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ABRAHAM Anchorage 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.
ADAMS 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.
ADAMS Anchorage 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 Chapel downtown.
ADKISON 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.


WINFRED 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.
George 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.
AHGUPUK 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.
Elizabeth 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.


Jim 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 83467.
ALEXANDER 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.
ALLARD Anchorage 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.
ALLEN 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.
Gloria 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 Thomas Llanes.
ANARUK 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.


Dorothy 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.
ANDERSON 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.
ANSELM 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.
APOK 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 B. Apok.
ARREDONDO 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.
BAFFONE Albert 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, Chapter 904.
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.
BATES Esther Bates, 62, Anchorage, Alaska
BEHREND Donald 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
BELTZ 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.
BENKOE 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.
BERKE Anchorage 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 Memorial Chapel
BISMARK 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
BLACKWELL Anchorage 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.
BLATCHFORD 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.
BOB 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 Andrew 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.
BONFIGLIO 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
BOONE 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.
BOWEN 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.
BREEDEN 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.
BREWER 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.
BROOKS 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 family.
BROWN 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.
BROWN Stephen 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
BUSKE Former 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.
BUTRUM Longtime 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.

Carol 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.
Danielle 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.


Shane 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.

Girdwood 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.

CHAMBERLAIN Anchorage 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.
CHERNIKOFF 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.
CHESSIK 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.
CICARDO Senior 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.
CLARK Anchorage 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 Park.
CLEARY Anchorage 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.
CLEVELAND 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.
CONRAD David 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.
COOK 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, Mary Yerk.
COPELIN Lifelong 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.
CORNETT Anchorage 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 Memorial Chapel.
CROSBY 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.
CROSS Shirley 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.
CROWE Moses 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.
CURTIS Longtime 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.
CURTIS Anchorage 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 Chapel.
DARNELL Anchorage 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 Alaska,
DAVID Lifelong 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.
DAVIS Nome 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 Alan Johnson.
DeWEIL 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.
DIMMICK 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.
DOULIN Lifelong 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.
DULL Anchorage 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.
Nick 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 him.
ENCELEWSKI 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.
ENSLEY Former 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.
ERICKSON Longtime 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 E St.
ERVIN 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.
ERWIN Arlene 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.
EVAN 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.
EVAN 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.
EVANS Lifelong 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.
FANNIN Ada 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 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, Kristy West.
FERGUSON 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.
FLICKINGER Anchorage 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.
FLOOD 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
FORD-EVERETT 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.
FORTIER Former 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,, 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.
FOWLER-STRAIGHT Former 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.
FOX-HARVEY 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.
FRALEY 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.
FRANZEN 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 Franzen.
FRIDAY Hooper 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.
FULTON 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.


Aveina 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.
GANNON 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.
GARCIA 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.
GEORGE 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 Stewart.
GESULGA 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.
GIBSON Longtime 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.
GIELAROWSKI Anchorage 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
GJERTSON 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 D. Gjertson.
GOLF 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.
GONZALES A 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 Chapel
GONZALES 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 throughout Alaska.
GRABOW 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.
GRAYBILL Well-known 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 Aurora 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 Mikel 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.
HALL Longtime 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.
HALVERSON 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.
HASTAIN Evelyn 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 Fenton.
HATTON 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.
HENNINGSEN Dr. 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.
HERMAN Anchorage 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.
HERMAN Bethel 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.
HILL Capt. 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.
HOELDT Robert Allen Hoeldt, 50, died Aug. 12, 2004 at his brother’s 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.
HOTES Longtime 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 often.


Jeff 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.



Bonnie 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 Chapel.

HUGHES 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.
HUNTER Anchorage 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 Chapel.
HYDE Perry 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
IVANOFF 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 cousins.

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 walks.
JOHN George 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.
JOHNSON Anchorage 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.
JOHNSON Paul 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


Jennifer 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 William 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.
KALERAK 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.
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.
KAMKOFF Anchorage 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.
KERR 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.
KILONGAK Anchorage 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.

KIMURA 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;
KIRKPATRICK 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.
KOMAKHUK 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.
KOMAKHUK 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, Alexander Stiles.
KUPIHE 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.
KURTH Anchorage 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.

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


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

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



Anchorage resident Jimmie Meyers, 88, died May 21, 2010, at the Anchorage Pioneers' Home with his family by his side.A funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Alaskan Heritage Memorial Chapel, 440 E. Klatt Road, with a visitation at 1:30 p.m.Jimmie was born Jan. 7, 1922, in Bethel, Mo. After graduating from college, he joined the U.S. Army, serving on Attu Island in 1944-1945.Leaving the military service in 1946, he moved to Seattle, where he met and married Esther "Mary" Monlux on Dec. 8, 1946."She chased me until I caught her," he said.He rejoined the U.S. Army in 1947 and worked with the Alaska Communications System.In 1947, Jim and Mary moved to Juneau, where their daughter was born; then to Nome in 1951; Seattle in 1953, where their son was born; and Anchorage in 1956. There he spent the rest of his life.He retired from the U.S. Army in 1967. He then went to work for the 9th Circuit Federal District Court in Anchorage as an in-court cerk for Judge James von der Heydt and Judge James Fitzgerald, retiring in 1984.After retirement, he worked at the Commissary at Fort Richardson to keep busy.Roller skating was a passion for Jimmie and Mary, as they made up their own routines in Juneau and taught local children how to roller skate. The media said they were the hottest thing on roller skates to hit Juneau in the early '50s.Jimmie enjoyed downhill skiing, hunting and fishing in Alaska. He watched sports of all kinds, including football, baseball and basketball, always knowing the scores. He loved going to the Great Alaska Shootout every year since it started.His family wrote: "He was well liked, always a gentleman, kind to others, with a big heart, a zest for sports, and he always put family first. He was the caregiver to his loving wife of 63 years."He is survived by his wife, Mary; daughter and son-in-law, Cathy and Steve Franklin; and grandson and granddaughter-in-law, Jim and Trish Franklin.He was preceded in death by his son, Dennis W. Meyers; brothers, John and Reese Meyers; and sister, Esther Tuininga.Arrangements are with Alaskan Heritage Memorial Chapel in Anchorage.
MITCHELL James A. "Amp" Mitchell, 53, of Gilbertsville, Ky., died June 18, 2005, at home. Mr. Mitchell was born Oct. 29, 1951, in Kentucky. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and retired land surveyor. He also had been a member of the Teamsters Local 959. Mr. Mitchell had been one of the first crew members to work on the North Slope during the construction phase of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline. He left Alaska in 2004. His family wrote: "Amp was known and revered by his employers for his hard work ethic and fun-loving attitude. We miss and love him deeply. Peaceful rest is his forever now." Mr. Mitchell is survived by his parents, Robert and Nella Mitchell of Gilbertsville; and brothers, Robert and S. Craig Mitchell, both of Anchorage. He was preceded in death by his brother, Paul Mitchell. Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
MITCHELL Former Alaska resident Alna Paul Mitchell, 54, of Benton, Ky., died June 4, 2005, at home. Mr. Mitchell was born June 12, 1950, in Kentucky. An Alaska resident from 1963 until 2004, Mr. Mitchell was a U.S. Navy veteran and retired land surveyor. He was a member of Teamsters Local 959. His family wrote, "Paul was loved by all who had the pleasure of sharing his caring and compassionate personality; his kindness will be missed." Mr. Mitchell is survived by his parents, Robert and Nella Mitchell of Gilbertsville; son, Colby Mitchell; and two grandchildren, all of Gilbertsville; daughter, Tonya Mitchell of Spokane, Wash.; and brothers, Robert and S. Craig Mitchell of Anchorage. A third brother, James Mitchell, died June 18 in Gilbertsville. Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Note: See North Slope Borough for brother James Mitchell's obit)
MOON Sophia Marie Moon, 58, died May 13, 2001, at home in Anchorage, Alaska. Mrs. Moon was born Nov. 29, 1942, in Anchorage, Alaska. She is survived by her husband Arnold R. Moon Sr., son Eli W. Darien, and daughters, Doris Jean Lageson and Florence Elizabeth Darien.
MOSES Mina Marie Teerik Moses, 36, died Sept. 3, 1994 in Tununak while taking a steam bath alone. A funeral was held Sept. 9 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Tununak and a memorial service at Assembly of God Church in Barrow. Mrs. Moses was born Dec. 30, 1957, in Barrow. She spent most of her childhood there and in Anchorage, except for seven years that she and her family spent in Chicago. Mrs. Moses served 16 years in the Army National Guard in the 1st and 2nd Scout Battalions. She was originally stationed in Barrow, but transferred to Bethel, where she met and married David Moses. They resided in Tununak. She was the only woman in the National Guard in Tununak and she inspired the women of Tununak and the surrounding villages, her family said. She helped raise funds for the National Guard Rescue Service with great enthusiasm because she had a great concern for the safety of others. Mina had a great love for children, young adults and elders and often volunteered to work with children in the Tununak Head Start Program, her family said. Whenever she received muktuk from her parents and relatives in Barrow, she always shared with the elders of Tununak, Newtok and Toksook Bay, the family said. "She was always cheerful and kind toward everyone, readily inviting both young and old in for a cup of coffee. She will be greatly missed by all," the family said. She is survived by her husband, David; children, Otto Lloyd, Edward Grant, and Melody Marie; brother, Philip Teerik Jr.; sisters, Lenora Featherly, Sandra Dee Hopson, Phyllis Ivanoff, Evelyn Aquino and Molly Ann Spicer; parents, Phillip and Eunice Teerik; grandparents, Henry and Evelyn Nashaknik; and many other relatives. Arrangements were handled by Kehl's Forest Lawn Mortuary and Crematory.
MOSHER Longtime Alaska resident Alice Lorraine Mosher, 84, died of cancer June 30, 2005, at home in Anchorage while surrounded by her family. A funeral will be at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 2301 Strawberry Road. A celebration of life will follow at the Smith home. Call Barbara at 277-7809. Mrs. Mosher was born March 25, 1921, in Sisseton, S.D., to Anna and Peter Olson. She moved to Seattle in the '40s and met and married George Mosher in 1945. They had four children, Barbara, Julie, Rick and Christine. The couple drove up the Alaska Highway in 1952 and fell in love with Alaska. They built many homes in the Anchorage area along with their cabin at Big Lake, which they enjoyed with their children for many years. In 1974, the Moshers moved to Ellensburg, Wash., where they lived for five years. In 1979, they returned to Alaska and retired at their Big Lake cabin. When George became ill, they returned to Anchorage to be near their children. Mrs. Mosher loved gardening and church work. She was preceded in death by her husband, George, and nine siblings. Mrs. Mosher is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Barbara and Rick Smith of Anchorage, Julie and Roger DeHeer of Anchorage, and Chris and George Wyatt of Ellensburg; son, Rick Mosher and his friend, Pam Gallivo of Anchorage; grandchildren, Lonny DeHeer of Anchorage and Angela and Michelle Wyatt of Ellensburg; great-grandson, Lonnie S.L. DeHeer of Anchorage; and sister, Pearl Jacobson of Minneapolis. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made in her name to Denali Hospice, 3935 Reka Drive, Anchorage 99508. Arrangements are with Kehl's Forest Lawn Mortuary.
MOSQUITO Ruben Inuituk Mosquito, 54, died April 15, 2004, at home in Anchorage, Alaska. Mr. Mosquito was born in Teller, Alaska. He is survived by his father, Frank N. Mosquito; sisters, Helen McClusky and Stella L. Dau; and brothers, Roger Mosquito Sr., Einer Mosquito, and Frank Mosquito Jr. relevant
MUNSON David Munson, 45, died March 8, 2002, at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska. Mr. Munson was born Oct. 9, 1956, in Eagle River, Alaska. He is survived by his daughters, Melinda Munson and Melanie Munson; his sisters, Mary Shepler, Carol Munson, Arlene Dodson, June Montgomery, and Ruby Munson; and brothers, Robert Munson, and Oscar Munson III.
Thomas Munson, Sr., 76, of Anchorage, AK died July 23, 1999 at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska. Mr. Munson was born January 26, 1923 in Akutan, Alaska. He is survived by his daughter Joni Munson; sons Thomas Jr. and Harold Munson; grandchildren Tanya Salazar, Christopher Ondola, Jason Anderson, Brendon Munson, Bodean Kuphaldt, Karina Munson and great-grandchild Caliegha Salazar.
Carol Nathalia Nelson, 56, died Dec. 4 at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage. Ms. Nelson was born Aug. 20, 1948, in Anchorage. She is survived by her daughter, Michelle Wilson; sons, Greg Nelson and Mike Wilson; father, William Wallner; sisters, Ruthie Creech, Marge Houser and Dorothy Wallner; and brother, Billy Wallner.
NELSON Donald E. Nelson, 84, of Anchorage died July 22, 2010, at Providence Alaska Medical Center.A celebration of life will be from 3-6 p.m. Aug. 14 at Amvets Post 2. A celebration of life was held by his siblings July 30, 2010 in Milwaukee, Wis.As he requested, his cremated remains will be scattered in the Kenai River.Donald was born Dec. 24, 1925, in Clayton, Wis., the fifth of nine children born to Edward and Ella Nelson.He served in the U.S. Air Force in the mid 1940s. He married his wife, Theresa, in 1953. They lived in Waseca, Minn., where Don worked for Bell Telephone.In 1970, they moved to Anchorage, where Don worked for Alascom. After his retirement, Don spent many happy summers fishing at the Kenai River. He was a member of Amvets Post 2.He is survived by his children, Andrew Joseph Nelson of Portland, Ore., Donna Marie Nelson of Anchorage, Leonna Lee Nelson of Anchorage, and William Howard "Bill" Nelson of Bremerton, Wash.; his grandchildren, Donald Dustin Nelson and Theresa Mae "Tess" Nelson, both of Anchorage; his siblings, Elmyra Hanson of Grafton, Wis., Virginia Hulda Istel of Hudson, Wis., James Edward Nelson of Black Creek, Wis., Carolyn Juanita Gebert of Ocono, Wis., Royann Jane Fall of Ameny, Wis., and many nieces and nephews.Don was preceded in death by his wife, Theresa Mae "Terry" Nelson; his parents; and his siblings, Andrew Leonard "Lenny" Nelson, Betty June Rue, and Doreen Rachel Wieher.Arangements are with Kehl's Legacy Funeral Home.
NESS Carol Sue Ness, 43, died July 10, 2002, at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage. Ms. Ness was born March 15, 1959, in Anchorage. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Kelly and Michael Valdez; son, Cory Ness; grandson, Nathan Valdez; father, Bobbie Call; sisters, Debra Call; Sharon Padilla and Delia Call; niece, Sarah Dallas; nephew, Ryan Gump; and former husband, William Ness.
NICHOLSON Lifelong Anchorage resident Richard "Rick" M. Nicholson, 53, died Aug. 10, 2010, at home.A celebration of Rick's life will be at 5 p.m. Thursday at Guido's Pizza, 549 W. International Road. Everyone is welcome to bring photos and memories to share with family and friends. He will be laid to rest with military honors at Fort Richardson National Cemetery.Rick was born April 5, 1957, to Clarance Richard and Margaret Ann (Ramsey) Nicholson in Anchorage."He was a honorable soul who led a quiet private life," his family wrote. "He wore his passion for life on his sleeve and his voice and character will remain in our hearts and memories forever. Rick was the loudest cheerleader who spoke the truth. He honored his mother's memory. Rick never complained, he just did it. He gave the shirt off his back and always followed through with what he said, always keeping his promises. Rick was honored to have the profound privilege of dedicating and devoting his life to his only child and sole heir, April M. Nicholson."Rick was a man of many talents and was a natural at softball, which led to many joyful days spent playing and competing for more than 25 years. His motto was "Scoop Fire," and he was fondly known as Rick "The Stick" Nicholson, Son, Daddy, Uncle Rick, Big Brother and "Honorary Grandpa." Rick wanted to spend many more years with April and hoped his family and friends will always be there for her, as she continues to honor him.Rick was preceded in death by his mother, Margaret Ann Nicholson.He is survived by his daughter, April M. Nicholson of Anchorage; former spouse, Rhonda Nicholson of Anchorage; significant other, Mykki Orth of Anchorage; sisters, Linda Silk of Tigard, Ore., and Tookie Crank of Georgia; April's godparents, Andy and Karen Bailey of Anchorage; and many nieces, nephews and loved friends.Memorial contributions may be made to April Nicholson, c/o Anchorage Funeral Home, 1800 Dare Ave., Anchorage 99515.Arrangements were by Anchorage Funeral Home.
NICKERSON Anchorage resident Robert M. Nickerson, 59, died Oct. 12, 1993 at Providence Hospital. A memorial service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church. Mr. Nickerson was born Aug. 15, 1934, in Ipswich, Mass. He married Marion Bahr in August 1963. Mr. Nickerson came to Alaska in 1964; he worked for TWA for 30 years and retired in 1990. He enjoyed sport aviation and built his own biplane. He also built a log cabin and garage in Willow. Mr. Nickerson is survived by his wife, Marion; four sons, Robert of Newtok, Maxwell and Charles of Anchorage, and Steven of Hinsdale, Ill.; a 27 brother, Bruce of Connecticut; two sisters, Janet Nickerson Brown of Waco, Texas, and Dolly Nickerson of Miami; and eight grandchildren. Arrangements are being handled by Kehl's Palmer Mortuary.
NICKITA 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.
NICKITA Hedy Nickita, 75, died April 17, at home in Anchorage. She was born April 30, 1929, in Knik, Alaska.
NICOLI Gerald Roy Nicoli, 68, died July 31, 2003, in Anchorage, Alaska. He was born Jan. 14, 1935, at Susitna Station and lived his life in Talkeetna. Mr. Nicoli attended Mount Edgecumbe and was honorably discharged from the Army National Guard in 1966. He loved hunting, fishing, working with wood and painting. He is survived by his brother, William B. Nicoli; sisters, Virginia Cullars and Donna Schwiezer; children, Renee Rebecca Nicoli, Brenda Marie Nicoli, Bonnie Lee Nicoli, and Gerald Roy Nicoli, Jr.; and many grandchildren.
NIENKARK Anchorage resident Frank Nienkark, 77, died July 7, 2010, after battling Alzheimer's for five years.A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. Friday at Moose Lodge 1534, 4211 Arctic Blvd.Frank was born April 13, 1933, in Jackson County, Iowa.He served on the USS Hanna during the Korean War. In 1955, he enlisted in the Air Force, which brought him to Alaska, where he resided for 54 years.He worked as an electrician and communications installer and was a member of the IBEW, working throughout the whole state of Alaska, including at pipeline camps. Frank was an active member of Amvets Post 2, Moose Lodge 1534 and American Legion Post 1. He enjoyed bowling, darts, gambling, dancing and driving the Alaska Highway. His free time was spent with friends and he could often be found fishing in Seward and Homer.Frank is survived by his son, Royal and wife Terry of Monroe, Wash.; son, Larry of California; brothers, Robert and wife Vivien, and Richard and wife Barbara; sister, Lois Sommers of Arizona; sister, Shirley and husband Gus Gizas of New York; brother, "Fast" Fred and wife Suzi of Anchorage; and best friend of 55 years, Ted and his wife Cyndi Carlson of Chugiak.Frank was preceded in death by his wife, Loretta; and brother, Jerry.Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association .
NORMAN Leonard Joseph Norman, 53, died Aug. 22, 2000 at home in Nikiski, Alaska. Mr. Norman was born in Anchorage, Alaska on Feb. 25, 1947. He is survived by his daughter Dana M. Norman; grandson Chris; mother Betty Johnson; sister Carol F. Joy; brother Bucko Norman and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
NORTHCUTT Kyle Douglas Northcutt died July 30, 2010, in Terrell, Texas.His family wrote: "At age 24, on July 30, his recently deceased father's birthday, upon jubilantly completing nine blistering weeks of heavy equipment operator schooling in Wills Point, Texas (near Terrell, east of Dallas), Kyle's planned return to his family and a great job in Alaska the next day was changed by a tragic bulldozer accident at the school."Mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Patrick's Church, 2111 Muldoon Road, with a reception afterward at Snow Goose Restaurant, 717 W. Third Ave.Kyle, the beloved son of Melvin Douglas and Carol Ann Northcutt, was born Sept. 11, 1985, at Elmendorf USAF Hospital in Anchorage.Kyle attended Baxter Elementary, Wendler Junior High School and Bartlett High School. He found great joy in music, playing hockey, fishing, snowmachining, billiards, shooting, 4x4-ing, fabricating vehicles, hanging with friends and helping anyone who needed him. He was a big boy who loved big toys.Kyle is survived by his mother, Carol; his adored 2-year-old son, Rocky Douglas Northcutt; his soulmate fiancee, Lori Ann Scott and her 9-year-old daughter, Ruth, whom he cherished and supported as his own and hoped to officially adopt; his brothers, Chris (Jen), Michael and Johnny; his sisters, Gabriella "Bre" Surles and Sheila; his nephew, Hunter Surles and nieces, Brighton Northcutt and Bella Surles; a very large loving extended family that spans the continent; and many cherished friends.A memorial account for his children is at Alaska USA Federal Credit Union. Contributions must state "Gabriella Surles c/o Kyle Northcutt Memorial Account." Account #1542761, routing #325272021, wire transfer #1100015427610.
NOWELL Merna Genevive Johnson Nowell, 100, of Stromsburg, Neb., formerly of Anchorage, died Aug. 8, 2010, at the Midwest Covenant Home in Stromsburg.A funeral was held Wednesday at the Evangelical Free Church in Stromsburg with Pastor Kerry Relihan and Pastor Willis Pauls officiating. Interment was in the Stromsburg Cemetery.Merna was born March 16, 1910, to Eli William and Isle Levisa (Seymour) Johnson in rural Stromsburg. She attended Blue View District 56 elementary school and graduated from Stromsburg High School in 1927.In 1937, Merna moved to Chicago, where she met her husband, Bob. They were united in marriage on May 4, 1943. They moved to Anchorage in August 1945. Her husband, Bob, died in September 1962 while visiting Merna's family in Stromsburg.Merna began working for the U.S. Postal Service in October of 1945, retiring in June of 1972 after 27 years as superintendent of the downtown Post Office. Merna was the recipient of several service awards.After retiring, Merna traveled throughout Europe, Asia and the continental United States as well as Hawaii and the Philippines.In October 2008, Merna came to live in the Park Villa Apartments in Stromsburg. She moved into the Midwest Covenant Home in March of 2009 and resided there until her death.Merna enjoyed attending several alumni gatherings, including her 80th high school class reunion.She was a charter member of Trail Side Community Church (Evangelical Free Church) in Anchorage.Survivors include sisters Rogene Dickson, Shirley Morris, Coral Boden and Wanda (Myron) Larson, all of Stromsburg; sister-in-law, Rea Mae Johnson of Stromsburg; a host of nieces and nephews; and many Alaska friends.She was preceded in death by husband Robert Nowell; parents Eli and Isle Johnson; brothers Clifton Johnson, Curtis Johnson and Rolland Johnson; sisters, Blanche Schofield and Elnore Hanson; and infant sisters, Margaret Andel and Bonnie Beth Johnson.Arrangements were with Dubas Funeral Home in Stromsburg.

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

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


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

Helen Agnes Quest, 83, of Anchorage, died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2007, at Providence Hospital after declining health and a brief illness. Funeral services were held in Anchorage, followed by services and burial in Grand Junction, Colo. She was born March 5, 1924, in Beaver Dam, Wis., daughter of Sylvester and Marcella (Roark) Thoma. Helen went to school and spent her childhood in the Beaver Dam area. On March 2, 1943, she married Donald Quest in Richwood, Wis. Helen and Don farmed in Mud Lake until they bought a farm on Quest Road near Clyman, Wis. Together Helen and Don became parents of 11 children. In 1962, the family moved to Grand Junction where they continued farming until 1973. At that time, Helen and Don and their younger children moved to Anchorage, where they established the Magi-Clean carpet cleaning business. Their cabin property at Chickaloon was a source of enjoyment and relaxation for Helen and Don and their entire family. Countless friends were welcomed there. The Quests traveled extensively and enjoyed a vacation home in Hawaii for many years. Helen was a devoted wife and dearly loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved to cook, bake and can her garden produce, and was known for the honey she made from corncobs and wildflowers from Chickaloon. Needle-point, crafts and writing letters were among her many creative interests. Survivors include her husband, Donald; children, Carol Kocher (Bob) of Beaver Dam, James Quest (Rosila) of Anchorage, Ronald Quest (Joan) of Parachute, Colo., Susan Garner of Anchorage, Edward Quest (Pamela) of Pipe Creek, Texas, Eva Quest of Anchorage, Joseph Quest (Rhea) of Loma, Colo., Helen Kinsey of Anchorage, Kristine Paeth (David) of Anchorage, and David Quest of Eugene, Ore.; grandchildren, Donald and Edward Kocher, Kim Crummit, James Quest, Russell and Matthew Quest, Michael and Christopher Garner, Joseph Cline, Patrick Quest, Misty Gilbert, Amber Hill, Jason and Jamie Paeth, Tarren Stitchler, Janelle and Brandon Quest; great-grandchildren, Alahna, Adrian and Victoria Guthrie, Mackenzie and Schuyler Garner, Samantha and Elizabeth Garner, Sean Beliveau, and Christopher Cline, Travis and Justin Weldon, Kassidee Gilbert, Kaitlynn Lulay, and Mariah, Shannon, Taylor and Jordan Stitchler; and her sisters, Florence Riedl, Elizabeth Quest and Marian Kreuziger, all of Wisconsin. Helen was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Joseph; a son, Thomas; a grandson, Gregory Quest; and great-grandson, Devin Cline.
RAMIREZ Anchorage resident Phyllis A. Ramirez, 71, died of complications due to a brain tumor at Providence Extended Care on Aug. 2, 2010, surrounded by family and friends.A service will be at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 13, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church. She will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.Phyllis was born June 13, 1939, in Swords Creek, Va. Shortly after, the family moved to West Virginia, where she attended elementary through high school.While working in Washington, D.C., Phyllis met and fell in love with her husband of more than 47 years, and they began their beautiful journey through life together. Through the military they were stationed in Germany for four years, transferred to assignments in Maryland, Virginia and ended in Alaska, where they spent the last 38 years of their lives together raising a family and enjoying all that Alaska has to offer.She had a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration with a minor in accounting from Wayland Baptist University. She became a resident of Alaska in October of 1972. From 1975-1995 she worked as an accountant for the Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. She retired after 20 years of service and continued to work in an administrative capacity at Alaska Regional Hospital for Dr. Rai and Dr. Muffoletto from 1998-2008.Her family wrote, "Phyllis's greatest passion was her family, friends, being very involved with the Catholic Church, including as a Eucharistic minister with St. Anthony's and living life to the fullest. She could make your heart smile with her beautiful blue eyes and infectious hugs. She will be greatly missed by her family, friends, and all who came to know her."Phyllis was affiliated with St. Anthony's Catholic Church. Her hobbies included gardening, reading, sewing, ceramics, traveling and spending time with family and friends.Survivors include her husband of 47 years, Cipriano Ramirez; sons, William Reed and Anthony Ramirez; daughters, Monica Bryan and Veronica Schwankl; daughters-in-law, Kathy Reed and Kristen Ramirez; sons-in-law, Jay Bryan and Jim Schwanke; grandchildren, Timmy, Tommy, Anna Mae, Holli, Carter, Cody and Jason; sisters, Shelby, Mary, Peggy, Betty and Sue; brothers, L.C., Johnny, Billy and Jamie; brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, and many nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by her parents, Audrey E. Miller and Lemuel Cohen Miller.In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to a charity of one's choice.Arrangements are with Janssen's Evergreen Memorial Chapel.
RAMSEY Donald Lee Ramsey, 60, died of heart failure Dec. 22, 2005, at Providence Alaska Medical Center. He was buried Monday in a memorial service with full military honors at Fort Richardson National Cemetery. Mr. Ramsey was born June 17, 1945, in Decatur, Ga., and spent most of his adult life in Alaska. Almost 40 years ago, he moved to Anchorage shortly after getting out of the military. He was a Vietnam-era veteran. He served in the Navy from May 17, 1964, to March 23, 1967. Although he did many things, including owning a tackle shop at Anchor Point, he was proud to call himself a taxi driver. For many years, he worked as an independent contractor, driving fares all over the streets of Anchorage. Usually, his passengers got a good joke or story along with a ride. No one enjoyed humor or a witty turn of phrase more than Don Ramsey. He was a collector of jokes and loved to share them. He was also a prolific writer and self-educated. His family says he believed in speaking out against what he thought was wrong and would go to great lengths to make his point, sometimes at a huge personal cost. Although he struggled with diabetes and a thyroid condition, he enjoyed cooking for his sons, William and John. He loved trying gourmet recipes and sharing them with his friends and family. He was also known to take in homeless people, let them warm up in his apartment and feed them a good meal. Mr. Ramsey was a Pentecostal Christian. Singing gospel music and accompanying himself on the banjo was a source of strength and joy for him. Friends say he had a voice that was rough and sweet at the same time, with a haunting spirituality that came from another time and place. His family said: "His grandson, 'Little John,' brought him the most happiness. Ramsey never thought he'd live long enough to experience the joy of being a grandfather. Holding 'Little John' was his very favorite thing to do. "(We) will never forget his words. Every time one of (us) left his home or ended a phone conversation, he said, 'You know, I love you.' " Mr. Ramsey was preceded in death in 2005 by his wife, Carolyn Edwards Ramsey. He is survived by his sons, John, Evan and William, and grandson, John.
REISER Arlene Reiser, 42, died Nov. 27, 2003, at home in Anchorage, Alaska. Ms. Reiser was born Feb. 6, 1961, in Tyonek, Alaska. She is survived by her daughter, Kayla Reiser; grandson, Jeremiah Reiser; mother, Tania Bismark; sisters, Dorothy Bismark, Sharon Bismark, Alice Bismark, and Laura Bismark; brothers, Fred Bismark Jr., Steve Bismark, Robert Bismark, Stan Bismark, and Eugene Bismark; and many nieces and nephews.
RENK Emily Renk, 86, beloved wife, sister, mother, grandma and great-grandma, died peacefully Sunday, Aug. 8, 2010, in Big Lake, with Shirley by her side.She went to be with her Lord, family wrote.A service will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Kehl's Legacy Funeral Home, 11621 Old Seward Highway in Anchorage. Flowers are welcome. A graveside service will be at 2:30 p.m. at Angelus Memorial Park, off Klatt Road.Emily was born Oct. 2, 1923 in Chehalis, Wash., to Joseph and Emilie Marie Riebli. She was the 10th of 11 children.Raised in Randall, Wash., near Tacoma, it was there that she met Al, her husband of 63 years, while he was training her to take his place at Oakwood Dairy. Later, as Al's occupation in trucking kept him increasingly in Alaska, Emily, along with three young children, Bud, Lynnette and Joyce, flew up from Washington in October of 1952 to join him. Shirley and Jim completed the family over the next four years.Emily had a life full of love and happiness and adventures. She raised her family. Emily worked in the family businesses, Al Renk and Sons Trucking, Alaska Generator, and Howard's Gun Shop.Later, she retired to spend more time being a grandmother and great-grandmother. She and Al loved going to Hawaii. They traveled the Panama Canal, Mexico, and even Paris.One of her biggest joys was garage sales, often arriving before 8 a.m., patiently waiting to see what they had to offer. She loved trying new recipes. Her family was most important to her. Every two years, when the kids were younger, she would gather them up and drive or fly to Chehalis for the annual family reunion. As her children grew and had children of their own, she never missed a year, encouraging all her kids to go and taking whatever grandkids with her she could muster.She never forgot a birthday, anniversary, or any special occasion. Her life was her family; she was a devoted wife, mom, grandma and great-grandmother. She supported her husband and children in whatever ventures in life they wished to pursue. She was always a lady.She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Al; nine older brothers and sisters; her baby boy, Richard; and her great-granddaughter, Stephanie Russell.Emily is survived by her sister, Helen Robison of Centralia, Wash.; son, Bud Renk of Anchorage; daughters, Lynnette Payne, Joyce Spencer and son-in-law, Steve, of Fairbanks, Shirley Glass and son-in-law, John, of Houston, and son, Jim and daughter-in-law, Jo, of Wasilla; grandchildren, Heather Russell of Two Rivers, Mack Miessner and wife, Chelli, Lizy Stocker and spouse, Doug, all of Wasilla, Willow Canady and spouse, Brandon, of Peters Creek, and C.W. Payne and wife, Renee, of Flagstaff, Ariz., Josea, Drea, J.D., Josiah, Olga and Mosiah Renk, all of Wasilla; and 12 great-grandchildren Tyler, Hannah, Spencer Russell and Ty Albert Dale, Blake and Seth Miessner, Emily and Aubrey Stocker, Annelise and Madden Canady, Brody and Gavin Payne. She leaves over 30 nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews in the Washington area.Arrangements were made by Kehl's Legacy Funeral Home.
REZIC Mato Rezic died Aug. 5, 2010, at home in Anchorage at the age of 77 after fighting a long illness.A service will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at St. Benedict's Catholic Church, 8110 Jewel Lake Road.He was born April 10, 1933, in Siroki Brijeg in Bosnia.He married his wife of 46 years in Bosnia. He was a good and loving husband and father who cared for his family and provided for them as a mechanical engineer for the majority of his life.He came to America with his wife nine years ago and became an American citizen. He was loved by his family and friends and was a devoted husband and father. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and watching sports on television.He is survived by his wife, Stefanija Rezic; daughter, Ljiljana Rezic; son, Anto Rezic and wife Belinda; and his two grandchildren, all of Anchorage.Arrangements are with Evergreen Memorial Chapel.
RICE Emma Jean Rice, 76, of Anchorage, died July 26, 2010, at Providence Alaska Medical Center.A funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Alaskan Heritage Memorial Chapel, 440 E. Klatt Road. A private family inurnment will be at Fort Richardson National Cemetery at a later date.Emma was born Feb. 25, 1934, in Whitesville, W.Va., to Mr. and Mrs. Cantley. Emma moved to Alaska in the 1960s and worked for Humana Hospital in the nursery. She later worked as a heart monitor technician. She retired from Alaska Regional Hospital in 1997. Emma enjoyed crocheting, baking and raising her grandchildren.Her family said: "Emma was loved by everyone who met her. A grandmother to all and a provider to anyone who needed support, Emma's love was unconditional. She never expected anything in return from anyone. A community of loved ones and a zoo of cats and dogs will dearly miss her."In addition to her parents, Emma was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Rice.She is survived by her sons, Randy Rice and Kevin Rice; daughter, Brenda Rice; grandchildren, Tami Rice, Cody Rice, Katie Rice, Tina Rice, Curtis Rice, Dani Berlin, Kamalei Palmer, Emmit Williams, Kevin Rice Jr.; and extended family, Kayla Pusich, Mitch Edmondson and Tina Edmondson.In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Rice Family, 7724 Snow View Drive, Anchorage, 99507.Arrangements are with Alaskan Heritage Memorial Chapel of Anchorage;
ROADY Former Alaska resident Steve Alan Roady, 56, died Monday, Aug. 2, 2010, at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital in Yakima, Wash.A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Keith & Keith Funeral Home's Ninth Avenue Chapel. To share a memory, visit was born Nov. 28, 1953, in Yakima to Al and Jennie (Bock) Roady.Steve joined the Army at age 17, and served in Fairbanks. After serving two years, Steve returned to Washington to attend college. Steve then returned to Alaska, where he worked on the trans-Alaska oil pipeline for a short time and then became a real estate agent in Anchorage. He was a very successful agent in Alaska for nearly 25 years before moving to North Carolina. While in Alaska, Steve also worked with disabled children, a job he enjoyed immensely and where he was well liked.Steve was a very active person who enjoyed working and took great pride in his home and yard. He especially loved fishing, boating and camping with his family.Survivors include his sons, Christopher Roady of North Carolina and Kevin Roady of Wasilla; and parents, Al and Jennie Roady of Yakima.He was preceded in death by his brother, Lynn Roady.
ROBSON Mary Ann Robson, 61, died Aug. 1, 2003, at Providence Hospital in Anchorage, Alaska. Ms. Robson was born March 3, 1942, in Anchorage, Alaska. She is survived by her husband, Gerald E. Robson; children, Jerry, Monte, and Mike Robson; sisters, Ollie Hudson and Ruby Robson; and brother, Allan Dahl.
RONHOLDT Roy Fridiman Ronholdt Jr., 56, died July 27, 2004 at home in Anchorage. Mr. Ronholdt was born January 13, 1948 in Anchorage. He is survived by his sister, Roylene Ann (Ronholdt) McElroy; brothers, John Olaf Ronholdt and Robert Gerard Ronholdt; niece, Angela McElroy; and nephews, Bryan McElroy, Craig McElroy, Duane McElroy and Michael Otte.
ROSENBERG Marie Rosenberg, 70, died Aug. 24, 2003, at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska. Ms. Rosenberg was born April 4, 1933, in Eklutna, Alaska. She is survived by her husband, Gilbert Rosenberg; daughters, Theresa Hartman and Diane Buls; and son, Franklin Rosenberg.
ROTH Anchorage resident Mary Jean Roth ("Jean" to her family and friends), 79, died Aug. 9, 2010, at her home from complications due to a fractured hip.A family service is planned for Pinedale, Wyo., in the fall. No service is planned for Anchorage.Jean was born March 12, 1931, in Pinedale to James K. and Alice E. (Morrow) Harrower. The oldest of four children, she grew up in Pinedale and later attended the University of Wyoming.She married Bertram Roth in 1951. They lived in Wyoming, Iowa and Hawaii before settling in Houston, Texas, where they had three children. After her divorce, Jean and her children drove the Alaska Highway in 1974, settling in Anchorage.Jean retired from Alyeska Pipeline after 21 years as an accountant."She will be deeply missed," her family wrote.Jean maintained a lifelong interest in fine art, and continued to produce original oil paintings and sculpture while pursuing her career in accounting and raising her children. In her later years, she enjoyed gardening, reading, crossword puzzles and her four grandchildren. She prized her independence highly.Jean is survived by her three children, David (Julie) Roth of Manhattan, N.Y., Heather Kincaid of Hood River, Ore., and Douglas (Becky) Roth of Anchorage; four grandchildren, Payton and Makenna Kincaid, and Jonathan and Douglas Roth; two brothers, Bob Harrower of Pinedale and Jim (Denise) Harrower of Cederville, Calif.; one sister, Ruth (Pete) Arnold of Cheyenne, Wyo.; and many nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by her parents.Arrangements were by the Cremation Society of Alaska
RUDE Ernest Edward Rude, 66, died March 14, 2002, at Sunset Home Care, Inc. in Anchorage, Alaska. Mr. Rude was born Nov. 5, 1935, in Flat, Alaska. He is survived by his mother, Johanna Kerr; daughter and son-in-law, Ronalda Rude-Olivera and Tony Olivera; son and daughter-in-law, Dale and Colleen Rude; grandchildren, Amariah Olivera, Robert Olivera, Ryan Olivera, Shawn Olivera, Christopher Olivera, and Alexa Rude; sisters, Evelyn Jones and Dorothy Nitz; adopted sisters, Kathy Johnson, Joan Bennet, and MaryEllen; brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert and Virginia Rude, James and Denise Kerr, and Glen and Angela Kerr; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. Mr. Rude was preceded in death by his father, Herbert Rude, and his stepfather, Robert Kerr.
RUSSI Lifelong Alaska resident Gertrude S. "Gertie" Russi, 53, died March 10, 1995, at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Wash. A funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Evangelical Covenant Church, with visitation beginning at noon. The Rev. Nathan Toots will officiate. Burial will follow in Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery. Pallbearers include Gary, Glenn and Melvin Ivanoff, Samuel Shavings, Walter Dotomain and Rueban Noratuk. Mrs. Russi was born May 12, 1941, in Mekoryuk on Nunivak Island. She was the postmistress in Mekoryuk and moved to Anchorage in 1974. She worked for the U.S. Postal Service for many years in Mekoryuk and Anchorage and had volunteered at the Crisis Center in Anchorage. Mrs. Russi was a member of Evangelical Covenant Church and enjoyed knitting, crocheting, fishing and being with her grandchildren. Her family said: "Her smile and sense of humor will be greatly missed." Mrs. Russi is survived by her daughter, Caroline Ivanoff of Anchorage; three sons, Glenn Ivanoff of Anchorage, and Gary and Melvin Ivanoff of Mekoryuk; mother, Susie Shavings of Mekoryuk; three sisters, Lillian Shavings of Mekoryuk, and Marian Shavings and Karen Shavings-Stein of Anchorage; two brothers, Samuel and Silas Shavings of Mekoryuk; eight grandchildren, Jackie, Jamie, Mitchum, and Sidney Ivanoff, and Ian Alexander, all of Anchorage, Jessica Paul of Napaskiak, and Jordan and Jasmine Fitka, of Marshall; and many other relatives. She was preceded in death by her father, Harry, and brothers, Jim and Richard. Arrangements were handled by Evergreen Memorial Chapel.
RYAN Robert Eugene Ryan, 34, died June 17, 2003, in Columbus, Ohio. Mr. Ryan was born May 29, 1969, in Anchorage, Alaska. He is survived by his mother, Mary Jean Ryan; brother, Raymond Edward Ryan, Jr.; and stepsister, Dianna Lynn Gaskins;
SCHARPER Anchorage resident Elizabeth Sue Scharper, 76, died at Providence Alaska Medical Center Aug. 17, 2010.Friends are invited to the interment at 3 p.m. Friday at Fort Richardson National Cemetery. Meet at the main gate at 2:30 p.m. for escort onto the base. A celebration of life will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at AMVETS Post 2, 855 E. 38th Ave., next to the University Center mall.She was born July 18, 1934, in Mountain View, Ark.Sue was the beloved wife of 54 years of Fred L. Scharper. They moved to Alaska in 1954 when Fred was stationed at Fort Richardson. They fell in love with Alaska and never left.Sue was a lifetime charter member of AMVETS Auxiliary Post 2, Antique Auto Mushers of Alaska, Auto Mushers of America and the "Alaska Territorially Calvary Motorized." Sue enjoyed her sewing, gardening and carrying for her dog Rosie."She will be missed and I love her," her husband wrote.She is survived by her husband, Fred; sister, Erlene Hinkle; and brother, John Fisher. She is also survived by Linda Farrisj, Madeline Stratton, Carol Jane Rathrovani, Joan Hawkins, Regina Wilson, Gary Foster, Jerry Foster and Rhonda Conrad; and by numerous nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by her sister, Blondie Seafers; and her parents, Roxie and Thurman Foster. The family prefers memorials be made to your local cancer society.


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


Thompson Sihakhoth, 76, Anchorage resident Thompson Sihakhoth, 76, died Oct. 5, 2005, at Providence Alaska Medical Center of natural causes. The Buddhist Association will conduct a funeral at 1 p.m. Sunday, with visitation from noon-1 p.m., at Kehl's Forest Lawn Mortuary. His sons and grandsons will act as pallbearers. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are being accepted at Republican National Committee, 310 First St. S.E., Washington, DC 20003. Mr. Sihakhoth was born Dec. 10, 1928, in Laos. He was educated in Laos. In 1981, he graduated from welding and electronic assembly course at Educational Cultural Complex in San Diego. He served as a captain in the Laotian army for 24 years. He moved to Alaska in 1983. He worked as a porter for Caterair, from which he retired in 1996. He loved to garden and plant flowers and occasionally played bingo. His family said: "Thompson Siharhoth was a brave and honorable father who taught his family how to become good, respectful, honest, loving and hardworking people. He was known for always helping out others." Mr. Sihakhoth is survived by his wife, Pay Sihakhoth; sons, Phimphila, Viengsavanh, Ace, Kongsavanh, Chantaakhath and Vasana Sihakhoth; daughter, Amphaphone Sihakhoth; grandsons, Christopher, Michael, Whilesky, George, Phonesavanh and Brendon; and granddaughter, Charoulavan, all of Anchorage.
SMITH Jo Smith, 57 Eagle River resident Joellen "Jo" Smith, 57, died Aug. 15, 2005, at Mile 174 Parks Highway. A visitation will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Saint Andrew's Catholic Church in Eagle River, with a service at 2 p.m. Pallbearers include Aaron and Jason Smith, Jim and Jess Richey, Chris Rogers and Ben Langham. Cremation will be after the funeral service. Mrs. Smith was born July 1, 1948, in Greenfield, Ind., to James and Katherine Richey. She attended St. Michael's Parochial School and graduated from Greenfield High School in 1967. In 1968, she married Ronald Smith at Lake Heath air base in England. They came to Alaska in 1969 and started a family. "She was proud to be a mother," her family wrote. "She made her family a priority by staying home and raising four children. Later, she worked at the Family Health Center in Eagle River for 18 years, and the state of Alaska Office of Child Services in Anchorage. "She faithfully attended Saint Andrew's Catholic Church, where she served as a Eucharistic minister and sang in the choir. She enjoyed spending time with family, reading, playing cards, walking and praying the rosary. "Jo was a beloved mother, grandmother and friend. She was a beautiful woman who was blessed with a caring heart. She was encouraging, a great listener and a fun-loving person. Our mother will be deeply missed by all who knew her." Mrs. Smith is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Shawn and Chris Rogers of Anchorage and Leigh and Ben Langham of Kenai; sons, Aaron Smith and Jason Smith of Eagle River; grandchildren, Fischer, Gunner and Rivers Rogers of Anchorage, and Gavin Langham of Kenai; brothers, Jimmy and Jess Richey of Greenfield; sisters, Cass Hewitt of Fortville, Ind., and Jeanette Richey of Greenfield. She was preceded in death by her parents. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to National Alliance on Mental Illness of Anchorage Affiliate, P.O. Box 243302, Anchorage 99524 in memory of Jo Smith. Arrangements are with Evergreen Memorial Chapel.
SMITH Mary Smith, 79 , Lifelong Alaskan Mary Pauline (Arnatqang) Smith, 79, died peacefully in her sleep Aug. 18, 2005, at home in Anchorage, with family members at her side. She had fought a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. A funeral will be Thursday at Mekoryuk Evangelical Covenant Church. Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday at Anchorage Funeral Home, 1800 Dare Ave. Born April 27, 1926, in Mekoryuk on Nunivak Island, she was married to Peter Smith Sr. of Nunivak Island for 53 years and proudly raised 16 children. They were missionaries from 1958 to 1964 for the Evangelical Covenant Church of Alaska, and served in Nome, Hooper Bay, Mekoryuk and Anchorage. She worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs as a chef and enjoyed living a traditional subsistence lifestyle in Mekoryuk. Her family recalled that her favorite pastimes included creating beautiful Native crafts and quoting scripture from the Bible for her family members. Mary's favorite scriptures were John 14:1-2 and Psalms 23. She was preceded in death by her husband, Peter Smith Sr.; sons, Abraham and Peter Jr.; brothers, Jimmy, Martin and Ted; sister, Josephine Shavings; and uncle, Tom Dotomain. Mrs. Smith is survived by her aunt, Susie Shavings; niece, Edna Mathlaw; son, Richard Davis; brothers, Jesse Moses and Joseph Moses Sr.; sons and daughters-in-law, Samuel, Dale Sr. and Alice, Ishmael and Viva, and Davis, all of Mekoryuk, Showalter Sr. and Grace of Eagle River, Joshua and Alice Mathlaw, Luke and Mary, Miller and his companion Joyce Haynes, Jimmy and Chrystal, and Johnny; and daughters and sons-in-law, Margie and Joseph David, and Lola and Robert Ferguson, all of Anchorage, Grace and James Harrod of Kodiak, and Marion and Gene Scarzella of France. "Mary was also a proud grandmother of 42 grandchildren and great-grandmother of 39 great-grandchildren," her family said. "Mary is survived by many relatives and it may be that not all have been mentioned, but she embraced every one of them. Mary touched many lives throughout Alaska and will fondly be remembered for her beautiful smile." In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in memory of Mrs. Smith to Wells Fargo Bank of Anchorage or to the family through Anchorage Funeral Home.

Valerie Ann Smith, 37, died Feb. 16, 2001, at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska. She was born Aug. 2, 1963, in Anchorage, Alaska. She is survived by her son Jedediah Ian Smith; father Leroy G. Boies Sr.; brother Leroy Boies Jr.; and sisters, Jennifer Coughlin, Debra Morris and Denise Morris.
SNYDER Corinne M. Snyder, 75, died April 20, 2003, at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska. Ms. Snyder was born to Anna and Roy Snyder Sr. in Nome, Alaska, and was the oldest of five children. She loved to bake and entertain family and friends. She was a past employee of the U.S. Post Office and ACS. She is survived by her sister, Roberta Reyes; brothers, Roy Snyder Jr. and Charles Snyder; as well as other family members.
STARK Former Anchorage resident Bobbie Sue Stark, 71, died peacefully Aug. 2, 2010, at her home in Las Vegas after a courageous battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.A funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Evergreen Memorial Chapel, 737 E St. Longtime friend Raymond Torres will give the eulogy. Burial will be at Anchorage Memorial Cemetery. Family and friends will gather from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the AGC building, 8005 Schoon St. In addition to flowers, please consider making a contribution to the ALS Association to further research for this dreadful disease.Bobbie was born Sept. 15, 1938, in Morrilton, Ark., to John Henry and Serena Shirley (Kirtley) Patterson.In 1958, Bobbie moved to Alaska, where she raised her family and was a very successful businesswoman. She was incredibly independent and business-minded throughout her life. Bobbie was the owner of Bobbie Jack Trucking Inc. in Anchorage for more than 25 years. She owned and managed several businesses prior to that. Bobbie Stark, fondly referred to as "Bobbie Jack," is very well known and admired in the local trucking industry.She retired, and she and her husband Ray moved to Las Vegas in 2007. She was diagnosed with ALS last year. Ray cared for her throughout her illness. He was her very loving and compassionate caretaker during her final months.Bobbie's family wrote: "Bobbie Sue Stark was a great lady, a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin "Cuz" and friend. She will be remembered as one very remarkable woman who was cherished and loved by many. May she rest in peace until we are united again."She is survived by her husband, Ray Thomas; daughter, Michelle S. Chargois of Las Vegas; daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Kevin Monaghan of Anchorage; stepson and daughter-in-law, Jason and Sabrina Thomas; grandchildren, Robert, Dalton, Jeffrey, Jennifer, Jamie, Molly, Sarah, Tommy, Taylor and Eryn; and four great-grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law, Danny and Stella Patterson; nieces, Sabrina and Bobbie Patterson; nephews, Roland Patterson and James "Duckey" Patterson; her "babies," Patches and Buddy; plus extended family members including cousins, Joyce Anderson, Chuck Stretch, Floyd Stretch, Sunny Mitchell, Ed Lewis and Don Lewis; and many, many friends in our local community and the Las Vegas area.Bobbie was preceded in death by her parents; an infant son; her daughter, Terri (Shirley) Yip; and her brothers, Jay and Billie Patterson.

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

STINEBURG Myron William F. Stineburg, 49, of Anchorage, Alaska died April 30, 1999 at his home. Mr. Stineberg was born December 22, 1951 in Palmer, Alaska. He is survived by his son Lonnie W. Stineberg; mother Elizabeth Mills (Ezi); sisters Rebecca and Kristina Stineberg, Maria Coleman, Bernice May, Jeraldine and Beverly Mills; brothers Sam, David, Henry and Mike Stineburg, James, Lundy and Benjamin Mills; uncles Jim and Sam Ezi.
SWARTS Anchorage resident William Lane Swarts, 67, died Feb. 6, 2006, at home of pancreatic cancer. A service will be at 4 p.m. Friday at the Alaska Laborers Union Hall, 2501 Commercial Drive. Mr. Swarts was born Oct. 9, 1938, in Windsor, Ontario, to Roswell and Mary Swarts. He graduated from Hope College in Michigan. From 1957 to 1959, he served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany with Elvis Presley, his family said. In 1974, Mr. Swarts moved to Ketchikan, then to Anchorage in 1975. He joined the Laborers Union in 1975 while working on the trans-Alaska oil pipeline. He also worked at Alaska Village Electric Cooperative, Dowl Engineers and the Alaska Laborers Union Training School from 1998 until a week before his death. Mr. Swarts was an election judge for the Laborers Union. He retired from the union in November 1999. Mr. Swarts enjoyed commercial fishing for herring out of Unalakleet from 1980 to '85. He was a volunteer math tutor for his sons' classes in elementary school. He also enjoyed carpentry and playing the drums and electric and acoustic guitars. His family writes: "Jack of all trades, master of many, he had every tool a neighbor could need. Bill was in his element connecting with children of all ages. He played Santa for years at the Laborers Union annual family party. He was a wonderful example for kids in the neighborhood, creating lasting bonds with many. He will be missed dearly by family, co-workers, neighbors and friends, as he brought light into everyone's heart." Mr. Swarts is survived by his wife, Aileen Swarts of Anchorage; daughter, Carrie Yanders of Citrus Heights, Calif.; sons, Lane and Drew Swarts, both of Anchorage; grandsons, Jacob and Zachary Yanders, both of Citrus Heights; brother and sister-in-law, Raymond and Carla Swarts of Verdi, Nev.; sister, Kim Zimmerman, and nephew, Adam Zimmerman of New Mexico; aunt, Velma Swarts of Canada; and cousins, Kevin, Dennis, Randy and Bradley Swarts, all of Canada. His cremains will be scattered at Kenai Lake. Arrangements were by Anchorage Funeral Home and Crematory.
TADGERSON KATHLEEN TADGERSON, April 17, 1987 Page: B8 Record Number: 198635 Services for Kathleen Agnes Tadgerson, infant daughter of Thomas and Ruth Tadgerson of Anchorage, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Witzleben Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Sixth Avenue Chapel, with the Rev. Anthony Patalano officiating. Kathleen died April 14 at Humana Hospital, Alaska. She was born in Anchorage on March 4, 1987. She is also survived by her brothers, Wayne, of Anchorage, and Shawn, of Fairbanks; her sisters, Thomasina and Shana, both of Fairbanks; and her maternal grandparents, Matthew and Lucy James of Tununak. Burial will be at Angelus Memorial Park
THOMPSON Billy Eugene Thompson, 59, died Aug. 2, 2010, in Phoenix, Ariz.A visitation will be at 1 p.m., with a funeral at 2 p.m., Saturday at Norris Funeral Home, 1500 Kings Mountain Road, Martinsville, Va. Interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery.Born Nov. 8, 1950, in Martinsville, Va., Billy proudly served for 22 years in the U.S. Air Force, retiring as a senior master sergeant.Billy enjoyed spending time with friends, fishing and hunting while living in Anchorage for 17 years. Billy was forever grateful to his friend, Nancy Eubank, for her overwhelmingly generous kidney donation.He was preceded in death by his mother, Mildred Whitlow Thompson.He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Michelle (Lapergola) and his beloved dog, MoJoe; his father, Ford Thompson; brother, Jimmy Thompson; sisters, Patsy Thompson and Kathy Coeburn (Barry); his mother-in-law, Claire Lapergola; and many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and in-laws. Billy will be sadly missed by his nieces and nephews, Ryan Perry, Bridget Lawrence, Jacob and Sydney Handy, Tony Mike Ludovici, Conor (Gina) and Christopher O'Grady, A.J. and Christian Lapergola, Sarah, Hannah and Abby Pottieger, Jake Lapergola, Bobby and Nicole Coccia.In lieu of flowers, contributions in Billy's memory may be made to the Arizona Kidney Foundation , 4203 East Indian School Road, Suite 140, Phoenix, AZ 85018. To submit online condolences, please visit
TINDALL Corey Taylor Tindall, 16, died in a tragic airplane crash Aug. 9, 2010, in the mountains outside Dillingham.A memorial reception will be held at 3 p.m. Monday at the Dena'ina Center in Anchorage.She was born Nov. 19, 1993, in Anchorage.Corey was an exceptional student at South High, excelling in debate and carrying a 4.0 grade point average. She planned to pursue a career in medicine, and was a volunteer at the NICU at Providence Alaska Medical Center.More important to her family and friends, though, was Corey's joy for life. She was a happy, creative, artistic young woman who was always looking for a way to liven up a day and amuse herself and her friends. Anyone who knew Corey has a story of a great joke or a perfect prank she played.Corey was a voracious reader, and enjoyed cooking, fishing and playing the guitar. She was fortunate enough to travel to Europe and the Caribbean, and delighted in learning about new cultures.She also loved her dogs, Miley and Mozzy, and her pet mice, Thelma and Louise.At its heart, Corey's life was about her love for her family and friends. Her brother Connor was her closest friend and partner in crime. She and her mother shared a special bond, spending intimate and happy times together. She and her Dad John were inseparable on weekends and are the only two persons to share the secret recipe for "Day after Nuclear Chili." Any who knew her thought she was, and would always be, "Daddy's little girl," and her father referred to her as "the light of my life."Corey also shared deep and loving relationships with her stepparents. Her stepmother, Mary, said: "Corey was my best friend and I adored her. We loved spending time together having 'girls day' shopping, getting pedicures, having lunch. We were fortunate enough to spend her 16th birthday together in Seattle for a special girls' trip. She was in every way (except biologically) my daughter. I will always treasure the time I spent with her."Corey had a nickname for her stepfather Virgil: "Virgie." They enjoyed teasing each other and Corey usually got in the last "dig."Corey was one of the most accomplished debaters in South High School history. She was named the 2008/2009 MVP of the South Anchorage HS DDF team, and was elected to be the team interpretation captain for the 2010/2011 season. She had most recently achieved first place overall (with teammate Bexley Brown) and second best speaker in British Parliamentary Debate at the 2010 Northern Lights Tournament at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Her list of accomplishments was impressive, including rising to fifth on the all-time "wins" list in individual events (speech and acting) by her sophomore year. She achieved an overall record of 28-13 (68.29 percent) in 2009-10.She took first place in Public Forum Debate (with teammate Tavish Logan) at the 2009/2010 Homer High School Tournament; third place in Humorous Interpretation at the 2009-2010 Homer tournament; and fourth place overall and fifth best speaker in Lincoln Douglas Debate at the 2010 Alaska State Championships.To honor Corey's life and her competition in debate, the annual South High School award for MVP in DDF will be named The Corey Tindall MVP Award for all years going forward, according to debate coach Shawn Briscoe.Corey's mother, Dana Tindall, also died in the airplane crash.Corey is survived by her brother, Connor Tindall; her father, John Tindall; her stepmother, Mary Tindall; her stepfather, Virgil Peachey; her maternal grandparents, Grant and Sandy Russell; and her many beloved aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.In lieu of flowers, donations to the South High debate program through the Corey Tindall Memorial Speech & Debate Fund Inc. would make Corey happy. Donations to the fund can be made at any Northrim Bank branch.Arrangements are with Janssens Evergreen Memorial Chapel,
TINDALL Dana Tindall, 48, died in a plane crash with her beloved daughter, Corey, 16, on Aug. 9, 2010.A celebration of her life and accomplishments will be held at 5 p.m. Monday at the Dena'ina Center.As one of Alaska's most influential businesswomen and public policy leaders, and as a remarkable mother, wife, friend, artist and leader, Dana Tindall had a profound impact on the people she touched and the issues she championed. A visionary and brilliant advocate, she shaped Alaska's telecommunications policies and structure for decades.For more than 20 years, Dana Tindall led multiple successful efforts to transform telecommunications policy in Alaska. Her tremendous strategic skills together with her dynamic leadership resulted in significant changes in Alaska's and the nation's telecommunication laws and regulations. She served with distinction in numerous positions at GCI, including as senior vice president of legal, regulatory and governmental affairs.In so many ways, Alaska has been positively affected by Dana's work. She directed the statewide voter initiative campaign to bring competitive in-state long distance telephone service to Alaska, and under her leadership more than 25 percent of Alaska's registered voters signed the initiative. She then successfully negotiated the legislation that opened up Alaska to competitive in-state long distance telecommunication services.Believing strongly that competition best serves the interests of Alaskans, Dana also championed efforts to open local telephone markets. Her successful work has provided multiple additional benefits to hundreds of thousands of Alaskans.Understanding the crucial role of telecommunications in Alaska, Dana worked effectively to achieve universal service policies at both the state and national levels that have made telecommunications throughout the state more affordable.First and foremost, good public policy was Dana's unwavering North Star and one of the reasons that she was so effective. Dana masterfully built hardworking, diverse and highly effective teams that she treated with respect, generosity, compassion and fierce loyalty. In turn, her employees and contractors were deeply loyal to her.Above all, her family was the most important part of her life. Her two children, Connor and Corey, together with her husband, Virgil, were the sources of her greatest happiness and pride. Together they traveled extensively, engaged in thoughtful and lively discussions, provided tremendous support to one another, laughed a lot, watched movies, enjoyed Alaska, raised wonderful dogs and cats, danced, listened to music, built a house and learned from one another. They truly loved one another, and that love was evident and inspiring to all.Dana was born Nov. 20, 1961, in Moses Lake, Wash. As a child she lived in central Florida, where her love for animals first became obvious. Among Dana's pets were peacocks, a monkey, a parrot, numerous parakeets and flying squirrels. In 1970, the family moved to Midland, Mich., where Dana attended primary school and graduated from Midland High School in 1979. During high school, Dana was active in art and student government and was a National Merit Scholar.Dana graduated from the University of Michigan, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics with high distinction, a master's degree in public policy, and many honors.Among her numerous public service contributions, Dana was a board member for the Anchorage Economic Development Corp. and a board member for the University of Alaska Economic Education program. Dana also was an adjunct professor at Alaska Pacific University, and was recognized as one of Alaska's Top 40 under 40.A gifted artist, Dana was a highly skilled potter and generously donated her work to many organizations and friends. Her internal and external beauty extended to her art.Dana will be deeply missed, but her accomplishments, her spirit and her love will persevere.She is survived by her husband, Virgil Peachey; her son, Connor Tindall; her parents, Grant and Sandra Russell; her sister, Linda Steidtmann; her brother, Ryan Russell; and nieces and nephews.Dana specifically wanted her celebration of life to be joyful and casual (with casual clothes), and hoped that people to whom she had given her artwork would bring these together for others to see and share as a memorable expression of her.In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Covenant House, 609 F St., Anchorage 99501.

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

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


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

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

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