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BitterIrene Louise ( -

First published in the Anchorage Daily News on Jan 14, 2022

Irene Louise Bitter

Sep 14, 1926 -

Dec 18, 2021

Irene Louise Bitter passed away peacefully on Dec. 18, 2021, at the age of 95 years old, in Vancouver, Wash. Born in Savannah, Ga., on Sept. 14, 1926. She had three sisters and two brothers, so growing up was never a dull moment.

Irene married John Bitter, a military man who took her around the world for 33 years. Irene was the heart of her home, and she made her home in each new place she lived. She enjoyed traveling and spending time at the beach. Irene had an eye for fashion, she loved dressing up and always looking her best. Anyone who knew Irene would agree that she could take any plain article of clothing and make it look like a million bucks. She was a firm believer that makeup and jewelry completed the outfit. She made Anchorage, Alaska, her home for 30 years before moving south to Oregon, Idaho, and finally Washington. She was a Warrior for Christ, and all that knew her knew of her love for God. She was a faithful servant, always spreading the gospel everywhere she went. Irene looked forward to the Lord's coming and always believed she would be part of the rapture, though her body got tired, and the Lord brought her home to be with him. She is now dancing on the streets of gold, singing and praising her Savior, and reuniting with her husband.

She is survived by siblings, Virginia and Leo Holliday; three daughters, Elaine Fuehrer, Sally Roudebush and Susan Wendel; seven grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. She was greatly loved by her family and will be deeply missed; she impacted the lives of all around her.

BlugaughVivian Deacon ( -

First published in the Anchorage Daily News on Jan 16, 2022

Vivian Deacon Blugaugh

Jul 10, 1959 -

Nov 28, 2021

Vivian Deacon Blubaush was born on July 10, 1959, in Anchorage, Alaska, to Henry and Dolly Deacon of Holikachuk, Alaska. The community of Holikachuk moved from the Innoko River to the new village of Grayling in 1962. There she attended the Bureau of Indian Affairs school and later graduated from Mt. Edgecumbe High School in Sitka. She attended Bates Technical School in Tacoma, Wash., and was certified in the culinary arts.

She was an adventurous and meticulous cook and wasn't afraid to try new dishes. Her mother said Vivian made the best homemade mushroom soup and tasty fish dishes. She was knowledgeable when it came to the proper knives and cooking equipment, and was the go-to person for advice on the best brands. One of her first jobs was traveling up and down the Yukon River to the Bering Sea as a cook for the Yutana Barge Lines. She enjoyed traveling on the river but did not like the Bering Sea portion.

She is survived by her husband, Robert Blugaugh; daughter, Robin; sisters, Shirley Clark, Edith Brown, Mary Shanigan, Eleanor Sanbei, Debra Deacon, Rebecca Shellikoff and Carol Liebrich; and brothers, Steven Deacon and Nelson Deacon.

She was preceded in death by parents, Henry and Dolly Deacon; brothers, Henry, John and Rodney Deacon; and brothers-in-law, George Shellikoff and Joel Sanbei.

Her ashes will be spread in California at her favorite camping sites. A celebration of life will be held in Anchorage at a later date.

She was a devoted mother and traveled all over the Lower 48 to get help for her daughter. She lived in Grayling; Anchorage; Tacoma; St. Louis; Portland; and Redding, Calif.

BraggBryan ( -

First published in the Anchorage Daily News on Jan 16, 2022

Bryan Bragg

Jul 15, 1963 -

Nov 25, 2021

Longtime Alaska resident Bryan Bragg passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Nov. 25, 2021. His passing has left a gaping hole in the hearts of those he leaves behind.

Bryan was born on July 15, 1963, in Montecello, Utah, and moved to Alaska with his family in June 1969. He attended Anchorage Christian School and Dimond High School.

Bryan worked as a carpenter and construction worker and traveled the state extensively in that capacity. He enjoyed watching any and all sports, fishing, hanging out with his buddies and, most of all, being a father to his daughter, Skyla Kimball. She was his greatest joy and his greatest achievement.

Bryan was preceded in death by his father, Donald Bragg; and three brothers, Jerry, Mike and Scott. He is survived by his daughter, Skyla Kimball; mother, Naoma Bragg; sisters, Terri Leman, Nola Fletcher (Lance), Pam Peterson (Greg) and Vicki Ferguson; nieces and nephews too numerous to name, but whom he loved very much; and a slew of lifelong friends. He also leaves his honorary second mother, Jeri Wik.

A memorial service will be held summer 2022.

BraspenninckxShirley ( -

First published in the Anchorage Daily News on Jan 12, 2022

Shirley Braspenninckx

Dec 31, 1935 -

Jan 2, 2022

Shirley (Erdmann) Braspenninckx passed away on Jan. 2, 2022, with family at her side. She ultimately succumbed to Alzheimer's and a recent diagnosis of cancer.

She was born on Dec. 31, 1935, in Brookside, Wis., to Archie and Agnes Erdmann. Shirley married Harold "Hal" Braspenninckx on Dec. 31, 1957, in Dubuque, Iowa.

Because of her husband's military service, they moved 22 times during his career and lived in places such as Kansas, Maryland, Alabama, Pennsylvania, Germany, and Alaska. In Germany, they lived in Hanau, Mannheim, and Stuttgart, which was her favorite place. While stationed in Germany, she was able to see President Kennedy when he visited the military in Frankfurt. Shirley and Hal took the troop train from Frankfurt to Berlin traveling through East Germany. During her life, Shirley visited all 50 states and 37 countries.

After the family moved to Alaska in 1973, Shirley worked for the Anchorage School District for 27 years, retiring in 2000. After her retirement, she did volunteer work with the AARP Driving Program for eight years as an Instructor and District Coordinator. Hal and Shirley also volunteered with Friends of Nike Site Summit because of Hal's extensive knowledge through his position in the military as a nuclear surety officer during the Cold War era. Shirley was also a member of the Alaska Prospectors for many years.

Shirley is survived by her husband of 64 years, Hal Braspenninckx. She is also survived by her children, Natalie Zellner (Roger), Nathan Braspenninckx (Dani) and Barb Wilson (Mike); four grandchildren, Elizabeth Zellner, Jennifer Zellner (Matt), Shaun Wilson (Lynne) and Lexi Wilson; and two great grandchildren, Zoey and Gus Wilson. Additional survivors are her nieces, Brenda Virtues and Lisa Rajkovich.

The family would like to extend their sincere appreciation and gratitude to Shauna Stepp, a close family friend and Shirley's caregiver for all the love, support, care and compassion during Shirley's illnesses. They would also like to thank the Baxter Senior Living staff for all their support and care.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Archie and Agnes Erdmann; and sister, Darlene Virtues.

Services will be held at a later date and Shirley will ultimately be buried at Fort Richardson National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family ask that donations be made in Shirley's memory to the Alzheimer's Resource of Alaska, 1750 Abbott Road, Anchorage, AK 99507; or Friends of Nike Site Summit – FONSS, c/o Alaska Community Foundation, 3201 C Street, Suite 110, Anchorage, AK 99503.

CarlosFrances ( -

First published in the Anchorage Daily News on Jan 12, 2022

Frances Carlos

Jan 10, 1937 -

Dec 28, 2021

Frances "Fran" Mae Urwin Carlos, 84, of Chugiak, Alaska, passed away on Dec. 28, 2021, from Alzheimer's complications. She was a resident at the Chugiak Senior Center since 2007. Fran was born in Manila, Utah, and was the youngest of 10 children to Joseph P. Urwin and Mildred Blanche Deck.

She was a lifelong member of The Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Church and a current membership with the Bear Mountain Ward. She taught primary classes during the 1970s, and volunteered her time as the church needed.

She was a stay-at-home Mom and raised four children in Eagle River. After a divorce, she relocated back to Utah. She returned to Alaska in 1986 to live out the rest of her life. Fran was employed by Hillcrest Day Care Center, where she cared for many infants and toddlers throughout her tenure until her retirement in 2004.

She loved small dogs and preferred the Chihuahua breed, always having one by her side. She enjoyed reading magazines, working crossword puzzles and watching western movies. John Wayne being her favorite actor, she collected most of his movies.

Fran was preceded in death by her parents; eight siblings; and son, Joe Carlos of Eagle River. She is survived by her oldest daughter, Toni Carlos of Eagle River; oldest son, Dale Carlos (Cindy Carlos) of Eagle River; youngest daughter, Tina Nethery of Anchorage; and daughter-in-law, Phyllis Carlos of Eagle River. She leaves behind 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and only living sibling, Edna Poe of Idaho.

She will be cremated in her Temple Garments and her ashes will be laid to rest in Rock Springs, Wyo., with her parents and siblings.

A family service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donating to The Chugiak Senior Center Assisted Living Program, Alzheimer's Resource of Alaska, Valley Hospice Resources or Friends of Pets.

ChurchDaniel Phillip ( -

First published in the Anchorage Daily News on Jan 16, 2022

Daniel Phillip Church

Aug 2, 1952 -

Nov 26, 2021

Dan was born in the small farm town of Palmer in the territory of Alaska on Aug. 2, 1952, as the third son of proud parents John E. Church Jr. and Marjorie E. (Peterson) Church.

Moving to Whitney Railroad Station on Elmendorf AFB at the age of 5, Dan attended elementary school at Wilson Village, Mt. Spurr and Sunflower Elementary schools. After moving to Mt. View in 1964, he continued on to Clark Jr. High and East High School. Dan had the largest paper route in Anchorage - Daily Times - during junior high and worked all the "cool kids" jobs during high school including the Pink Elephant Car Wash, box boy at Safeway and driving the ultimate muscle cars of the times as lot attendant at Anchorage Chrysler Center.

Dan graduated from East High School in 1970, being voted Sweetheart of the Year by his classmates and became a state champion wrestler in the 165lb weight division.

In 1971, friends Kathy and Jody encouraged Dan to enroll in an airlines personnel training school with them, which inadvertently put him on a path to a lifelong career in the airline industry. He was first hired with Allied Maintenance Aircraft Fleet Services, then hired by Western Airlines where he later transferred to Seattle Washington. In 1985, Dan took an early retirement when Western Airlines was bought out by Delta earning him lifetime flight privileges with Delta Airlines.

Dan was hoping to enjoy some free time between jobs while collecting his unemployment pay when, much to his dismay, his visiting sister-in-law Michelle answered his phone and it was Boeing Company offering him a job. This led to a 23-year career in aircraft design, fabrication, assembly and maintenance with Boeing and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Union.

Dan thrived on learning every aspect of his job including geometrics, system designs and inspection protocols, becoming certified in every available area of his expertise. Dan retired from Boeing in 2009 as a Lead Inspector.

Although becoming a homebody later in life, Dan had many travel adventures early on, visiting National Parks, rv-ing, riding motorcycles to the coast, boating in Prince William Sound and mountain hiking with family and friends.

Dan never married and had no children. Dan was preceded in death by parents, John E. Church Jr. and Marjorie (Peterson) Church; and brother John H. Church. Dan is survived by brothers, George (Debbie) Church, David (Michelle) Church; sisters, Julie (Bob) Steele and Judy (Ken) Towner; and many nieces, nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews. His "adopted" brother and lifelong friend Rod Sanborn also survives him.

A graveside service will be held at Doss Cemetery in Mossy Rock, Wash., on Jan. 21, 2022, at 1 p.m. A celebration of life will follow at Jeremy's Farm To Table restaurant in Chehalis, Wash.

DamWilliam E. ( -

First published in the Anchorage Daily News on Jan 16, 2022

William E. Dam

Oct 14, 1925 -

Jan 8, 2022

William E. Dam, born on Oct. 14, 1925, died peacefully at home on Jan. 8, 2022, at 96 years old. He was stationed at Elmendorf AFB prior to Statehood in 1958, and made Anchorage his home for 63 years. At 15, he was anxious to join the war effort and signed into the U.S. Cavalry. After training his unit was deployed to North Africa, but before shipping out his father caught up with him and took him home, as he was underaged. Later, he joined the Army Air Corps and became a pilot.

After the war Bill married Arlene Patnaude, who was to be awarded the Gold Medal of Valor for her heroism in the 1964 great Alaska earthquake. Bill joined the Army Reserve after World War II and used his GI Bill to get his Commercial Pilot's License, but was called back for the Korean War, cutting his commercial pilot career short. He then decided to enlist and thus became a veteran of the Vietnam War and retired with 27 years in grade, veteran of three wars. He then joined the Civil Air Patrol and did search and rescue for the greater Anchorage area until he was 78, and was very proud of achieving the rank of Lieutenant Colonel Dam.

Bill also had a very successful career in construction real estate development. He was a very charming man and was quick to stand up for his beliefs. He served his country with pride and honor, willing to sacrifice his life if needed. It is with great pride that his family will lay him to rest in the National Cemetery at Fort Richardson with full military honors.

Bill and Arlene had four: sons Bill, Jeff, Mark and Kip. Arlene predeceased Bill at 58 years old, and Bill married Jeanette who also predeceased him, as did his son, Jeff. He leaves his brother, Rich; daughters-in-law, Kathy, Pat, Angeles and Shirley; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and many friends.

ErwinSheila ( -

First published in the Anchorage Daily News on Jan 16, 2022

Longtime Alaskan Sheila Ruth (O'Brien) Erwin died on Sunday, Dec. 19, 2021. A memorial mass will be held on Friday, Jan. 21, 2022, at 3 p.m., at St. Patrick's Parish, 2111 Muldoon Road in Anchorage, Alaska, with a reception to follow.

GerhauserDenise Marie ( -

First published in the Anchorage Daily News on Jan 13, 2022

Denise Marie Gerhauser

Jan 1, 1955 -

Dec 16, 2021

Denise Marie (Remondini) Gerhauser of Nikiski, Alaska, and born to David and Ernestine Remondini, passed away in the presence of family on Dec. 16, 2021.

Denise was a devoted wife and mother, as well as a loving daughter, sister, sister-in-law and aunt who loved her grandchildren dearly. Denise had many close, lifelong friendships and was loved by all who were blessed to know her. She had a special love for babies and children. Denise was the life of every party and brought fun and laughter wherever she went. She was a strong woman who loved fiercely and wasn't afraid to share her opinion or a joke. She will certainly be missed by all those whose lives she touched.

Denise was a talented ballerina and performed with the Spokane Conservatory of Dance during high school. During her time as a military wife, she enjoyed teaching dance all across the country. Her children and husband were her life, and she made many sacrifices to make sure they were well taken care of. Later in life, she worked in the medical field until her retirement. Retirement brought a snowbird lifestyle, where she and Stan chased the sunny weather that she loved, both in Alaska and in Arizona.

She was the beloved wife of Stanley Ray Gerhauser and mother to four children, Edward (Joy) Gerhauser, Jacqueline (Rone) Middler, Ryan Gerhauser and Daniel Gerhauser. She leaves behind eight dearly loved grandchildren: Krista (18), Alexis (13), Kaylee (13), Ashley Mae (12), Aurora (10), Blake (8), Conner (7) and Kinley (3). She is survived by her mother, Ernestine Remondini; and five siblings, Thomas Remondini, Steven Remondini, Theresa (Al) Wickman, Suzie (Ed) Sasdelli and John (Rayna) Remondini; along with Steven (Charlene) Gerhauser and Cindy (Guy) Williams.

Catholic services will be held at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Florence, Ariz., on Jan. 22, 2021, at 10:30 a.m., with a brief reception held at Caliente del Sol immediately following. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, her favorite charity.

GilbertsonDavid Brian ( -

First published in the Anchorage Daily News on Jan 16, 2022

David Brian Gilbertson

Sep 3, 1958 -

Jan 11, 2022

David Brian Gilbertson passed away following complications from COVID-19 on Jan. 11, 2022, in Anchorage, Alaska, with his sister Nancy Cotta by his side.

David was born in 1958 to Carroll Gilbertson and Martha "Jane" Jackson Gilbertson and grew up in Titusville, Fla., as one of five siblings. After the family moved to California, he graduated in 1976 from Righetti High School in Santa Maria and continued his studies at Allan Hancock College and Humboldt State. David's sister Holly Lyle found he had a reputation as a legendary outdoorsman at Righetti, surprising the student backpacking club with a watermelon in his pack after a long hike. He was once lost in the Sierras for several days, but emerged unscathed, earning the nickname "Sierra Dave." He enjoyed long-distance running and river rafting, coaching his little screaming sister Janet Gidner on riding the rapids. David's adventurous spirit took him and his backpack all over the world, often with his brother Roger Gilbertson. He called Anchorage home most of his adult life, and many people counted him a lifelong friend. He made annual pilgrimages to California - often in the winter - to spend time with his family, bringing along his beloved dog, Buddy.

David is survived by siblings, Nancy, Roger, Holly and Janet; father, Carroll; former wife, Lei; and many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, please get vaccinated.

GoodKirk David  

First published in the Anchorage Daily News on Jan 13, 2022

Kirk David Good, 57, passed away on Jan. 6, 2022. Kirk will be celebrated on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Palmer, Alaska. Viewing and Receiving will be from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. A Service officiated by Pastor Schultz will be at 12 p.m., followed by a Memorial at 3 p.m., at Palmer Elks Lodge, 2600 North Barrys Resort Drive in Wasilla, Alaska.

GoodKirk David ( -

First published in the Anchorage Daily News on Jan 14, 2022

Kirk David Good

Jul 15, 1964 -

Jan 6, 2022

Kirk David Good, 57, of Wasilla, Alaska, passed away quietly with the sun on his face, on Jan. 6, 2022, surrounded by his wife and grown children.

Kirk was born on July 15, 1964, to Irene and Bert Good of Red Lake, Minn. He was baptized and raised Lutheran alongside his nine sisters and two brothers. He graduated from Carroll College with a BA in nursing in 1987.

Kirk married Natalie Campbell in summer 1989. They put down roots in the Matanuska Valley and embarked on a simple, happy life for 32 years. He was the very proud father of three children with a picture to show and a story to tell.

Kirk was also married to "Mama Prov" - Providence Alaska Medical Center - for the same 32 years. He was a dedicated employee and caring nurse with a calm aura. Kirk received the Mission Spirit Award for his excellent patient care and was known as the "early bird" to his colleagues.

Kirk will be remembered for his quick wit, handsome face, great hair and wicked stare. His family will miss his steadfastness, inner strength, abiding love and obscure trivia. They know he's their stubborn Norwegian guardian angel now … Rumor has it there's been a sharp uptick in patient satisfaction surveys in Heaven since Kirk joined their ranks.

He is survived by wife, Natalie; children, Nick (24), Nathaniel (21) and Katie (19); siblings, Bonnie Harris and Dawn Smith of Oregon, Valerie Free of Montana, Ramona Good of Iowa, Diane Collins and Leona Good of Nebraska, Karen Good, Quentin Good and Roger Good of Minnesota; in-laws, Paul, Jean and Jon Paul Campbell; special family friends, Charlton Harris, John and Stacey DePriest, David Stewart, Diane Alford, Cindi and Chris Harsh, Curt Lyons and Israel Meyer; plus a multitude of beautiful nieces and nephews.

Kirk was preceded in death by both parents; and two sisters, Patty and Yvonne Good.

Kirk will be celebrated on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022, at St John's Lutheran Church, Palmer. Viewing and Receiving 11-12 p.m., Service officiated by Pastor Schultz at 12 p.m. A Memorial will be held at 3 p.m. at Palmer Elks Lodge, 2600 North Barrys Resort Drive in Wasilla. Please bring a dish and a good story to share.

GrennBenjamin "Ben" Dennis ( -

First published in the Anchorage Daily News on Jan 16, 2022

Benjamin "Ben" Dennis Grenn

Feb 22, 1946 -

Dec 7, 2021

Benjamin "Ben" Dennis Grenn, age 75, passed away at his residence in Anchorage, Alaska, on Dec. 7, 2021, after a 14-month battle with brain cancer. He was born on Feb. 22, 1946, in Aberdeen, Wash., to Joseph and Iona Grenn. The family moved to Seattle, Wash., in 1949, where Ben was blessed with two younger sisters, Nancy Nicholson and Gail Grenn. On Jan. 18, 1969, Ben married Selinda Tollefsen in Anchorage.

In addition to serving four years in the U.S. Air Force, Ben had myriad of fascinating jobs – he was an elementary school teacher, sports news anchor, newspaper writer, a radio personality and worked for the State of Alaska for many years as staff to a variety of colorful state legislators. But most importantly, he was a loving husband, father, uncle, brother and grandfather. Ben's first love was his family, but a close second was his love for sports of all kinds, particularly Seattle sports.

Ben is survived by his wife, Selinda Tollefsen Grenn; their children, Carrie Craig (Grenn) with husband Shane and son Craig Murphy, Skyler Grenn with wife Amanda and their children Aurora and Aria, Jason Grenn with wife Jana and their children Atticus, Vivienne and Truman; sisters, Nancy Nicholson and her sons Colby and Austin and their families and Gail Grenn.

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to ANCORA Home Health and Hospice or the American Cancer Society - Alaska.

A memorial service will be held at Baxter Road Bible Church in Anchorage on Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022, at 1 p.m., with a reception afterward.

HallRichard J. ( -

First published in the Anchorage Daily News on Jan 14, 2022

Richard J. Hall

Aug 17, 1943 -

Jan 10, 2022

Richard James Hall III of Mifflintown, Pa., and Bethel, Alaska, passed away on Jan. 10, 2022, at the age of 78. Born on Aug. 17, 1943, in Darby, Pa., he was the eldest child of Richard Hall and Josephine Peter Hall. Dick graduated from Springfield High School, where he was the heavyweight wrestling champion everyone called "Humph." He attended Millersville University, where he received his teaching degree and married Diana Napoli in 1966. He later married Jody Malus in 1991.

He is survived by his three children, Dana Lee Hall (David), Richard James Hall IV (Jen) and Jacob Joseph Hall; a delightful mob of grandchildren, Dover, Ilan, EliNoam, Raviv and Yair Horesh, Ricky, Ben and Ava Hall, and Matthew, Peter, Emily, Kathryn, Timothy and Stephen Hall; and an even bigger and just as delightful mob of nieces and nephews. He is also survived by sisters, Arlene Tishuk, Cheryl Hoban and Melanie Caravello.

During Dick's wanderings, he taught thousands of elementary students starting in a one-room schoolhouse in Lancaster, Pa. He continued at the Midd-West School District at Beaver Adams Elementary and as a junior–senior high teacher in Bethel. He cared deeply for all "his kids" wherever they were. He was a merchant seaman, beekeeper, bison farmer, hunter, explorer, Iditarod dog team handler and a long-distance bicycle rider. In 1983, he and his children, then ages 10, 12 and 14, rode bikes from Coos Bay, Ore., to Quincy, Mass. - a 4400 mile trip in 79 days.

Dick was buried without ceremony.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Friends of the KuC Library Fund, Tax ID# 92-0146538,; or to a charity of your choice supporting kids.

HarrisonHollis Preston "Hank" ( -

First published in the Anchorage Daily News on Jan 14, 2022

Hollis Preston "Hank" Harrison

Oct 27, 1927 -

Dec 24, 2021

Hollis Preston "Hank" Harrison, 94, started his adventurous life on Oct. 27, 1927, in Bashi, Ala., and began his permanent sleep on Dec. 24, 2021. His thirst for learning was whetted when he studied Alaska in the fourth grade and decided to visit one day.

After serving in the Army and attending Bob Jones University, thanks to the GI Bill, Hank worked on a survey party in the Yukon Territory near Haines Junction and Kluane Lake in 1951. Then, his Alaska dream came true. In 1952, he accepted a teaching job that included 13 students in five grades in a one-room school with no electricity or running water in Girdwood, Alaska. The following summer, he worked as a longshoreman in Seward.

Hank instilled his love of learning in his students throughout his teaching career from Girdwood to Fort Richardson, Clark, Central and Dimond-Mears, retiring in 1979. In addition to teaching, he advocated for teachers through his involvement in the National Education Association at the local, state and national levels, including serving from 1973-1978, on the five-member Executive Board of NEA. His honors included being named 1971 Alaska Teacher of the Year, being inducted into the NEA-AK Hall of Fame, and having a room at the NEA-AK office carry his name. However, if you asked about any of these accomplishments, Hank would humbly acknowledge them and then quickly give credit to others.

Not only did Hank have a great career as an educator, but he also sought out cultural adventures. His travels included trips to Mexico, Europe, China, Central America, and even a float trip down the Amazon River. As a lifelong learner, he learned Spanish in Mexico and French in France, read constantly and enjoyed thoughtful discussions with friends.

Hank didn't shy away from controversy and sought to correct social injustices. As a political activist, he helped many candidates win local, state and national elections. He treasured his right to vote and made sure others understood the importance of exercising this vital part of the democratic process.

Sitting still wasn't on Hank's list. He built a home in Anchorage and cabins in Girdwood and Seward. When he wasn't building, he climbed mountains including Denali, windsurfed in Turnagain Arm and backpacked in his Alaska mountains.

John Morris Harrison, a nephew, shared this thought: "Preston was a great ambassador for Alaska. Always the gracious and caring host but never forgetting his Bashi, Alabama roots."

Although never married, Hank's family included many friends in the U.S. and worldwide. He made friends wherever he went!

In Hank's later years, he loved spending time at Chena Hot Springs, seeing the International Ice Sculptures in Fairbanks, attending operas and having coffee with his friends. Getting a spot on his calendar was challenging as he kept very active.

While we mourn the loss of our dear friend, we celebrate the gift of his friendship and the positive influence he had on our lives. When asked how he would like to be remembered, Hank said, "I feel joy for the beautiful life I have lived, and my friends and family have made it thus."

Hank's parents, James Pugh and Hattie Reid Harrison; three sisters; and two brothers predeceased him. Survivors include his beloved Alabama and Georgia nieces and nephews and his vast circle of friends. His family will hold a service in Bashi and scatter his ashes on family graves. In addition, a celebration of life will be held in Alaska at a later date.

Condolences and Hank stories may be sent to the Harrison Family, P.O. Box 110325, Anchorage. AK 99511.

HermansMary Beth ( -

First published in the Anchorage Daily News on Jan 16, 2022

Mary Beth Hermans

Mar 28, 1964 -

Dec 28, 2021

Mary "Beth" Hermans passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, at Alaska Regional Hospital on Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2021. Beth was born in Seattle, Wash., on March 28, 1964, to Robert and Wilma Roskelley. She grew up in Mount Vernon, Wash., and Fairbanks, Alaska. The family moved to Anchorage, Alaska, in 1983, and it was there she built her life and lived until her passing.

Everyone who knew Beth knew she was the life of the party. She loved to host get togethers for family and friends. Many holiday gatherings were held in her "mermaid" lounge. They were known for their Halloween parties and the best decorations on the block. In the summer, she loved to garden and grow herbs. Every year, she looked forward to the first day the snow melted just enough to load up the motorhome and hit the road with her family.

She was a lifelong lover and rescuer of pets. In her 57 years, she was mother to nine cats, five fish, several rabbits, two dogs, one duck, one blind and deaf horse she actually thought she could "sneak" into the house, and a turtle named Waldo. She was an avid reader, and the only thing she owned more than books was a growing collection of party napkins. We'll likely be finding them around the house for years to come.

Beth's greatest joy in life was her family. She was a dedicated caregiver to her special needs son, and her commitment to his physical and mental health and happiness was commendable. She was protective of her own, so if you were lucky enough to be a part of her inner circle, she'd do anything for you.

Beth is survived by her loving husband of almost 33 years, John; daughter and son-in-law, Alexis and Eric Buhrman; son and daughter-in-law, Brian and Amanda Roskelley; son, Joshua Hermans; mother, Wilma Roskelley; brother and sister-in-law, Jeff and Stephanie Roskelley; niece, Jenelle Roskelley; nephew, Kolton Roskelley; as well as several aunts, uncles, cousins, sisters- and brothers-in-law, and good friends in Alaska and Washington.

Beth will be laid to rest at Angelus Cemetery in Anchorage in June 2022, the date to be determined. A small, private celebration of life will be held for the family on Jan. 15, 2021, at the Hermans family home.


First published in the Anchorage Daily News on Jan 16, 2022

Gary Humphrey

Jan 1, 2022

Gary Casey Humphrey, 80, of Priest River, Idaho, formerly of Anchorage, Alaska, passed peacefully at home with his family at his side. He is survived by his wife, Lori, of 61 years; and four children, Robert, Lisa, Rick and Leslie. He was preceded in death by his father; mother; and oldest son, Rodney. Gary also leaves behind nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

He was known as a "man's-man" who worked hard to support his family as a logger and construction worker. He also enjoyed remodeling homes and had a favorite hobby of collecting smoking pipes.

A celebration of life will be held this summer with his family in Priest River.

Sherman-Campbell Funeral & Cremation Services in Priest River is in charge of arrangements. Family and friends are invited to sign the online guest book at

JohnsonGregory A. "Johno" ( -

First published in the Anchorage Daily News on Jan 16, 2022

Gregory A. "Johno" Johnson

Aug 5, 1960 -

Dec 31, 2021

Gregory Alan Johnson passed away peacefully on Dec. 31, 2021, after a short-term illness.

Greg was born on Aug. 5, 1960, to Thomas and Donna Johnson in Little Falls, Minn., and later the family moved to Duluth, Minn.

Greg graduated from Unity High School in 1979, and enlisted in the Marine Corps shortly after. He was honorably discharged and worked various construction jobs in the local area until 1991, when he moved to Alaska with some friends. Greg worked in the crab industry with Capt. Lloyd Collins on the "Smokey Point" for a short time, worked for the City of Anchorage for over seven years, and most recently for Peninsula Scrap and Salvage. He was currently living in Nikiski, Alaska, when he became ill.

Greg was an avid outdoorsman and was most happy if he was fishing in some capacity. He fished the North Shore extensively and was a regular during the Steelhead and Chinook salmon runs.

Greg was preceded in death by his grandparents; and father, Thomas L. Johnson.

He is survived by his mother, Donna Y. Johnson; sisters, Dawn (Bob) Grytdahl and Amy (Ross) Hyslop; brothers, Jeff (Nancy) Johnson and Corey (Traci) Johnson; and close friend, Mary Lyall; along with other relatives and friends.

There will be no formal services held, as was Greg's request.

The family would like to thank the staff at Central Peninsula Hospital for taking such great care of Greg, and also his very special friend Mary Lyall for all she has done for him and our family.

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First published in the Anchorage Daily News on Jan 16, 2022

Stanley Brian Lano, 55, died on Dec. 7, 2021, in Anchorage, Alaska. Legacy Funeral Home is searching for a responsible family member to take care of his final arrangements. Anyone with information is asked to call 907-336-3338.

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First published in the Anchorage Daily News on Jan 16, 2022

Pete H. Leov

Feb 24, 1951 -

Dec 20, 2021

Pete H. Leov, beloved brother and friend, 70, of Sterling, Alaska, passed away on Dec. 20, 2021, after a battle with cancer. Pete was born on Feb. 24, 1951, to Harry and Ann Leov in Seattle, Wash. After graduating West Anchorage High School in 1969, he signed on with the IBEW, where he served and retired after 50 years.

One of his colleagues and friend Dave Reaves wrote: "Pete was a giant in the line trade as the lineman instructor at the Alaska Electrical Apprenticeship School for decades, where he trained and molded hundreds of future linemen. Pete will be sorely missed and I know he will be remembered for all he did for our industry."

Pete was known for putting on a barbeque for years at the IBEW Apprenticeship School. He was an avid outdoorsman during his lifetime. He was also a pilot who did guided fishing and hunting tours, and loved to hunt, fish and hike himself. Pete especially loved caring for and riding his horse, "Duke."

Pete is survived by his grandson, Justin Orth; and siblings, Pam Allman, Debbie Schneider, Janice Williams, Lynn Davids, Bill Williams, Darlene Day and Don Williams.

The celebration of life will be held in Anchorage, Alaska, at the Alaska Aviation Museum, 4721 Aircraft Drive, on Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022, from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

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First published in the Anchorage Daily News on Jan 16, 2022

Dorothea J. Lovejoy

Feb 8, 1925 -

Jan 11, 2022

Dorothea J. Lovejoy (Owen), age 96, passed away on Jan. 11, 2022, in a local care home in Anchorage, Alaska. She was born in Binghampton, N.Y., on Feb. 8, 1925, to Fred and Alice Owen.

Dorothea married Clarence Allen Lovejoy on May 23, 1943. As a couple, they served at Prairie Bible Institute in Alberta for seven years - she as a music teacher of voice and violin.

A resident of Anchorage since 1963, Mrs. Lovejoy was the previous owner and operator of Bailey's Rental. She had also been a member of the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra in the mid-60s playing violin. Dorothea was in the Alaska Zoo board in 1983, and was instrumental in bringing to Anchorage the African elephant, Maggie. She enjoyed being a part of the performing arts board during its formative years and happily entertained a number of the performers. One of the highlights of her community service was as a part of the Sister City Commission and being invited to present gifts to both Whitby, England, and Darwin, Australia. She and husband Allen, also served as missionaries in Brussels, Belgium, for a year.

Mrs. Lovejoy is predeceased by her husband, Clarence Allen Lovejoy. She is survived by three children: Douglas Lovejoy of Keizer, Ore., Stephen Lovejoy and Susan Johnson, both of Anchorage.

There will be no service at this time.

MunfordLois Arlene  

First published in the Anchorage Daily News on Jan 11, 2022

Lois Arlene Munford, 84, passed away peacefully on Jan. 3, 2022. A service will be held at the United Protestant Presbyterian Church, 713 South Denali Street in Palmer, Alaska, on Jan. 15, 2022, at 1 p.m.

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First published in the Anchorage Daily News on Jan 13, 2022

Lois Arlene Munford

Sep 18, 1937 -

Jan 3, 2022

Lois Arlene Munford, 84, of Palmer, Alaska, passed away peacefully on Jan. 3, 2022.

Lois was born on Sept. 18, 1937, in Bonaparte, Iowa, to James and Faye Randolph. She graduated from Bonaparte High School in 1955 and was salutatorian of her class, and later attended lab technician school in Minneapolis, Minn. She married Robert Munford on April 20, 1959, and in 1962 the family moved from Iowa to Palmer. Lois went to work for the Mat-Su School District in 1967, and retired after 32 years of service. Many of her co-workers became her lifelong friends during her time there. After her retirement she traveled throughout the U.S., Europe, Hawaii, Mexico, Costa Rica, and spent time in Iowa with her family. Lois was also an avid quilter and was a member of the Valley Quilters Guild for many years.

Lois truly loved her home on Finger Lake, where she lived for 55 years. Summer or winter there was always a beautiful view, and an abundance of activity to watch on the lake. This especially brought her great enjoyment during the last few years of her life. She will be remembered by all for her kindness and unconditional love.

Lois was preceded in death by her parents, James and Faye Randolph; daughter, Susan Munford; brother-in-law, Duane Munford; brother-in-law, Tom Ridgeway; and niece, Kay Lynn Ridgeway.

She is survived by her close friend and former husband, Bob Munford; daughter and son-in-law, Brenda and Stan George; grandchildren, Chelsey Munford, Tyler George, Melissa George, Haley George (Nate Weishuhn) and Lucas George (Reanna Stewart); great-granddaughters, Kali Mueller, Lexius Stewart, Rylee and Lily Horton; sisters, Shirley Ridgway, Connie (Donnie) Ward; sister-in-law, Barbara Munford; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A service will be held at the United Protestant Presbyterian Church, 713 S. Denali St. in Palmer, on Jan. 15, 2022, at 1 p.m. Per church requirements, masks are mandatory for all activities. Those who are unable to attend may send cards to 6330 E. Finger Lake View Dr., Wasilla, AK 99654. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Mat-Su Senior Services, 1132 S. Chugach St., Palmer, AK 99645.

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First published in the Anchorage Daily News on Jan 12, 2022

Lance Myers

Nov 13, 1955 -

Dec 17, 2021

Lance J. Myers, 66, passed away on Dec. 17, 2021, from a car accident that occurred on Parks Highway, near Houston, Alaska.

He was born on Nov. 13, 1955, in Sacramento County, Calif. He grew up in both California and Iowa, and graduated from Wayne County High School in Corydon, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents; and sister, Krista Elliot. He is survived by his loving wife, Kelly (Grawunder) Myers; mother, Beverly Grenz and husband Reinhard; father, Virgil Myers and wife Linda; brother, Blane Myers; sister, Callie Witmer and husband Dax; sister, Nikki McHugh and husband Kenny; and brother, Damon Chidester. He is also survived by nephews, Cody and Mason; nieces, Morgan and Grace; faithful companion, Stud; and many of Kelly's family who loved Lance dearly.

Lance and Kelly were fulfilling their dream living in Montana, Alaska. He loved fishing, hunting, four-wheeling, snowmobiling, fixing up their property, gardening, racing cars and boats and, most importantly, his family. In addition to being a member of Alaska Teamsters and Local 302, Lance owned A-1 Construction and Artic Extreme Environmental Products which included his Heavy Haul Transport business.

Lance showed not only his family, but his friends and his colleagues his love, respect and support. His father, Virgil, told others: "He was the best man I've ever known. He was honest, trustworthy and a great son." His mother, Beverly, said, "Lance always showed me his love and respect." Sister Callie says of her brother: "He was a man of great skill and character. I always had his support and love." His brother Blane said: "I have 60 years of memories, there are too many to list. I'm glad we had a fantastic hunt together before his tragic death."

A celebration of life for our beloved Lance will take place in late spring. In lieu of flowers, Lance would say "go fishing."

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First published in the Anchorage Daily News on Jan 14, 2022

Timothy Jon O'Hara

Aug 22, 1965 -

Jan 5, 2022

Tim was happiest on the water or in the sky, operating boats and planes, repairing and refurbishing anything with a motor, and spending time with family. He was so loved and is deeply missed.

Tim commercial fished the Bering Sea, Kodiak and his beloved home of Bristol Bay, Alaska. He earned his 500-ton captains license, tugboat captains and six-pack licenses, and was a licensed commercial driver. Tim ran a tender and a barge operation on the Naknek, Kvichak, Nushagak, Egegik, Kuskokwim and Yukon rivers, and the Bering Sea. He served as crew with the Merchant Marines, traveling to distant seas of Africa, the Middle East, transiting the Suez Canal. Tim learned to fly alongside his brother, Tom, taught by their father. Tim was known to be a hydraulics and mechanical specialist.

Tim was an accomplished wrestler. The family living room was a makeshift wrestling mat where brothers Tim, Trevor, Tom and occasionally a sister practiced new moves and techniques. Many house plants were sacrificed.

Tim had a genuine faith in Jesus Christ. He lived his faith towards others being kind and considerate.

Tim's light shone bright even as he struggled with addiction. If you or a loved one is fighting addiction, please consider reaching out to Chainbreakers at or Recover Alaska at

Tim is preceded in death by his brother, Tom O'Hara; and granddaughter, Sienna Alto. Tim is survived by parents, Dan and Sharon O'Hara; daughter, Emma Alto; son, Joseph O'Hara; sisters, Kathy Hurlburt (Ward) and Kristina Woolston (Tim); brother, Trevor O'Hara (Rahly); sister-in-law, Lucy O'Hara; grandchildren, Trent Alto, Aspyn Myers, Willoh Handy, Jacob O'Hara; and many nieces and nephews.

A burial service will be held on Jan. 22, 2022, at 2 p.m., at Naknek Community Bible Chapel. In lieu of flowers, an education fund has been established for Tim's minor son. For more information, please call 907-360-3275.

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First published in the Anchorage Daily News on Jan 11, 2022

Reed E. Oswalt

Mar 25, 1933 -

Dec 31, 2021

Reed E. Oswalt, 88, died peacefully at home in Kodiak, Alaska, on Dec. 31, 2021. His family took solace in the fireworks heard that night ringing in the new year that lent their booms and bright fiery explosions to celebrate a unique man's life.

He was born on March 25, 1933, in Hubbard, Ore., during the Great Depression. The times were tough for most and it instilled in Reed the value of hard work. His grandparents cared for him while his mother and father traveled to find work. The summer he was 12, he and his family traveled by steamship to Ouzinkie, Alaska, where his father worked as a machinist at Grimes Packing Company.

He returned to Ouzinkie for the next six summers, where he worked with his father at the cannery. During that time he made lifelong friends in the village. He had a fondness for stories and a very good memory, so held a wealth of island history and folklore learned thru oral tradition.

He was drafted into the Army during the Korean War and was stationed in Germany during the end of the WWII occupation. After he served his term, he returned to Oregon and worked with his father expanding their machine shop and starting a business manufacturing and constructing steel farm buildings.

In 1962, he married Marcia Yoder, and they celebrated 59 years of marriage this past summer. Days after the devastating 1964 Tsunami, he traveled to Kodiak and Ouzinkie to seek work opportunities in the rebuilding. Convinced that returning to Alaska was a good idea, he traveled to Ouzinkie and by fall Reed and Marcia were working as storekeepers for the cannery in Ouzinkie. In 1967, Reed took a research and development job with Wakefield Fisheries in Port Lions, Alaska, working on developing crab-processing machinery.

In 1970, Reed built a small sawmill near Port Lions on leased land, which supplied spruce lumber locally and to Kodiak via the Tustumena ferry. After six years, Reed and a partner decided to invest in a new modern sawmill and relocate to Kodiak; the new mill was called Timberline. The sawmill grew in Kodiak and he enjoyed those years of growth. Reed commented, "It was a great time with many wild eyed young people starting life in Kodiak and needing lumber to build their own first house their own way." Many rough cut spruce homes in Kodiak came from his mill and he dispensed ideas along with lumber and sought to educate people on the strength of local materials. Sitka Spruce, called the aluminum of wood, has the highest strength to weight ratio of any softwood. As a business owner for many decades, he was happy his business was able to offer local employment year round.

Unfortunately, Timberline mill burned in 1984. A new mill was built and used for years before he and his partner started a storage business on the property. By his 86th birthday, he decided to sell his business to his new local partners.

Reed saw a new purpose for every piece of scrap metal or discarded equipment and saved hundreds of tons of heavy steel and industrial equipment from landfills. He greatly enjoyed having stock on hand and was quick to share what he had with others. One example of his reuse of materials was to upgrade a heavy timber Russian Orthodox cross that he thought should be installed on Spruce Island's Mt. Herman with one he fabricated of steel beams.

After complaining about the Kodiak Island Borough and Planning and Zoning for years, he was appointed to P&Z and later ran and was elected to the Borough Assembly. This experience taught him how hard governance can be. A favorite saying he often repeated to his boys was, "Two people who cooperate can do the work of three," timeless wisdom that seems even more relevant these days.

Reed supported the work of the Kodiak Historical Society, the Kodiak Public Library Association, the Alutiiq Museum, Kodiak Pioneers of Alaska, the Kodiak Arts Council, the VFW and Kodiak Maritime Museum. He enjoyed sharing stories of the past with friends, family and new people both in Kodiak and internationally. He traveled to a number of countries, but his favorite trips were to New Zealand and Australia, especially Tasmania.

Reed is survived by his wife, Marcia Oswalt; sons, Aaron Oswalt, Eric Oswalt (Laura Slater); and grandson, Henry Reed Slater Oswalt.

He did not wish to have a funeral service, but to have his ashes scattered on Kodiak Island. If you wish to remember Reed, the family suggests a donation in his name be made to the Kodiak Public Library Association, P.O. Box 1824, Kodiak, AK 99615.

PostBrenda Brooks  

First published in the Anchorage Daily News on Jan 13, 2022

An Anchorage, Alaska, memorial service for Brenda Brooks Post, who passed away in Salem, Ore., on Nov. 4, 2021, will be scheduled at a later date. For further information, contact

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First published in the Anchorage Daily News on Jan 16, 2022

James Pulkrabek

Jul 25, 1958 -

Jan 6, 2022

James Glenn Pulkrabek, 63, passed away on Jan. 6, 2022, at 11:22 p.m. His family was at his side for his final moments at Mat-Su Regional Medical Center, as he died of complications from myelodysplastic syndrome. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; son, Nathaniel with wife, Cristina and son, Otto James Eugene; and daughter, Nicole Pulkrabek Mckenzie. James is also survived by his sister, Jerry (Scott) Wall; brothers, David (Carol) and Kevin (Marie); and many nieces and nephews. There will be a military service held at Fort Richardson National Cemetery on May 11, 2022, at 11:30 a.m., with a Celebration of Life to follow at the Athabaskan Ceremonial House.

James, Jim to most and Jamie to his wife, was born in Hennepin, Minn., on July 25, 1958, to parents Duane Francis Pulkrabek and Mae Ardys Gruett. He grew up in Eau Claire, Wis., and graduated with honors in trouble making from Regis Catholic High School.

Jim enlisted the Navy in 1976, working as an Airman in Rota, Spain. This is also where he met his beautiful wife, Barbara Jean Houser. After just one date they were living together - "in sin" - and after just a year and a half, committed to sharing their lives together. They were married in 1979 on the Rock of Gibraltar. After being honorably discharged from active duty in 1979, he followed his wife serving in the Navy. After the birth of Nathan and Nicole in Maine, the family made its way to Hawaii, Ohio, Guam, and Hawaii again after settling in Palmer, Alaska, in 2001.

Jim was very dedicated and hard-working his entire life; he became a carpenter, pounding nails in Maine, worked in housing maintenance and construction in Hawaii and Ohio, quality control and project management in Guam, Hawaii, and Alaska, and eventually became the Alaska Regional Manager for NorthWind Group, a construction and environmental firm. He loved his work, his colleagues and customers.

Jim enjoyed the outdoors of Alaska: hunting, fishing, skiing, snowmachining and shooting. He was a Second Amendment advocate and a gun enthusiast. He also enjoyed woodworking, gardening, throwing the ball for his dog Sophie or riding his lawnmower or tractor with his grandson Otto on his lap. He especially liked spending time with his family and friends.

He was funny, thoughtful, generous, loyal and honest, and will be forever missed.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Myelodysplastic Syndrome Foundation,; or to the NRA Foundation,

For more information: Kehl's Palmer Chapel, 907-745-3580.

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First published in the Anchorage Daily News on Jan 16, 2022

Miles Purugganan

Oct 21, 1964 -

Dec 10, 2021

Miles S. Purugganan, 57, beloved son and brother, passed away peacefully on Dec. 10, 2021, at his home in Anchorage, Alaska.

Miles is survived by his parents, Raymond and Maxine Purugganan; sister, Michelle Faumui; brother, Raymond Purugganan Jr.; sister, Raynette Purugganan; and brother, Reggie Purugganan.

Miles' Celebration of Life will be held at Crowne Plaza Midtown Anchorage on Jan. 29, 2022, at 2 p.m.

Miles was a "jack-of-all-trades." After graduating from Diesel Mechanic School in Denver, Colo., he worked for a gas company serving as their lead mechanic. He was able to apply his education first-hand. Opportunities to sharpen his skills in welding while on the job served as a great benefit. Several years later, his career path changed and acquired a job working on the Slope of Alaska. During this time, his position as a pipe inspector required continued education and multiple certifications. Most recently, Miles decided that the Slope life needed to come to an end. He wanted to be home to spend time with his family. So, as only Miles can do, he decided that driving tractor trailers would allow him the means to stay closer to home. As his career path would change once again, this would mean back to school. Miles ultimately completed his training and coursework and received his CDL license.

Miles was a perfectionist and there was nothing he couldn't do. Working on his beloved Chevelle was his passion. He would "crack" a smile anytime you mentioned his car. There was always an automotive lesson to learn from him. Rebuilding and replacing car engines was just another day at Miles' garage. He was so proud of his car. As though he didn't have enough challenges with his muscle car, he wanted to learn how to play the guitar. He was well on his way strumming his guitar and learning new songs.

Miles had the biggest heart and always helped people in need. He would always say "We come from humble beginnings, and we should never forget where we come from and who we are …" Miles was compassionate to all he encountered and extended a helping hand to anyone that needed assistance. His compassion and love for his Ohana was everything to him. Our love and laughter will forever be etched in our memories. The "Protector" lived his life on his terms. A life of challenges, fulfillment, selflessness and love. The love for Jesus Christ opened his heart to receive a greater love and a greater purpose than ever imagined. One of his favorite Bible verses was Psalm 23. We are comforted to know that we will see him again. Miles will be forever missed by his Ohana, his friends and all who knew him.

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First published in the Anchorage Daily News on Jan 11, 2022

Virginia Reynek, 71, passed away on Dec. 31, 2021. Virginia was born on Dec. 20, 1950. Anyone willing and able to make arrangements is asked to please contact Janssen Funeral Homes, 907-279-5477.

RothSherman E.  

First published in the Anchorage Daily News on Jan 11, 2022

Sherman E. Roth, 92, of Lynden, Wash., passed away peacefully on Jan. 2, 2022. A celebration of life will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022, at 2 p.m., at Hawthorne Funeral Home in Mount Vernon, Wash. A reception will follow the service. If you would like to view the celebration of life online, you can log into and enter the following 6-digit pin under Sherman's name: 504-404. Please visit to share your thoughts and memories and sign the online guest register.

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First published in the Anchorage Daily News on Jan 16, 2022

Lee Jean Ruble

Jun 28, 1950 -

Nov 14, 2021

On Nov. 14, 2021, we lost a loving husband a dear friend, co-worker and successful entrepreneur. Lee was born in Carmel, Calif., and attended local schools prior to moving to Fairbanks, Alaska, with his family in 1959. He attended school in Fairbanks before moving back to California with his family. In his younger years he worked as a mechanic starting out at Weser Volkswagen in Monterey, Calif. He later became a crane operator working starting in Southern California before working on some of the largest cranes worldwide. Lee later returned to Fairbanks, where he worked a gold mine running a dragline and a D8 Caterpillar. After his days of mining Lee moved to Anchorage, Alaska, and started his own crane company. He later sold the crane company and started a piledriving business, working throughout Alaska before retiring to spend more time on his sailboat and building his hot rods.

Lee's absolute total passion was the love and devotion to his wife Peggy. They spent many days apart because of work, so when they were together it was a fire to behold.

Lee was a devoted hot rod builder and always present in the hot rod community helping others with their projects. He especially enjoyed showing his '57 Corvette retro mod at the local car shows.

Lee was an avid pilot with both helicopter and fixed wing aircraft, and he especially enjoyed flying his T-28.

Lee was an avid motorcycle enthusiast, having owned an Indian motorcycle as well as a BMW that he used to take on long trips with his wife.

Lee was the captain of their 53' sailboat. Both Lee and Peggy thoroughly enjoyed their boat, sailing throughout Central and North America the Caribbean and the waters of both the Pacific and the Atlantic oceans.

There was never a challenge or an adventure that Lee was not willing to take on and complete.

Lee passed knowing he was/is loved. He will be sorely missed by his family and many friends, especially his hot rod buddies.

Lee is survived by Peggy, his wife of 33 years; sister, Donna; his brother; and mother. Lee was preceded in death by brother, Roy; and father, Don.

There will be a celebration of his life on June 25, 2022, at the Main Event Grill, 1041 East 76th Avenue in Anchorage, behind Mr. Prime Beef. Hot rods will be welcomed, weather permitting.

SeveranceTina (Peretti)  

First published in the Anchorage Daily News on Jan 14, 2022

Service information update for Tina Lynn (Peretti) Severance: Due to COVID-19, Tina's service will be postponed until a later date. There will be an announcement closer to the new service time.

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First published in the Anchorage Daily News on Jan 16, 2022

Marjorie Lois Tomsic

Jun 12, 1922 -

Oct 16, 2021

Marjorie Lois Tomsic, one of seven children, was born on June 12, 1922, in Cedaredge, Colo., to Earl and Lura Parmiter. She died on Oct. 16, 2021.

She graduated, at 16, with top honors and promoted education within her family. She met and married John, her husband of 63 years, while working as a telephone operator. They married two months before the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

In 1946, at the urging of friends, they moved to Anchorage, Alaska, with an infant daughter.

Singlehandedly, they built a log cabin. With the birth of a second daughter, they moved to a home within the original Anchorage townsite.

Although Marge didn't sew for herself, she designed clothes for her daughters and grandchildren. She held various jobs, served Nordstrom's fine jewelry counter and managed Jasper's clothing store. She had a great sense of humor, excelled in photography and gardening, and spent summers at her lakeside cabin,

Marge and John indulged their adventurous spirit walking the Great Wall of China, riding elephants in Thailand, and visiting Yugoslavia while it was still a communist country.

In later years, they traveled across the U.S., visiting friends and family, with frequent stops in Minnesota to visit twin grandchildren.

Marge dined out at least four days a week, attended events at the Performing Arts Center and subscribed to Vogue to keep up with the latest fashions. She stopped driving at 94, but remained active until the pandemic while continuing to live in her home. She celebrated her 99th birthday outdoors with friends and family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, John; sons-in-law, Dr. William Mell and Judge Herb Ross; and siblings. She is survived by her daughters, Dr. Carol Mell. Donna Ross, Dr. Margie Tomsic (Dr. Steve Schellenberg); grandsons, Dr. Jonathan and Geoffrey Schellenberg; and many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life on what would have been her 100th birthday will be held in June 2022. Burial will be held in the Anchorage Memorial Cemetery.

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First published in the Anchorage Daily News on Jan 12, 2022

Ret. Major Thomas W. Wadzinski

Oct 18, 1938 -

Jan 6, 2022

Tom was born on Oct. 18, 1938, to John and Mildred Wadzinski in Rhinelander, Wis. Tom graduated from Rhinelander High School and won a scholarship to play football at Northland College in Ashland, Wis. After college, he entered the Air Force, serving his country for 25 years and retiring as a Major. He moved to Alaska to pursue his passions of hunting, fishing and hiking. Tom had a great sense of humor, was always quick with a joke and was willing to share tales of his adventures.

He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Vicki; children, Anne (Tom) Beville of Liberty Hill, Texas, Jim (Eve) Wadzinski of Evensville, Tenn., Mike (Sue) Wadzinski of Owens Crossroads, Ala., and Jeannie (Clint) Benfield of Knoxville, Tenn.; 12 grandchildren; brothers, Dan (Sue) Wadzinski and Bob (Lynn) Wadzinski; and cousin, Faye Savage, all of Wisconsin.

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First published in the Anchorage Daily News on Jan 12, 2022

Betty Ammons Worthington

Jul 20, 1927 -

Jan 1, 2022

Betty Ammons Worthington, 94, passed peacefully at home on Jan. 1, 2022, in Eagle River, Alaska.

Mrs. Worthington was born on July 20, 1927, in Cincinnati, Ohio, graduated from Walnut Hills High School and earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Cincinnati. She married Peter L. Worthington on Nov. 11, 1950, and remained his love until he passed in 2013.

She and her husband came to Alaska in 2007 from Simpsonville, S.C., to be close to family and enjoy the Alaska outdoors. In retirement, she enjoyed volunteer work at a local hospital in Simpsonville, and both the Simpsonville and Chugiak United Methodist Churches and Eagle River Food Bank. She spent selfless hours caring for her family and those she befriended. Betty's love knew no end. She always excepted people with love and graciousness. She was truly a giving person.

She is survived by her daughter, Maude Worthington; son and daughter-in-law, Peter and Patricia Worthington; and daughter and son-in-law, Julia and Edward Scott Martin of Eagle River. She is also survived by four grandchildren: Hans Worthington and his wife Kimberly, Morgan Worthington and his wife Hannah, Cassidy Hanson and her husband Chuck, and Beth Martin. Finally, she is survived by one great-grandchild, Cassidy's daughter, Nora Austin.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Peter Worthington; and son, Charles Worthington.

The family asks that donations be made to one of the following, in lieu of flowers: Wounded Warrior Project, Eagle River Food Bank, Tunnel to Towers Foundation or the Nature Conservancy.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Legacy Funeral Homes and Chugiak United Methodist Church.