resident Mickey "Yuguai'yuk" Abraham, 86, died of natural
causes Jan. 29, 2005, at his granddaughter's home. A visitation
will be at 1 p.m., with a service at 2 p.m., Wednesday at the Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Baxter Chapel. Bishop Olsen
will officiate. A second service will be Saturday in Bethel, with
burial at Bethel Old Cemetery next to his wife, Sophie "Panruk"
Charles-Abraham. Mr. Abraham was born April 5, 1918, in Nan'varpak,
Barrett Inlet. He was an Eskimo Scout in the early 1940s, stationed
on Nelson Island when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. He worked
as a freelance carpenter and lived in Nightmute, Bethel, Dillingham
and Anchorage. He was a member of the Catholic Church. He enjoyed
trapping, hunting, fishing, riding his dog team, carving, and making
tools and household implements. His family wrote: "Mickey 'Yuguai'yuk'
Abraham was known by many people. (He) was a carpenter who built
half of Bethel. Loved for his own greatness, for his sense of humor
and for his love of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, he
gave each one a special nickname as a way of expressing his affection.
In his last days, he wanted to share his happiness with his children
by making amends to them. But time quickly deteriorated and he died
of natural causes in the arms of his granddaughter, Shelee. He was
considered by his fellow men and women as a great warrior because
he was a great provider for his family and elders in the village.
He was often consulted by men in the community for his skill in
boat and sled building and in hunting and trapping. He was a hard
worker who encouraged his children to be the same." Mr. Abraham
is survived by his sons, Pete Abraham, Andrew Abraham, Jack Abraham
and Frederick Abraham; daughters, Alice Abraham, Margaret "Penni"
Abraham and Rose Nelson; and grandchildren, Ruth, Diane, Brian,
Sherry, Grant, Michael, Trevor, Margie, Suzanne, Shelee, Larry,
Hale, Melinda, Karen, Jordan, Jasmine, Jewel, Zena, Grahm, Kyle,
Laurel and Jacob. He was preceded in death by his children, Joseph,
Frank, Elizabeth and Marie. A memorial fund has been opened at Alaska
USA Federal Credit Union, account 849685. Arrangements are with
Evergreen Memorial Chapel.
Donald D. Adams, 43, died July 11, 2003, in Anchorage, Alaska. Mr.
Adams was born July 19, 1959, in Anchorage, Alaska. He is survived
by his father, Howard Adams, Sr.; sisters, Linda L. and Brenda J.
Adams; and brothers, Joel M. and Howard Adams, Jr.
resident Eugene Edward Adams, 39, died Jan. 26, 2003, in Campbell
Creek Park. A visitation will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Evergreen Memorial
Chapel downtown, with a service at 3 p.m. Pallbearers will include
Henry Adams, Carl Adams Jr., Raymond W. Bourdon, Gregory T. Friday,
Fredrick S. Bourdon and Maston A. Thompson-Adams. Burial will be
in the spring at Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery. Mr. Adams was
born Aug. 27, 1963, in Anchorage. He had been a resident of Nome,
Mekoryuk, Napakiak, Hooper Bay and Anchorage. He earned a GED and
worked for a time as a volunteer firefighter in Wasilla. Mr. Adams
was a member of Bering Straits Native Corp. and the Catholic Church.
During his youth, he enjoyed participating in the Walk for Hope.
He also volunteered at the Brother Francis Shelter during the holidays.
He enjoyed camping and subsistence fishing. His family wrote: ''Eugene
will be missed very much. He was independent, caring and strong-willed.
Where he was needed, he helped in any way possible. Eugene had many
friends and family members.'' He was preceded in death by family
members Carl Adams Sr., Milton Fury Adams and Jeffrey Scott Friday.
Mr. Adams is survived by his mother, Martha Adams of Wasilla; sisters,
Rose Mary Tee of Anchorage, Grace Louise Friday of Anchorage and
Cynthia Marie Bourdon of Wasilla; brothers, Henry Atmick Adams and
Carl Adams Jr. of Wasilla, and Darren Peter Adams of Seward; nephews,
Maston Allen Thompson-Adams, Fredrick Scott Bourdon, Jessie Daniel
Bourdon, Justin Raymond Bourdon, Jared Chong Tee, Kyle Chong Tee,
Frazer Chong Tee, Spencer Chong Tee, Gregory Adam Friday and Douglas
Jay Edward Friday; and nieces, Mariah Rose Bourdon, Norma Evan,
and Natasha Thompson-Adam. Arrangements were with Evergreen Memorial
Gladys Adkison died July 16, at the Alaska Native Medical Center
in Anchorage. Ms. Adkison was born July 3, 1937, in Nome, Alaska.
She is survived by her husband, Harlan Adkison; daughters, Beverly
Burkhalter, Cynthia Sears and husband, David; sons, Gregg Baldwin,
Michael and wife, Denise Drake, and Ronald and wife, Sandra Drake;
grandchildren, Aaron, Amanda, Erica, Jason, Lauren, Matthew, Ryan,
Stephanie, and Willie; great-grandchildren Alexandria, Brooke, and
Zacharias; and brother, Thomas Drake.
N. ADLOOAT Anchorage Daily News February 13, 1991 Anchorage resident
Winfred N. Adlooat, 76, a former janitor, died Feb. 9 at Humana
Hospital-Alaska. A funeral was held at Witzleben Family Funeral
Homes and Crematory, Sixth Avenue Chapel, with the Rev. Keith Fullerton
of the Evangelical Covenant Church officiating. Mr. Adlooat was
born Aug. 4, 1914, in Wales, Alaska. According to his family, he
loved to carve ivory and was an active member of the Evangelical
Covenant Church. He is survived by his brother, Warren of Wales;
his sisters, Nora Larson of Nome, and Glenna Weyeok of Oakland,
Calif.; and several nieces and nephews. Burial will be in the spring
in the Anchorage Municipal Cemetery.
Aden Ahgupuk, 89, died April 1, 2001, at home in Anchorage, Alaska.
Mr. Ahgupuk was born Oct. 8, 1911. His wife, Kara Ahgupuk; daughter,
Ruth Floyd; sons, Ralph and Robert Ahgupuk; 12 grandchildren and
15 great-grandchildren survive him.
Kara Victoria Ahgupuk, 88, died Feb. 24, 2003, at the Alaska Native
Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska. Ms. Ahgupuk was born March
10, 1914, in Shishmaref, Alaska. She is survived by her daughter,
Ruth Floyd; son and daughter-in-law, Ralph and Annie Ahgupuk; son,
Robert L. Ahgupuk; granddaughters Beverly Breaux, Angie McLeod,
Kara A. Sweeney, Lisa, Wilsa and Irene Ahgupuk; granddaughter-in-law,
Christine Sweeney; grandsons, Michael Floyd, David Sweeney, Al,
Charlie, and Thomas Ahgupuk; great-granddaughters, Kimberly Hamilton,
Tiffany Miner, Jewel Huntsman, Kara Faye and Rachael McLeod; and
great-grandsons, Henry Miner, Colton McLeod, Holdyn Floyd, Tyson
and Eric Evans, and Ned, Henry, and Robin Ahgupuk.
L.J. Alex, 69, died Jan. 2, 2005, at home in Chugiak, Alaska. Ms.
Alex was born March 8, 1935, in Indian River. She is survived by
her daughters and sons-in-law; Loretta and Dan Bryant, Kathleen
Morris, Charleen and George Shaginaw and Eleanor and Robert Wilde;
sister, Mary Sanford; aunt, Irene Johnson; longtime companion, Ellis
"Jack" Yates and his family; and numerous grandchildren,
great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Alexander, 62 Former Alaska resident James Vern Alexander, 62, died
Sept. 20, 2005, at his home in Salmon, Idaho.A celebration of life
with military honors will be at 11 a.m. Oct. 15 at the AV Center,
1483 Flight Line Road, Pocatello, Idaho.Mr. Alexander was born Oct.
13, 1942, in Salmon to James and Mary (Studebaker) Alexander. He
graduated from Shoshone High School in Shoshone, Idaho, in 1960.
He attended Idaho State University in Pocatello for one year and
then enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He served during the Korean conflict
for four years before being honorably discharged. He returned home
and continued his education at Idaho State University, graduating
in 1971 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree.While
at school in Pocatello, he met Sonja Horton, and they married July
7, 1967.He was employed by the KBGL public television station in
Pocatello from 1970 to 1980 as their engineer. He transferred to
Anchorage in 1980 to be the production and operations manager of
KAKM public television station until 1994.While in Alaska, he was
introduced to flying, which became his passion. He became an accomplished
pilot and instructor for over 20 years.In 1994, Sonja and Jim returned
to Pocatello, where he worked as the general manager of KISU public
television station for about two years.He was the chief flight instructor
for the AV Center in Pocatello, flying and instructing for the next
10 years.He met Alene Deiro in Idaho Falls, and they were married
on a ferryboat near Haines on June 14, 2003. They lived in Salmon.He
was preceded in death by his first wife, Sonja.He is survived by
his wife, Alene; daughter, Danielle Harvie; son, Seth Alexander;
grandson, Tyler Harvie; and brother, Jere Alexander.Memorials are
suggested to Hospice of Salmon Valley, 506 Van Dreff, Salmon, Idaho
Nellie Alexander, 81, died Feb. 12, 2002, at the Alaska Native Medical
Center in Anchorage, Alaska. Ms. Alexander was born March 24, 1920
in Mary's Igloo, Alaska. She is survived by her sons, Robert Esenituk
and Ralph Alexander; and her daughters, Sarah Esenituk Bonyfeltd
and Mary Alexander.
resident Jerome G. Allard, 2 months, died Dec. 21, 2003, at Providence
Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. A funeral will be at 1:30 p.m.,
with a visitation from 12:30-1:30 p.m., Friday at Evergreen Memorial
Chapel, 737 E St. The Rev. Garry Cappelman, O.P., of Holy Family
Cathedral, will officiate. Burial will follow at Anchorage Memorial
Park. He was born Oct. 22, 2003, at Alaska Native Medical Center
in Anchorage. Jerome is survived by his mother, Diane Allard; brother,
Jasper Teve; sister, Christine Allard, all of Anchorage; grandmothers,
Elizabeth Teve of Chevak and Gail Anaruk of Anchorage; great-grandmother,
Julia Cholok of Chevak; great-aunt, Theresa Cholok of Chevak; uncles,
Michael Teve and Paul Teve of Chevak, Gregory Teve Jr. and Ernie
Tall of Anchorage, George Hooper of Tununak; aunts, Natalia Teve
and Pamela Teve of Anchorage, Jennefer Teve of Chevak and Arlene
Hooper of Tununak; cousins, Kelsy Polty, Francene Teve, Jonathan
Teve, Rhonda Teve, LaTeisha Tall, Cedric Tall and Nathaniel Tall,
all of Anchorage. He was preceded in death by family members Gregory
Teve Sr., Christine Teve and Joseph Cholok.
Clinton Gene (Guy) Allen, 45, died May 2, 2002, at Alaska Native
Medical Center in Anchorage. Mr. Allen was born in Anchorage. He
is survived by his mother, Kitty E. Allen, sister, Lori Lee Gonzales,
and brother, Robert O. Allen, Jr.
Jean Anaruk, 50, died June 18, 2002, at home in Anchorage, Alaska.
Ms. Anaruk was born Sept. 5, 1951, in Bethel, Alaska. She is survived
by her daughter and son-in-law, Trina Anaruk and Reuben Llanes;
son, Gabriel William Chaney; mother, Ella Anaruk; sisters and brothers-in-law,
Janice and Bobby Kallander; Maxine and Harvey Beltz; Michelle and
Fred Bacon; and Eleanor and Tony Piggott; brothers, Bruce, Dennis,
Max and Gabriel Anaruk; brother and sister-in-law, Claude and Donna
Anaruk, and her grandchildren, Brice, Bradley, Christopher, and
Wesley Gilbert Anaruk Sr., 68, died Aug. 9, 2004 at the Alaska Native
Medical Center in Anchorage. Mr. Anaruk was born Sept. 11, 1935
in White Mountain, Alaska. He is survived by his ex-wife, Mary S.
Anaruk; daughters, Amanda J. Anaruk, Beatrice Alexis
Anaruk; daughter and son-in-law, Sabrina and Ricky Tocktoo; son
and daughter-in-law, Samuel and Christina Anaruk; sons, Benjamin
Anaruk and Wesley G. Anaruk Jr.; sisters, Viva Kinegak and Ebba
Raos; brother, Samuel Anaruk; ten grandchildren, one great-granddaughter,
and numerous nieces and nephews.
G. Anderson, 71, died peacefully of natural causes Dec. 15, 2006,
at the home of her son and daughter-in-law, Glenn and Lisa Anderson,
in King Salmon.Ms. Anderson was cremated, and a celebration of life
will be at 2 p.m. Jan. 6 at the Covenant Church in Anchorage. A
potluck will be held at the church after the service.Ms. Anderson,
a lifelong Alaska pioneer, was born in Goose Bay (Iliamna Lake)
on Aug. 18, 1935, to Hugh and Marie Millett. She was one of nine
children.In the early 1970s, Ms. Anderson worked for the Cook Inlet
Native Association bingo hall and the Anchorage School District
as a cook for the hot lunch program (at Nunaka Valley Elementary
and East Anchorage High schools). She retired from the Anchorage
School District as a bus attendant for special-needs children in
May 2005.Her family wrote: "Mom was a very loving, caring,
kind, generous woman, and she always put the needs of others above
her own. She truly had a heart of gold, and the most precious thing
in her life was her family and friends."Ms. Anderson enjoyed
spending time with her family (especially during the holidays),
traveling, reading, doing crossword puzzles, passing on Native family
traditions to younger generations (i.e., berry picking, putting
up fish, storytelling), whistling while she worked, doing embroidery,
spending time at the cabin in Homer and being outdoors (e.g., boat
rides, snowmachining, walking, watching wildlife).Ms. Anderson is
survived by her children and spouses, Hildur Feakes of Kenai, Jeffery
and Linda Anderson of Kenai, Karleen and Mike Laufenburger of King
Salmon and Glenn and Lisa Anderson of King Salmon; 11 grandchildren,
Janae Cook, Laura Anderson, Christopher Anderson, Andy Calhoun,
Shawn Anderson, Robert Laufenburger, Tony Bowers, Karl Anderson,
Jason Anderson, Kyle Anderson and Kurtis Anderson; five great-grandchildren;
seven siblings and their spouses; former husband, Edwin Anderson;
and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.She was preceded in
death by her brother, Carl Millett; son, Edwin Anderson Jr.; and
great-grandson, Maleke Cook.At her request, for those who wish to
send flowers, let them be her favorite -- daisies.Arrangements are
with Evergreen Memorial Chapel.
Edward R. Anderson, 42, died March 28, 2002, at the Alaska Native
Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska. He is survived by his sisters,
Alaska Sturdevant, Agnes Snyder, Sophia Anderson, Ecko Thorpe, Esther
Runstrom and Doris Anderson; and brothers, Alburn Anderson, Kenneth
Anderson, Ozzie Anderson, John Anderson, Allen Anderson, Ralph Anderson,
and Daniel Cleveland.
Kenneth L. Andrews, 34, died June 28, 2001, at home in Anchorage,
Alaska. Mr. Andrews was born Aug. 15, 1966, in Anchorage, Alaska.
He is survived by his father, Leon Andrews; mother, Dora Andrews;
sisters, Sharon Johnson and Helen Andrews; brother, David Andrews;
nephews, Peter Morin, Goose Johnson and Timmy and Kevin Andrews
Lee; and niece, Katty Andrews.
Lorraine F. Anselm, 53, of Anchorage, Alaska died November 23, 1998
at home. Mrs. Anselm was born March 27, 1945 in Nondalton, Alaska.
She is survived by her daughter Barbara Evan, son Roger Balluta,
grandson Guy Todd II, aunt Dolly Hobson and many other relatives.
Robert Apok, Jr., 69, died July 21, 2003, at the Alaska Native Medical
Center in Anchorage, Alaska. Mr. Apok was born May 4, 1934. He is
survived by his daughters, Wanda Jackson, Sonia Greigo, and Karen
Ferguson; son, Robert Apok III; sisters, Mary M. Apok, Ethel P.
Koshney, Annie E. Kozak, Marjorie M. Troffer, Arlene M. Soxie, Roberta
L. Rodin, and Barbara L. Apok; and brothers, James A. and Gerald
Daniel F. Arredondo, 36, died Feb. 17, 2003, at the Omega House
Hospice in Houston, Texas. Mr. Arredondo was born June 13, 1966,
in Anchorage, Alaska. He is survived by his parents, Pete and Carmen
Arredondo; and brother, Ramon Arredondo.
Joseph "Al" Baffone Jr., 66, died peacefully in his sleep
Aug. 1, 2010, while on a fishing trip with friends near Soldotna.A
viewing will be at 4 p.m. Friday at Evergreen Memorial Chapel. A
funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. An outdoor
celebration of life will be after the funeral at the Moose Lodge.Born
June 27, 1944, in Jacksonville, Fla., Al packed a lot of life into
his 66 years. You will see proof of that in his extended family
and endless number of friends. What we were all guaranteed from
him was a rough and rugged exterior wrapped around a heart of gold.
Al was quick and to tell you (loudly) what he thought whether you
liked it or not, but he was also the first to lend a helping hand.Al
was a man on the go. He gave a lot of his time to other people.
The time he spent on himself was spent working on his award-winning
Harley, playing poker with his buddies, and watching his favorites:
the Alaska Aces and San Diego Chargers.He had a tremendous amount
of fight for anything or anyone that he believed in. Al went from
fighting in Vietnam to fighting for those who couldn't fight for
themselves.Al served as vice president for Vietnam Veterans of America,
Chapter 904, as well as Alaska State Council vice president from
2006-2010. In addition, Al was currently serving as the vice chairman
of the Alaska Veterans Foundation.Albert was preceded in death by
his father, Albert Joseph Baffone Sr.; mother, Margaret "Billie"
Kriz; stepmother, Kay Baffone; mother-in-law, Gloria Maret; and
his granddaughter, Krista.Albert is survived by his loving and ever-supportive
wife, Helen Baffone; children, Melissa, Brian, Carole, Kristy, Roberta,
Ray and Karrie; beloved brother, Mike; sisters, Dee and Valerie;
sister-in-law, Glenda; brother-in-law, Mike; grandchildren, Kayla,
Cole, Devonee, L.J., Dalton, T.J., Kellie, Jaya, Deanna, Savannah,
Traivar and Courtney; nephews, Mike Jr., Brody and Skylar; and niece,
Lonnie.In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to VVA,
Charles A. Bartels, 43, died Nov. 13, 2001, at home in Anchorage,
Alaska. Mr. Bartels was born Dec. 21, 1957, in Anchorage, Alaska
and is survived by his mother, Susanna Tumbleson, and his sisters,
Susanna Moon and Betty Valka.
Esther Bates, 62, Anchorage, Alaska
Fraser Behrend, former chancellor of the University of Alaska Anchorage,
died July 25 at his home in Skaneateles, N.Y. He was 78. The cause
of death was brain cancer.A memorial remembrance and a celebration
of life will be held at a time and place to be announced.Donald
Fraser Behrend was born Aug. 30, 1931, in Manchester, Conn.Dr. Behrend
served as chancellor of UAA from 1989 until his retirement in 1994.
Previously, he served in Fairbanks as provost and vice president
for academic affairs for the University of Alaska Statewide System
from 1985 to 1988, and as executive vice president and provost for
the University of Alaska Statewide System until becoming chancellor
of UAA. Before joining the University of Alaska, he had a long career
with the State University of New York College of Environmental Science
and Forestry in Newcomb and Syracuse, N.Y., first as a wildlife
biologist during the early 1960s and then as an administrator from
1968 to 1985. He also worked as a wildlife biologist for the state
of Maine in 1967-68.During his tenure as chancellor, Dr. Behrend
led the university through the substantial challenges presented
by the restructuring of the statewide university system. He guided
UAA as it evolved from many disparate campuses and missions to become
a single institution focused on teaching, research and public service.He
served four years in the U.S. Navy, flying as a radio and radar
operator from the Essex-class aircraft carrier USS Tarawa. He later
earned a bachelor's degree in agriculture with honors, and with
distinction in wildlife management and a master's degree in wildlife
management, both from the University of Connecticut. He went on
to earn a doctoral degree in forest zoology from the State University
College of Forestry at Syracuse University.He had a passion for
fly-fishing, birding, folk music, history, reading and all things
Scottish. He will be remembered for, among many things, his love
of life, his hearty laugh and his devotion to his family.He is survived
by his loving wife of 52 years, Joan; sons and daughters-in-law
Andrew Fraser Behrend and Catherine Behrend of Anchorage; Eric Hemingway
Behrend and Sherry Haffenden-Behrend of Canoga Park, Calif.; and
David William Behrend and Aileen Droughton of Lincroft, N.J. He
is also survived by three beloved grandchildren, Anna, Joseph and
Charlotte.In lieu of flowers, contributions in Dr. Behrend's name
may be made to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway,
Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018, or www.pdf.org.
Katherine Olivia Beltz, 44, died Jan. 20, 2003, at the Alaska Native
Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska. Ms. Beltz was born Nov. 28,
1958 in Anchorage, Alaska. She is survived by her son, David Lucas
Beltz; mother, Arne B. Beltz; and brothers, William P. Beltz and
Axel J. Beltz.
Leonard E. Benkoe, 40, died Sept. 17, 2001, at home in Burton, Ohio.
Mr. Benkoe was born May 6, 1961, in Anchorage, Alaska. He is survived
by his wife Diana Benkoe; son Matthew Benkoe; mother Audrey Benkoe;
sisters, Carol Kosbruk, Sherry Reedy, and Jerilyn Kosbruk; and brothers,
Gary Kosbruk and John Kosbruk.
resident Merlyn John "Berke" Berke, 81, died July 28,
2010, at Prestige Care in Anchorage.A memorial service will be at
2 p.m. Sunday at Elmendorf Air Force Base at Chapel 2. The officiant
will be Chaplain Holmquist. A reception will follow. All attendees
at the service must show the following items at the Elmendorf Air
Force Base Boniface Gate only: a valid picture I.D. (drivers license),
a current vehicle registration and a current insurance card.Merlyn
was born Sept. 23, 1928, in Sioux City, Iowa. He moved to Alaska
in 1974.Merlyn was in the military from 1946-1985, serving in the
U.S. Army and Air National Guard. He retired as a master sergeant
in the U.S. Air Force. He was a member of Elmendorf Air Force Base
Chapel 1 and VFW Post 102522.His hobbies were fishing, boating,
camping, beekeeping and gardening.He was a devoted husband, supportive
father and doting grandfather. Family and friends will fondly remember
Berke for his sense of humor and willingness to lend a supporting
hand.Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Shirley Berke of Anchorage;
daughter, Beth Mastel of Anchorage, son, Jon Berke of Anchorage;
daughter, Ann Berke of Anchorage; son-in-law, Rick Mastel of Anchorage;
daughter-in-law, Angela Berke of Anchorage; son and daughter-in-law,
Mike and Diana Berke of Sioux City, Iowa; daughter-in-law, Sandra
Hurd-Pitcher of Las Vegas, Nev.; daughter-in-law, Sarah Berke of
Las Vegas; grandchildren, Karlie Berke, Breauna Berke and Taylor
Mastel, all of Anchorage, and Carolyne Berke of Denver, Colo., Brian
Berke of Lemars, Iowa, and Krisin Berke of Royal, Iowa; sister,
Darlene Miller of Orange , Calif.; and nieces and nephews, Craig
Miller of Orange, Calif., Kurt Berke of Iowa, Kevin Berke of Des
Moines, Iowa, and Kelly Berke of Iowa.He was preceded in death by
his son, Scott Berke; a brother, Alfred "Junior" Berke;
sister-in-law, Ladonna Berke; and brother-in-law, Jerry Miller.The
family suggests, in lieu of flowers, that donations be sent to Gideons,
PO Box 242841, Anchorage, 99525 or Anchorage Gospel Mission, 2823
E. Tudor Road, Anchorage 99507.Arrangements are with Janssen's Evergreen
Frederick Theodore Bismark, Sr., 76, died Jan. 10, 2000, at the
Alaska Native Medical Center. Mr. Bismark Sr. was born in Anchorage,
Alaska, on April 6, 1923. He is survived by his wife Tania; sons
Fred Jr., Robert, Stanley, Eugene and Steve; daughters Sharon, Alice,
Dorothy and Laura Bismark and Arlene Reiser; grandchildren Lisa,
Lindsay, Sherri, Julie Ann, Toni Bismark, Derek Adams, Ernie Baker
Jr., Kayla Reiser, Eric and Melissa Torrey, Yvonne and Kristen Webber,
Tania Evon, Sonny Zaochney, Margaret and Christine Bell; four great
granddaughters, one great grandson, one niece and numerous grand
nieces and nephews
resident Cecelia "Elluvaaq" Kashatok Blackwell, 65, died
Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010, at Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage.Visitation
will be from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Anchorage Funeral Home, 1800
Dare Ave. A funeral will be at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Post Garrison
on Fort Richardson. Viewing will be one hour prior to the services.
A graveside service will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Fort Richardson
National Cemetery where Cecelia will be laid to rest with her husband,
Richard. A potluck will be after the services. Pallbearers include
Luther Oscar, Richard Oscar, Jessie Oscar, Larry Oscar, Norbert
Kashatok and McLauglin Kashatok.Mrs. Blackwell was born March 11,
1945, in Kwigillingok, a village on Kuskokwim Bay. She lived in
Alaska all of her life, including Bethel and Anchorage. Cecelia
worked for the Bethel Community Services and the Yukon Kuskokwim
Health Corp., from which she retired in 1998. Her hobbies included
crocheting, knitting, decorating, playing bingo and hosting feasts.The
family wrote, "Throughout her life, Cecelia touched and enriched
the lives of so many people with her generous and loving spirit.
She was well respected and was known for her gracious and beautiful
presence. Cecelia enjoyed hosting feasts and welcomed all with a
warm smile and hug. She was a wonderful woman, a loving wife, and
the best mother and grandmother anyone could ask for. Cecelia was
well known for the colorful flowers she wore in her hair. She will
be deeply missed by all."She was preceded in death by her parents,
Thomas and Ida Kashatok; husband, Richard Blackwell; brothers, Thomas
and Ruby Kashatok; stepson, Timothy Blackwell; sister in-law, Evelyn
Davis; and granddaughters, Paula and Gayla Blackwell.She is survived
by her sons, Luther Oscar of Anchorage, Richard Oscar of Anchorage;
daughters, Arlene Oscar, Donna Oscar, and Dendra Chavez, all of
Anchorage; stepsons, Roger Blackwell of San Diego, Calif., Joseph
Blackwell of Arkansas, Richard Blackwell of Ponka, Okla., David
Blackwell of Ponka and Patrick Blackwell of Ponka; stepdaughter,
Brenda Smith of Tulsa, Okla.; brothers, Daniel Kashatok of Bethel,
Tony Evon of Bethel, Norbert Kashatok of Bethel and McLauglin Kashatok
of Anchorage; sisters, Carrie Kashatok, Lucy Gunlik, Doris Paul
and Ella Koszela, all of Anchorage, and Dorothy Phillips of Tuliksak.Memorial
donations may be made in memory of Cecelia to 1736 Moss Creek Ave.,
Anchorage, AK 99507.Arrangements are with Anchorage Funeral Home.
Ruth E. Blatchford, 49, of Anchorage, Alaska died June 27, 1999
at her residence. Mrs. Blatchford was born July 15, 1950 in Fairbanks,
Alaska. She is survived by her husband Joe D. Blatchford; sons Daniel
J. Martinez, Shawn T. Martinez and Burton H. Twitchell; daughter
Monica A. Martinez; ex-husband Ken J. Martinez; father Timothy Twitchell
Sr.; brothers Timothy and Matthew Twitchell; sisters Lois L. Stover,
Ester E. Lurson, Eunice A.Pacheco, Racheal I. McCarthy, Hannah I.
Broussard, Mary and Rebecca Twitchell; and five grandchildren.
Sifton Brendon Bob, 30, also known as Peblo, died July
6, 2003, at his campsite on Manning Island, Alaska. Mr. Bob was
born Oct. 26, 1972, in Anchorage, Alaska. He is survived by his
wife, Brenda M. Bob; daughters, Robyn S. C. Bob and Brandi M. D.
Bob; sons, Henry Byron Bob and Brandon Richard Bob; sisters, Sally
Leopold and Cecelia Andrews; and brother, Isaac Bob.
Bodnar died peacefully July 28, 2010, at the Anchorage Pioneer Home.A
celebration of his life will be held from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Aug. 15 at Russian Jack Chalet.He was born Oct. 27, 1922, in Ohio
and grew up in the Hungarian neighborhood of Cleveland. He spent
most of his time at gymnastics or in the woods of Rocky River Park.He
served as an Army radio man in World War II in the Philippines.As
soon as he could, he headed for more wilderness in Alaska. Graduating
from the University of Alaska Fairbanks as an electrical engineer,
he worked as a civil servant for the Alaska Air Command, first in
Fairbanks, where most of his seven children were born. In 1962,
the family made the move to Anchorage. He retired from Elmendorf
AFB in Anchorage.He loved to canoe Alaska's rivers, fish and hunt
moose. He was a gymnast and encouraged all his children to be athletes,
too: Bret, Lance, Mia, Dirk, Dru, Kim and Bela; his grandchildren,
Andy Walker, Randy Sorenson, Reed Wilkinson, Gina Bodnar, Kevin
Bodnar, Kail Bodnar, Ivory Bodnar, Axel Bodnar, Beau Bodnar and
Seth Whitfield.He was preceded in death by his wife, Gloria.Arrangements
are with Janssen's Evergreen Memorial Chapel.
Lawrence M. Bonfiglio, 48, died Aug. 26, at the Austin Govalle
Nursing Home in Austin, Texas. Mr. Bonfiglio was born April 5, 1957,
in Anchorage. He is survived by his fiancée, Jacqueline Duncan;
daughters, Charleigh Bonfiglio and Renee Bonfiglio; son, Mike Bonfiglio;
and stepson, Alex Duncan
Joann Boone, 48, died July 11, 2004 at St. Joseph Hospital in Tacoma,
Wash. Ms. Boone was born June 27, 1956 in Anchorage. She is survived
by her daughter, Kelli Boone; sons, Kyle Boone, Andy Tomlinson and
David Tomlinson; and sisters, Nancy Boren and Gaynell Gauthier.
David Clarke Bowen, 70, died Dec. 29, 2003, at the Atlantic General
Hospital in Berlin, Maryland. Mr. Bowen was born Aug. 28, 1933,
in Anchorage, Alaska. He is survived by his wife, Priscilla Alden
Bowen; sons, Russell Scott Bowen, Geoffrey David Bowen, and John
Gibb Bowen; sister, Elizabeth Ann Allard (Beth Ann); brothers, John
Wilson Cross (Jay) and Donald Richard Cross; grandsons, Daniel Clark
Bowen and Evan Bowen; and four step-grandchildren.
Kenneth W. Breeden, 45, died Jan. 28, 2005, at home in Weston, Wis.
Mr. Breeden was born May 7, 1959, in Anchorage. He is survived by
his daughter, Shannon Breeden; sons, Brent Breeden and Lance Breeden;
father, Robert Breeden; sister, Rebecca Wentworth; and brothers,
Frank Breeden and Russ Breeden.
Jennie L. Brewer, 34, died May 26, 2002, at home in Anchorage. Ms.
Brewer was born Nov. 23, 1967. She is survived by her daughter,
Tia Brewer; mother, Mary Brewer; and sister, Brenda Baehm.
Lifelong Anchorage resident, Desmond Taylor Iirpak Brooks,
16, died Oct. 10 in Anchorage. A visitation and gathering was held
at Holy Family Cathedral on Oct. 17. Brooks was born June 16, 1989,
in Anchorage. His Yupik name was Iirpak (Big Eyes).
He is survived by his mother, June Toastie Jardine of
Anchorage; brother, Jason Jardine of California; sisters, Nicole
Jardine of California and Carly Brooks of Anchorage; niece, Maliyah
Nelson and her father, Charles Nelson of California; uncle, John
Jake Jacobsson; aunts, Deidre Viera, Freda Bossette
and Valerie Gallegos of Anchorage, Hilda Vandergrift and her husband,
Bill of Missouri, Jean Hull of California and Dorothy Rodgers; cousins,
Jamie, Abigail and John; and many other cousins, friends and extended
Della Marie McFarlin Brown, 33, died Sept. 2, 2000 in Anchorage,
Alaska. Ms. Brown was born in Anchorage, Alaska on April 25, 1967.
She is survived by her grandparents Henry and Idella Brown; mother
and husband Daisy and Kirk Piggot; son Robert Brown; daughter Nora
Iyatunuk; brothers and sister-in-law James, Arron and John Olie;
sisters Mary Montgomery and Gloria Britton, and Gloria's fiance
Don; and their two sons Ezekel and Elijah.
Wayne Brown 7/15/1958 ~ 8/25/2008 Stephen Wayne Brown, beloved husband,
father, brother and son passed away suddenly Monday, August 25,
2008 of a heart attack at home. Steve was the first child born to
Janet Pehrson and Wayne C. Brown in Salt Lake City, Utah.He was
an active and faithful member of the LDS Church in which he served
in many capacities. He served as a faithful missionary in the Anchorage,
Alaska mission, was a bishop in the Mueller Park 5th Ward, and was
currently serving as a member of the Bishopric of the University
13th Singles Ward. His energy and testimony blessed the lives of
many, but particularly the youth he served. Steve graduated from
the Olympus High class of '76 and later the University of Utah with
a BS in communications. He was also a member of the Crimson Club.
He was a partner at the Summit Group since 1986, President of the
firm, and instrumental in the firm's growth to the largest locally
owned communications firm in the state of Utah. He had a great sense
of honesty and gave the truth whether you liked it or not. Many
people came to work at the Summit Group because of their interactions
with Steve. His personality was instrumental in the companies' growth.
He was married for time and all eternity in the Salt Lake Temple
to Cindy Fagg on June 20, 1986. Steve loved hunting, fishing, camping
and the "Runnin' Utes." But his greatest accomplishment
and love was his wife and children, whom he served with all his
heart. The most enjoyable part of his life was spent attending his
kids games, concerts, and recitals. He was their coach, cheerleader
and friend. He is survived by his parents, Janet and Wayne Brown;
his wife, Cindy who he loved dearly and his children: Meagan, Sarah,
Katelyn, Michael, Elizabeth and Benjamin; also his siblings, Jeffery
(Chantal) Brown, Michelle (Joe) Hanna, Jennifer (Scott) Brown, Leslie
(Brian) Paul; father and mother-in-law, Don and Lavell Fagg; and
many nieces, nephews, and friends. Preceded in death by grandparents,
Paul E. and Ruth Pehrson, Emeral and Clara Brown. Funeral services
will be held at 12 noon, Fri., August 29, 2008 at the Mueller Park
Stake Center, 1800 E. Mueller Park Road (1800 South), Bountiful.
Friends and family may call Thursday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Russon
Brothers Bountiful Mortuary, 295 N. Main and Fri. morning 10:30-11:30
a.m. at the church prior to services. Interment-Salt Lake City Cemetery.
Online guestbook at www.russonmortuary.com
Alaska resident Franklin E. Buske, 82, died of natural causes Oct.
28, 2005, in Beaufort, S.C. He was born May 3, 1923, to Frank and
Elsie Buske in Concord, Wis. After graduating from high school in
Oconomowoc, Wis., he entered the University of Wisconsin in 1941.
He left his studies to enlist in the U.S. Army Air Force in 1943,
serving in Germany during World War II. After the war, he resumed
his studies, enrolling at Yale University and receiving his Bachelor
of Arts degree in 1948 in English and creative writing. In 1951,
he moved to Alaska, where he worked for the Alaska Railroad for
several years and then for the Alaska Department of Highways as
the state right-of-way agent in Anchorage. From 1967 to '70, he
was the fine arts editor for The Anchorage Times and a fine arts
critic and writer of a sports column, "Ham on Wry," for
the Anchorage Daily News. He also hosted a program of classical
music on radio station KFQD. His love of music and theater led him
to join the Anchorage Community Chorus, Anchorage Community Theater,
Anchorage Little Theater and Lyric Opera of Anchorage and to serve
on the boards of the Anchorage Concert Association and the Alaska
Festival of Music, the Alaska Association for the Arts and as a
member of the Anchorage Literary Arts Committee. Mr. Buske was honored
with a feature writing award from the Alaska Press Club and a poetry
purchase award from the Alaska State Council on the Arts. During
the 1970s, he taught, lectured and held the post of assistant professor
in Anchorage and Fairbanks at the University of Alaska. He collected
songs and stories of Alaska Natives and wrote poetry. His poems,
"From the Great Land: Woman's Songs," inspired by Eskimo
women, was set to music and performed at New York's Carnegie Hall
in 1983. Mr. Buske is survived by his son, William Nguyen; sister,
Mary Davis; and brothers, George, Lloyd and Howard. Preceding him
in death were two sisters and a brother. His ashes will be scattered
in Halibut Cove, a favorite retreat during his many visits here.
Anchorage resident Dorothy Butrum, 87, died peacefully at home Aug.
4, 2010, surrounded by her family after suffering a severe stroke
July 11. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at
First Baptist Church, 1100 W 10th Ave. A reception will be held
afterward.It is her wish to have her ashes mixed with those of her
husband, John, and scattered in Alaska.Dorothy was born July 13,
1923, in Perry, Ark., to Ludie and Charlie Evans.In 1941, at age
18, she married John Butrum, her childhood sweetheart. They were
a devoted couple until his death in 1984. They lived in Morrelton,
Ark., Caruthersville, Mo., Bremerton, Wash., Corvallis, Ore., Albuquerque,
N.M., and Flagstaff, Ariz., before moving to Alaska in 1969 to be
near their grandchildren. They lived a short while in Fairbanks
and settled in Anchorage.Dorothy retired from Providence Hospital,
where she worked at the information desk.Dorothy was a lifelong
member of the Southern Baptist Church, where she taught Bible school
and the Sunbeams, and participated in the ladies' auxiliary. She
was also a lifetime member of the American Legion, and the Order
of the Eastern Star.She enjoyed crossword puzzles, traveling, gardening
and camping with her husband.Dorothy's family and legion of friends
fondly remember her as "the sunshine lady," because she
always sent greeting cards and inspirational letters for their birthdays,
anniversaries and other occasions. She was preceded in death by
her parents; her husband, John Butrum; brother, Leon Evans; half-brothers,
Mirl and Jirl Evans; sisters, Lorene Austill and Catherine Evans;
and her great-grandson, Brenden Pleitez. Dorothy is survived by
her only child, Erma Hood; son-in-law Richard Hood; half-brother
Allen Evans; half-sisters, Ruth Baier and Regina Simon; grandchildren,
Rodney Hood, and Charise and her husband, Carlos Pleitez; many nieces
and nephews; and longtime friends. Her family suggests honoring
her with a donation to the Ronald McDonald House Charities, Western
Washington and Alaska, 5130 40th Avenue N.E., Seattle WA 98105,
in her name in memory of her great-grandson, Brenden Pleitez.
A. Capsul, 54, died April 29, 2001, at home in Anchorage, Alaska.
Ms. Capsul was born March 20, 1947. She is survived by her sons,
Donald Capsul, Darren Capsul, Darrel Whitley and Reuben Attatayuk.
Evelyn Pauline Carmen, 70, died March 11, at Harlingen Medical Center
in Harlingen, Texas. Mrs. Carmen was born May 21, 1934, in Wood
River. She attended schools in Dillingham, Cordova and Anchorage.
Mrs. Carmen graduated from Anchorage High School in 1953. On May
9, 1953, she married Dennis Carmen in Wasilla. Mrs. Carmen enjoyed
bowling, dancing, handiwork and crocheting. She worked as a medical
secretary for many years. Mrs. Carmen and her husband traveled extensively
after retirement. She is survived by her husband, Dennis; children
and spouses, Lance Carmen, Larry and Kathy Carmen, and Nancy and
Jimmie Rogers; sisters and spouses, Marietta and Dave Curtis, and
Gladys and Ron Roberts-Workman; brother, Clyde Peterson; and many
grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Rae Carpenter, 29, died June 4, 2002, at home in Anchorage. Ms.
Carpenter was born May 6, 1973. She is survived by her son, Brandin
Carpenter; father, Michael Carpenter; paternal grandmother, Winifred
Carpenter; maternal grandfather, Ray Murphy; godmother and aunt,
Mary Ellen (M.E.) Perrizo; aunts, Virginia Hunter and Hazel Felton,
as well as numerous uncles and aunts.
Carty, 18, Shane Joseph Carty, 18, died Dec. 11, 2006, at his Anchorage
home. A visitation and service were Wednesday at Evergreen Memorial
Chapel. Burial will be at 1 p.m. today at Anchorage Memorial Park.
Pallbearers include T.K. Harris, Kevin Marrese, Chris Romero, Scott
Root, Collin Peirce and Chuck Cansler. Mr. Carty was born Jan. 14,
1988, in Anchorage to Ellie Carty. He attended Dillingham Elementary
and Lake Hood Elementary schools and Romig Junior High School and
was in the process of receiving his GED. He began working for Flight
Services and Systems Inc. at Ted Stevens Anchorage International
Airport in July 2006. His family wrote, "The whole family immediately
fell in love with Shane's big blue eyes and bright-as-the-sun smile!
In the almost 19 years that Shane was with us, he has blessed his
family in many ways. Shane's friends consider him family, as they
lived as brothers." "Shane was very kind, artistic, talented
and smart. He always went out of his way to help anyone who needed
it and made everyone laugh. Making music was on top of Shane's list
of passions that included rocking out, playing guitar, wishing to
play drums, turntablism, producing beats and irregular time signatures.
He also loved cooking, skateboarding, streetlights, airports, photography,
lomography, (artist) Zdzislaw Beksinski, sleeping and astronomy.
"Shane was a young man of wisdom, pride, respect, family, music
and life. Shave will forever be remembered and never forgotten."
Mr. Carty is survived by his mother and her boyfriend, Ellie Carty
and Dave Bennish; sisters, Shelby and Sasha Carty; brother, Scott
Root; brother-in-law, Travis Turnbull, nephew, Blake Ashton Turnbull;
grandparents, Myrtie and Jim Carty; aunts and uncles, Diane and
Jim Folsom Sr., Helen, Mark, Mike, Chris and John Carty, Kathy Mclinn
and Karen Johnson; cousins, Collin Peirce and Kane, Courtenay, Britni,
Michael and Anna Lee Carty, Alisha and Jim Folsom, and Wesley Richards;
and longtime friends, T.K. Harris, Kevin Marrese, Chris Romero,
Chuck Cansler and Jenni Souhala. He was preceded in death by his
cousin, Derek Carty.
resident Constance "Connie" Casey, 81, died peacefully
July 19, 2010, with her husband Casey by her side.A celebration
of life will be at 4 p.m. Aug. 15 at Our Lady of the Snows in
Girdwood.Connie was born Oct. 20, 1928, in Rochester, N.Y., where
she attended Our Lady of Good Counsel elementary school and graduated
from West High School in 1947. She later moved to Austin, Texas,
where she worked for the Department of Education.In 1954, Connie's
adventurous spirit brought her to Alaska, where she took a job
with Cordova Airlines. While working for Cordova Airlines, she
met the love of her life, Harold "Casey" Casey. They
were married June 9, 1956, and recently celebrated their 54th
wedding anniversary. During her life in Alaska, Connie worked
for Universal Services and then Alyeska Resort for 35 years, retiring
at age 79.In her early years in Girdwood, she served as the housing
director of the 1969 Junior Nationals and the Airline Races through
the '70s and '80s.Connie was independent, caring, hardworking
and adventurous. She loved travel and was a rare globe trekker
for her time. She and Casey traveled extensively across Europe,
Asia, Africa, South America, Australia and New Zealand for most
of her life. Vietnam and Africa were two of her favorite destinations.
Connie was committed to the art of letter writing and kept in
contact with many of her friends and family. While in Girdwood
she enjoyed downhill and cross-country skiing.Connie is survived
by her husband, Casey; cousins, James and Patricia Spalding; close
family friends, Lin Hinderman, Peter Zug, Dave Perea, Duffy and
Jessica Daniels; and the hundreds of people whose lives she influenced.Connie
was preceded in death by her father, Art Besant (1974); mother,
Lillian Besant (1993); and sister, Joan Berry (1987).Though she
and Casey had no children, a friend told them, "You have
more 'kids' than anyone I have ever met and you did a good job
raising us!"She was compassionately cared for by CareNet
and Providence Hospice over the last six weeks of her life.Memorial
donations in Constance Casey's name may be sent to Providence
Hospice at 3435 E. Tudor Road, Anchorage 99507.
resident Albert Raymond Chamberlain, 91, died Aug. 5, 2010, at the
Alaska Regional Hospital of heart failure.A funeral will be at 2
p.m. Monday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,
36th Avenue and Muldoon Road.Mr. Chamberlain was born May 31, 1919,
in Spokane, Wash., and graduated from high school in Bellingham,
Wash. He attended college for two years.Mr. Chamberlain moved to
Alaska in 1948 and lived in Ketchikan from 1948 to 1975. He then
moved to Fairbanks for a short period of time and has lived in Anchorage
since 1976.Albert served in the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard Aviation
Services, Search and Rescue, and is a veteran of World War II and
the Korean War. Employment included Ellis Airlines, Pulp Co., Reeve
Aleutian Airways, and Wien Airlines in Ketchikan. He retired from
Reeve Aleutian Airways in 1987.Albert's hobbies and special interests
included all aspects of aviation, hunting, fishing and gunsmithing.
He was an Eagle Scout and was awarded the Charles Taylor Aviation
award.He belonged to an non-denominational worldwide group of Christians,
OX5 Club (aviators), and the National Rifle Association.A few days
ago, his family said Dad remarked, "I have done and seen so
many wonderful and exciting things in my life. I have been blessed
to be married for 68 and a half years to my wonderful "Missy."
Who could possibly ask for anything more?"Albert is survived
by his wife of 68 years, Betty Anne Sease Chamberlain; sister, Dorothy
Rivers; brother-in-law, Dick Sease and wife Ruth; children, Robert
and Connie Chamberlain, Anne Bailey, and Dave and Kathy Chamberlain;
grandchildren, Trail and Tracy Wills, Cynthia Wills, Laurel and
Wilfredo Rivas, Melissa and Joe Reid, Mara Chamberlain, Daniel Chamberlain,
Michael and Rose Chamberlain; and lots of great-grandchildren.
Patricia Chappell, 56, died July 10, 2003, at home in Anchorage,
Alaska. Ms. Chappell was born May 1, 1947. She is survived by her
son, Martin Chappell; sisters, Harriet Kaufman and Carol Kompkoff;
and brothers, Arnie, Art, Ernie, and Robert Standifer, Jr.
Stephen Michael Chernikoff, 36, died May 5, 2001, at Alaska Native
Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska. Mr. Chernikoff was born Dec.
5, 1964, in Anchorage, Alaska. He is survived by sisters, Nattie
Rastopsoff, Patty Folger and Elizabeth Vance, and brothers, Ralph
Rastopsoff and Craig and Ben Chernikoff.
Dorothy Chessik, 64, died Nov. 26 at home in Eagle River, Alaska.
Ms. Chessik was born Sept. 2, 1940, in Point Hope. She is survived
by her son, Anthony Welcyng; grandson, C.J. Craggle; sisters, Esther
Frankson, Cora Hamby, Eva Long, Ruth Nelson, Lena Rotman, Agnes
Dolly Sage and Alice Sherbick; sister-in-law, Betty Chessik and
brother-in-law, Norb Chessik.
Kenneth E. Christoffersen, 76, died April 21, at the Alaska Native
Medical Center in Anchorage. Mr. Christoffersen was born Feb. 22,
1929, in Kodiak, Alaska. He is survived by his wife, Annette; daughters,
Brenda, Carol, Carrie and Jessie Christoffersen, Glenna Hill, Loriena
Koruna, Esther Price, Christine Pulis, and Kathrene Waterbury; and
sons, Danny, Fred, Kenneth E., Kenny, and Tim.
Master Sgt. Thomas E. Cicardo, 47, was killed in the tragic C-17
crash on July 28, 2010, on Elmendorf Air Force Base.Family, friends
and colleagues are invited to celebrate the life of Thomas E. Cicardo
at 1:30 p.m. Monday at an outdoor ceremony at Fort Richardson Cemetery.
Those who want to join the funeral procession should meet outside
the gate no later than 1 p.m. Those who do not wish to join the
procession may proceed to the committal shelter at the cemetery.Tom
was born Jan. 24, 1963, on Torrejon Air Force Base, Madrid, Spain.As
a young boy Tom traveled throughout Europe with his parents and
enjoyed discovering new places and meeting new people using his
fluent German and gregarious personality. Even as a small child,
he loved putting together model airplanes. He played baseball, was
a member of the Boy Scouts and even flew across the Atlantic in
the cockpit of a commercial airplane, that he no doubt charmed his
way into. In 1976, he was his mom's co-pilot on their drive to Alaska
with his sister. He spent the next 34 years discovering Alaska and
touching the lives of those around him with his Alaska-size heart.
In high school, Tom was involved in the ROTC program and since military
blood ran through his veins, it only seemed natural that in 1981
his military career began.Tom served his country with high distinction
for more than 28 years in the Armed Forces of the United States.
Prior to joining the Alaska Air National Guard, Tom served in the
U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Army, and the Air Force Reserve. He joined
the Alaska Air National Guard in September of 1997, where his wide-ranging
military background made him an invaluable asset.He spent his first
11 years in the Alaska Air National Guard in the 210th and 211th
Rescue Squadrons, where he flew in an HC-130 aircraft. During his
tenure in rescue, he participated in 58 search and rescue missions
in the State of Alaska, in which he was credited with saving 66
lives and assisting 13 others to safety. He deployed multiple times
in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, flying combat search and
rescue missions in Afghanistan and personnel recovery missions in
the Horn of Africa.In 2008, Tom was handpicked to be part of the
C-17 initial cadre to stand-up the 249th Airlift Squadron. He checked
out in the C-17 "Globemaster III" aircraft and quickly
upgraded to instructor and flight examiner loadmaster. He helped
build the training and standardization/evaluation functions in the
squadron. His efforts were instrumental in the squadron, receiving
an "Outstanding" rating during a recent Pacific Air Force's
Standardization and Evaluation inspection, where he was also recognized
as an "outstanding performer."Over the course of his military
career, Tom accumulated 5,400 flying hours in the C-141, C-130,
HC-130 and C-17 aircraft and visited countless countries. He was
a highly decorated combat veteran receiving more than 30 awards
and decorations, to include the Afghanistan Campaign medal, the
Air Medal, and the Meritorious Service Medal.In 2002, Tom married
his wife, Theresa. Together they enjoyed camping, exercising their
three energetic dogs, watching movies and socializing with friends.Tom
was often described as "over the top" enthusiastic and
always gave 110 percent when working or helping someone. Tom was
always the first to volunteer many times, no matter the scale of
the task. He was known as the "go-getter" and did everything
with gusto. He loved history and enjoyed cooking a big pot of anything
to entertain friends.Tom is survived by his wife, Theresa Dayton;
his mother, Kerstin Hanel; his sister, Jessica Murphy; and a large
extended family in Alaska, Germany and Oregon.In lieu of flowers,
donations may be sent in care of Tom's family's account at Alaska
USA Federal Credit Union.Condolences may be sent to 8912 Sahalee
Drive, Anchorage 99507.
resident Ifginia Rosa Clark, 77, a homemaker, died Dec. 4, 1990
at Alaska Native Medical Center after a lengthy illness. A funeral
will be held at 3:30 p.m. today at Kehl's Forest Lawn Mortuary and
Crematory with the Rev. Keith Fullerton of Evangelical Covenant
Church officiating. Mrs. Clark was born Sept. 23, 1913, in Unalakleet.
According to her family, she loved to sew. She is survived by her
daughters, Grace Scribner of Anchorage, Mabel Moses of Mekoryuk,
and Ada Hengel of Winona, Minn.; her sons, Jerry Roberts of Bethel,
and Alden Roberts of Anchorage; her brother, Harry Eakon of Unalakleet;
her sister, Clara Gordon of Fairbanks; 11 grandchildren; and two
great-grandchildren. Burial will be in the spring in Angelus Memorial
resident Eugene Francis Cleary, 77, died July 28, 2010, in Anchorage
from cancer.A memorial service will be at 6 p.m. Aug. 11 at Holy
Family Cathedral, 800 W. Fifth Ave. Burial will take place at a
later date in Westwood, Mass.Gene was born Jan. 17, 1933, in Boston,
Mass., to Frank and Elaine Cleary. After serving in the Merchant
Marine and the U.S. Army, he married his childhood sweetheart, Florence,
and moved to Los Angeles in 1957. There he began a 40-year career
as a pile driver and commercial diver.In 1965, along with his wife
and four children, he moved to Alaska. His diving career took him
to various locations throughout the state, where he worked on oil
platforms, underwater pipelines, salvage projects and marine construction
jobs. In the early '70s, he started his own diving company, Cleary
Diving Service, and built the diving vessel Shamrock. He transitioned
from diver to business agent of the Pile Driver, Bridge, Dock Builders
and Divers Union, Local 2520, where he worked until his retirement
in 1998.A true Bostonian at heart, Gene was a fan of all New England
sports teams and passed this tradition on to his sons and grandsons.
He also enjoyed traveling to Boston and Las Vegas, reading, model-ship
building, family game nights and all activities requiring a grandpa's
support."Our father was an intelligent, honest, loyal, and
hard working man who believed a handshake was as good as your word,"
his family said. "We will miss his wit, his straight-forward
attitude, his old school manners, his stories from the past, and
his love for all of us."Gene's wife, Florence, and his sister,
Patricia, preceded him in death.He is survived by his daughters
and sons-in-law, Patricia and Kevin Hanley and Cathy and David Pedzewick;
sons and daughters-in-law, Michael and Janice Cleary and Steven
and Melissa Cleary; grandchildren, Shaun and Ryan Hanley, Christopher,
Andrew and Shelby Pedzewick, Lara Cleary, and Kyle and Conner Cleary;
his brother, Robert Cleary; and sister, Bernice Wipfler and her
family.The family would like to thank Providence Hospice nurses
Amanda and Mimi for their wonderful and compassionate care.In lieu
of flowers, donations to Providence Hospice, 3435 E. Tudor Road,
would make Gene smile.
Joseph Kaylon Cleveland, Jr., 28, died Feb. 2, 2000 at his home
in Anchorage, Alaska. Mr. Cleveland was born in Selawik, Alaska
on Dec. 11, 1971. He is survived by his mother Violet Cleveland;
brothers Harry, Fred, Roscoe and Lancer Cleveland, Davie Starbuck;
sisters Cheryl Cleveland and Ruth Baker.
Harry Conrad, 77, died Aug. 4, 2010, in Anchorage.A service will
be at 1 p.m. Sunday at Legacy Funeral Home, 1707 S. Bragaw St.David
was born Oct. 2, 1932, in Vandergrift, Pa., to Clarence "Pete"
and Alberta Cooper Conrad. He was born at home with his grandmother,
Maud Altman Cooper, in attendance as midwife. Dave was proud to
be the son of a coal miner. In December 1950, he enlisted in the
Air Force and retired in 1970. He then worked for RCA Alascom for
six years. His final job was with the State Division of Public Assistance,
retiring in 1991 as a welfare office supervisor.He enjoyed hunting,
fishing, growing things, playing bingo and talking with friends,
but mostly spending time in the Southcentral Foundation Elders program.David
was preceded in death by his parents; his son, David C. Conrad;
and two nephews.David is survived by his wife of 37 years, Elizabeth
Foster of Selawik; his daughter, B.J. Kennedy of Rantoul, Ill.,
son-in-law, Norman; and three grandchildren; daughter, Carmen (Dan)
Tuck of Airdrie, Alberta, Canada, and their four children; sons,
David (Amelia) Mainord and two children of Portland, Ore., and Bill
(Diana) Mainord and son of Riverside, Calif.; brother, Bill Conrad
of Sarver, Pa., and his two sons and two daughters. He is also survived
by eight great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.Arrangements
are with Legacy Funeral Home-Bragaw Chapel.
Ernest Michael Cook, 31, died Aug. 31, 2002, at Yakima Providence
Hospital in Yakima, Wash. Mr. Cook was born Feb. 11, 1971, in Anchorage,
Alaska. He is survived by his wife, Christina Lynn Cook; daughters,
Kristin and Cassandra Cook; sons, Jordan and Justin Cook; and mother,
Alaskan Catherine "Cathy" Marie Copelin, 55, died peacefully
Aug. 11, 2010, with her family by her side.A memorial service will
be at 1 p.m. Friday at Kehl's Legacy Funeral Home, 11621 Old Seward
Highway. A gathering of family and friends will be after the service
at Al's Alaskan Inn, 7830 Old Seward Highway.Cathy was born March
4, 1955, in Anchorage, where she raised her two sons, John and Chad.
When her children were younger, Cathy enjoyed camping, fishing and
four-wheeling with them and their father, Tom.In 2006 Cathy married
Andrew Cotton and shared love, laughter and unity with him.Cathy
loved being surrounded by her family, playing card games, watching
old movies and taking her two devoted golden retrievers on walks.Some
of Cathy's happiest times were being serenaded by her husband Andy,
enjoying her grandchildren and playing the slots in Las Vegas. She
truly was "Lady Luck.""Cathy was a 'do gooder,' always
wanting to please everyone and was happy just being in the presence
of those who loved her so dearly," her family wrote. "Through
the trials of her illness she never complained and had strength
and courage that is so rare. She was always there at the drop of
a hat no matter what the need was; (she was) a great listener and
her quiet presence was always a comfort."Cathy was a great
mother, wife, grandmother, sister and friend.She is survived by
her sons, John and Chad Copelin; daughter-in-law, Heather Probasco;
grandchildren, Sage, Colt, Victor and Kimberly Copelin; sisters,
Theresa Warmkessel, Vicky Tenney and Pamalana Artola; brothers,
Allen Choy, Michael Choy, Jerome Snyder and Chad Lineman; and many
nieces and nephews.Cathy is joined in heaven by her husband, Andrew
Cotton; parents, Clara and Allen Choy Sr.; and many other loving
family members and friends.
Joan Elva Corliss, 73, died June 17, 2001 at home in Anchorage.
Ms. Corliss was born Jan. 29, 1931 in Anchorage. She is survived
by her daughter, Rebecca Lyon; son, Ron Naanes; graddaughter, Sunny
Remmy; and brothers, Gerald Brown and John Brown. According to her
family, she was instrumental in the development of the Alaska Federation
of Natives and served as the first executive secretary and as a
board member of their original executive board. In 1968, she gave
testimony during the hearings on Alaska Native Land Claims on Interior
and Insular Affairs made up of several federal legislators, receiving
a standing ovation for the strength and conviction of her remarks.
resident Leona Lillian Cornett, 76, died Oct. 6, 1998, at Providence
Alaska Medical Center after a brief illness. A service for Mrs.
Cornett will be at 1 p.m. today at the Providence Extended Care
Chapel, 4900 Eagle St. Born Nov. 21, 1921, in Canmore, Alberta,
Mrs. Cornett moved to Alaska in 1986. She had worked as a telephone
operator for General Telephone until her retirement in 1972. Mrs.
Cornett was a Presbyterian and taught Sunday School. She also enjoyed
gardening, birds, her home, children, crafts and home decorating.
Her family said: ''Mother was a kind and loving person who was positive
and strong and proud, despite her multiple sclerosis. She was dearly
loved and respected and will be sorely missed.'' Mrs. Cornett is
survived by her daughters Alys Orsborn and Deborah Cornett of Seattle
and Diane Cornett; her grandson, Sean Orsborn of Newtok; her granddaughters
Shannan Meyer of Milwaukee and Breanna Orsborn of Portland, Ore.;
her great-granddaughters Tarryn Meyer of Milwaukee, Felicia Fairbanks
and Katrina Fairbanks, both of Newtok; and her brother, Lorne Coleman
of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. 47 The family suggests memorial
donations to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Alaska Chapter, 511
W. 41st Ave., Suite 101, Anchorage, 99503; or to Providence Extended
Care, 4900 Eagle St., Anchorage, 99503. Arrangements were by Evergreen
Clair E. Crosby II, 50, died March 26, at home in Anchorage. Mr.
Crosby was born June 15, 1954, in Seward. Crosby was well known
in Anchorage for his musical talents. Crosby was a strong advocate
for accessibility for the disabled in public buildings. His many
interests included painting, studying the Bible, and computers.
He is survived by his son, Clair Crosby III; mother, Shirley Crosby;
sisters and brothers-in-law, Vickie and Gary Wise and Carol and
John East; brother and sister-in-law, E.G. and Susan Sutton; and
former brother-in-law, John Hartvigson.
Ann (Hill) Cross, 74, died Aug. 10, 2010, at Alaska Regional Medical
Center from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.Friends are invited
to a celebration of life at 2 p.m. Saturday at VFW Post 10252 at
3105 Mountain View Drive. In lieu of flowers the family requests
memorials be made to the Alaska Alzheimer's Association .Born Sept.
24, 1935, in Hot Lake, Ore., to Willard and Virgie Hill, she graduated
from schools in Telecasset and Union, Ore., and attended Eastern
Oregon State University in LaGrande, Ore. She moved to Portland,
Ore., where she met and married Clyde Bernard "Red" Cross.
They moved to Anchorage in 1984. She worked for the Anchorage School
District, retiring in 2001.She was an active member of VFW Post
10252. She was an avid cribbage and pinochle player and enjoyed
fishing and the outdoors with her family.She is survived by her
son, Michael Cross of Portland; grandchildren, Michael of Anchorage,
and Colton, Lindsey and Ashley, all of Portland; one great-grandson,
Connor; and brother, William Hill of Hermiston, Ore.; and one niece,
Martha of Fairbanks.She was preceded in death by her parents; her
husband; and daughter, Julie.
N. Crowe, 65, a lifelong Alaskan, died Jan. 19, 1990 at his Anchorage
residence. A funeral will be held in Quinhagak later this week.
Mr. Crowe was born May 22, 1924, at Jack Smith Bay. He had been
a commercial fisherman for much of his life. He leaves his daughters,
Frieda Ramsey and Carrie Alexie, both of Anchorage; his brother,
Jimmy Crowe, of Quinhagak; his sisters, Florence Jones, Fanny Small
and Christine Hunter, all of Quinhagak, Nettie Evon, of Manakotak,
and Annie Don, of Mekoryuk; five grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Local arrangements were by Evergreen Memorial Chapel.
Anchorage resident John Chas Curtis died March 19, 1999, at the
Mary Conrad Center after a lengthy battle with diabetes and complications.
He was 54. A memorial gathering to celebrate his life will take
place from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday at 4011 Romanzof Circle in Anchorage
and all friends and family are invited. A celebration of life will
be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Polar Bar. At his request, Mr.
Curtis will be cremated and his ashes scattered over two special
places: Crooked Lake and Big Lake. Mr. Curtis was born April 6,
1944, at Omer, Mich. He came to Alaska just out of high school in
1962 and went to work for the Army Corps of Engineers and later
was accepted into the Alaska Air National Guard. Following his service
with the Guard, he worked for local real estate and land developing
companies before realizing his dream of owning his own business.
While self-employed, he worked on projects in Seward, Cordova, Ninilchik,
and Homer boat harbors, the Yukon River Flood Control System, Shemya
runway, Amchitka Clear Early Warning System, and Snettisham and
Rampart power projects. Mr. Curtis was also involved in the development
of Valdez's new townsite after the earthquake and the Valdez Small
Boat Harbor. In the Anchorage Bowl area, Mr. Curtis's company, Crown
Inc., built more than 100 rental units and 315 houses in a seven-year
period. Maxim of Alaska Inc., another venture, focused on construction
and remodeling. According to his family, he was a man with a dry
sense of humor. His success in the business world was partly due
to hard work, his ability to focus and get to the bottom line of
situations quickly, and his extreme perceptive abilities. Mr. Curtis
was a life member of AMVETS, Post 0002. He was also a member of
the Methodist Church, BPO Elks Lodge 1351 and the Mental Health
Association. His hobbies included fly fishing, boating, snowmachining
and duties and pleasures associated with weekend cabin living. Mr.
Curtis is survived by his companion, Robyn Sneva of Valdez; mother
and step-father, Audrey and Skip Skinner, of Fallbrook, Calif.;
father and step-mother, Ed and Pat Curtis of Anchorage; brother
and sisterin- law, George and Linda Curtis, of Pinole, Calif.; brother
and sister-in-law, Richard and Katie Curtis, of Toksook Bay; nephews
and niece, Ryan, Jeffrey and Kimberly Curtis of Toksook Bay, and
many relatives in Michigan. The family requests memorials be given
to the American Diabetes Association, 801 W. Fireweed Lane, Suite
103, Anchorage 99503.
resident Edgar John Curtis, 80, died Oct. 20, 2004, at his home
of natural causes. At his request, he will be cremated and no service
will be held. His remains will be interred at Fort Richardson National
Cemetery and scattered at some of his favorite places. Mr. Curtis
was born Nov. 20, 1923, in Whittimore, Mich. He earned a bachelor's
degree in civil engineering from Michigan College of Mining and
Technology in 1951. He earned a Ph.D. from Sussex College of Technology
in 1980. During World War II, Mr. Curtis served in the U.S. Army
from 1943 to 1946 in Central Europe, and in the USAR from 1950 to
1955. Mr. Curtis served in the Battle of the Bulge. Mr. Curtis was
a registered professional engineer and registered land surveyor.
In Anchorage, he worked with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for
over 20 years and the U.S. Geological Survey and retired from the
U.S. Minerals Management Service in 1983. He had also been employed
with several engineering companies in Michigan before moving to
Alaska in 1961. Mr. Curtis was a member of East Anchorage United
Methodist Church and served on several boards and committees from
1977 to 1996. He was a member of Michigan Society of Professional
Engineers and life member of the National Rifle Association. Mr.
Curtis also contributed his time to the Boy Scouts of America. Mr.
Curtis loved to travel, especially to Hawaii. He also traveled in
Europe and Asia. He was a rock hound, an avid reader and book collector.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia Curtis of Anchorage; sons and
daughters-in-law, Richard and Katie Curtis of Toksook Bay, and George
and Linda Curtis of Pinole, Calif.; stepdaughters and their spouses,
Lynn and Bill McCrory, Mary and David Bond, Robin Campbell and Karen
Martin, all of Anchorage; grandchildren, Ryan, Kimberly and Jeffrey
Curtis; stepgrandson, Patrick McCrory of Kings Point, N.Y.; and
two greatgrandchildren. John Curtis, his son, preceded him in death.
His family suggests memorial donations to the East Anchorage United
Methodist Church, 1600 Patterson St., Anchorage 99504, or to the
American Diabetes Association. Arrangements are with Evergreen Memorial
resident Doris Devorix Darnell, 83, died Aug. 3, 2010, at Providence
Alaska Medical Center, Anchorage.A memorial service will be at 11
a.m. Saturday at Hillcrest Church of the Nazarene, 2000 Muldoon
Road, Anchorage.Doris was born Oct. 20, 1926, in Woodlawn, Tenn.,
to Jack and Evie Darnell. He grew up in Woodlawn. Doris married
Dolores Meacham on June 14, 1955, in Corinth, Miss. The couple made
their home in Erin, Tenn., where he owned and operated a service
station.They moved to Alaska in 1975 and he worked at Garrett's
Tesoro and was employed there until June 18, 2010.Doris is survived
by his wife, Dolores of Anchorage; three children, Glenna Jackson
of Kernersville, N.C., Deidra Ray, Aloha, Ore., and Jack Darnell
of Anchorage; three grandchildren; and one brother, Roy Darnell
of Harvest, Ala.Memorial donations are preferred to the Hillcrest
Church of the Nazarene.Arrangements are with Cremation Society of
Alaskan resident Joseph David Jr., 27, died Feb. 21, 1991 in Mekoryuk.
A funeral was held Feb. 28 at Witzleben Family Funeral Homes and
Crematory, Bragaw Chapel. The Rev. Keith Fullerton of the Evangelical
Covenant Church officiated. A graveside service was conducted March
2 in Mekoryuk. Mr. David was born Feb. 15, 1964, in Nome. He grew
up in Unalakleet, Mekoryuk, Bethel and Anchorage. He was a 1982
graduate of West Anchorage High School. He was a member of the Calista
Regional Corp., and the Mekoryuk (NIMA) Village Corp. While living
in Anchorage, he had been employed at Tony Roma's Restaurant. He
later taught ivory-carving for the Lower Kuskokwim School District,
and most recently had been employed at Bering Sea Reindeer Products
in Mekoryuk. Mr. David is survived by his parents, Joseph and Margie,
of Anchorage; his brothers, John of Mekoryuk, Dwayne of Anchorage,
Morris King of Anchorage, and George Kink Jr. of South Naknek; his
sisters, Rose Evon, Ruth Washington and Rena Nyako, all of Anchorage;
and Sandra King of Fairbanks.
resident Lawrence Tingook Davis, 75, died at his Anchorage home
Feb. 4, 2006, due to carcinoma. A funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday
at the Nome Recreation Center. The Rev. Caleb Dotomain will officiate.
Pallbearers will include Peter Neagle, Tim Lynch, Stan Piscoya,
Bill Herzner, Shane McHale and Mike Piscoya. Burial will be at Nome
Cemetery. Mr. Davis was born Feb. 24, 1930, in Deering to Lucy and
Elmer Davis. He completed the ninth grade. Mr. Davis served as a
member of the Alaska Territorial Guard of Deering from 1944 to 1948
and with the Alaska National Guard of Nome from 1951 to '58. The
owner and operator of a reindeer herd in Nome since 1967, Mr. Davis
was also the founder of the Reindeer Herder Association. He served
as past president of Sitnasuak Native Corp., as a councilman on
the Nome City Council and as a state representative. He was instrumental
on the state level, his family said. Mr. Davis worked on the introduction
and establishment of rural community colleges statewide and received
historical recognition for the Iditarod Trail. He had also received
an invitation to the White House to meet with President Ford. His
family wrote: "Dad passed on his knowledge and experience of
subsistence hunting, fishing, gathering, gold mining and the fine
art of reindeer herding to the future generations." Mr. Davis
is survived by his wife, MaryAnn Davis of Nome; sons and daughters-in-law,
Bruce and Ann Davis of Soldotna, Clark and Dora Davis of Nome, Thomas
Davis of Nome, and Jeff Davis of Anchorage; daughters and sons-in-law,
Karen and Peter Neagle of Anchorage, Cheryl and Tim Lynch of Anchorage,
Ruth and Stan Piscoya of Nome, and Paula and Bill Herzner of Nome;
sisters, Ethel Karmun of Nome, and Flora Jepson, Mary Gibson and
Queen Davis, all of Anchorage; brother, David Davis of Kotzebue;
and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded
in death by his son, William Davis; sister, Suzy Davis; and brothers,
Clifford and Henry Davis.
Dorothy A. Desylva-Johnson, 49, died Dec. 27, 2001 at home in Anchorage,
Alaska. Ms. Desylva-Johnson was born Dec. 10, 1952, in Ketchikan,
Alaska. She is survived by her sons Frank Robert Johnson and Bruce
Larry (aka Lawrence) Gene DeWeil, 46, died Feb. 19, 2002, at home
in Anchorage, Alaska. Mr. DeWeil was born on July 11, 1955, in Juneau,
Alaska. He is survived by his sisters, Gladys Gardner, Karen Shugak,
and Darlene Barlow; and brother, Richard W. DeWeil.
Harold Dimmick, 77, died Sept. 4, 2002, at the Alaska Native Medical
Center in Anchorage, Alaska. Mr. Dimmick was born July 30, 1925,
in Shishmaref, Alaska. He is survived by his wife, Rachel; daughters,
Arlene J. Hobson and Lily E. VanFleet; sons, Gordon K. Dimmick,
John S. Dimmick, Russell A. Dimmick, and Robert E. Donlun.
Alaskan Frances "Frankie" Doulin, 62, died June 18, 2005,
of natural causes at her Anchorage home. A funeral will be at 2
p.m. Friday, with a visitation from 1 to 2 p.m., at Anchorage Funeral
Home and Crematory, 1800 Dare Ave. 80 Ms. Doulin was born Dec. 11,
1942, in Mekoryuk and moved to Anchorage at a young age. Her family
wrote: "Frankie enjoyed spending time with her dog Tuffy, watching
movies, talking on the phone with friends, shopping, going on drives
with Dan and taking vacations. She had a passion for collecting
Elvis memorabilia, jewelry and anything pink. Frankie was employed
by local Anchorage restaurant Simon and Seafort's for the past six
years." Ms. Doulin is survived by her fiancé, Daniel
James; dog, Tuffy; and many friends in the Anchorage community.
Memorial contributions may be given to Assets, c/o Frankie Doulin,
2330 Nichols St., Anchorage 99507.
resident and housekeeper Onessia Susan Dull, 54, died Feb. 21, 1990
at home. A visitation will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Evergreen
Memorial Chapel, Eighth Avenue and E Street. A funeral will immediately
follow at the chapel with Capt. Larry Fankhauser of the Citadel
Corps of the Salvation Army officiating. A gathering of friends
and family will be held after the funeral at Mrs. Dull's home. Mrs.
Dull worked for Super 8 Motel in Anchorage for several years. She
is survived by her daughters, Janet Pilcher and Jonnie Lee, both
of Anchorage; Margaret and Sandra, both of Sitka, and Evelyn Sanborn,
of Palmdale, Calif.; her sons, Sonny, of Toksook Bay, and John,
of Pelican; her brother, Wesley Macar, of Bethel; and seven grandchildren.
Burial will be in Anchorage Memorial Park.
Grienoff Elxnit, 97, died peacefully on May 26, 2001, at the Alaska
Native Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska. Mr. Elxnit was born
Nov. 3, 1903, in Kodiak, Alaska to Alexandra Fomin of Aleut and
Russian descent, and Harry Grienoff of Finland. His stepfather was
Alex Elxnit of Seldovia. His sister Dora Ursin preceded him in death
in 1996. His nephews Rayder Ursin of Ninilchik, Norman Ursin of
Seattle, Wash., nieces Laura Resoff of Kodiak and Eleanor Shurvaloff
of Edmonds, Wash., and many great and grand nieces and nephews survive
Fedora Mae Encelewski, 83, passed away Sept. 10, 2002, with her
children by her side. Although a resident of Anchorage for the past
29 years, she returned to Ninilchik every summer to commercial fish.
She worked as a health aide and in housekeeping at the Alaska Native
Medical Center. During her teenage years, she baked bread for the
fishermen. Carrying it in a gunnysack, she would walk Ninilchik
beach delivering to the fishermen. According to family, people loved
her famous bread, kulich, cinnamon buns, and fry bread. She also
taught her children the art of smoking fish to a succulent perfection.
In addition, she worked in the canneries. Fedora had a very large
extended family and everyone who met her felt instantly included.
She always told her children that love was the most important thing
in life and this included the love of her God and her Church. Although
she was an industrious dynamic lady with infinite energy, she knew
how to have fun! Her children, grandchildren and all those who knew
her will sorely miss her stories, life lessons and sense of humor.
She could sing, dance, and play the guitar and accordion. Whether
it was cleaning house or cleaning fish, her chores were always sprinkled
with fun and laughter. She is survived by sisters Nadia and Mae;
children: Larry, Loretta, Sharon, Judy, Greg, Grant, Eric, and Linda;
19 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and was preceded in death
by her parents, numerous brothers and sisters, two infant children,
and three grandchildren.
Alaska resident Roger Edward Ensley, 71, died Jan. 3, 2006, at home
in Las Vegas of natural causes.
Mr. Ensley was born March 8, 1934, in Iowa. He was a resident of
Alaska from 1956 until 1980. He had lived in Anchorage and Fairbanks.
He was the former owner of the Alaska Lane Hotel and the Cattlemen's
Hotel in Anchorage. His family wrote: "He was a good man, a
great dad, and a loving husband and son. God bless him." Mr.
Ensley is survived by his mother, Irene Wenzell, formerly of Fairbanks,
now of Seattle; wife of 32 years, Merle Ensley; daughter and spouse,
April and Ronald Strand of Anchorage; stepchildren, Nickie Matre
and Lawrence, Gloria, Pam, Debbie, Mike and Tim Hudson; grandchildren,
Susan, Tesa, Melissa and Libbey; great-grandchildren, Haley and
Corbin; cousins, Vern and Jerri; and Ensley family members in Iowa.
Alaska resident Patricia M. Erickson, 57, died Feb. 4, 2006, at
Alaska Regional Hospital of heart failure. A service will be at
2 p.m. Saturday at Holy Family Cathedral, 800 W. Fifth Ave., with
the Rev. Donald Bramble officiating. Mrs. Erickson was born May
23, 1948, in Rockville Center, N.Y., and moved to Sutton with her
family when she was 12. She had six brothers and was the only daughter,
much loved by her mother, Catherine, her family said. Mrs. Erickson
graduated from Palmer High School and worked as a teacher's aide
in Sutton. Her family wrote: "Pat, as she was known by family
and friends, was a strong woman who loved her family dearly. She
spoke highly of her children, Brian and Michelle, and her grandson,
Jeffery. She loved her church, and she and her husband were earth
angels at the cathedral, taking care of the grounds as her health
permitted. She prayed daily with the rosary for friends and family
who had needs and put many on her prayer list with wonderful outcomes.
She was especially close to her brother Daniel, whom she worked
for part-time. She was very giving and never did anything half-heartedly.
"When her grandniece, Josie Jean, was born, she was so excited
she bought over 60 outfits. When she went to Hawaii, she would laugh
at the idea of only going one to two weeks; three or four was more
like it. She left us too soon with her many plans and dreams of
the future. "She and her husband were best friends for 28 years.
They enjoyed RVing, gardening, fishing, and, most of all, being
together. She had the ability to love many, and those who had few
friends could count her as a friend." Survivors include husband,
Bruce Erickson; mother, Catherine; son, Brian Fisher; daughter,
Michelle Erickson; grandsons, Jeffery and Tyler; brothers and sisters-in-law,
John and Connie Wansor, Peter and Jeannie Wansor, Daniel Wansor
and his life partner, James Aloes, and Robert Wansor; and numerous
nieces and nephews, including Melissa and Erik. She was preceded
in death by her father, Charles Wansor; and brothers, Charles Wansor
Jr. and Thomas Wansor. Memorial bequests can be sent to Holy Family
Cathedral. Arrangements are with Evergreen Memorial Chapel, 737
Ethel Shirley Ervin, 54, died March 22, 2003, at the home of Phil
and Kay Osterhaus in Anchorage, Alaska. Ms. Ervin was born Sept.
1, 1948, in Dillingham, Alaska. She is survived by her loving companion,
Bob Hand; children, Phil Osterhaus, CJ Dolchok, Alice Umetsu, Jewel
McCarr, and Tracy McCarr; 11 grandchildren; sisters, Myrtle Heinrich,
Darlene Fitting, and Brenda Jensen; and brother, Russ Osterhaus.
Yukon Erwin44, died Nov. 22, 2002, at home in Anchorage, Alaska.
Ms. Erwin was born Nov. 17, 1958, in the Yukon Territory. She is
survived by her sister, Marlene K. Gabrielson.
Barbara Joan Evan, 41, died April 20, 2004, at home in Anchorage,
Alaska. Ms. Evan was born August 18, 1962, in Nondalton, Alaska.
She is survived by her son, Guy Todd; mother, Olga Balluta; brother,
Roger Balluta; and many other relatives and friends.
Theresa Alice Evan, 67, died July 8, 2003, at the Alaska Native
Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska. Ms. Evan was born June 14,
1936. She is survived by her daughters, Joan Evan, Pauline McClennaham,
and Sophie Ring; and sons, James Evan and John Evan, Jr.
Alaskan Lena Young Evans, 84, died July 1, 2005, at Providence Seward
Medical Center of cardiac arrest. A visitation will take place at
2 p.m. Tuesday at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Fairbanks with
a service at 3 p.m. Scott Fisher will officiate. Burial will take
place Wednesday at Tanana Cemetery. Pallbearers will include Pete
LeRoy, Roy LeRoy, Paul LeRoy, Rodney Evans and Carl Jerue Jr. Honorary
pallbearers will include Ted Harwood, Lester Erhardt, Greg Smith,
Ricky Smith and Richard Smith. Mrs. Evans was born Nov. 11, 1920,
in Tanana to Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Young. Most of her life was spent
in Fairbanks. In 1939, she met and married John Evans, and they
lived in Rampart until 1947. She lived in Anchorage off and on throughout
her life, and most recently lived in Homer. Mrs. Evans was a member
of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church. During the 1980s, she was on
the front page of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner being blessed by
Pope John Paul II. She was a homemaker who enjoyed traveling, berry
picking, fiddle dancing, going to thrift stores, and visiting friends
and family. Her son, Franklin, writes: "She was not educated,
but she was very professional in how she carried herself."
She was very kind-hearted and a loving mother, friend and relative
who was easy to love, her son also wrote. He added that she gained
many friendships throughout Alaska. Mrs. Evans is survived by her
son and daughter-in-law, Franklin and Mary Evans, grandchildren,
Kenneth, Aldrick and Kendra Komakhuk, all of Anchorage; nephew,
Carl Jerue Sr. and his wife, Marcia, great-nephew, Carl Jerue Jr.
and his wife, Tammy, all of Anvik; numerous other nephews, nieces,
relatives and friends all over Alaska; and longtime friend, Earl
Ridner. She was preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, John
Evans; infant daughter; brother, Howard Young; and sisters, Cecilia
and Cora. Arrangements were with Evergreen Memorial Chapel.
Ruth (Funk) Fannin, 76, of Pleasant Grove, Utah, died Aug. 7, 2010,
after a courageous seven years with breast cancer.Funeral services
are at 2 p.m. Saturday at Olpin Family Mortuary, 494 South 300 East
in Pleasant Grove, Utah, with Pleasant Grove 7th Ward assisting.
The viewing will be at 1 p.m. Condolences may be sent to the family
at www.olpinmortuary.com. Ada was born in Sterling, Utah, the 11th
of 13 children. Some of her favorite stories of childhood involved
killing snakes and playing Monopoly with her sister while out helping
with the cattle. She was involved with music and theater productions
in Sterling.After graduating from high school, Ada went to LDS Business
College in Salt Lake City, where she was student body vice president.
While in Utah, she was also an Arthur Murray dance instructor.Ada
and one of her friends then decided to move to Los Angeles, where
Ada worked at a bank. In L.A., Ada met Harold Fannin on a blind
date. They were married several months later.Because Harold was
in the military, they moved several times within the U.S. and in
Europe before settling in Anchorage in 1971.Along the way, a son
and two daughters were born. Ada enjoyed being a mother and a homemaker.
She was especially talented at creating beauty in the home and organizing
family excursions that provided wonderful memories. Her love of
learning was an inspiration to her children, each of them earning
college degrees.Ada was an active member of the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints, holding many positions at the church
throughout her life. She also was in community and church musical
productions over the years.Ada and Harold relocated to the Lower
48 in 2003. Her family wrote, "Ada is now reunited with her
eternal companion, Harold, who passed away November 2009."Ada
is survived by her children, Chuck (Lisa) of Germany, Garnet (Mike)
of Oregon, and Marina of Utah; five grandchildren, Tiffany (Jesse),
Kenny, Travis (Jessica), Krystal and Sarah; and six great-grandchildren,
Keegan, Kinley, Karson, Logan, Natalie and Adina.
Joyce I. Fashbaugh, 53, died Jan. 13, 2003, at home in Manchester,
Tenn. Ms. Fashbaugh was born March 6, 1949, in Anchorage, Alaska.
She is survived by her daughter, Amber Nauman; son, John West; father,
Fred H. Elvsaas; sister, Judy Petterson; brothers, Leonard Ogle,
Dexter Ogle and Fred Elvsaas; granddaughters, Amanda Nauman, Jessica
West, and Kassidy West; grandsons, Arron Nauman, Dylan West, and
John David Ray West; son-in-law, Randy Nauman; and daughter-in-law,
Harold Matthew Ferguson, 45, died Aug. 9, 2001, at home in Greenfield,
Mo. Mr. Ferguson was born July 15, 1956, in Anchorage, Alaska. He
is survived by his parents, Kenneth and Dorothea Ferguson, and daughter
Chelsea R. West.
resident Inez Flickinger died Aug. 6, 2010, at age 92. A memorial
service will be held at 1 p.m. today at Anchorage Baptist Temple.She
was born Oct. 3, 1917, to John and Mary Millsap in Spirit Lake,
Idaho. Inez's artistic talents were prevalent throughout everything
she did. As a child, she learned to play drums, piano and organ.
She was also very active in her church and school. One of her proudest
achievements was winning the Idaho state speaking championship as
a teenager.Inez met her first husband, Earl Stewart, while she was
still in high school. They married in 1934. They welcomed two children
into the world -- a son, Kit and a daughter, Virginia. Her husband's
piloting career moved the family all over the United States. In
spite of their busy life, Inez found time to take up ceramics, knitting,
crocheting and sewing. Hours of love and effort produced many beautiful
keepsakes for friends and family.At age 44, Inez returned to school
and earned a degree in accounting. She worked in that field for
21 years. In 1953, she married Glenn Flickinger and they spent many
happy years in California. After retiring, they moved to Idaho for
a time and then to Arizona, where they resided until Glenn's death
in 1981.Inez remained a few more years in Arizona before moving
back to her family roots in Post Falls, Idaho. In 2004, she moved
to Anchorage to be near her daughter and family. Her final years
were spent enjoying family, church and especially her Sunday school
class, known as the "Senior Saints."Inez is survived by
her two children, Cyrus Kit Stewart and Virginia Lee Kohfield, six
of seven grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.In
lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the children's bus
ministry at Anchorage Baptist Temple, 6401 E. Northern Lights Blvd.,
Anchorage 99504. This ministry brought great delight to Inez, who
loved to see the "little ones" able to attend church.
Ryan A. Flood, 18, died Oct. 6, 2000 in Soldotna, Alaska. Mr. Flood,
a CIRI descendant, was born in Anchorage, Alaska. His mother and
father, Tom and Georgia Flood; brothers, Richard A. Flood, Randon
M. Flood and Robert T., Flood; grandparents, Harold M. and Sylvia
Jo Flood and George and Mildred Schmalzried; and numerous other
relatives survive him
Jeweldean "Jewel" Ford-Everett, 64, died March 10, 2010,
at Providence Alaska Medical Center. She suffered from a debilitating
illness that rapidly progressed over the last few months. A service
will be at 3:30 p.m. Friday at Evergreen Memorial Chapel, 737 E
St. She was born Feb. 12, 1946, in California and moved to Anchorage
when she was 5 years old. She graduated from West High School in
1964 and later, in her 40s, graduated from Alaska Pacific University.
She worked at KTUU as a camera person in the 1980s; in the 1990s
she worked for KTBY Channel 4. She loved Alaska and lived in many
different locations, including Willow, Chickaloon, the village of
Mentasta and the place she called home, Chitina. She was a volunteer
EMT in Chitina for a number of years and recently was on the board
of directors of KCHU radio in Valdez. Jewel played drums and loved
to do beadwork; she enjoyed science fiction and often watched sports
on TV. Jewel loved nature and was a free-spirited, adventurous,
unique individual. Jeweldean is survived by her sons, Jay Rylander
and Chris Rylander and his wife Lissa; her granddaughters, Jade
Hartley and Ivy Rylander; her great-granddaughter, Ryli Hartley;
her sister, Costella Fleming; her nieces and nephews, Conswella,
Joy, Shari, Chad and Richard; and her brother, Wynne Ford and his
wife Sheila. Jewel was preceded in death by her mother, Tolular
Ford; and her son, Brian Rylander.
Alaska resident James Robert Fortier, 65, a computer system manager,
died of advanced liver cancer Dec. 20, 2005, at his residence in
Weatherford, Texas. Mr. Fortier was born Feb. 19, 1940, to Frank
and Muriel Fortier, in Skowhegan, Maine. He and the former Sharon
Murphy were married Sept. 30, 1967. Mr. Fortier and his family lived
in Anchorage from the early '60s until the early '80s. He worked
for the Municipality of Anchorage's Wastewater Utility. The Fortier
family invites friends to visit Mr. Fortier's personal Web site,
www.40ers.com/log, and read about his experience during his illness.
Survivors are his wife, Sharon Fortier of Weatherford; son, Jon
Fortier of Maine; daughters, Mikaron Fortier and Robyn Fortier of
Seattle; mother, Muriel Fortier of Winthrop, Maine; brother, John
Fortier and wife, Joan, of Maine; sister, Janet DeJoni of Anchorage;
sister-in-law, Carol Fortier of Winthrop; and many nieces, nephews
and other family members and friends. Memorial donations may be
made to the Japanese Gardens at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220
Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76107.
Alaska resident Theresa Diane Fowler-Straight, 39, died July 26,
2010, at Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne, Fla.A local
gathering of family and friends will be at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 20 at
Gallo's Restaurant, corner of Arctic and Dimond boulevards. A memorial
service was held in Palm Bay, Fla.She was born Sept. 18, 1970, in
Fort Worth, Texas, to Carolyn Wagener and Lonnie Harold Fowler.
She lived in Alaska from 1983 until 1998.Theresa is survived by
her daughter, Desiree Fowler; sons, Kodi and Mykel Straight; granddaughter,
Nevaeh Bay "Na-Na"; parents, Larry and Carolyn Wagener;
father, Lonnie Herold Fowler; brothers, Bobby and Lonnie Fowler;
two nieces, Ashley and Samantha Fowler; two nephews, Zachary Fowler
and Lonnie Fowler Jr.; grandmother, Dovie Hyatt; and a host of aunts,
uncles, cousins and friends.
Dianne Louise Fox (aka Fox-Harvey), 42, died Aug. 8, 2002, in Anchorage.
Ms. Fox was born Dec. 28, 1959, in Anchorage. She is survived by
her husband, McKinley W. Harvey, sons Matthew L. Fox and Seth Ryan
Reynolds; grandson, Michael M. Fox; brother, Lawrence E. Phay; and
brother and sister-in-law, Eddie and Terri Phay.
Edith Carol Fraley, 61, of Anchorage, Alaska died August 9, 1999
at her home. Ms. Fraley was born June 20, 1938 on King Island, Alaska.
She is survived by her sons Roger Newton, Daniel Rediske, Linval
L. Fraley Jr., Wesley Fraley and Richard Putkonen; daughters Karen
J. Moore and Carma J. Fraley; grandchildren Kyle Moore, Michael
D. and Christie A. Fraley.
Norman Keith Franzen, 43, died May 7, 2000 at Alaska Native Medical
Center in Anchorage, Alaska. Mr. Franzen was born in Seattle, Wash.
on Jan. 21, 1957. He is survived by his daughters Mary Elizabeth
Snyder and Michele Carlina Snyder; brothers Gary, Rodney and Dennis
Bay resident Joseph William Friday, 51, was found dead Jan. 12,
2001, in Anchorage of hypothermia. Visitation will be at 11 a.m.
today with a service following at noon at Evergreen Memorial Chapel,
Eighth Avenue and E Street. The Rev. Thomas Gallagher S.J. will
officiate. Additional services will be held at the Little Flower
Church at Hooper Bay, with burial in the Hooper Bay Cemetery. Mr.
Friday was born Sept. 29, 1949, in Old Chevak and attended a school
for the deaf in Vancouver, Wash. He had also lived in Spokane, Wash.,
and Boise, Idaho. When he returned to Alaska, he worked at a furniture
upholstery and repair shop in Anchorage. Mr. Friday enjoyed hunting,
fishing and Alaska Native crafts. His family said, ''As a young
boy Joseph enjoyed fishing and hunting with his father, Charlie
Friday, and brothers. During his stay here on earth he will be remembered
for his kindness, happiness, joy and respect he gave to friends
and family.'' The family added that he was a proud grandfather and
that he will live on in the hearts of his family members. He was
preceded in death by his mother, Mary Friday; and nephew, Jeffrey
Scott Friday. Mr. Friday is survived by his father, Charlie Friday
of Hooper Bay; sons, Charles Friday of Jerome, Idaho, and Joshua
Friday of South Carolina; daughter, Angela Friday of Boise, Idaho;
brothers, John T. Friday and Peter B. Friday of Hooper Bay, Gregory
T. Friday of Anchorage, Henry F. Friday of Toksook Bay and Ronald
P. Friday of Tuntutuliak; sisters, Alice O. Daly of Cooper Landing,
Ellen R. Friday, Maria T. Friday and Christine M. Olson of Hooper
Bay; grandchildren, Cheyenne Friday and Shawnee Friday of Boise;
nieces, Calandra M. Olson of Hooper Bay, Moya Rain Friday of Anchorage,
Frances and Margaret Daly of Cooper Landing, Mary, Alice and Nina
Olson of Hooper Bay and Lucia Friday of Hooper Bay; nephews, Gregory
and Douglas J. E. Friday of Anchorage, Craig Friday of Hooper Bay,
Billy, Brian, Paul, Charlie Olson of Hooper Bay and Octivian Friday
of Mexico. Arrangements were by Evergreen Memorial Chapel downtown.
Thomas Henry Fulton, 76, died Feb. 12, 2001, at Mercy Hospital in
Roseburgh, Ore. Mr. Fulton was born April 10, 1923, in Anchorage,
Alaska. He is survived by his brother Robert L. Fulton; sister-in-law
Willa Virginia Fulton; niece and niece¹s spouse, Therese Fulton
Guest and Nigel Guest; nephew James Fulton; grand niece Breanna
Fulton; grand nephews, Ramon, Steffan, Stephen and Morgan Fulton.
Saena Galumalemana, 68, Anchorage resident Aveina Pulusi Saena Galumalemana,
68, died Sept. 28, 2005, at Providence Alaska Medical Center of
kidney failure. A visitation will be at noon, with a service at
1 p.m., Monday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,
2501 Maplewood St. The Rev. T. Hermann Scanlan will officiate. Pallbearers
will be Fiatau, Poleta, Onosai, Dean, Romney, Spencer and Keandre
Saena. Burial will take place at Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery
at 2:30 p.m. Mrs. Saena was born Oct. 16, 1936, in Sauniatu, Samoa.
Before moving to Alaska in 1993, she lived in Nu'uuli, American
Samoa, and Tuana'i, Samoa. She was a homemaker and a member of the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She enjoyed spending
time with her family, especially with her grandchildren. She is
survived by her husband, Siuta Saena; daughters, Moana Leituale,
Tapuitea Seve and Aveina Galumalemana; sons, Amu Saena Galumalemana,
Fauono, Itagia and Onosai Saena, Va'a Lealaisalanoa, and Suatia
Peni; and grandchildren, Genevieve, Fiatau, Poleta, Onosai, Melia,
Tusi, Jerry, Amu Jr., Dean, Britney, Tapuitea, Karen, Noelani, Romney,
Spencer, Muara'a Jr., Nicole, Valerie, Filigatauivi, Spencer, Leilani,
Keandre, Javon, Tilo, Nathan, Rasheed, Fa'apo, Siiae, Dennis and
Sterling. She was preceded in death by her daughter, To'oto'o. Arrangements
are with Evergreen Memorial Chapel.
A. Jean Gannon, 54, died April 16, at home in Anchorage. Ms. Gannon
was born Feb. 12, 1951, in Karluk, Alaska. She is survived by her
husband, Bruce E. Gannon, and daughter, Shelly A. Gannon.
Hector Garcia, Jr., 19, died May 13, 2001, in Anchorage, Alaska.
Mr. Garcia, Jr. was born Nov., 6, 1981, in Anchorage, Alaska. He
is survived by his parents: CIRI shareholder, Marie Garcia, and
Hector Garcia, Sr. both of San Antonio, Texas; brothers Daniel Sallison
of Anchorage, Soloman Garcia of Anchorage, Carlos Garcia of San
Antonio and sister Maria Garcia of Anchorage.
Everett Palmer George, 56, died July 29, 2000 at his home in Anchorage,
Alaska. Mr. George was born in Yakutat, Alaska on Dec. 3, 1943.
He is survived by Virginia Graham, Zenith Williams Jr., Lillian
Outwater, Teddy, David and Tawni Williams, Dorothy Smith, and Elsie
Christopher C. Gesulga, 51, III died Nov. 17, 2004, at home in Lathrop,
Calif. Mr. Gesulga was born Nov. 21, 1952, in Anchorage, Alaska.
He is survived by his wife, Brenda; step-daughters, Crystal and
Jessica; father, Chris; and sisters, Candice and Terry.
Alaskan Robert "Gib" Gibson, 79, died peacefully the morning
of March 1, 2004, at the Mary Conrad Center. A memorial service
will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Evergreen Memorial Chapel. Mr. Gibson
was born Nov. 24, 1924, in Montana and grew up in Coeur d'Alene,
Idaho. He was in the Merchant Marine during World War II and first
came to Alaska in 1946 aboard a vessel that wrecked in the Aleutians.
He returned to Alaska in 1954 as a Bureau of Indian Affairs teacher
in Mekoryuk on Nunivak Island. He lived and worked there for five
years. He then taught another three years in the village of Kwethluk
before moving to Bethel. He was a communications engineer for the
White Alice system during the 1964 earthquake and was instrumental
in restoring power to Anchorage. He later taught for the Kuskokwim
Community College and retired with the state of Alaska. He met Jackie
Feigon in 1977 in Anchorage. They married and lived in Bethel for
four years before retiring to their homestead across the river from
Aniak from 1981 to 1996. They then moved into Anchorage. His family
wrote: "An accomplished mechanic, electrician, photographer,
musician and chef, Bob Gibson was a true renaissance man. "As
a lifelong teacher, Gib made an impact on many lives. Years later,
people would come up to him and say, 'You were my teacher' or 'I
went to college because of you.' " Mr. Gibson is survived by
his wife, Jackie; and his children, Rebecka Stalnaker, Roberta Gibson,
John Gibson, James Gibson and Sean Gibson; stepchildren, Teri Braleman,
Julie Feigon and Kim Feigon; sister, Nancy Coon; and 13 grandchildren.
His family added, "In lieu of flowers, it would have given
Gib great pleasure for donations to be made to the Democratic Party
of Alaska, P.O. Box 231230, Anchorage 99523-1230.
resident Juanita Viola Gielarowski, 76, died July 30, 2010 at Holy
Family Assisted Living Home of cancer.A graveside service was held
Aug. 3.Juanita was born Aug. 21, 1933 in Omak, Wash,, to Russell
and Edith Carpenter. She became an Alaska resident in 1972. Her
hobbies were cooking, entertaining, helping and visiting with family.
She especially loved being with and spoiling her only daughter,
son-in-law and grandsons.Her family writes: "Nita" as
dad called her, "Mom", "Auntie", but most importantly,
"Grammy," was the most loving, giving, openhearted woman
to be with us. Her memory was amazing. We all enjoyed her stories,
and she was very talented at sewing, cooking and writing poems.
You could ask Mom for the time and she would tell you how the clock
worked. She took care of those in need. When her first grandson,
Bob "3", was born, she talked non-stop about love and
devotion. Then grandson number two and three, Tom, then Kyllan,
were born, and it just goes on."Juanita "Grammy"
is survived by her only child, Linda A. Stowers; and son-in-law,
Robert Stowers Jr.; grandsons Sean, Robert "3", Thomas,
and Kyllan Stowers; great-grandchildren, Paige, Jaycee, Casey, and
Bob "3" and wife Melissa; brothers, Edwin Carpenter and
wife Dodie, Ronnie Carpenter and wife Mary, their families and many
nieces and nephews.Juanita was looking forward to the birth of her
great-grandchild, whose parents are Bob and Melissa.She was preceded
in death by her first husband, Edgar Hartman; and by her second
husband, Thomas Gielarowski; and stepdaughter, Brenda Lee; her sister,
Fern Pock; her brother, Clarence Carpenter.In lieu of flowers, the
family encourages donations to the American Cancer Society .Arrangements
were entrusted to Legacy Funeral Home-Bragaw Chapel
Mark E. Gjertson, 37, died Oct. 23, 2002, in Jackson, Calif. Mr.
Gjertson was born Oct. 26, 1964, in Anchorage, Alaska. He is survived
by his daughter, Brittany Hubert; son, Nathan Redfeather Gjertson;
sister, Rosetta Sharon Loomis; and brothers, Matthew G. and Timothy
Kenneth Woodrow Golf, 54, died Aug. 6, 2000, in Salem, Ore. Mr.
Golf was born in Anchorage, Alaska on Sept. 24, 1945. He is survived
by his brothers Larry R. Bent and Harold Golf.
longtime resident of Anchorage, Bernardino Calizo Gonzales, 89,
died Aug. 7, 2010, at home of natural causes.Relatives and friends
are welcome to a visitation from 1-3 p.m. today at Evergreen Memorial
Chapel, 737 E St., followed by a prayer service. A funeral will
be at 10:30 a.m. at Fort Richardson National Cemetery. Father Vincent
Blanco will officiate the visitation and funeral. Attendees to the
funeral must meet at the Fort Richardson main gate at 9:45 a.m.
for a military escort.Mr. Gonzales was born May 21, 1921, in the
Philippines. He graduated with an associate's degree in radio and
communications and worked later as a radio operator for the Philippine
Postal Service in Manila and the Philippines/U.S Naval Base in Sangley
Point, Cavite. He was a soldier of the U.S. Army and member of the
U.S. armed forces in the Philippines during World War II, a POW
who survived the Bataan Death March.After the war, he pursued his
profession in Itogon-Suyoc Mines, a large mining company in Benguet,
Philippines, until he retired in 1972. Soon after retirement, he
joined the Merchant Marine, serving both local and international
shipping companies prior to immigrating to the United States in
1981. He had since resided in Anchorage. Here, he worked as a school
volunteer, where he helped Asian students cope with the curriculum
requirements. He was a friend to many and enjoyed reading and sharing
stories with others.He is survived by his children and their spouses,
Florante and Elena, Rolly and Tessie, Ben and Lourdes, Romy and
Helen, Roel and Allyn and Yoly Gonzales of Anchorage; grandchildren,
Orlando and Heather, Christian, Norman, Romina, Allen, Kristine,
Brent, Krisalynn and Erika Gonzales, of Anchorage, Ronald and Valerie
of California, Roma Gonzales and Jenny Ancheta of Redmond, Wash.,
Evaflor and John Vinoya, Rosario, Vincent, Reina Marie, Kristine
and Michael John Gonzales of the Philippines; and great-grandchildren,
Anthony and Alyssa Gonzales of Eagle River, Caindael and Calista
Gonzales of California, Jasmine, Jozlynn and Tristan Ancheta of
Redmond, Wash., and Sean, Ian Gonzales, and Angeline Vinoya of the
Philippines.Mr. Gonzales was preceded in death by his wife, Juanita;
son, Melchor; and grandchildren, Michael Eric Gonzales and Ryan
Anthony Gonzales.Arrangements are with Janssens Evergreen Memorial
Lori L. Gonzales, 42, died June 1, 2004, at home in Fairbanks, Alaska.
Ms. Gonzales was born July 29, 1961, in Anchorage, Alaska. She is
survived by her son, Andre LaFrance; mother, Kitty Allen; grandson,
Cody James Peterson; brother, Robert O. Allen Jr.; daughter-in-law,
Lorinda Rose Peterson; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends
Victor C. Grabow, 76, died Nov. 28 at Providence Alaska Medical
Center in Anchorage. He is survived by his daughters, Beth Grabow
and Susie Hardy; and son, Chuck Grabow.
Alaska bush pilot John Graybill and his devoted wife of 58 years,
Dolores "Dolly," died when their plane went down in inclement
weather on Aug. 12, 2010, while headed home to Chugiak from the
McGrath area.Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Peters
Creek Christian Center on Chapel Road in Chugiak. A celebration
of life will be after the service at John and Dolly's airplane hangar.John
Lee Graybill was born Nov. 29, 1930, in Ann Arbour, Mich.Dolores
"Dolly" Mae Graybill was born June 7, 1932, in Dearborn,
Mich.It has been said they were one of a kind, while in fact they
were one. John was the epitome of a true Alaska pilot and without
his wife Dolly there wouldn't ever have been a llegendary John Graybill.After
marrying, John and Dolly moved from the Dearborn/Ann Arbor area
while Alaska was still a territory in the early 50's. They started
their family in Fairbanks soon after John got his wings. Adventurous
and hospitable, the Graybills and their wide circle of friends enjoyed
the great outdoors and flew extensively throughout every corner
of the state.Both of them were interested in and respectful of Alaska's
Native people. They particularly loved their cabin in the Iliamna/Kochanok
area and having friends from all over the world come and visit for
hiking, beachcombing, fishing, cookouts, family time and even taking
a hot tub in a remote volcanic pool.For the last couple of decades
John used his camera to extensively shoot big game and landscapes
while Dolly continued in her mastery of wild game cookery and gardening.
She was highly successful at homemaking in the Bush as well as at
their home in Chugiak.The family wrote: "This is the end of
an era for many, many people. John & Dolly were the center of
activity for pilots from all over the country and of course especially
in Alaska. Although the family recognizes the incredible number
of friends throughout the world with thankfulness for the love and
devotion they have given John & Dolly through the years, we
are most humbled and thankful for the blessing we have had to be
able to call them our own."The Graybills were preceded in death
by their grandson, Vinnie Morrison.They are survived by their children,
John E. Graybill, Teri Jones, Lori West, Cori Frankenfield and Meri
Teich, as well as their families who live in Alaska, Washington
and Florida; and by 18 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.Arrangements
are by Alaskan Heritage Memorial Chapel and Crematory, Wasilla Chapel.
Gritz, 38, died Aug. 10, 2010, at her Anchorage home, surrounded
by her Hope family.A service was Monday at the Anchorage Cemetery
followed by a celebration of life at the Hope Community Resources
auditorium.Aurora was born Aug. 16, 1971, in Fort Wainwright and
a year later was placed into the care of Hope Cottages.Aurora graduated
from Bartlett High School in 1993 and enjoyed music and sporting
events. Aurora remained part of the Hope family her entire life
and was loved greatly by many.
Haase, 59, died July 28, 2010, of natural causes at his Anchorage
home.Mike was born July 11, 1951, in Twisp, Wash., to Harriet and
George Haase. He lived in Winthrop, Wash., throughout his childhood.
He attended the University of Washington, receiving a Bachelor of
Arts degree in environmental design and a Master of Science degree
in landscape architecture.After college Mike worked for the Bureau
of Land Management in Burley, Idaho, before moving to Anchorage
in 1983 to work for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a natural
resource planner for the National Wildlife Refuge System.Mike loved
the natural world and was proud to work for its preservation. He
was thrilled by his trips to Peru, Africa, Australia and China.Mikel
was a quiet, kind, and compassionate man. He loved beautiful things
and enjoyed attending music, theater and dance performances. He
was accomplished at many crafts and enjoyed making special pieces
for friends. Giving gifts at holidays and birthdays brought him
joy. Generosity to those in need was a hallmark of his life.Mikel
is survived by his mother, Harriet Haase of Winthrop; sister and
brother-in-law, Sherry and Greg Harrigan of Napa, Calif.; niece
and nephew, Christina and Joseph of Vellejo, Calif.; and an extended
family of friends in Alaska.Mikel enriched the lives of those around
him and will be greatly missed.
Edward Stephen Haehl, 37, died Feb. 17, 2001, at Ybor City Healthcare
and Rehabilitation Center in Tampa, Fla. Mr. Haehl was born Jan.
23, 1964, in Anchorage, Alaska. He is survived by his father Carl
Frederick Haehl, mother Emma LaVonne Haehl, sister Tammy LaVonne
Smiley, brothers, Michael Frederick and Timothy William Haehl, and
companion Dana E. Gillespie.
Anchorage resident Larry Joe Hall, 71, died Aug. 5, 2010, at Providence
Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. Private family services will
be held. Larry was born Nov. 1, 1938, to Joseph W. and Florence
M. (Gleason) Hall in Ponca, Neb. He entered the U.S. Air Force in
1955 and was honorably discharged in 1959. Larry was a member of
the Ironworkers Union Local 751, and a commercial fisherman in the
Cook Inlet and Prince William Sound for many years. He enjoyed fishing,
gardening and riding his Harley. Larry is survived by his sons,
Luck Hall of Anchorage and Jim Hall of Jackson, Neb.; grandchildren,
Delaney and Cailin of Anchorage and Lyndsie, Travis and Jesse of
Jackson, Neb.; great-grandson, Tanner of Jackson, Neb.; sisters,
Janet Merchant of Sioux City, Neb., and Carolyn Hall of Wausa, Neb.
Arrangements were by the Anchorage Funeral Home.
Andrew Edward Halverson, 77, died Dec. 2, 2001, at the Alaska Native
Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska. Mr. Halverson was born in Crooked
Creek, Alaska and he is survived by his wife, Rita M. Halverson;
son, Hans J. Halverson; and sister, Evelyn Roehl.
Naomi Brown Hastain died July 27, 2010, in Anchorage at age 98.
Funeral services were held July 31 in Bolivar, Mo. The Rev. Doyle
Mayfield officiated, with interment in Mount View Cemetery, Polk,
Mo. A celebration of life will be held from 6:30 to 8 pm. Friday
in the home of Kirk and Linda Hastain, Vassar Drive, Anchorage.
Call 272-3434 for information.She was born July 2, 1912, to Rollo
G. and Rose Whitehead Brown on her grandparents' homestead in the
former Cheyenne-Arapaho Indian Territory of Oklahoma. When Evelyn
was 15 years old, her family moved to Fair Play, Mo., where she
graduated from high school. In 1930, she married her high school
sweetheart, Leonard Hastain. They spent most of their lives in Polk
County, Mo., raised their family, and engaged in farm, dairy and
livestock production.Evelyn was saved in November of 1929 at Bismont
Baptist Church near Fair Play. She was active in the Missionary
Baptist Church since 1953 at Pleasant Hill and Goodson, Mo., and
Northstar in Alaska.Her family wrote: "She often spoke of her
experiences in the Lord and the sure hope He put in her heart when
she was born again. Thanks be to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,
whose blood redeems us from the law of sin and death."After
the death of her husband of 68 years in 1998, Evelyn moved to Anchorage
in 2000. She lived with her son and daughter-in-law, Kirk and Linda
Hastain.Evelyn was preceded in death by an infant son, William Thomas
Hastain.She is survived by children and spouses are Janice and Ernest
Kopkau of Plainfield, Ill., Max and Edna Hastain of Moscow, Idaho,
and Kirk and Linda Hastain of Anchorage; half-sister, Jo Ann Hopkins
of Fair Play; grandchildren, Steven Kopkau and Rhonda Klemick of
Riverside, Ill., Jocelyn Hastain Fenton and husband, Garth of Anchorage,
and Danny Compton of Columbia, Mo; and great-grandson, Raleigh Alexander
Duane Perry Hatton, 41, died Feb. 18, 2001, at Alaska Native Medical
Center in Anchorage, Alaska. Mr. Hatton was born July 21, 1959,
in Homer, Alaska. He is survived by his son, Justin Hatton; daughter,
Samantha Johns; mother, Louise Sambo; and sister, Cynthia Hatton.
Melvin George Henningsen, 96, died June 4, 2005, at Marlow Manor
Assisted Living Center of congestive heart failure. A funeral will
be at 5 p.m. Wednesday at East Anchorage United Methodist Church,
1660 Patterson St. Interment will be Friday in Mountain View Cemetery
in Oakland, Calif. Dr. Henningsen was born Jan. 18, 1909, in Hayward,
Calif., to Hans and Matilda Henningsen. He graduated from the University
of California in 1933 as a doctor of dental surgery. He served in
the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. Dr. Henningsen was
a practicing dentist in Hayward for 46 years and was also a University
of California Dental School faculty member. He was a member of Congregational
Church in Hayward and East Anchorage United Methodist Church. Dr.
Henningsen was past president of the Hayward Rotary and Northern
California Rotary. He was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship in Rotary.
He was sent by Northern California Rotary to Hong Kong to administer
to the dental needs of hundreds of Vietnamese "boat people"
escaping from the Vietnam War. Dr. Henningsen was elected into the
International College of Dentists and was a member of the Psi Phi
Fraternity and Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honorary Dental Society. He
received the Medal of Merit from President Reagan for his work on
the Republican Presidential Task Force. He enjoyed travel, photography,
hunting and fishing. "He was a fully contributing member of
the 'greatest generation,' " his family wrote. "(He was)
a man of wide-ranging interests and commitments, devoted to looking
after his family and serving the community." He moved to Alaska
in 1997. Dr. Henningsen is survived by his son, Richard of Anchorage;
daughters-in-law, Barbara of Anchorage and Janice of Berwyn, Pa.;
grandchildren, Laurie Schlueter, Rick Henningsen, James Henningsen,
Brett Henningsen, Brooke Henningsen, Brian Henningsen and Denise
Villasana; and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death
by his brother, Irving Henningsen, and son, James Henningsen. In
lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Denali Home Health and
Hospice, 3935 Reka Drive, Anchorage 99508. Arrangements are with
Kehl's Forest Lawn Mortuary.
resident Charlie L. Herman, 53, died March 8, 2005, at his home
of natural causes. A funeral will be at 1 p.m. Monday at First Covenant
Church with the Rev. Nathan Toots officiating. Pallbearers will
be David Farre, Gary Teague, Steve Tyrrell, Simon Herman, Phillip
Herman and Sam Herman Jr. Burial will be at Anchorage Memorial Park.
Mr. Herman was born May 1, 1951, in Mekoryuk. He was a welder by
trade and a member of First Covenant Church. Mr. Herman enjoyed
hunting, fishing, camping and being with his family. His family
wrote: "Charlie was a great hunter, he loved the outdoors,
and he was a great and loving father and grandfather to his kids
and grandkids. Charlie loved to help others. He was very compassionate,
caring, and he loved to share with others after one of his many
great hunts." Survivors include his daughters, Audrie Herman,
Melissa Herman, Cheryl Herman and Juliann Herman; grandsons, Mathew
Jackson and Malik McCormick; granddaughter, Ida McCormick; parents,
Sam Sr. and Carrie Herman; sisters, Emily Johnston, Ann Tyrrell,
Lori Teague, Irma Melton, Dolly Herman; brothers, Simon Herman,
Noah Jones, Phillip Herman, Sam Herman Jr.; brothers-in-law, George
Johnston, Steve Tyrrell, Gary Teague, Mark Melton, Steven Boney;
sister-in-law, Mary Herman; eight nieces and eight nephews. His
brother, Larry Herman, preceded him in death. Arrangements are with
Evergreen Memorial Chapel.
fisherman Larry Herman, 33, died Aug. 20, 1994 near Bethel. A funeral
will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Evangelical Covenant Church
with visitation beginning at 1 p.m. The Rev. Phillip Axelson will
officiate. Burial will follow at Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery.
Pallbearers will include Charlie Herman, Simeon Herman, Phillip
Herman, Sam Herman, Gary Teague and Peter Hinz. 28 Mr. Herman was
born Jan. 17, 1961, in Mekoryuk. He served in the Alaska Army National
Guard and worked as a mechanic and commercial fisherman. Mr. Herman
was a member of the Covenant Church and enjoyed hunting, fishing,
boating, camping, berry picking and snowmobiling. His family said:
"He was always willing to help any and all who needed him,
and always made family and friends feel at home." Mr. Herman
is survived by his parents, Sam and Carrie of Anchorage; five brothers,
Charlie Herman and Noah Jones of Anchorage, Simeon and Phillip Herman
of Bethel, and Sam Herman Jr., of Kelso, Wash.; and five sisters,
Emily Johnston, Ann Kinne, Lori Teague and Dolly Herman, all of
Anchorage, and Irma Melton of McGrath. Arrangements were handled
by Evergreen Memorial Chapel.
Russell H. Herman, 46, of Anchorage, Alaska died Jan. 3, 1999 at
his residence. Mr. Herman was born April 28, 1952 in Nome, Alaska.
He is survived by his sisters Lorraine R. Kost and Dorothy E. Gregory;
brothers Kenneth G., Thomas S. and Sidney J. Herman; aunts Etta
Tocktoo, Helen Allatayuk and Lydia; numerous nieces, nephews and
cousins and his best friend, Reggie Tungwenuk.
Jeffrey A. Hill, 31, died July 28, 2010, in a tragic C-17 crash
on Elmendorf Air Force Base while practicing for the Arctic Thunder
Air Show demonstration.Jeff was born May 29, 1979, in Hartford,
Conn. He enlisted in 1997 and, shortly thereafter, met his wife,
Rachael Brown. They were married in 1999 and had their two beautiful
sons, T.J. and Tyler, while stationed at Columbus Air Force Base,
Miss. They moved to Eagle River in 2008.His Air Force career began
as an F-15 aircraft maintenance technician for the 12th Fighter
Squadron at Elmendorf. Hard work earned him his commission as a
second lieutenant in 2002, as well as an assignment to pilot training.
After successfully completing pilot training, he was selected as
a T-1 instructor pilot, responsible for training the next generation
of Air Force pilots. Jeff completed a three-year tour at Columbus
AFB, and earned a coveted spot as a C-17 pilot assigned to Elmendorf
in 2007.Jeff was an exceptional pilot, and during his C-17 career
he was personally responsible for many missions supporting both
Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He piloted
Elmendorf's first plane into Haiti during the earthquake relief
effort in January, bringing critical humanitarian supplies to the
region. Jeff also delivered much-needed equipment to aid in the
oil spill cleanup effort in the Gulf of Mexico. He took his job
as a C-17 instructor pilot very seriously and was always ready at
the drop of a hat to answer his nation's call. He accomplished many
things in his Air Force career, but what he treasured most was gaining
recognition for those who worked for him. Jeff was truly a professional
of the highest caliber.Jeff also had an unparalleled passion for
the outdoors. At every opportunity, he was having fun in the mud,
in the snow or in the water. He loved to take his wife, his boys
and his friends out camping, fishing, snowmachining or on a four-wheeler
ride. He hiked, explored and took advantage of everything that Alaska
and life had to offer. As passionate as he was about the outdoors,
he loved being a father and a husband most of all. This was evidenced
by his excitement in sharing life with his family.Jeff tackled every
day of his life with enthusiasm, a great attitude, a smile and a
little witty sarcasm. He was an absolute joy to be around. His personality
was infectious and drew people to him. He gave his life in support
of his country and he will be greatly missed by his family, friends,
co-workers and everyone fortunate enough to know him.Jeff leaves
behind his loving wife, Rachael; his two sons, whom he affectionately
referred to as his "little bros," T.J. and Tyler; his
father, Robert; his mother, Carol; his sister, Jackie; and more
friends than you could possibly imagine.In lieu of flowers, donations
may be given in care of the Hill family account at Alaska USA Federal
Credit Union. Condolences may be sent to 17508 Airlifter Drive,
Elmendorf AFB, 99577.
Robert Allen Hoeldt, 50, died Aug. 12, 2004 at his brothers
home in Anchorage. Mr. Hoeldt was born Oct. 16, 1953 in Anchorage.
He is survived by his daughter, Jessie Hoeldt; sons, Joshua Hoeldt
and Justin Hoeldt; mother, Shirley Hislop; sisters, Rhonda Baysinger,
Dawn Sanchez and Michelle Thies brothers, Lee Hoeldt, Randy Hoeldt,
Rodney Hoeldt, Rorey Hoeldt and Ryan Heoldt; his ex-wife, Debbie
Strickland; and his girlfriend, Monica Brisquetts.
Alaskan Elizabeth "Betty" Anne Hotes, 91, of Kirkland,
Wash., died Aug. 9, 2010, at the University of Washington Medical
Center in Seattle while undergoing experimental heart surgery.Services
will be at 3 p.m. today at Heritage Hall in Kirkland, with burial
afterward in Kirkland Cemetery.Born Elizabeth Oswald on Oct. 4,
1918, in Birmingham, Ala., she was the only child of the late Richard
Willing Oswald and Florence Tennant Ford. In her youth, she loved
swimming and playing tennis. She studied fine arts at Hollins University
in Roanoke, Va. in the late 1930s.Using her passion for art to earn
a living, she became a draftswoman and mapped patterns for American
bombers to follow in Germany during World War II. She graduated
from Pennsylvania Central Airlines (now Capital Airlines) flight
attendants' school in July 1944 and worked as one of the nation's
first flight attendants, then called "hostesses." She
worked as a draftswoman for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on
the White Alice Project in Alaska circa 1968.Mrs. Hotes and her
husband, Douglas Nesbit Hotes, a decorated World War II Airborne
engineer, met while he was serving in the U.S. Army in Washington,
D.C. They were married in Mexico in August 1949. They traveled throughout
the Southwest before driving up the Alaska Highway with five children
to homestead in Anchorage.Mrs. Hotes and her husband founded Alaska
Mechanical Contracting and developed subdivisions. She later helped
her husband develop a successful business as a heating and ventilating
manufacturer's representative.Mrs. Hotes was a follower of Jesus
Christ. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution,
Sleeping Lady Chapter, had a lifelong passion for art, gardening
and reading, and loved animals and travel. She spoke Spanish and
French and had planned to revisit Paris soon. She traveled to all
the continents except Antarctica, and enjoyed annual visits with
her family to Hawaii. She had a particular fondness for mai tais
and sunsets.She was preceded in death by her husband in 2002.She
is survived by her son, Richard Hotes of Anchorage; daughter, Heather
Ebey of La Jolla, Calif.; daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Ron
Ekemo of Eagle River; son and daughter-in-law, John and Stacy Hotes
of Woodinville, Wash.; daughter and son-in-law, Florence and Bruce
Scott of Wasilla; son and daughter-in-law, Douglas and Jennifer
Hotes of Kirkland; and 11 grandchildren, who brightened her life.Mrs.
Hotes long supported the Best Friends Animal Society. Donations
in her name may be made to the society at 5001 Angel Canyon Road,
Kanab, Utah 84741-5000.Mrs. Hotes had a zest for life and laughed
Huber, 51, Anchorage resident Jeffrey "Jeff" Allan Huber,
51, died Dec. 15, 2006, at Red Dog Mine in Northwest Alaska. A memorial
service will be at 2 p.m. today at Evergreen Memorial Chapel, 737
E St. Chaplain Don McCullough will officiate. A full obituary will
be published later. Arrangements are with Evergreen Memorial Chapel.
Marie Hughes, 79, longtime resident of Anchorage, died peacefully
May 12, 2010, at her granddaughter's home in Sandy, Ore., with
her family in attendance.A service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday
at the Sunset Hills Baptist Church, 12130 Old Seward Highway,
with Pastor Judson Owens officiating. Bonnie will have a graveside
service at Fort Richardson National Cemetery in early June, and
will be buried with her husband. Pallbearers will be Preston and
Tom Hughes, Bob Bachand and Brad Hickok.Bonnie was born Aug. 3,
1930, in Collie Holler, Mo. She moved to Alaska with her family
in December 1963, living in Anchorage until her passing.Bonnie
grew up in East Texas, attending Kilgore High School, graduating
in 1948. She was active in the Kilgore High School marching squad.She
enjoyed her extensive family, family celebrations, fishing, hunting,
selling real estate, crocheting, spending time at her Kenai riverfront
property and doing construction work.Bonnie worked in Alaska as
a bookkeeper (1960s), real estate agent (1970-1980s) and owned
her own construction company until she retired in 1985 with her
husband, T.O. Hughes. She worked in Hughes, Seward, Pilot Station,
Cordova and throughout Alaska with her husband and family on Bush
schools, road projects and many other projects too numerous to
mention.Family members said: "Bonnie's love of her family
and friends made her eyes sparkle, and she was a joy to be around.
She was an excellent instructor, tutoring her children, grandchildren
and great-grandchildren in school subjects including her favorite,
mathematics. She loved God, her family and friends. She was a
wonderful mother, teacher, comforter, friend and a great wife.
She was our family's rock."She is survived by her children,
Theresa Walker, Tom and Janis Hughes, Preston and Janice Hughes;
grandchildren, Jason and Kim Reynolds, Jon and Lesle Parrish,
Roger and Bonnie Buck, Brad and Shellie Hickok, Robert and Kim
Dooley, Kylie Hughes, Michael Walker, Angela Walker and Ashley
Roshon; her great-grandchildren, Christopher and Michael Buck,
Wyatt, Aidan and Easton Hickok, Emma and Tyler Dooley, Olivia
and Zachary Reynolds, Aaron, Emily and Rosie Chanar, Camden Walker;
and her brothers, Tommy, Mike and Lowell Blackwell.Arrangements
are with Legacy Funeral Homes & Cremation Services' Kehl's
Timothy Guy Hughes, 40, died July 21, 2001, at home in Anchorage,
Alaska. Mr. Hughes was born Sept. 30, 1960, in Anchorage, Alaska.
He is survived by his father David A. Hughes, Sr.; sister Tishumingo
Metcalf; brothers, James V. Hughes, David A. Hughes, Jr. and Guy
J. Hughes; nephews, Allen C. L. Metcalf, Timothy J. E. Metcalf;
and nieces, Ayshona L. Metcalf, Tia M. Hughes and Taylor Hughes.
resident IDA AGNES HUNTER, 87, died of natural causes July 7, 2002,
at Alaska Native Medical Center. A visitation will be at 1:30 p.m.
Monday at Holy Family Cathedral, with a Mass at 2 p.m. The Rev.
Joseph Sergott will officiate. Pallbearers will include Pete Hunter,
Jesse Hunter, Frank Hunter, Archie Lokanin, Donald 65 Pittman, Danny
Hunter and Olie Hunter. Burial will follow at Anchorage Memorial
Park Cemetery. Mrs. Hunter was born Jan. 29, 1915, in Holy Cross.
She was one of 18 children and attended Holy Cross Mission. During
her teen years, two of her brothers died, and she left school to
help her parents at home. Later she joined Sisters of Lady of the
Snow and was sent to Hooper Bay where she met Alexis Hunter Sr.
They married Dec. 12, 1939. She volunteered as a teacher with Little
Sister of Snow in Old Kesungnak in the early 1940s and taught under
the Bureau of Indian Affairs at Old Chevak, Chevak, Hooper Bay,
Chowhocgoliak and Newtok. She also taught for Adult Basic Education
in Anchorage until her retirement in 1978. Mrs. Hunter was awarded
the Golden Apple Certificate in September 1997, the Career in Education
Award in September 1997 and a Providence Horizon House Volunteer
Recognition Certificate in December 2001. Her family wrote: ''Mom
is best remembered for her big heart. She enjoyed family get-togethers
and helping people in all the villages where she lived. She loved
to teach, loved her family and helped whenever she could.'' Mrs.
Hunter was a member of Sisters of Lady of the Snow, where she was
an organist and teacher of hymns. She loved cooking, sewing, camping,
berry picking, playing Scrabble, gardening and singing. Mrs. Hunter
is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Raymond and Pauline
Demientieff; sons and daughter-in-law, Frank and Regina Hunter,
and Pete Hunter; daughters and son-in-law, Alma Gentry, Rosemarie
Hunter, and Marilyn and Archie Lokanin; and many grandchildren and
great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alexis
Hunter Sr., on March 27; sons, Harold, Kevin, Richard and Alexis
Jr.; and daughter, Cora Mae. Arrangements were by Evergreen Memorial
Roger Hyde, 52, of Anchorage, died Aug. 13, 2010, at Providence
Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage.A visitation will be at 2 p.m.
Wednesday at Alaskan Heritage Memorial Chapel, 440 E. Klatt Road.
A time of sharing memories begins at 3 p.m.Perry was born Feb. 18,
1958, in Buffalo, N.Y. He moved to Alaska in 1976.His family stated:
"My dad loved to go camping, fishing and spend time with his
family, especially playing with his 'grand boys.' He loved to take
road trips and eat a great steak dinner. He lived as a man of strong
character, and his favorite quote was 'Fast living and great friends.'
He was a great dad and will be missed very much."He is survived
by his daughters, Cassey Ann (Maurice) Stricklin of Anchorage and
Nicole M. Osterhaus of Wasilla; grandchildren, Cassandra, Alicia,
Devante, Kaisan and Marquice; and best friend, Peter DiMaggio.Arrangements
are with Alaskan Heritage Memorial Chapel, of Anchorage
Gregg Allan Ivanoff, 38, died Jan. 23, 2004, at home in Kenai, Alaska.
Mr. Ivanoff was born Aug. 24, 1965, in Anchorage, Alaska. He is
survived by his mother, Roberta Ivanoff; sons, Christophor Ivanoff
and Gavan Ivanoff; sister and brother-in-law, Melinda and George
Wright; nieces, Kynde Baun and Kami Wright; nephew, Bud Baun; aunt,
Polly Conaway; uncle and aunt, Jake and Carmen Ivanoff; and numerous
Sharon Kaye Jensen, 61, died Nov. 29, 2004, in Lake Havasu City,
Ariz. Ms. Jensen was born March 3, 1943, in Anchorage, Alaska. She
is survived by her son, Ron Jensen; special love, Dave Smith; sister-in-law,
Betty Ann Kirschner; nephew, Andy Kirsch; and many other nieces,
nephews and special friends. According to her family, she was very
proud of her Alaska Native heritage, growing up in Anchorage and
Wasilla. She loved birds and appreciated their presence on her many
Moses John, 65, died May 6, 2004, in Anchorage, Alaska. Mr. John
was born May 9, 1938. He is survived by his sister, Mary C. Wasky,
and half-brother, Julius John.
resident Martha G. Johnson, 82, died of cancer Aug. 4, 2010, surrounded
by her loving family. Martha also suffered from Alzheimer's disease.There
will be viewing at 12:30 p.m. today at Janssen's Evergreen Memorial
Chapel, 737 E St., with the funeral at 1:30 p.m. Pastor Ed Gregory
will officiate. A graveside service will be 3 p.m. at Fort Richardson
National Cemetery. Pallbearers are Richard Johnson Sr., Ronald Johnson,
Richard Johnson Jr., Cody Tims, Todd Delahoussaye and Jody Knodel.Martha
was born Feb. 9, 1928, in Cruthersville, Mo., to William and Vora
Simpson. She grew up in Florida, where she met and married her husband,
Ellison P Johnson. They lived a military life, transferring from
Florida to Oregon, back to Florida, France, Texas and then to Alaska,
where they settled in 1960. They raised four children: Linda, Rick,
Ron and Rene. Martha was a member and Sunday school teacher with
Muldoon Road Baptist Church and later with First Baptist Church
downtown.Before getting married, Martha worked for the FBI in Washington,
D.C. During the war, she worked as a nursing assistant in Astoria,
Ore. She was a stay-at-home wife and mother who devoted everything
she had to raising her family. When her youngest was in junior high
school, she returned to college and earned a bachelor's degree from
UAA, graduating with honors. She then worked as a social worker
for the state of Alaska at the Cooperative Extension Services, from
which she retired.During retirement, she and her husband enjoyed
annual trips to Hawaii. Martha devoted herself to being the best
wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother a family could ask
for. She will be deeply missed.She is survived by her husband of
61 years, Ellison P. Johnson; children and their spouses, Linda
and Bill Delahoussaye, Richard and Marge Johnson Sr., Ronald Johnson
and Kim Hankins, and Rene and Leland L. Tims; grandchildren, Melissa
Carey, Todd Delahoussaye, Rick Johnson Jr., Ashley Roberts, Ronnie
Johnson, John Johnson, Kyle Johnson, Cody Tims, Leigha Ducharme,
Landon Tims and Lenea Tims; and numerous great-grandchildren.Martha
was preceded in death by her parents and numerous siblings from
her large, loving family, who were there to greet her in heaven.Arrangements
by Janssen's Evergreen Memorial Chapel.
Owen Johnson, 65, died peacefully Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010, at Kavanagh
House in West Des Moines, Iowa. A visitation will be from 5 to 7
p.m. today at McLaren's Chapel with a brief remembrance service
at 6 p.m.Paul was born March 10, 1945, in Vancouver, Wash., the
son of Ivadel and Ken Johnson. He grew up in Portland, Ore., and
served in the U.S. Navy from 1962 to 1966. Paul was a longtime government
service employee, completing his career as director of the multi-family
housing division for the State of Alaska. He retired in 2004 and
moved to West Des Moines.Paul was a true family man, loved by all
who knew him. He was a great storyteller and loved to hunt and fish
in Alaska.Paul is survived by his wife, Cecilia Diaz-Johnson; 10
children, Michelle (Christy), Ty (Shona), Guy, John, Misha (Michele),
Aron, Lillian, Joel (Krissy), Paul and Adam; nine grandchildren;
and two brothers, Don (Linda) and Ken (Janeen). He was preceded
in death by his parents.Memorial contributions may be given to Kavanagh
House, 900 56th St., Des Moines, IA 50312
Hornberger Jones, beloved wife, mother and daughter, died at home
May 22, 2010, surrounded by family and friends after a courageous
2 1/2-year battle with cancer. She was 32.A service will be held
Thursday at Faith Christian Community Church, 4240 Wisconsin St.
Viewing will begin at 3 p.m., with the service at 4 p.m. A potluck
reception will be afterward at the church.Jennifer was born in
Anchorage Sept. 2, 1977, and was raised in Newhalen. After graduating
from high school, Jennifer attended the University of Nevada,
Reno, where she obtained a B.S. in secondary education.On May
30, 1999, Jennifer married Jeremy Jones of Carson City, Nev.,
in a ceremony conducted by her grandmother, Sara Hornberger. They
moved to Anchorage, where Jennifer taught school for several years
before becoming a devoted stay-at-home mother for her children,
Joella and Benjamin. Their family was completed when a bedraggled
little dog, soon to be known as Turbo the Terrible, found and
adopted Jennifer.Jennifer had become an accomplished bead worker
and started her own business crafting custom beadwork. After her
cancer diagnosis, she and Laura Revels began a quilt project,
Beading for a Cause, at Alaska Native Medical Center. Cancer survivors
and family members get together each week to make beaded squares
that represent what cancer means to them and their loved ones.
Jennifer's other hobbies and interests were reading, crocheting
and gardening. Jennifer enjoyed participating in traditional subsistance
activities such as picking berries and putting up salmon to share
with family and friends. Above all, Jennifer loved spending time
with her family.Last summer the entire family, including Turbo,
made a trip to Lake Clark to visit Jennifer's paternal grandparents.
Afterward they flew to Newhalen to visit her parents. While there,
Jennifer and Jeremy renewed their wedding vows for their 10th
anniversary in a special ceremony with their children as attendants.Jennifer
will be remembered for her kindness, grace, thoughtfulness, determination
and devotion to her family and friends. She made this statement
to her family: "It is so important to me that our lives reflect
the goodness of God, and that the time He has given us on this
earth is precious, directed and completely worth it in the end."Jennifer
is survived by her loving, devoted husband, Jeremy, and their
children, Joella Beth and Benjamin David. She is also survived
by her parents, George and Funa Hornberger; siblings, Jaslyn (Matt)
Wren and Chester Hornberger; nephew, Samael Wren; maternal uncle,
Peter John and aunt, Fedosia Balluta; godmother, Joanne Wassillie;
goddaughter, Shoshanna Smallwood; paternal grandparents, Charles
and Sara Hornberger; aunts, Linda (Mark) Harriger and Gayle (Kendal)
Carpenter-Kaihoi; and numerous other aunts, uncles, cousins and
close friends, as well as Turbo the Terrible.Jennifer was predeceased
by her maternal grandparents, Arseny and Nastasia Melognak of
Newhalen.A memorial scholarship in Jennifer's name has been set
up with Alaska USA Federal Credit Union and coordinated by the
Lake and Peninsula School District. In lieu of flowers, Jennifer
and her family requested that donations be made to that fund:
The Jennifer E. Hornberger Jones Memorial Scholarship Fund (JEHJMSF),
Lake and Peninsula School District, attn: Laura Hilton, P.O. Box
498, King Salmon 99613.
Kahn, 63, died Nov. 17, 2001, in Spokane, Wash. Mr. Kahn was born
Nov. 28, 1937, in Anchorage, Alaska, and is survived by his mother,
Lillian Lapp, and daughters, Nicole Hathaway and Lisa Whitney.
Elsie Kakaruk, 78, died July 12, 2001, at home in Anchorage, Alaska.
Ms. Kakaruk was born March 8, 1923, and is survived by her sons,
Patrick T. Kakaruk, Floyd S. Kakaruk, Steve Kakaruk and Walter Kakaruk;
and daughters, Ann Kalerak, Kathy King, Linda Japp, Mary Ellen Baier
and Margaret Kakaruk.
Lynda Kalerak, 39, died Aug. 25, 2003, at the Alaska Native Medical
Center in Anchorage, Alaska. Ms. Kalerak was born Dec. 3, 1963,
in Anchorage, Alaska. She is survived by her husband, Anthony Kalerak;
daughters, Lily Huntsman, Harmony Huntsman, and Sarah Huntsman;
son, Ryan Kalerak; mother, Ann Kalerak; sister, Annette Piscoya;
and brother, Walter Andrew Kalerak.
Walter Kalerak, 65, died March 18, 2003, at the Alaska Native Medical
Center in Anchorage, Alaska. Mr. Kalerak was born Nov. 2, 1937,
in Solomon, Alaska. He is survived by his wife, Ann Kalerak; daughters,
Lynda Kalerak and Annette Piscoya; son, Walter Andrew Kalerak; granddaughters,
Meghann Piscoya, Sarah, Harmony, and Lily Huntsman; grandsons, Ryan
Kalerak, Benny, Cameron, and Andy Piscoya; and sisters, Esther Bahnke,
Martha Anselm, Dolly and Ruth Kalerak.
resident Virginia "Natviralria" Kamkoff, 61, died Jan.
23, 2006, at Alaska Native Medical Center of natural causes. Visitation
will be at 9:30 a.m., with a funeral at 10:30 a.m. Friday at First
Evangelical Covenant Church, 12th Avenue and C Street. The Rev.
Nathan Toots will officiate. Pallbearers will include Johnnie Kamkoff,
Wade Kamkoff, Victor Wilson, Justus Eben, Bert Kaganak and Richard
Ketah. Burial will be at noon at Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery.
Ms. Kamkoff was born July 22, 1944, in Scammon Bay. She attended
Haskell Institute. She was a member of First Evangelical Covenant
Church and enjoyed berry picking, knitting, gospel music, crossword
puzzles and the Food Network. Her family wrote: "Virginia was
a loving and caring mother, grandmother, sister and cousin. Her
love was felt strongly not only by family but by many friends. She
was a beautiful woman and will be greatly missed. Although she is
at peace, her memory will always be in our hearts until we see her
again." Ms. Kamkoff is survived by her mother, Bertha Wilson;
daughter, Josephine Kamkoff; sons, Johnnie and Wade Kamkoff; grandchildren,
Haley, Corey, Wade, Trevor, Jasmine, Tatsiana, Denali and Livia;
sisters, Laura Eben and Esther Kaganak; brothers, Victor and Moses
Wilson; aunts, Paula Ayunerak, Gertrude Pete, Perpetua Horn and
Maryann Andrews; uncles, Fred Augustine, Cornelius Benedict, Nathan,
David, Timothy, Charlie, Joseph, Monroe and Michael; and many cousins.
Johanna C. Kerr, 89, died Aug. 24, 2003, at the Alaska Native Medical
Center in Anchorage, Alaska. Ms. Kerr was born Dec. 14, 1913, in
Anvik, Alaska. She is survived by her daughters, Evelyn M. Jones,
Joan Baumgart, Kathy Johnson, Mary Ellen Lavigne, and Dorothy Nitz;
and sons, Robert W. Rude, James Kerr, and Glen E. Kerr.
resident Bernadette Marie Kilongak, 41, died March 30, 2000, at
her home from natural causes. A visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Wednesday
at Witzleben's Bragaw Chapel, 1707 S. Bragaw St. She will be flown
to her hometown of Newtok for burial in Newtok Cemetery. Ms. Kilongak
was born May 24, 1958, in Tununak. She lived in Newtok for 21 years,
Bethel for five years and Anchorage for 15 years. She was a health
aide in Newtok and a homemaker. She enjoyed beadwork, skin sewing
and knitting. Her family said, ''She had a caring, big heart, was
loving to her children and very caring to those she loved. ''Bernadette
loved the outdoors, subsisting, berry picking and fishing. Before
her back was injured, she was very active, especially when fishing
season opened. After she injured her back, she tried to do all the
things she used to do. She refused to accept her disability. She
will be remembered for the cheerful person she used to be.'' Ms.
Kilongak is survived by her boyfriend, Glen Delgado; sons, Johnthan
Charlie, David Delgado and Chesley Kilongak; daughter, Rhonda Delgado;
twin sister, Bernice John of Newtok; sisters, Theresa Waska, Molly
Kassaiuli and Sally Kilongak, all of Newtok, and Margaret Wisecarver
of Wasilla; brothers, Alexie Kilongak and Brian Kilongak, both of
Newtok, Bob Kilongak Sr. of Toksook Bay, Charlie Kilongak Sr. of
Emmonak and Tom J. Carl Jr. of Tuntutuliak; and granddaughter, Allyssa
Charlie. She was preceded in death by her son, Jeremiah Kilongak.
The family has requested that memorial contributions be directed
to 4412 Reka Drive, Anchorage 99508.
Anchorage resident Kazue Kimura, 87, died April 1, 2006, at the
Anchorage Pioneer Home of natural causes. A service will be at 2
p.m. today at All Saints' Episcopal Church. The Rev. Gregory Kimura
will officiate. A reception will follow the service. Mrs. Kimura
was born March 15, 1919, in Seattle. She moved to Alaska in 1942.
She and her husband owned and operated Snow White Laundry and Cleaners
from 1945 until 1965, Nikko Garden from 1966 until 1978, and World
of Travel Ltd. from 1979 until 1989. Her family wrote: "Our
mother was loved by all who knew her. She was a kind and giving
woman who cared about others. She loved to travel, garden, make
quilts and play bridge. She had a sharp mind and took care of the
books at the family's businesses. "She lived in Japan for a
few years and learned to be a tailor at her stepsister's shop. She
continued her love of sewing by making matching outfits for her
grandchildren when they were little and her granddaughter's prom
dresses. Her quiet kindness touched everyone who knew her. She was
loved by all." Mrs. Kimura is survived by her son and daughter-in-law,
Roger and Donna Kimura; daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and Jim Tuttle;
Nicky R. Kirkpatrick a/k/a Perry, 33, died June 7, 2004, in Eugene,
Ore. Ms. Kirkpatrick was born Jan. 2, 1971, in Anchorage, Alaska.
She is survived by her daughter, Crystal R. Kirkpatrick, and parents,
Nick and Veta Sacaloff. Ms. Kirkpatrick graduated from Nikiski Middle-Senior
High School and moved to Oregon in 2002, where she was a homemaker.
John M. Komakhuk, Sr., 59, died July 22, 2002, at home in Eagle
River, Alaska. Mr. Komakhuk was born July 17, 1943, near Solomon,
Alaska. He is survived by his spouse, Carol Komakhuk; mother, Ethel
Komakhuk; daughters and sons-in-law, Joannie and Gale Daw, Tina
and John Whittaker; son Wayne Komakhuk; grandchildren, Jay, Timothy
and Jessica Daw, Brandi and John Whittaker, Jr.; brothers, Hansel,
Kenny, Sammy, Eddie, and Jonathon Komakhuk; and sisters, Molly Judd,
Maggie Clark, Clara Beckman, Carol Elvsaas, and Myrtle Sabatis.
Minnie Ann (aka Anne) Komakhuk, 61, died June 14, 2002, at home
in Anchorage. Ms. Komakhuk was born Aug. 30, 1940, in Solomon, Alaska.
She is survived by her daughter, Starlette Komakhuk; sons Douglas,
Roy and Samuel Komakhuk; daughter-in-law, Trudi Komakhuk; grand-children,
Kristel, Tanya, David and Daneille Komakhuk; and her great-grandson,
Shelley D. Kupihe, 44, died April 19, 2002, at home in Anchorage,
Alaska. Ms. Kupihe was born Dec. 9, 1957, in Anchorage, Alaska.
She is survived by her sons, Micah and Samuel Kupihe; stepmother,
Millie Boster; father, George Boster; grandmother, Mattie Bodfish;
sisters, June Childress and Cynthia Bean; and brothers, Gordy and
Lindsay Boster, and Randy Osborn.
resident Jane Kathleen Kurth, 67, died at Providence Alaska Medical
Center on Aug. 16, 2010, after a brief battle with cancer.A funeral
celebrating Jane's life will be at 6 p.m. Aug. 19, 2010, at Anchorage
Baptist Temple, 6401 E. Northern Lights Blvd., with a reception
afterward.Jane was born Oct. 6, 1942 in Perry, Iowa. She grew up
on several farms in central Iowa. Upon graduating from high school,
she moved to Des Moines to work for Blue Cross.Jane became an Anchorage
resident in 1974. She was employed at Kendall Toyota and was a member
of Anchorage Baptist Temple. Her special interests included spending
time with her family and grandchildren, sewing, quilting, baking,
bird-watching and traveling."Jane was the most caring person
you could ever have met," her family wrote. "She loved
her family and loved spending time with her grandchildren. She took
delight in her faith and love of Christ and is now home with her
Lord and Savior. She was the treasure and center of our family and
will be greatly missed."She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law,
James and Tamsin Kurth; daughter and son-in-law, Sara and Jay Jokela;
son, Colin Kurth; grandchildren, Lilian Kurth, Noah Kurth, Logan
Jokela and Abigail Jokela; brother and sister-in-law, Gary and Janine
Weyer of Granger, Iowa; sister, Barbara Dickenson of Gifford, Iowa;
twin sister, Judy Weyer of Osceola, Iowa; and Kayla Hanson of Perry,
Iowa.Arrangements were entrusted to Legacy Funeral Home-Kehl's Chapel.
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
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.
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 www.mem.com. Arrangements are with Witzleben
Family Funeral Homes.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
"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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Hedy Nickita, 75, died April 17, at home in Anchorage. She was born
April 30, 1929, in Knik, Alaska.
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 , 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,
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
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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
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.
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
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 keithandkeith.com.He 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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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;
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.
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,
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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, 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
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 www.hansenmortuary.com.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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,
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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, 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.
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, 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