Miscellaneous Obituaries from Faribanks North Star Borough
ALDERMAN - Dorothy Marie Alderman, 97, died March 27, 2005, at Providence Horizon House in Anchorage, Alaska. Ms. Alderman was born March 17, 1908, in Eagle, Alaska. She is survived by her daughter, Muriel A. Brooks.
BELIO - Juanita D. Belio, 59, died May 22, 2004 at home in Wasilla, Alaska. Ms. Belio was born July 31, 1944 in Fairbanks, Alaska. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Terri and Craig Houston. According to her family, her fondest memories were of homesteading in Eagle River Valley and she enjoyed spending time with family and friends.
BETANCOURT - Deborah L. Betancourt, 42 died Oct. 2, 2003, at home in Anchorage, Alaska. Ms. Betancourt was born April 13, 1961, in Fairbanks, Alaska. She is survived by her son, Justin Monette; grandson, Zachary Monette; father and stepmother, Stanley and Carmen Betancourt; sister, Roberta Garrett; and brother, Robert Betancourt.
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.
BRYAN - Douglas Bryan, 61, died Aug. 28, 2004, at the Hotel Villa Mexicana in Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, Mexico. Mr. Bryan was born Sept. 15, 1942, in Fairbanks, Alaska. He is survived by his daughter, Daria Bryan; sister, Grace Bryan; and companion, Patricia J. Morillo.
CLEVELAND - Howard P. Cleveland, Sr., 72, of Fairbanks, Alaska died Sept. 29, 1998 at the Fairbanks Memorial Hospital. Mr. Cleveland was born Jan. 31, 1925 in Selawik, Alaska. He is survived by his daughter Betty Ketzler; sons Benno Cleveland and Howard Cleveland 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.
FALLERT - Father Francis J. Fallert, S.J., 71, died Saturday morning in his sleep at the Jesuit Residence, 2890 N. Kobuk St., Fairbanks, of complications of leukemia, for which he was being treated. 14 There will be a Rosary on Monday at 7 p.m. at Chapel of Chimes in Fairbanks. Funeral Mass will be on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Fairbanks. Burial will be Thursday in Tununak. Father Fallert was born May 6, 1919, and entered the Society of Jesus on Aug. 14, 1940, in Sheridan, Wash., where he began his course of studies for priesthood. He was ordained to the priesthood on June 21, 1952, and served most of his priestly life in rural Alaska. Father Fallert's most recent assignments have been in the Nelson Island villages of Toksook Bay, Tununak and Newtok. He has served as former Superior of the Society of Jesus in Alaska and had been dedicated to the development of Copper Valley School in Glennallen, where he served as administrator from 1964 to 1966. Father Fallert is survived by three sisters, Eleanor Gooley of Harrington, Wash., and Rosella Acherman and Katherine Yarwood of Spokane, Wash.
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.
FRAZIER - Frances D. Frazier, 81, died Feb. 2, 2004, at her niece’s home in Anchorage, Alaska. Ms. Frazier was born July 2, 1923, in Fairbanks, Alaska. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, John and Jan Frazier; granddaughters, Kim Gober and Amy Johnson; grandson, Matthew Frazier; nieces, Jeane Hull, Hilda Vandergrift, Erica Jocobsson, Deidre Viera, Frieda Bosette, June Jardine, Valerie Gallegos, Chrissy Jacobsson, and Regina Depperman; nephew, John Jacobsson; aunt, Hannah Solomon; and more than 50 great-nieces and nephews.
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.
HARPER - Walter Hudson Harper, 80, died March 20, 2005, at Mt. Edgecombe Hospital in Sitka, Alaska. He was born May 1, 1924, in Fairbanks, Alaska. He is survived by his sisters, Mary E. Denton and Constance H. Paddock; and brother, Donald A. Harper.
LEE - Robert E. Lee Jr. passed away at his home in Manley Hot Springs on Dec. 16, 2009, in the arms of his beloved wife, Lisa. He was born in Grand Marais, Minn., on Aug. 15, 1943, to Robert Sr., (Senior) and Betty (Elizabeth) Lee. There he attended high school and was a lead basketball player for the Vikings, graduating in 1961. He went on to Northland College in Ashland, Wisc., where he obtained a bachelor of science degree in accounting. Bob came to Alaska in 1965 with his first wife, Susan Lee. He worked for Pete Mulligan-Mitchell and Carnation as an accountant. He became an officer in the Alaska State Troopers in 1967, walking a beat in Fairbanks. He often recounted his experiences as a public safety officer during the 1967 Fairbanks Flood. Everyone who knew Bob has heard him tell, "When I was a trooper" stories. Later, his accounting expertise was put to work in the administrative offices of the Alaska State Troopers. In October 1971, son David Lee was born to Bob and Susan in Fairbanks. In 1970, Susan found the Roadhouse and Bob began his lifelong involvement with Manley Hot Springs, when he and his partners, Jim Boa and DeMarco purchased Manley Roadhouse. Shortly afterward, Jim passed away. Bob became the sole proprietor and spent the rest of his life living and working in the community. Bob became the town's postmaster in the mid-1970s. He maintained that position to the end of his life. He was just paving the way to retire from the post office when he passed away. In 1979, Bob bought the Manley Trading Post. The post office was moved to the store, where it remains today. After two previous marriages, Bob met Lisa Lee Owens, the love of his life. They were married in a beautiful ceremony at the Manley Roadhouse. He literally lit up when she walked into the room, and many people heard him say how happy she made him. She was the rock and rose in his life. Bob always was a community-minded person. As a teenager, he helped care for a friend who was in an accident until Bob himself was injured. In Manley Hot Springs, Bob was an active board member of the Manley Park Association for many years. In 1982, he was elected to the board of directors of the newly chartered Manley Hot Springs Community Association. He served for 27 years, the last 18 as president, retiring just this past fall. Bob Lee was a giant of a man in Manley Hot Springs, both physically and as a member of the community. He shouldered the complaints that go with leadership well. His presence made us feel safer. He supported many community activities across the years. He hosted some of the best community get-togethers and helped us all create treasured memories. We will hold Robert in our hearts and memories for a long, long time. Bob is preceded in death by his father, Robert Lee Sr.; mother, Elizabeth (Betty) Lee; and son, David Lee. Bob is survived by his wife, Lisa Lee of Manley Hot Springs; stepsons Trampes (Lynnette) Woellert of Manley, Heath (Danielle) and Nicholas (Kimberly) Woellert of Fairbanks; brother Bill(Betty) Lee of Carlton, Minn.; his nephews, Ryan (Brooke) and Nicholas Lee; and one niece, Jessica Lee, all of Minnesota; Uncle Dick and Aunt Rill Evans of Bradenton, Fla.; and grandchildren Robert E. Lee, Alexis, Kalli, Roshell, Lochlann, Kailah, Makenzi, Dillen and Lisa Lee. A public viewing will be held at Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home on Tuesday, Dec. 22nd, from 12-3 p.m. Bob's ashes will be buried in at the Manley Hot Springs Cemetery on Jan. 5, 2010, in the afternoon. Arrangements were by Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home
QUEST - 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.
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