Thursday, May 19, 2011

Alaska Obituaries 05/19/2011


Alan O. Oines

A graveside service for Alan Otto Oines will be held at 3 p.m., Friday, May 20, at Birch Hill Cemetery. This will be a private service for family members and very close friends., Arrangements were entrusted to Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home.



Andrew "Andy" Lagomarsino*

Andrew James Lagomarsino (Andy) passed away suddenly at his home in Pittsburgh, Penn., on Saturday, May 7, 2011. Andy was born on Dec. 29, 1977, in Tulsa, Okla. He spent his childhood years in Irvine, Calif., Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, and ultimately Anchorage. He completed high school in Anchorage and joined the, . After his service, he returned to Anchorage and pursued his adventurous side with rock climbing and volunteered as an EMT with Chugach EMS., His interest in EMS took him to his post high school education at the University of Pittsburgh, where he earned his degree in paramedic medicine. His professional career in EMS followed with jobs with San Antonio City EMS, Guardian Flight EMS in Fairbanks, and ultimately to the City of Pittsburgh EMS., His family stated, "Those of us who knew Andy loved him for his spirit of adventure, sense of humor and joy of life. He truly loved being outdoors and spent his time rock climbing, fly fishing, and riding his Ducati superbike.", Andy's kind spirit and gentle heart is evidenced by his many dear friends and his closeness to family. He valued the time he spent visiting is parents and loved being the "big brother" to his brothers and little sister., His caring and compassion is evident in how much he loved those around him and in his choice of a career as a paramedic. He was an outstanding medic and crew chief, who loved helping those in need. Andy is survived by his extended family, including his father and stepmother, Jim and Tracy Lagomarsino of Anchorage; his mother and stepfather, Patty and Terry Thompson of Coeur d'Alene; his brothers, Rob Lagomarsino and Brandon Weir; his sister, Cydney Lagomarsino from Alaska; and his many aunts, uncles and cousins. He is also survived by his hundreds of close friends and co-workers in Pittsburgh, Coeur d'Alene and Anchorage., We will all miss his bright smile, caring heart and offbeat sense of humor. The world was always a brighter place when Andy was around.



Barbara K. Scanlan

Former Fairbanks and Tenakee Springs resident Barbara Kathleen Scanlan (nee Pegues), beloved daughter, sister, mother, aunt, grandmother and friend made her final journey on April 16, 2011, in Burien, Wash., with family members by her side after a brief battle with cancer., Barbara, a fifth-generation Alaskan, was born in Juneau on Jan. 6, 1950, the first daughter of Don and Elsie Pegues. She attended school in Juneau, Ketchikan and Pago Pago, American Samoa., During her years in Samoa, Barbara met and married Herb Scanlan Jr. and their daughters, Stephanie and Taimane, were born in Pago Pago. In the mid-1970s, the Scanlans moved to Fairbanks where Barbara worked for Sourdough Freight Lines. In early 1979, Barb and her daughters moved to Tenakee Springs where her parents and uncles had purchased Snyder Mercantile, which Barb managed for many years., She was a leader in the Tenakee Springs community, loved everyone and was loved in return. She was a dedicated gardener and was affectionately known as "the Teapot Lady," a reference to her collection of many teapots distributed throughout her garden. While sometimes a "white knuckle flyer," she was an aviation enthusiast, having grown up with Pan American Airways and her many years in Tenakee Springs as the local station manager for Channel Flying and Wings of Alaska., Barbara was not afraid to "go gently into that good night," as she had her deep faith to uphold and guide her. She was confident in the guide that would walk beside her on this final journey to her final destination., Barbara was preceded in death by her mother Elsie Pegues; uncles Jack, Jim, Terry, Geoff, Dick and Bill Pegues; aunt June Pegues; uncle George and Lois Schnabel; and brother Clarence Valencia., She is survived by the loves of her life: daughter and son-in-law, Stephani and Bill Tuaua and their children Jacob and Sophia Rose, all of Burien; daughter, Taimane Scanlan of Burien; sisters, Diana Pegues of Vida, Ore., Margaret Pegues of Fairbanks and Shelley Beery of Kent, Wash.; brother, Michael Valencia of San Francisco; father Don Pegues of Tenakee Springs; uncle Bob Pegues of Tenakee Springs; aunt Josephine of Juneau; uncle and aunt Rod and Donna Pegues of Juneau; niece, Nicole Pegues of Portland, Ore.; former husband Herb Scanlan Jr. of American Samoa; and her very special dear friends Tomi Strong and Vicki Wisenbaugh, both of Tenakee Springs., Her love went out to all of Tenakee Springs, her many cousins in Haines, Juneau and extended family in American Samoa. At her request, no service is planned.



Christopher Dunkelberger*

On Sunday, May 15, 2011, Christopher I. Dunkelberger passed away peacefully at the age of 78 as a result of a long-term heart condition., Christopher will be forever remembered by his loving wife of 57 years, Patricia, and their children, Christina Brandt (Jim), Bonnie Williams (Mark), Dawnita Stoddard (Randy), Amy Clark, Tim Dunkelberger (Beth), Helen Ly, Pam Gunter (Todd), Paula Craft (Gregory) and Lanetta Corrigan (Damon). Christopher will also be remembered by his 33 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren, his surviving brothers, Mason (Betty) and Benjamin (Peggy) and his sister Anita Sanders (Milford), as well as nieces, nephews and dear friends., Christopher was born in Olympia, Wash. Jan. 5, 1933, and spent most of his life in the Northwest raising his family. He was known for his skilled craftsmanship in building cabinets and specialized woodworking., He graduated in 1951 from Olympia High School and served in the, during the, . He moved to Anchorage in 1999 where he enjoyed fishing and spending time in his garden with his wife and family. He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and faithfully served in many callings in the church throughout his life., Christopher was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Luella, brothers Wayne, Robert, Justus and two grandchildren., Memorial services will be held in Eagle River on Friday, May 20, 2011, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 10012 Chandalar St., Eagle River. Family viewing will be held from 2-2:30 p.m., public viewing from 2:30-3:15 p.m. and funeral services will begin at 3:30 p.m., A second memorial service will be held in Lacey, Wash., on Wednesday, May 25, 2011, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints building located at 1602 Ruddell Road SE. Family viewing will be held from 9:30 -10 a.m., public viewing from 10-10:45 a.m. and funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. Directly following the memorial services in Lacey, there will be a graveyard service at Mills and Mills Memorial Park, 5725 Littlerock Road, Tumwater, Wash.



Daniel James McLean

Daniel James McLean, 71, passed away suddenly on May 6, 2011, at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital., Dan, a retired electrician, was a Fairbanks resident since 1959. A Mass of Christian Burial in his memory will be held at 1:30 p.m., Monday, May 16, at Holy Family Chapel, 615 Monroe St., Donations in his memory may be made to the Monroe Foundation for the local Catholic schools. A full obituary will be published at a later date., Arrangements were entrusted to Fairbanks Funeral Home., Please visit, to sign the online guest book.



Deidre Kathleen Littell

Longtime Alaskan and North Pole resident, Ms. Deidre Kathleen Littell, 37, died unexpectedly Saturday, May 14, 2011, at her home in North Pole.



Deidre Kathleen Littell #1

Longtime Alaska and North Pole resident Deidre Kathleen Littell, 37, died unexpectedly Saturday, May 14, 2011, at her home in North Pole., A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at Soldotna Methodist Church, 158 Binkley St., Soldotna. The Rev. Richard Whetsell will officiate., Deidre was born Nov. 14, 1973, at Bassett Army Community Hospital in Fairbanks. She attended Soldotna High School and received her GED through Kenai Peninsula College. She furthered her education by attending a charter college., Deidre spent most of her life in Alaska, living on Eielson Air Force Base from 1973-1976, in New Hampshire from 1976 to 1979, Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi from 1979-1983, Elmendorf Air Force Base from 1983-1987, Soldotna from 1987-1996, Fairbanks from 1996-2005 and the Fairbanks and Soldotna area from 2009-2011., Deidre worked at Soldotna Opticians, KATN-TV in Fairbanks and Wedbush-Morgan Securities in Fairbanks. She was member of the Soldotna United Methodist Church, and in her younger years, she was active in the Girl Scouts. Deidre loved her two sons "Boo" and "Beaner." She loved to spend time in the garden and watch the flowers bloom each summer. As a tissue donor she was able to make life better for others., The family wrote, "Her friends say they'll always remember her radiant smile and her crazy antics. She loved to cook and experiment with new recipes. To those who were close to her, she'll always be remembered as DDBird.", She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, the Rev. Edwin A. and Dorothy Fivehouse., She is survived by her sons, James of Rockport, Tex. and Jakob of Flandreau, S.D.; parents, Cindy and Bob Littell of Soldotna; sisters, Melissa Kline and her husband, Chris of Soldotna and Tamra Cokonougher and her husband, Brian of Fort Walton, Fla.; niece and nephew, Catie and Luke Kline of Soldotna and nephew, Bob Cokonougher of Fort Walton; uncle, Douglas Fivehouse of Tampa, Fla.; and numerous relatives on the East Coast., Memorial donations may be made in memory of Deidre to the Littell Family, P.O. Box 2765, Soldotna, AK 99669., Arrangements were entrusted to Peninsula Memorial Chapel.



Delores Evelyn "Dee" McKnight

North Pole resident Delores (Dee) Evelyn McKnight, passed away March 5, 2011., Dee was born Aug. 23, 1932. She was a former resident of Phoenix., She joined her husband Jack Sr. and daughter Dee Gallagher in heaven., Mom leaves behind three children she and her husband raised: Jack Jr. of Phoenix, Mark Garrett Jr. of Phoenix, and Julie McKnight Bee of Avondale, Ariz.; grandchildren, Steven Bigelow Jr. of Tucson, Ariz., and Scott and Mathew McKnight; and four great-grandkids., She wanted to say "thank you and goodbye" to her many friends both in Arizona and Alaska., Please visit, to sign the online guest book.



Doris Ann (Kreycik) Simon

Aug. 15, 1926-April 27, 2011, On Wednesday morning April 27, with family by her side, our mother Doris Simon died peacefully at the Anchorage Pioneers Home, she was 84., Doris was born and raised on a cattle ranch in Woodlake, Nebraska, one of eight children born to Sylvia and George Kreycik. She attended high school in Omaha, graduating with honors, but the Second World War interfered with her plans for college. In 1947 she married Robert J. Simon in Valentine, Nebraska, within a few years the newlyweds moved to Seattle where Doris worked while Bob attended the, The family will miss her for her intelligence, patience, unconditional love and open hearted optimism. Doris was preceded in death by her husband, Bob and son, Erik. She is survived by son Kris (Maryann) Simon of Anchorage, daughter Kathryn (Mark) Daughhetee of Seattle, granddaughters Kirsten and Kalyn Simon as well as two great-granddaughters all of Anchorage; and grandson Zane (Lynn) Daughhetee of Ann Arbor, Michigan. She is also survived by three of her siblings. A memorial service will take place in Anchorage on June 3. The family would like to thank the staff of the Juneau and Anchorage Pioneers' Home for their care and compassion these last years. Donations may be made in Doris's name to Alzheimer's Resource of Alaska, 1750 Abbot Road, Anchorage, Alaska 99507.



Dwight M. "Ben" West

Longtime Fairbanks resident Dwight Milford "Ben" West died April 20, 2011, in Kona, Hawaii., He was born to Earl and Edna West on June 21, 1929, in the Washington farming/timber community of Elma. But the farming life was not for him and as soon as he was of age, he joined the Navy. He served in the South Pacific and was honorably discharged in 1952 as an aviation structural mechanic. During this period, he unofficially became "Ben" since he hated the name Dwight., His next career was with a Seattle telephone company as an installer. On one of his jobs, he met his future wife - Marilyn Juneau. They eloped to Las Vegas to the dismay of her parents. The couple built a home on Bainbridge Island. Their lives were spent outdoors as much as possible - especially mountain climbing and skiing. Ben taught mountaineering classes for the Seattle Mountaineers., In the 1960s, they joined one of Ray Genet's climbing expeditions to Mount McKinley. After that, they decided to move to Alaska. It took a few years, but they arrived in Fairbanks in June 1970. They immediately fell in with the outdoor folks of Fairbanks - the Alpine Club and the cross country ski community. They built a home in Goldstream Valley summer 1971. That done, they had time to teach mountaineering classes for the Alpine Club. They led numerous trips into the Alaska Range and the Brooks Range. Eventually, they took to the water in canoes and rafts. Every June, they helped lead a Girl Scout trip down Birch Creek. They also participated in amateur radio, square dancing, curling, ice skating, biking and gardening., Ben worked for Municipal Utilities System until he retired at age 50. Since Marilyn still worked, Ben did the cooking and gained the reputation as quite the gourmet. In summer, he and Marilyn guided visitors for Brooks Range Expeditions and eventually their own company - The North by West. For several summers in the 1990s, Ben was part of the volunteer labor force that built St. Raphael's Catholic Church on the Old Steese Highway., They loved travel and made several trips to Europe and Hawaii. They took one summer to float the Yukon and another to float Canada's Mackenzie River. On a trip to Malawi to visit Father Loyon's mission, Ben surprised Marilyn by having the priest baptize him in the Catholic faith., His life experienced a major change with Marilyn's death in 1999. Though her parents originally objected, the marriage lasted more than 40 years. After a few years, Ben met the woman who would stay with him the rest of his life - Raylene Taylor of Hawaii. They met at the annual square dance event in Delta Junction. Originally they made their home in Fairbanks. In addition to square dancing, Ben and Raylene enjoyed bowling, movies and Goldpanners games. Their active life was curtailed by injuries suffered when Ben's van was hit by a drunken driver on Goldstream Road. They became snowbirds, and for the last two years they called Hawaii home., This past April, Ben fell and broke a hip. While in the hospital awaiting surgery, his liver failed. Three days later, Ben was gone., Ben was preceded in death by his parents and first wife, Marilyn., Ben leaves behind his partner Raylene and many friends in Fairbanks and Hawaii., A Fairbanks service for Ben will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, May 26, at St. Raphael's Catholic Church, 1125 Old Steese Highway., Condolences may be sent to Raylene Taylor, P.O. Box 6091, Ocean View, HI 99737.



Ellen J. Thomas

Ellen J. Thomas, 81, of Tanacross, passed away May 14, 2011, at her home in Tanacross., A visitation will be held from noon to 1 p.m., today, May 18, at Fairbanks Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held in Tanacross on Saturday, May 21, at 1 p.m., Arrangements were entrusted to Fairbanks Funeral Home.



Elroy Anthony "Kemp" Kempen

Fairbanks resident Elroy "Kemp" Anthony Kempen, 81, passed away May 12, 2011., The time and date of the service is pending. A full obituary will be published Sunday, May 22. Arrangements were entrusted to Northern Lights Mortuary.



Four Stryker soldiers killed in Afghanistan (Featured)

Four soldiers died May 16, 2011, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked their unit using an improvised explosive device in Zabul province, Afghanistan. The soldiers were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom., Three were assigned to the Brigade Troops Battalion, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Wainwright, Fairbanks, Alaska., They are: Spc. Bradley L. Melton, 29, Rolla, Mo.; Pvt. Lamarol J. Tucker, 26, of Gainesville, Fla.; and Pvt. Cheizray Pressley, 21, of North Charleston, S.C., Also killed was Staff Sgt. David D. Self, 29, of Pearl, Miss. He was assigned to the Fires Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, Vilseck, Germany., Please leave your thoughts and condolences to the soldiers' families in the guest book.



Gary White*

Anchorage resident Gary Lee White, 69, died May 7, 2011, at his residence from esophageal cancer., A memorial service will be Sunday, May 22, 2011, at 2 p.m., at Hope Learning Center, 570 W. 53rd Ave. with Pastor Rick Benjamin officiating., Gary was born Sept. 9, 1941, in Waukegan, Wis., to the late Frank and June White. He joined the, and was a telecommunications systems control superintendent and retired from Elmendorf Air Force Base on Oct. 31, 1979 as a master sergeant. In 1981 to 1984 he managed his own Kirby store in Anchorage. From 1984 to 1997 he worked telecommunications for ATU. In 1994 he endeavored on a new adventure in taking care of two special-needs ladies through HOPE in his home, something he dearly loved to do., Gary loved doing yard work and learning and playing with computers and programming., His family states, "Gary was a good husband and father and was very family oriented. He always had a good sense of humor about life and was always telling jokes. He loved working with special needs people of the community.", He was preceded in death by his daughter and son-in-law, Karren and Doug Barce; and his twin brother, Larry., He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Lydia White of Anchorage; daughter, Deborah Payne of London, England; son and daughter-in-law, Steven and Niki White of New Hampshire; eight grandchildren, Sara Payne, Adrianne Barce, Cortney Fogarty, Emily Barce, Lydia Barce, Darren Barce, Amanda White and Nick Payne; two great-grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law, Thomas and Susan White of Milwaukee, Wis., Arrangements are entrusted to Alaskan Heritage Memorial Chapel & Crematory of Anchorage.,



Gregory Joseph Riley

Our beloved Gregory Joseph Riley went to be with the Lord on May 5, 2011., Greg was born in Anchorage on Aug. 19, 1977, where he happily spent his first six years of his childhood., He was a proud Cub Scout, loved downhill skiing, swimming and attended schools at Hamilton Acres Baptist, Nordale and Hunter Elementary schools, Ryan Middle School and Lathrop High School. Greg enjoyed visiting his grandmother's house overlooking the Minto Flats., Greg was content with whatever situation he was in. He did not ask for anything from anyone but to just be happy. He was a loyal San Antonio Spurs fan., In addition to his younger brother, Patrick Erhart, and his niece, Aiyana Erhart. he is survived by his mother, Gloria, grandmother Josephine and numerous loving family and friends., Greg was preceded in death by grandfather Harry, aunt Lucille "Honey" and uncles Dale and Elmer., He will be laid to rest and a memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., today, Thursday, May 12, at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Minto., Arrangements were entrusted to Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home.



Horace Hunt Jr.*

Former Alaska resident Horace Chapman Hunt, Jr., 69, died of natural causes at his home in Livingston, Ala., on May 3, 2011. Graveside services were held at Myrtlewood Cemetery in Livingson on May 6. The Revs. Richard Losch and Bryan Hatchett officiated., Horace was born July 18, 1941 in Birmingham Ala., to Alice (Aylward) and Dr. Horace Chapman Hunt Sr. and graduated from St. Bernard Prep in Cullman, Ala. He received a bachelor's degree in Engineering and a master's from the University of Alabama. He was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity and Jason's Honor Society, among other organizations., He was a U.S., Vietnam Veteran., He was a business developer for Brown and Root, Inc. in Baton Rouge, La., and was transferred to Alaska in 1984 and lived in Anchorage until 2000. After leaving Brown and Root, he served as director of the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, and for Alaskans for Tort Reform, and consulted with villages on Prince William Sound on recovery from the Exxon Valdez oil spill., His younger son James was born in Anchorage, and his younger daughter Mary Helen graduated from Steller High School. Horace loved spending time with his family and friends fishing and snowmachining at their wilderness cabin in Petersville, and he rarely missed a wild turkey hunting season in Alabama. He was known for his skill on the grill and his unsurpassable deep fried catfish., He is survived by sons, Duncan Douglas Hunt of Atlanta, and James Chapman Hunt of Boulder, Colo.;, daughters, Alice Hunt Tillman (Michael L.) of Atlanta, and Mary Helen Hunt of Atlanta; sister, Nelle Hunt Hirschy of Birmingham; and one grandchild, Lane Elizabeth Tillman of Atlanta., He was preceded in death by his parents., Family and friends will remember him for his love of classical music, generous nature, intellectual wit and considerable charm., In lieu of flowers, the family suggested donations be made to: The West Alabama Chapter of the American Red Cross, 1100 Veterans Memorial Parkway, Tuscaloosa, AL 35404,, , Phone: 205 758-3608. Covenant Community, 623 Spring St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30308,, , Phone: 404 881-4660., Visit, to sign the online register and post condolences to the family., Bumpers Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.



Joyce Hogan

A celebration of life will be held in remembrance of her at 2 p.m. Sunday at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 9161 Cinema Drive. Friends and family are invited. 



Laila Clarke

Clarke was born Dec. 6, 1938 in Trondheim, Norway. She moved to San Francisco in 1956 and attended community college, where she learned to read, write and speak English. Later she became a U.S. citizen., Laila moved to Juneau in 1973 and worked many years for the state Department of Labor until retiring in the late 1990s. She loved traveling, gardening, long walks and spending quality time with numerous friends, relatives and her pets., She lived life to the fullest every day of her life. She will be greatly missed by all her friends and family., She is survived by her two sons, William Clarke and Michael Johnson, both of Juneau, and her extended family in Norway., At her request, there will be private services for family and close friends.



Louise R. Caffey

Louise Rose Caffey, 89, died peacefully at home May 12, 2011, surrounded by family., A longtime resident of Atlanta, she moved to Fairbanks May 3, 2010, to be with her family., She is survived by her daughter, Linda Denton of Fairbanks; granddaughter and son-in-law Angela and Nick DeAngelo of Canton, Ga. and great-granddaughter Sarah; granddaughter Ava Denton of Baker City, Ore. and great-granddaughter Alexandra Chen of Bellevue, Wash.; grandson and daughter-in-law, David and Eleanor Denton of Fairbanks and great-grandchildren Hannah, Alton and Ava., Our gratitude to Sherry Pappert of Hospice of the Tanana Valley and Janice Stables and her staff at ANP Family Care., Arrangements were entrusted to Fairbanks Funeral Home.



Marie E. Majors

A graveside service for Marie Evelyn Majors will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, May 22, at Birch Hill Cemetery., Marie passed away on March 19, 2011., Arrangements were entrusted to Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home.



Michael Adams

Michael A. Adams passed away on May 2, 2011, in Anchorage., A visitation will be held on Friday, May 20, 2011 at 9:30 a.m. at Janssen's Evergreen Memorial Chapel, 737 E Street with a service to follow at 10:30 a.m., He will be laid to rest at Fort Richardson National Cemetery at noon., Arrangements are with Janssen's Evergreen Memorial Chapel.



Patricia Ann (Seibert) Reifenstein

She graduated from Redford H.S. in 1942 and received her nursing diploma from Detroit's Harper Hospital School of Nursing in 1945. Between 1945 and 1974 Pat worked in the health care field at local hospitals, physician's offices and the Department of Public Health in Detroit while earning her bachelor's in Nursing and Master's in Nursing Administration from Wayne State University. Her sense of adventure took her to Saudi Arabia in 1974 where, for two years, she was the Chief of Nursing at the Whittaker Jeddah Hospital. It was during this time that she met her future husband, Dr. George H. Reifenstein, who was also there on assignment., Pat returned to Detroit in 1976 and worked for the Oakland County Health Division until 1981 when she relocated to Fort Myers, Florida, where she worked as a consultant for the Department of Health until 1988., Pat's Alaskan adventure started in 1987-88 when long-time friend and recent widower George Reifenstein was visiting in Florida. With so many shared interests in travel, faith, nature and medicine, the two were a wonderful pair; they were married at Saint Paul's Catholic Church in Juneau on August 11, 1988, and moved into their home on Auke Lake. They also enjoyed traveling. There was always a dog in the house. Pat was especially fond of dogs rescued from difficult situations and neighborhood dogs that recognized a "soft touch" and camped out on her deck waiting for biscuits. Pat also fully embraced her new Alaska family, including children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren., After her husband George passed away in 1999, Pat wanted to do something in his memory that would benefit both the medical community and the town that made him feel so welcome. She donated $200,000 to the Bartlett Regional Hospital Foundation to start the Reifenstein Dialysis Center which opened in 2003. Pat was an active member of P.E.O., Chapter D, and regular attendee at St. Paul's Catholic Church., For the last year, in declining health, Pat resided at the Helping Hands Healing Heart assisted living home under the warm and loving care of Julie Delaplain and the Delaplain family. Pat's family wishes to acknowledge the many kindnesses shown by Auke Lake neighborhood friends, her supporting friends from Saint Paul's, her P.E.O. sisters and many others., Pat is survived by her stepson George Reifenstein Jr. (Deborah); son-in-law Roger Porto (Janet Argevitch); along with grandchildren Debbie Lynn Hutcherson (Michael); Ami Reifenstein (Scott Gende)-all of Juneau; Heidi Reifenstein (Wayne Leighty) of Anchorage; Peter Reifenstein (Scarlett) of Rogersville, Tennessee; Stephen Porto of North Augusta, South Carolina; great-grandchildren Taylor Simons of Rock Island, Illinois; Gavin and Tatum Gende of Juneau; sister Gloria Schmeling and brother John Seibert (Therese) of Detroit, Michigan; and numerous nieces and nephews in California, Massachusetts, Michigan and Ohio., A memorial mass will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, May 20th, at St. Paul's Catholic Church, 9055 Atlin Drive, followed by a reception in the Parish Hall. Internment will take place in late August when Pat's ashes will be placed with her husband George's in a columbarium at Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made either to the Gastineau Humane Society Second Chance Fund, 7705 Glacier Highway, Juneau, AK 99801 or to P.E.O. Chapter D, for a nursing scholarship, at PO Box 33613, Juneau, AK 99803., The family can be contacted in care of George Reifenstein, Jr., 4202 Auke Lane, Juneau, AK 99801.



Patsy Jean "Pat" Brandt

Patsy (Pat) Jean Brandt, 72, passed away May 9, 2011, in Goodyear, Ariz., Patsy was born on July 10, 1938, at Decatur, Ark., a daughter of Earl D. and Marillia (Smith) Garrett., Patsy was a former longtime business owner in Hooper, Colo., having operated several local businesses. She was a former resident of Hooper, Winnemucca, Nev. and Fairbanks., Patsy enjoyed dancing. She loved working, but especially loved taking care of her children and grandchildren., Patsy is survived by her four children and their spouses, Diane Sanders of Aurora, Colo., Dave and Bonnie Curtis of Goodyear, Ariz., Pam and Ken Carpenter of Midvale, Idaho and Doug and Sherrie Brandt of Manassa, Colo.; 16 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren., She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Steven L. Brandt on Aug. 8, 2010; and by a brother, Benny Ronald Garrett., Visitation will begin at 8:30 a.m., followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m., Monday, May 16, at Holt Family Florence Historic Chapel, 120 N. Pike's Peak Ave., Florence, Colo. with Pastor Rick McDermott officiating. Interment will follow at 2 p.m. at Union Highland Cemetery in Florence., Arrangements were entrusted to Holt Family Florence Historic Funeral Home.



Pesefea Foatiliga

Pesefea Foatiliga, 56, died at Providence Alaska Medical Center on May 7, 2011. A family service will be held for her Thursday, May 19, at 6 p.m. A public service will be on Friday at 9 a.m. at 1st LMS Church, 3901 Taft Dr. and a burial will follow at 11 a.m. at Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery., Arrangements have been entrusted to Legacy Funeral Homes Bragaw Chapel.



Rachel Jordan Allen*

Rachel Jordan Allen, 57, known as Kathy by family and friends, died April 29, 2011, at her home in Anchorage from complications of diabetes., She was born May 7, 1953, at the old military hospital on Fort Richardson to Jimmie and Roberta Jordan. She was raised in Anchorage, attending school and graduating from East High School., Kathy is survived by her sons, Derek Jordan of Anchorage and Kevin Collins of California; sisters, Era Tolbert of Wasilla and Shellie Helton of Anchorage; grandsons, Bradley Hulsey-Jordan of Arizona and Sean Paul Collins of Washington state; her parents in Anchorage; and several nieces and many cousins in Alaska, Alabama and Texas., She will rest in Angelus Memorial Cemetery on Klatt Road in Anchorage, close to her brother, Mark Jordan; grandmother, Mattie Jordan; and aunt, Marie Tveit, all of whom preceded her in death., No services are planned.



Raymond Clark Jr.

Raymond Clark Jr., 57, passed away April 23, 2011, in Fairbanks. He was born April 11, 1954, in Pendleton, Ore., Ray was a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation in Oregon and the Chugach Native Corp. in Alaska. Ray was very proud of his Alaska Native and American Indian heritage. His father was Raymond Clark Sr., and his mother's were Hannah Bettles and Dorothy Clark. He spent his childhood up the Umatilla River and attended school in Athena, Ore., He joined the, in 1972 and was stationed on the USS Dixie. This is where he learned "to turn his brown eyes blue." In 2001 he married Colleen O'Halloran., Ray worked many years for the Union Pacific Railroad. He also worked as a mechanic on heavy equipment for a mining company in Alaska, as an engineer on a fishing boat in Dutch Harbor, in the logging industry and in masonry. He loved to hunt, cut wood in the mountains and was never too far from home without his beloved dog, Baby., Ray loved the mountains and the rivers and spent time there whenever possible. He loved spending time with his grandkids; they knew him affectionately as their "Papa." He had the best Cheshire grin and deep laugh that will be sorely missed by all of his family and friends. Ray was a kind, thoughtful, loving, sharing and caring husband., His wife stated, "I am so thankful for all the love we shared and will always cherish the memories of our life together. He was and will always be my 'Ray of sunshine.'", He is survived by his wife, Colleen; his children and their spouses., Bryon Clark, Tawni (Clark) and Jason Holtzman, Kathy and Ruben Candelaria, Amber and Cody Pierce and Justin Erickson; his beloved grandchildren, Kyndel and Landyn Holtzman of Fairbanks, Jeremiah and Kaidence Pierce of Fort Richardson and Sitalia, Ruben and Joseph Candelaria of Denver; his good friend, Julie Clark; his siblings, Leroy Himes, Nina Zerba, Darla Clark, Marlene Cook and Lonnie Cloe; mother-in-law, Rebecca Nelson; two sisters-in-law; and eight brothers-in-law., He was preceded in death by his father Raymond Clark Sr.; his mother's, Hannah Bettles and Dorothy Clark; little brother Leighton; "Pops" Nick Nelson; father-in-law, Charles O'Halloran; son Shawn Robinson; and his best friend Virgil Bronson., There will be no service at his request. His cremains will be scattered in Dutch Harbor, one of his favorite places, the Blue Mountains of Oregon where he spent his childhood and some will be kept close to our hearts., Arrangements were entrusted to Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home.



Richard Pellett*

Private family services have already been conducted for Richard A. Pellett, 80, who died May 9 at his Anchorage home. He was born on May 15, 1930, in Tacoma, Wash., to the late Joe and Lucy Pellett. He came to Alaska in 1954., He worked mostly in the logging industry and was superintendent of the Blue Lake Project out of Sitka in 1961. He was superintendent of the Philippine logging project in 1965-66. He was also the superintendent of the Chile, South America, logging project and the Tyonek Timber Logging project for the Japanese out of Anchorage. He also commercial fished. His last job was on the North Slope for five years., He enjoyed flying as a private pilot, fishing and hunting wolves, caribou, moose, sheep and deer., According to his family, "Richard was asked to go to several places in the Philippines, Malaysia, Chile and the Amazon to check out timber for different companies. He accepted each and every one and took his family with him. He earned many letters of commendations and many offers of work, but he decided that Alaska was his home.", He was preceded in death by his brother, Fred Pellett., He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Whyomia Jean Pellett of Anchorage; two sons and daughters-in-laws, Richard and Jeanie of Big Lake and Ronald and Teresa of Anchorage; four grandchildren, Ryan, Bill, Staci and Robert; three great-grandchildren, Kaitlin, Corey and Ali; two brothers and sister-in-law, Don Pellett and Jack and Joan Pellett both of Alsea, Ore.; two sisters, Marylou McCoy of Kelso, Wash., and Betty Pellett of Albany, Ore., Arrangements by Alaskan Heritage Memorial Chapel of Anchorage,



Robert Thomas Hanagio Joey

Joey was born in Tacoma, Wash. on July 12, 1971. He went to Chemawa Indian School in 1989., He is survived by his children Troy Thomas and Raven Shundain Joey; children's mother Brittany Parfitt of Seattle; parents Robert and Mary Ann Joey of Phoenix; sisters Jamie (James Katzeek) Joey and Jolene Joey, and other family members and friends., Services will be held in Seattle at a time to be announced. Donations can be given to Eleanor Hotch or put in account no. 3650334844 at Wells Fargo Bank. Reference Robert T.H. Joey Mary Joey when making the deposit.



Sean Sloan*

Sean Xavier Sloan of Anchorage passed away at his home on May 9, 2011. He was born in Houston, Texas, on May 22, 1964, to Bob and Margaret Sloan. His family moved to Alaska in 1965, settling in Palmer, where he grew up with his three sisters, Letha, Roberta, and Arletta., Sean worked at The Anchorage Times until it closed; Alaska Commercial Company and finally at the Second Chance on Spenard Road, where he found a home among like-minded people. He is remembered for his kindness and his quietly perverse humor., He was preceded in death by his nephew, Michael Mumphry; both sets of grandparents; his aunts, Loretta and Bonnie; his brother-in-law, Alan Butts; and two close friends, Sam Maus and Kirk Momartz. He is survived by his twice-former wife and dear friend for life, Diana Harrison; his three children, Andrew Hager, Tiffany and Braden Sloan; his granddaughters, Glacia and Honey Jade; his parents, Bob and Margaret Sloan; and his sisters, Letha Butts, Roberta Soolook and Arletta Sloan; as well as many nieces and nephews., A memorial gathering for Sean will be held at Fox Run Lodge, located at 4466 S. Glenn Highway near Palmer, on May 22, 2011 between 3 and 5 p.m. If you have memories of Sean that you wish to share, please visit the group 'In Memory of Sean' on Facebook.



Shane Thomas Charlie

Shane Thomas Charlie introduced himself to us on Oct. 24, 1988. He was a very well-liked and loved guy. He had numerous friends from around Alaska and beyond., Shane brought us lots of amusing moments in life. When Shane was just a little guy, he participated in one-dog class during the Minto Spring Carnival. He insisted that he be dressed like his favorite movie character "The Terminator." So donning his little outfit and a sign that proclaimed him to be "Terminator Shane," he left the chute at a blistering pace and promptly began yelling; he yelled from the starting line to the finish., When he went with his class on a trip to Seward, he wound up being the only boy in a van full of girls. So, being kids they played a game in which the object was to see who could keep their hands raised the longest. Shane lost. The penalty being that he had to get out of the van and dance to get back in. So he, being who he was, proceeded to strut his stuff., He also enjoyed his experience firefighting and was looking forward to the upcoming fire season. His first season was last year in which he took part of a small group of rookies who were dispatched to a small fire on the Elliott Highway. He was all packed for a 14-day excursion, but his first foray into the field was a mere 18 hours long. He did get to make several other trips last year., Shane had gusto in everything that he accomplished during his life. One of his greatest joys was music, his "baby" was his guitar, Jazmine. He had composed a song that he was perfecting. Another love was Charlie, a pup he adopted a couple of years ago, which kept him busy chasing after him every 15 minutes when he'd try to run away., In 2001, Shane participated in the Midnight Sun Run, after months of training under the watchful eye of his Uncle Vincent. He placed 66th, out of a field of 250 in his age bracket., Shane left this world on May 7, 2011., He was preceded in death by his grandparents Cerosky and Linda Charlie; grandpa Donald Baker Sr.; uncles, Delanor, Larry, Randy Charlie and Donald Baker Jr.; cousins, Isaiah, Martin, Lydia Charlie and Chris Simmonds; and great-grandfather Robert Titus., He is survived by his parents, Kenneth and Sheryle Charlie; his siblings, Jeremy, Jesse and sister-in-law Candace, Stuart, Randy, (sister) Kelsey and Dallas; nephews, Triston and Kyler; grandmother Jennie Baker; great-grandmother Elsie Titus; grandpa Robert Charlie; good cousins, Joseph Baker, Gareth Baker and Lafon Charlie; his special friends, Frankie Silas, Nelson Gibson and Skye Malemute; and numerous aunties, uncles and cousins., We will bring Shane home to Minto on May 11., Visitation will be held from noon-1 p.m. followed by a funeral service at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 14., Arrangements were entrusted to Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home.



Terry Wayne Rader

Terry was born on January 11, 1947 to Wayne and Evelyn Rader in Sutherland, Oregon. Terry was an only child but had a step-sister and brother. Terry spent his youth in Roseburg, Oregon. Terry joined the Air Force in January of 1969 and was released on the 25th of January of 1972 with an honorable discharge and the grade of Sargent. After he had fulfilled his job for his country Terry started to College at Oregon State, and received a B.A. in Parks and Recreation. After moving to Alaska in 1980 he first worked in Anchorage, then applied for District Ranger in Haines and got the job. His job was later moved to Juneau in 1985, but before the move he had to attend the Police Academy he then settled in Juneau where he went to work for the Dept. Of Natural Resources until he retired in 2001. Terry's love for fishing and hunting never changed especially after he retired. But I will say if Terry loved anything more then fishing and hunting it was Rosie (his first Harley Davidson Motorcycle). After his retirement in 2001 he went on a Harley Ride across country that lasted 4 years and 80,000 miles., After Terry's long ride he settled down to write a book on his fathers escape from Germany through the under ground rail road in France. His fathers plane was shot down during World War II but escaped the exploding plane and parachuted safely to ground. A great story that Terry never will get to finish. Terry always had some project going, but no matter what type fun or business he was zoomed in and a perfectionist. We used to tease him and call it his "German since of order.", Terry is survived by his wife Kathie Rader, two of her children, Tonya Isturis her husband Vince and there children Vinnie, Derek and Keely. Brent Johnson his wife Timika and there three children Austin, Brandon and Jessie. He is survived by his nephew David Stribling and his wife and 4 children, also Lisa Paul her husband and her two children who all live in Roseburg, Oregon. Also his Step-Mother Frances Rader and her children who live in, Sutherland, Oregon. Terry was preceded in death by his Father Wayne Rader, his Mother Evelyn Rader, his sister Barbara Stribling., Terry's funeral was May 6th, 2011 but so many friends could not attend, so we are having a celebration of Life for Terry which will be held on Saturday, May 21st, 2011 at Skaters Cabin from 12:00 Noon until 4:00PM. All friends and relatives are invited to join in this love of life for Terry. Please come and have a good time. I know Terry would be glad to see all his friends and relatives trading stories laughing and crying together.



Virginia June Clayton

In 1939, a sincere 17-year-old girl wrote the following "resolutions." More than 71 years later, still striving to perfect this thoughtful list, Virginia June Clayton closed her eyes in death. Virginia died at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital May 11, 2011., Resolutions: 1. To be a better girl. 2. To be kinder to mom and dad. 3. To be always truthful. 4. To make the best of everything. 5. To make every effort count. 6. To climb up many rungs toward my goal. 7. To believe in God -always. 8. To trust Him. 9. To learn to know Him better so I will not climb my ladder alone. 10. To keep going -never rest - strive to conquer. 11. To not slip back a rung - keep steadily onward. 12. To read my Bible often and finish it this year of 1939. 13. To be generous. 14. To be kind and polite to all. 15. To keep my diary. 16. To conquer my faults. 17. To fight toward my light. 18. To get closer this year than ever before. 19. To be a cleaner, finer, healthier and happier, God loving girl., Born June 13, 1922, and known as Ginny, Virginia June Merrill grew up in Eastern Oregon and graduated from Baker City High School in 1939. Upon graduation, Ginny immediately set out to reach one of her goals. Earning money as a telephone operator, she paid her way and achieved not only a license to fly airplanes, but also to teach others how to do the same., Soloing in a J-3 Cub on Dec. 7, 1941, was the best part of that day for Ginny. Of course Dec. 7, 1941, also was a day in the history of our nation and a time of serious business for a country defending freedom., Ginny's first instructing efforts were with a Navy program. In later years, a few of her students voiced appreciation for her insistence in the "on-point landing" requirements. That training came in handy when those new, young pilots were landing on naval carriers, and missing the mark could have met with serious disaster., Soon after the naval flight training program ended, Ginny was given the opportunity to transfer to Fairbanks and train ambitious young fliers. When she arrived at Week's Field, she did not go unnoticed, as there were no other female flight instructors. Needless to say, she was a big hit and had a waiting list for students. One student in particular held her in the highest regard. This student was George Clayton and soon after he soloed, under her direction, the two wed and spent 62 years together as husband and wife., Ginny left her flying career behind as George polished his. Ginny tended to family business as mother of three children, while George supported the family with a flying career that spanned from flying a Gull-Wing Stinson on wheels, skis and floats, delivering mail along the Kuskokwim in 1949, to providing passenger service, flying the Boeing 737 between Anchorage and Seattle, until his retirement in 1980., While George advanced his aviation career, Ginny kept working on that list of resolutions. Seeking God was ever important and she continued her search. In 1962, Ginny was baptized as one of Jehovah's Witnesses, having at last found the combination that felt ever-so-good in her heart. Ginny shared her faith with all she met, spending much time in a ministry service and becoming a spiritual mother and sister to many. Ginny will be missed by all her spiritual brothers and sisters, her family, and the general public who knew her only as "Bo Peep.", Ginny was preceded in death by her parents, George and Iva Merrill, her husband, George Capen Clayton, and her oldest daughter, Mary Christine Clayton., She is survived by her son, Gregory Helm Clayton; daughter, Nancy Gail Petersen; granddaughters, Tanya Clayton-Godfrey (Wade Godfrey) and Naomi Clayton; grandsons, Nathaniel B. Petersen and Douglas S. Petersen; and great-grandson Jade Clayton (son of Naomi Clayton)., A memorial service will be held at 3:30 p.m., Saturday, May 21, at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 1247 Old Steese Highway. A reception will follow the service. Contributions may be made in her memory to Pioneer Air Museum at Pioneer Park for the preservation of Alaska aviation history, or to support the worldwide preaching work of Jehovah's Witnesses, c/o Treasurer's Office, 25 Columbia Heights, Brooklyn, NY 11201-2483., Arrangements were entrusted to Fairbanks Funeral Home.



Walter Griffeth

He was born April 5, 1919 in Sacramento, Calif., but lived in Alaska and abroad as a station manager for Pan American Airways for many years, settling in Juneau in 1980., Walter was preceded in death by his wife, Anne. He is survived by children Linda Perez and her husband, Vic, of Juneau, Victoria Trafton and her husband, Donald, of Scottsdale, Ariz., Pat Ellis of Juneau, and Walter Griffeth Jr. and his wife Coco, of Fremont, Calif., and other family members., The family requests that memorials be made in the form of a donation to the charity of your choice. A celebration of life will be held in Juneau in July. A full obituary and details regarding the celebration will follow at a later date.

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