters; sons, Benjamin Walters III and Andrew Walters; grandson, Matthew Walters; granddaughter, Sarah Walters; brother, John "Bud" Walters; and sister, Sharon Vitolo. Memorial donations may be made to Turnagain United Methodist Church, 3300 W. Northern Lights Blvd. Anchorage 99517; Boy Scouts of America, 3117 Patterson St., Anchorage 99504; or Anchorage International Rotary, c/o Larry Linegar, P.O. Box 112423 Anchorage 99511. Arrangements are with Kehl's Forest Lawn Mortuary.
WASSILIE Isaac E. Wassilie, 53, died March 28, 2003, at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska. Mr. Wassilie was born April 27, 1949, in Pingak, Alaska. He is survived by his wife, Nastasia; sister, Lucy Demantle; and brothers, Martin and Evon A. Wassilie.
WATKINS Anchorage resident Melvin Glen Watkins, 24, died Aug. 4, 2010, in Wasilla.A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. today at Anchorage Baptist Temple, 6401 E. Northern Lights Blvd. The Rev. Bob Baker will officiate.Melvin was born Sept. 18, 1985, in Anchorage and raised here. He attended Golden View Middle School and Dimond High School.He was a gifted athlete and participated in high school track and football. He played in the orchestra and was a member of the Dimond JROTC drill team. Melvin loved the time he spent working on the slope for Nabors Alaska Drilling Co.He was a current student at the University of Alaska Anchorage, majoring in aviation technology with the goal of becoming a cargo pilot.Melvin loved Alaska and enjoyed fishing, camping, snowmobiling and motorcycling with his friends.Melvin leaves his wife, Tanya Azcona; and his infant daughter, Nevaeh Aracelli Watkins; his parents, Melvin and Patricia Watkins; his older brother, Marcell Watkins; his sister, Mikko Watkins Woodford; his maternal grandmother, Mae Woodard; and aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Nevaeh Aracelli Watkins' college trust fund at Credit Union One, 1941 Abbott Road, in Anchorage
WATSON Former Anchorage resident Robert "Bob" Watson, 57, died peacefully Aug. 2, 2010, at home in Maple Valley, Wash. A celebration of his life will be held in Maple Valley.Bob was born Sept. 3, 1952 in Wenatchee, Wash., to Dave and Nita Watson. He graduated from Wenatchee High School in 1970 and moved to Anchorage in 1975. There, he met the love of his life, Dottie Moss. They married on June 7, 1980, and moved back to Washington in 1987. Bob and Dottie celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary this year.Also nicknamed "Watty," Bob was a gifted athlete. He played baseball and football, lettered several times, and was captain of the 1969 Wenatchee High football team. Bob also played handball for many years and won numerous state singles and doubles titles around the Northwest. Bob took up golf, carried a 7-handicap and holed three aces. He competed in countless tournaments in Alaska in softball and handball, and many golf tourneys with his beloved Lake Wilderness Men's Club in Maple Valley.Bob and Dottie's travels included sunny destinations, golf, chi chis, good times and laughter. He was a devoted Seahawks and Huskies fan, and an avid gardener. His yard, deck and flowers equaled any garden tour showpiece.Bob was a salesman of industrial supplies his whole career. He was well-known in the industry and was named top salesman numerous times. In recent years, his customers were well aware that, on Friday afternoons, his appointments were conducted on the golf course.Bob made an impact on everyone he met. He was always the life of the party. He brought people together, and he cherished every relationship. He was a big-hearted people person, made friends easily and loved life, making his sudden passing all the more shocking and unexpected. His family is grateful for the outpouring of love and support at this difficult time.Bob is preceded in death by his brother, John.He is survived by his wife, parents, a brother and sister, two nieces, one nephew and numerous loving friends and relatives.
WATSON Mary Beth Watson, 83, died Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2010, in Silsbee, Texas.A funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Claybar Kelley-Watkins Chapel. Interment will follow at 5 p.m. at Jackson Cemetery in Joaquin, Texas.A gathering of family and friends will be from 5-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.Mrs. Watson was born Jan. 26, 1927, in Joaquin to Earl Smith and Dorothy Bryan (Hill) Hanson.She was a loving mother, who raised seven children in Joaquin.For 30 years she lived in Anchorage and later moved to Beaumont, Texas, where she lived for 20 years.She is preceded in death by her daughter, Dorothy Gray; son, Ronald Hitt; husband, James Watson; her parents; and sister, Marie Traylor.Those left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Lana Dailey of Anchorage; sons, Earl Hitt and wife, Gay, of Forsythe, Ga., David Hitt and wife, Lisa, of Beaumont; Bryan Hitt and wife, Cindi, of Simi Valley, Calif., and Mark Hitt of Beaumont; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
WHEELER LaVerne Marie Wheeler, 45, died Feb. 10, 2003, at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska. Ms. Wheeler was born Aug. 16, 1957, in Dillingham, Alaska. She is survived by her daughters, Sonja and Kindra Wheeler; sons, Anwar, Dominic, and Jamaal Wheeler; mother, Elizabeth; father, Bernard Wheeler; sisters, Meta Wheeler, Sandra DeLanney, Theresa Boden, Shannon Bustillos, Marcy and Samantha Hoffseth; and brothers, Bernard Wheeler, Jr., Henry Wheeler, Thomas Wilson, William, Jon, and Brian Allison
WHITE Mary Louise White, 52, died Jan. 9, 2002, at United General Hospital in Sedro Woolley, Wash. Ms. White was born Dec. 20, 1949, in Anchorage, Alaska. She is survived by her husband, John White; sisters, Cheryl Cox and Kim Pierce; brothers, Jim Cox and Robbie Cox; and other brothers and sisters.
WIELAND Karen E. Wieland, 74, died Nov. 18, 2004, in Seattle, Wash. She was born Dec. 21, 1929, in Anchorage, Alaska. She is survived by her husband, Jack R. Wieland, and sister, Lola R. Bedgisoff.
WIK Andrew Wik, 86, died Aug. 18, 2004 at home in Anchorage. Mr. Wik was born May 16, 1918 in Kenai, Alaska. Mr. Wik is survived by his wife, Dorothy; daughter, Karen Roland; and grandson, Colton Roland. According to his family, his zest for life was evident in everything he did, both in his career and care of the family.


Longtime Anchorage resident Raymond H. "Ray" Wipperman, 77, died May 5, 2010, at his home. He was at home with family members during his final days.A celebration of life and memorial service will be held June 13 in Halibut Cove. The family will commit his ashes to Kachemak Bay, where he passed so many happy hours behind a rod and reel and the wheel of the Juneau Girl.Ray was born Oct. 17, 1932, in Morgan, Minn. He moved to Alaska in 1960, initially planning to stay the summer doing studies for his bachelor's degree in anthropology from the University of Minnesota. He and his family fell in love with the state and he remained in Alaska for the rest of his life.Initially, he lived off the land near Chistochina and Slana. He moved to Anchorage in 1961, working for KHAR and KBYR as program director and news director.Always active in politics, he managed the 1968 campaign of John L. Rader for the U.S. House of Representatives. Later on, he supervised the editorial staff and stringers for the Alaska Construction and Oil Report. Subsequently, he joined the staff of the Alaska Public Utilities Commission, where he served principally as chief of consumer protection until his retirement in 1993.Ray loved the outdoors, especially fishing and berry picking, which he pursued with great vigor. Until his retirement he spent every weekend from April through September on the Kenai Peninsula. In 1980, he and Claire built a cabin in Halibut Cove, where they spent summers for three decades. In his Greek fisherman's cap, he was a favorite with tourists, who loved taking his picture. His greatest enjoyment was taking others out fishing on his boat, The Juneau Girl. Ray loved to cook and feed family and friends, most memorably with the bounty he harvested from Kachemak Bay. He enjoyed the arts as well, particularly the opera.Mr. Wipperman is survived by his wife, Claire; sons, Tim and wife, Jean Wipperman of Durham, N.C., and Richard and wife Kay Rainery of Juneau; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and two nephews and one niece.He was preceded in death by his parents, John F. and Elsie (Wenger) Wipperman; one brother, John Frederick "Fred" Wipperman; and one daughter, Elizabeth Larken "Lark" Nelson.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Anchorage.

WISEMAN KEVIN WISEMAN, died July 9, 1988 , Kevin Michael Donahue Wiseman, 4 year old son of Jane Wiseman of Chefornak, died Saturday, July 9, at Providence Hospital. A funeral service will be held later this week at St. Catherine's Catholic Church in Chefornak. Kevin was born Nov. 4, 1983, in Anchorage. He is also survived by his brothers, Evan and Sam, and his sisters, Evelyn and Monica, all of Chefornak; his maternal grandmother, Josephine, of Chefornak; and his paternal grandfather, John Pasko, of Bethel. He was preceded in death by his father, Evan Sr., in 1986. Burial will be in the Chefornak Village Cemetery. Local service arrangements were by Spenard Heights Memorial Chapel.


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