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BeaverAgnes "Babydoll" ( -

First published in the Anchorage Daily News on Feb 27, 2020

Agnes "Babydoll" Beaver

Aug 26, 1947 -

Feb 21, 2020

Babydoll, 72, a longtime resident of King Cove, peacefully went home to Our Lord on the afternoon of Feb. 21, 2020. She is survived by her six children: Rosetta (John) Alcantra, Ruby (Bert) Christiansen, Roberta (Mike) Sutton, Rebecca (Harlan) Newman, Rudy (Nicole) Demoski Jr. and Georgie (Rick) Foerch. Twenty grandchildren called her Nana. Babydoll is preceded in death by her brothers, "Tuckin" and Dennis Gould; as well as her husband, Georgie Beaver; and her ex-husband, Rudy Demoski Sr. Surviving are sisters, Beverly Mack and Harriet Berikoff; brothers Daniel, Robert and Clarence; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Babydoll was born on Aug. 26, 1947, to the late Harry Gould Sr. and Agnes. She is remembered as "Dad's pet." In 1967, she graduated from Mt. Edgecumbe High School in Sitka and briefly attended dental hygienist school in Kansas. She moved back to Alaska and then married Rudy in March 1969. As a young bride and mother, she moved to Anvik, where she resided until 1980 and also lived in McGrath and Anchorage. In 1996, she settled in King Cove after her husband Georgie passed.

There are many ways to describe our Mom and friend, common adjectives include: friendly, crazy, fun, creative, honest (to a fault), Christian and loyal. For many years as a single mother she worked hard to support her children as a career counselor, behavioral health aide and a school cook. She used her creativity to participate in the annual bazaars, with everything from baked goods to candles, making ends meet. She loved baking, crocheting, ceramics, dancing and having fun with her grandbabies.

Babydoll was an accomplished baker and homemaker, even though she got a D in home ec class. She made the most amazing maple bars, doughnuts and breads. She showed her love by crocheting many afghans and other crafts. She could make a simple meal into the best you ever tasted. Her cooking, similar to her love, was not in measurements. There were never any cups or teaspoons of anything, just a handful, a "slavagut," dash or pinch, or splash.

Our dear mother, Nana, friend and sister is at rest and peace. Surrounded by skeins of yarn and beads, she's tapping her feet to worship music and sharing an infectious laugh with those she loves as she looks upon us, and smiles. Her children invite you to a Celebration of Life and a reception at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 1, 2020, at the Alaska Native Heritage Center, 8800 Heritage Center Drive in Anchorage. Wear your brightest colors, bring a dish and share your stories with us. She will be laid to rest in King Cove next to her parents and brothers at a later date.

BelenskiWilliam ( -

First published in the Anchorage Daily News on Feb 26, 2020

William Belenski

Aug 9, 1953 -

Feb 17, 2020

Captain William A. Belenski, 66, passed away on Feb. 17, 2020, at home in Olympia, Wash.

Bill was born on Aug. 9, 1953, in Longview, Wash., to Donald and Alma "Jean" (Walker) Shepard.

In 1961, Jean married Harvey Belenski and the family moved to Anchorage, Alaska, days after the 1964 earthquake.

Bill obtained his pilot's license in 1969, and graduated from East High School in 1971.

In 1972, Bill enlisted in the Army and served as an E4 SPC as a member of the Military Police and CID near Kitzingen, Germany.

He received an honorable discharge from the Army, and moved to Sequim, Wash., and obtained his Commercial Pilot's License. After a year of flying for Del Air in Bethel, Alaska, he moved to Anchorage and flew as a captain for AAI.

Bill and Carol A. Fowler of Sequim were married in 1976 and had daughters Christine and Stacie.

In 1981, Bill started working for the U. S. Department of the Interior, OAS and in 1986 worked as a copilot for America West Airlines, before moving to Olympia to continue as a 737 Captain.

Bill married Judy Dahlquist in 1988. He built a home by hand and they started a Japanese maple farm. Bill retired in 1996, and continued to enjoy his Japanese maples business until his death. He also spent a great deal of time with three of his granddaughters. He traveled to Alaska as often as possible to visit family and friends and fish for salmon.

Bill is survived by his wife, Judy; daughter, Christine (Brian) and granddaughters, Olivia and Emerson of Anchorage; daughter, Stacie and granddaughters, Emily, Katherine and Margaret of Olympia; brother, Ronald and niece, Adrie (Leon) of Anchorage; and brother, Donald (Sherri) of Dayton, Nev.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Jean and Harvey Belenski, and Donald Shepard.

A celebration of life is Sunday, March 1, 2020, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., 455 North Street SE, Tumwater, Wash.; 360-753-1065.

Crider (Skonberg)Gloria Jean ( -

First published in the Anchorage Daily News on Feb 23, 2020

Gloria Jean Crider (Skonberg)

May 20, 1946 -

Feb 19, 2020

Gloria was called to her heavenly reward on Feb. 19, 2020, at Alaska Regional Hospital after a short respiratory illness.

She is survived by her husband, Anthony Crider; and five adult children, Antonio Miles Garrison of Kenai, Alaska, Corrina Rae Pastana of Anchorage, Alaska, Richard William Garrison Jr. of Anchorage, Honey Michelle Crider of Pahrump, N.V., and Marc Anthony Crider of Wasilla, Alaska. She is also survived by four Skonberg brothers of Kodiak, Alaska: Calvin, Ralph, James and Gustav. She also has many grandchildren and great-grandchildren and many other relatives and friends. She was preceded by daughter, Rebecca Ann Kragero; and granddaughter, baby Corrina Pastana.

She enjoyed homework and crafts including sewing, crocheting, cooking and baking. Her pastries, cakes and cookies were greatly appreciated by all who shared them. She enjoyed visits from her children and their families in her Anchorage home, and they with her, because they could get some of grandma's cooking and baking, and receive the products of her sewing and crocheting. Her other favorite pastimes were jigsaw puzzles, shopping and playing bingo, and she frequented those establishments.

The family requests that all please remember her in your prayers.

The Christian service will be at Legacy Witzleben Funeral Home, 1707 Bragaw Street at noon on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020.

Cunningham-NolinPatricia Jane  

First published in the Anchorage Daily News on Feb 23, 2020

Patricia Jane Cunningham-Nolin

June 26, 1960 -

Nov 28, 2019

Patricia Jane Cunningham-Nolin, 59, died at MatSu Regional on Nov. 28, 2019, after a brief illness, with her husband Tony, and brothers-in-law John and Patrick Nolin by her side.

Born in Los Angeles, Calif., she was the proud daughter of Jack and Eleanor Cunningham and was raised in L.A. until the age of 13, when the family moved to Goleta, Calif. Patti attended Dos Pueblo High School where she excelled in all her classes and was a cheerleader. In her youth she traveled around the world with her parents, seeing Spain, Portugal, Amsterdam and many other European locations. After graduation in 1978, Patti went on to UCSB where she earned her master's degree. She was a Mensa member.

In her off time during college Patti and friends spent time surfing, swimming, playing beach volleyball and water skiing. She was also a Black Diamond downhill skier, enjoyed barrel racing, riding her horses in shows and hanging out at the Maverick Saloon with her friends.

Patti came to Alaska in the summer of 1998 for a mutual friend's wedding, where she met Tony Nolin, and that's where her Alaskan story began. They fell in love and after a few months of a long-distance relationship, Patti moved to Alaska and began 21 years of adventure, love and marriage with Tony.

Patti enjoyed her new life in Alaska where she met many new friends, but she and Tony traveled frequently to Southern California and Florida to visit their families.

In December 1999, Patti and Tony spent Christmas in Goleta with her parents, then on to L.A. to attend the Y2K Millennium concert at the Staples Center. In November 2000 at the Gold Bar in Palmer, they were married in an unofficial ceremony by Babe Sager and Butch Fondon.

Although Patti was always dressed to a tee, later in life she still enjoyed spending time with family and friends in Talkeetna, Alaska. In August 2019, Patti and Tony were married in Talkeetna by their good friends John and Kelly Fink.

Patti is survived her husband, Tony of Palmer; John and Diane Nolin of Palmer; Patrick and Erma Nolin of Fairbanks; Patricia Edgerton of Minnesota.; Roger and Angie Johnson of Fairbault, Minn.; Judy Iverson of International Falls, Minn.; Vincent Nolin and Pam of Minn.; Anna Marie Hausdorf of Florida; her sons, Brandon and Nick Ventura of Honolulu; her brother and sister-in-law, Tom and Rhonda Cunningham; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents.

There will be a Celebration of Life at American Legion Post 15 in Palmer on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020m at 2 p.m. Sometime in April there will be another Celebration of Life in Goleta, for her many friends and family there, and her ashes will be spread on Goleta beach along with her parents' ashes.

DahlAllan Olson ( -

First published in the Anchorage Daily News on Feb 21, 2020

Allan Olson Dahl

Oct 2, 1937 -

Feb 14, 2020

Allan Olson Dahl Sr. passed away at his home on Feb. 14, 2020. He was born on Oct. 2, 1937, in Talkeetna, Alaska. He married the love of his life, Nina, on Oct. 12, 1962. In their 57 years together they raised six children and grandchildren: Olson, Charlamagne, Yvonne, Thomas, Cherrelle and Ben. When they lived in Kotzebue, Alaska, Allan worked as a maintenance supervisor for NANA Regional Corporation from 1979-1981. From there he became the maintenance supervisor for the State of Alaska National Guard. Making him responsible for all the armory hangars throughout the state of Alaska until he retired in 1997. After retirement Allan and Nina settled into life in Anchorage, Alaska, where they remained until his passing.

Allan leaves behind his loving wife, Nina Dahl; their childrenm Olson Dahl (Keegan Richards), Cherrelle Dahl, Allan Dahl Jr., Yvonne Dahl, Thomas Dahl and Ben Dahl Rouzman; his grandchildren, Leon Shellabarger III, Daisy and Charlie Christiansen, Howie Jr, Kazara and Savannah Wilson; great-grandchildren, Gustav and Estelle Dahl and Guinevere Shellabarger; his sister, Ollie Hudson (Cliff); and nephews, Chuck, Bruce and Scotty Hudson, Keith and Clinton Robson, and Monty and Gerald Jr. Robson.

He also leaves behind extended family Evelyn Day (Bruce), Lottie Mercure (Mike), Ruthie Monroe (Howard), Sheila Watson (Rusty), Helen Anderson, Darlene Snyder, Sharon Bacon (George), Lura Schaeffer (John), Cindy Tate (Lumber), Phyllis Frankson (Steve), Isha Butera (Allan) and Sonja Jackson (Marvin); and brothers-in-law, Gerald and Rusty Robson.

Allan was preceded in death by his parents, Ole and Annie Dahl; sister, Maryann Robson; sister, Ruby Robson; brother, Bobby Dahl; daughter, Charlamagne Dahl; father-in-law. Thomas Sours; mother-in-law, Rose Sours; and nephews, Jay Hudson and Mike Robson.

Services will be held at Anchorage Friends Church, 4607 East Sixth Avenue, at 2 p.m., on Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. Potluck to follow.

DeArmounHarold ( -

First published in the Anchorage Daily News on Feb 23, 2020

Harold DeArmoun

Dec 28, 1924 -

Feb 11, 2020

Harold William DeArmoun, one man, so many hats, where to start? How to share? A man of stubborn resolve, clever and full of care. Harold left us on Feb. 11, 2020, to join the light of his life, June, who passed away four months ago. They were a couple for the books, one without the other just wouldn't do, their legacy so many miles long, a tale like theirs could spin a whole night through. We'll be brief and leave you with Harold's life, captured in occasional rhyme, poetry being a favorite pastime.

Born on Dec. 28, 1924, to Rose Minnie and William DeArmoun, Harold and his brother Donald were children of the depression raised in Fresno, Calif. The brothers joined the Air Force together and after losing Donald on the USS Arizona in 1941, Harold took odd jobs until he met June. The adventurous couple drove up the Alcan Highway to create a rugged life on the Anchorage Hillside. Brash and bold, Harold received his homestead and bulldozed a road to town known as DeArmoun Road. He and June raised their five children: Meta, Jill, Yvonne, Jane and Donald on the Old Hog Farm which still stands, a reminder of his perseverance and creativity. A house cobbled together with leftover pieces from his jobs on Elmendorf, Harold was nothing if not a problem solver; not a meticulous man, you can fix anything if you're happy with untraditional results. The hog farm gave way to a bookstore then the creation of All I Saw Cookware at the Meta Rose Square in Wasilla, Alaska, in 1984. Harold and June traveled the world filling the store with chocolates, fine cookware and exotic gifts.

Moving to Wasilla suited him, more land to cultivate. Never ones to settle into anything slowly or go it the easy way, June and Harold became cattle farmers in their 70s. A herd of Scottish Highlander cows became their pride and joy. Lovingly naming each cow, and providing food for the entire family each fall, including their 14 grandchildren and their 10 great-grandchildren, generosity worn on their sleeves.

We never met a dull moment at the DeArmoun's, he made sure of that. What needed to be done got done, he always had a to-do list that just needed ticking when we came around - heaven help the idle fool in Harold's presence. We helped plant potatoes, weed the garden, turn the compost, heard the cows to a lower pasture and we would hear about it loud and plain if the job was done to Harold's disdain. We'd leave the farm with bags full of beautiful vegetables, a new pet rabbit, fancy chocolates, a Persian rug or a baby chick. A day spent at Harold and June's was an education in hard work, good food and quirk, a trait passed down through each generation, nary a boring soul in the brood, every one of us full of Harold's fortitude.

DietzDonald Lee ( -

First published in the Anchorage Daily News on Feb 26, 2020

Donald Lee Dietz

Feb 12, 1936 -

Feb 21, 2020

Don, age 84, passed away encircled by his loving family at Providence Hospital in Anchorage, after a nearly three-year valiant battle fighting cholangiocarcinoma.

Don is survived by his adoring wife of 60 years, Berta Lou; son, Drew; daughters, Leslie and Dana and her husband Arne Handeland; grandsons, Jonah Van Gieson, Donald Kai and Erik Handeland; and granddaughter, Diana Handeland.

Survivors include his sister, Jeanne Shipman; sister-in-law, Barbara Lee Coady; nephews, Layne Coady, Lee Shipman and wife Ruth and Scott Shipman and wife Chris; and niece, Diana (Deedee) Coomer; grand and great-grandnieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death are his parents, Marie and Emil Dietz; his aunt, Anna Dietz Cusack; and brothers-in-law, Gene Shipman and Donald Coady.

Don's military service spanned 25 years serving in the United States Navy as a Naval Aviator supporting missions with VX-6, Operation Deep Freeze in the Antarctic, Commanding Officer of Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron VAQ-136 aboard the aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk, and shore assignments as Navy Intelligence staff, Electronic Warfare Officer of Commander U.S. Pacific Fleet, Pearl Harbor and retiring as Commander, Naval Liaison Officer with Elmendorf Air Force Base in 1983. Tours of duty included Ewa Beach, Hawaii; Quonset Point R.I.; NAS Glynco Ga.; and NAS Ault Field Whidbey Island, Wash.

Post-military retirement, he held esteemed positions with Military and Veterans Affairs, the Anchorage Telephone Utility, Anchorage Municipal Street Maintenance, and successful Director of the Port of Anchorage for nine years.

Don is a member of Central Lutheran Church and previous member of Anchorage Lutheran Church where he was dedicated in doing God's work assisting with projects and serving on the Church councils.

Don had an adventurous spirit and love for fishing and snowmachining. He was well known to spend considerable time with his close fishing buddies at Kenai's Riverbend Campground. Fred, Sandi, his grandson Jonah and many others who share his passion made sure this past summer was successful for his final season. He and close friends made memorable annual snowmachine trips including the Trek Over the Top with Gordy and Bill, and many trips to Eureka with Kathryn and Herbert.

The family would like to thank Katmai Oncology's Dr. Kim, the infusion services staff, Don's special caring nurse Yvonne and the Palliative Care Team at Providence Hospital.

To all who knew and loved him, Don thanks you. He was more than an adventurer; he was the adventure!

GalanopoulosSharon ( -

First published in the Anchorage Daily News on Feb 20, 2020

Sharon Galanopoulos

Feb 10, 1945 -

Feb 14, 2020

Sharon A. Galanopoulos a longtime resident of Anchorage, Alaska, passed away peacefully on Feb. 14, 2020, in her home. Sharon is survived by her three children, Karie Barrett, Tammy Barrett and Jason Barrett; sister, Carol Thornsberry; grandchildren, Lyle Behrenwald, Crystal Luddington, Dennis Speaks, Kevin Lano and Travis Barrett; and great-grandchildren, Jazmyn M. Behrenwald, Kayla Barrett and Josiah Barrett. Sharon was born on Feb. 10, 1945, in Portland, Ore., to the late Fredrick Staigle and Rosanna Staigle. Sharon graduated from Centennial High School 1963. Sharon had a love for education and had a dream of being a nurse, she later attended Portland State College for two years studying nursing. Sharon began her 20-year career with the Municipality of Anchorage as the Division and Executive Secretary for the Department of Public works until retiring in 2004. Sharon continued to work even after her retirement being appointed the Executive Secretary for the Office of the Commissioner in 2005.

Sharon Married John Galanopoulos in 1984, they were married for more than 20 years. Sharon and John moved to Anchorage in 1984 from Oregon, where they enjoyed traveling, entertaining family and friends, and being active members of their church The Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church. Sharon loved being around her family, cooking and volunteering in various roles in the community. She had an unwavering faith in God, which she shared with those who surrounded her. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Sharon will be greatly missed by all who knew her. We will always remember her as being consistently positive, selfless, gracious and kind-hearted. Sharon was a gift from God that touched the lives of many. May she rest in peace and God give her eternal rest.

The funeral service is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Feb. 21, 2020, at The Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church,2800 O'Malley Road in Anchorage. The ground burial will be at Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery at a later date. There will be a viewing of the body held on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, from 2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., at Legacy Funeral Home Heritage Chapel at Angelus, 440 East Klatt Road.

In addition, we are asking for donations on behalf of Sharon's children to be made to the church with the express reason of helping defray funeral costs. If you would like to donate please make a check payable to The Holy Transfiguration GOC with "funeral help" in the memo line. Thank you for your generosity.

GarnerMarvin Donald “Don” ( -

First published in the Anchorage Daily News on Feb 21, 2020

Marvin Donald "Don" Garner

June 26, 1934 -

Feb 11, 2020

Marvin Donald Garner was born in Bells, Texas, on June 26, 1934, to Dale Garner and Eula Sanford. He was raised on the family farm where they grew cotton and peanuts in a time when a field was still cultivated with a plow pulled by a mule. Life is not easy but Don learned an affection for the hard work that would come to benefit him for the rest of his life. He enlisted in the Air Force on Nov. 17, 1953, when the United States was is engaged in the Korean conflict. Don became a member of the 5039th Supply Squadron and specialized in fuel distribution.

He received an honorable discharge on Nov. 20, 1957, while he was stationed at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, Alaska, and he was to remain in Anchorage for the next 30 years. It was here that he met Carmen Smallo who he married on Dec. 23, 1957. Don used his knowledge of petroleum to secure a position with the Air Force that supplied petroleum products to the military infrastructure in Alaska. Besides raising three children Don also built an excavating business and cocktail bar while Carmen did the accounting for the businesses.

Don and Carmen retired to a small farm they built on 15 acres in Denison, Texas, not far from his old home in Bells. Here he enjoyed the life of a gentleman farmer where he raised horses and cattle. Carmen passed away in 2010. He later met Jean Smith who became his companion until her death in 2014. Don continued to enjoy his life and his small farm with his dogs and cows until his death on Feb. 11, 2020. Don was well liked and loved and will be missed by his family and the friends that came to know him.

Don's family would like to acknowledge Guardian Hospice and Traditions Senior living both of Sherman, Texas, for their quality of care.

Those who would like to make a donation in his memory can do so at the Dementia Society of America, The Alzheimer's Foundation of America or any similar organization.

HoltElizabeth "Beth" ( -

First published in the Anchorage Daily News on Feb 23, 2020

Elizabeth "Beth" Holt

May 4, 1945 -

Dec 25, 2019

Elizabeth "Beth" Viola Estelle Holt, a daughter of the King of kings and Lord of lords, went home to be with her Savior on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 2019.

Beth was born and raised in Palmer, Alaska, growing up on a dairy farm. She had a beautiful voice and sang her way through school and life in many concerts, competitions and in church. Voted the "friendliest person" in her high school, she was kind to everyone. She loved the Lord and others well, with a very generous and patient heart and attitude. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Palmer and served in many capacities, including teaching Sunday school to the 2- to 3-year-olds, singing in the choir and serving on the mission's prayer and support team.

She kept the home front running smoothly as a dedicated wife of 55 years and loving mother to two daughters, all while working alongside her husband in their business for 44 years.

She is survived by her two daughters, Jeanette and Michelle; sons-in-law, Danny and Josh; granddaughter, Karess; one sister; four brothers; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2020, at First Baptist Church in Palmer at 10 a.m. All are welcome to join in celebrating her life.

JarvisJerry ( -

First published in the Anchorage Daily News on Feb 23, 2020

Jerry Jarvis

Nov 9, 1938 -

Jan 9, 2020

A beloved father and husband passed away Jan. 9, 2020, after a more than 13-year battle with an unusual disease, PSP (Supranuclear Palsy) a degenerative disease that destroys the motor skills. Jerry was born in Sherman, Texas, on Nov. 9, 1938, and spent most of his childhood at an orphanage in Waco, Texas, after his father died when he was a toddler. As a teenager, he and his three siblings he moved to Alaska with their mother and stepfather. He excelled at football and track, setting many records in both, some that stood for several years.

He graduated Anchorage High School - now West High - in the class of 1958. He married his high school sweetheart Sharon Burns and went to work for the National Guard where he served for 25 years. They had two boys Todd and Troy, who were also active in sports during and after high school. Jerry coached and mentored a "never quit" attitude and always gave 110% effort that inspired so many he coached beyond sports and into their lives. Jerry was not only an avid athlete and coach, he was a multi-year auto ice race champion.

He met his second wife, Joyce Bigelow romantically on New Year's Eve in 1976. In 1988, they moved to Ferndale, Wash., where he worked for the city of Bellingham and the Ferndale school district for several years before retiring. They then traveled south during the winters to Arizona for a number of years until 2011, when they were forced to forgo travel south because of the severity of his disease. Jerry fought the good fight for over 5 years at their home in Ferndale until he finally entered a care facility in 2016, where he spent the remainder of his life. He was and exemplary patient, always helping his caregivers to the best of his ability, which because of his habit of exercising and keeping in good shape in previous years, kept him strong.

He leaves his loving wife, Joyce Bigelow in Ferndale; his beloved sons, Todd and Troy and their wives Diane and Cecilia in Anchorage, Alaska; stepson, Weston Bigelow of Oregon; stepdaughter, Cynthia Bigelow of Washington; 10 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; sisters, Genevia Hendricks of Anchorage and Ginger Sandwina and her husband Ron of Las Vegas, Nev.; brother, Robert and his wife Gloria of Merritt Island, Fla.; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Sharon Hughes; and stepson, Charles Bigelow. He will be forever missed and remembered by all who knew him. We look forward to our reunion in heaven!

There will be a celebration of life in at Fox Hollow Chalet, 11701 Brayton Dr. Anchorage, AK 99516, on May 15, 2020, from 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers please donate to The Boys and Girls club of Alaska at


First published in the Anchorage Daily News on Feb 26, 2020

Byrd Kayutak, 82, died on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020, in Anchorage, Alaska. Legacy Funeral Home is trying to locate family; please call 336-3338.

KernsMary "Jane"  

First published in the Anchorage Daily News on Feb 25, 2020

Mary "Jane" Kerns

May 29, 1925 -

Feb 14, 2020

Mary "Jane" Kerns, 94, of Anchorage, Alaska, passed away on Feb. 14, 2020. At the time of her death she was residing in Marlow Manor Assisted Living Facility in Anchorage. Jane was born on May 29, 1925, in Spokane, Wash. She grew up in Rose Lake, Idaho, and graduated from Rose Lake High School in May 1943. While attending high school Jane played women's basketball and was often the high point player in the game. After graduation, Jane enrolled in Lewis-Clark State College. Due to the shortage of teachers during World War II, Jane left college early to help fill in the teaching gap. She continued to teach while residing in Washington and Idaho. In 1947, she married Richard Kerns, her high school sweetheart and beloved husband of 69 years. In July 1962, with her family of four - son, Dick 1951-2000, and son, Don born in 1958 - traveled the AIcan Highway where Richard practiced law in Anchorage until retirement. Jane was a homemaker and mother to their two sons. Jane was a motivational factor in the family property rental business. She was involved in the remodeling, upkeep and bookkeeping of the business. Jane and Richard spent their retirement years between their home in Anchorage, their cabin on the Kenai River and their condominium in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. They enjoyed spending time with family and friends. Jane was always ready for visitors with a cup of coffee and a piece of homemade cake.

Jane's family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Marlow Manor for their quality care of Jane over the past few years.

Jane is survived by her son, Don; daughter-in-law, Kim; and three grandchildren by their son Dick. There will be no service; interment will be in Coeur d'Alene.

KochutinIrene ( -

First published in the Anchorage Daily News on Feb 21, 2020

Irene Kochutin

May 1, 1962 -

Feb 15, 2020

Irene Tessie Kochutin, 57, passed peacefully to her death on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020.

Her dad was Andrey Kochutin and her mom Erena Shabolin Kochutin. She loved to laugh, listen and talk to people, and visit with her children. She was very outspoken and said whatever she wanted; no matter who she pissed off - she was going to say it.

Irene is survived by her brother, Luke Kochutin and Rodion Kochutin; her daughters, Alexandra and Trudi Kochutin; and her son, Andrey Kuzakin.

She was preceded in death by her mom; dad; and daughter, Brittany Ann Kochutin.

Funeral Service to be held on Saint Paul Island, Alaska; date and time to be determined.

LaudonDr. Scott L. ( -

First published in the Anchorage Daily News on Feb 21, 2020

Services for Dr. Scott L. Laudon will be on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, at St. Benedict's Catholic Church, 8110 Jewel Lake Road in Anchorage, Alaska. Viewing will be at 12 p.m., with full mass starting at 1 p.m. A Celebration of Life reception will begin at 3 p.m. at The Manternach Hanger, 3720 Bellanca Way, hanger #B, off Lake Hood. Interment, with military honors, will be held in the spring at Angelus Memorial Park in Anchorage.

LeeMary Ann "Penny" ( -

First published in the Anchorage Daily News on Feb 21, 2020

Mary Ann "Penny" Lee

June 7, 1934 -

Feb 14, 2020

Mary Ann "Penny" Penty Lee passed away on Feb. 14, 2020, after a long illness. She was 85 years old. She was born in Shaker Heights, Ohio, on June 7, 1934. The family moved to California after World War II and she graduated from nursing school at Mount Saint Mary's University in 1955. She met and married Harry Lee in California and they moved to Anchorage, Alaska, in 1956. She worked for many years as a public health nurse and went back to school and graduated from Loma Linda University to become a nurse practitioner. She then worked for Municipality of Anchorage Health Department/STD Clinic and was recognized nationally for her pioneering program in AIDS detection and prevention. She was also an avid quilter and seamstress and was a member of the Anchorage Log Cabin Quilters for many years. Her quilts are much enjoyed by her family and friends and also hang in the Anchorage Airport.

As a friend wrote, "she was a formidable woman" and she was. Fiercely independent, she was also honest, forthright, opinionated and very funny. She was proud of being busted in a vice raid while doing city business and figured out that her Jag XKE got her better treatment from teenagers when she was a school nurse. She drove her children "bug nuts" and doted on grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was always trying to make us better and to be part of a better society. She was part of the Mid-Century Pioneers that are too easy to overlook, yet built the foundations of what is right in Alaska. Alaska drivers rejoice as Mary Andretti-Lee is no longer tailgating and has zoomed off into the sunset.

She is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Harry Rees Lee Jr.; her mother, Leona Schoren Penty; and her father, Maynard Penty. She is survived by her children: Mark (Brenda) Lee, Marcia Vann and Michael (Tracy) Lee; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.

LopezRicardo ( -

First published in the Anchorage Daily News on Feb 23, 2020

Ricardo Lopez

Dec 9, 1941 -

Dec 25, 2019

Ricardo Lopez passed away on Dec. 25, 2019, after a 6-year battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his loving wife, children and grandchildren when he took his last breath. He had just celebrated his 78th birthday and would have celebrated 57 years of marriage to his wife Yolanda in January 2020.

Ricardo is survived by his wife, Yolanda of Anchorage, Alaska; daughter, Patsy Towslee (Joe) of Anchorage; son, Richard Jr. of Chehalis, Wash.; and grandchildren, Laiken, Joey, Matthew, Rachel, Jakob and Sofia.

He was preceded in death by his son, Mario.

The Kenai River was his home away from home. He cherished his time on the river enjoying fishing, sitting by the campfire and his many friendships. He most enjoyed having his grandchildren by his side. He will be dearly missed.

A private funeral mass was held at Saint Benedict Catholic Church on Dec. 28, 2019.

MorrisonLindy Rae  

First published in the Anchorage Daily News on Feb 26, 2020

Lindy Rae Morrison

Sept 21, 1989 -

Feb 21, 2020

Lindy Rae Morrison was born in Anchorage, Alaska, on Sept. 21, 1989. She left this world too soon on Feb. 21, 2020. She was a loving and loyal friend to many, and had a smile that would light up a room.

She is preceded in death by her father, Lance Morrison of Anchorage; and her brother, Skylar Raze of Vancouver, Wash.

She is survived by her mother, Kristi Campbell of Los Angeles, Calif.; her siblings, Brittney Tracy of La Center, Wash., Brandi Morrison of Anchorage, Kaitlin Morrison of New York, N.Y., Taylor Richards of Seattle, Wash., McKenzie Helvie of Yelm, Wash., and Ray Turner of Pasco, Wash.; her uncles, Blake Morrison and Mark Morrison; and her cousins, Maren Morrison and Paige Morrison.

She will be dearly missed and remembered by all who knew her. Rest in peace, Lindy.

A memorial service is being planned.

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First published in the Anchorage Daily News on Feb 23, 2020

Gerald "Jerry" Rexrode

July 24, 1940 -

Feb 6, 2020

Local Town Character is no longer local.

Gerald Rexrode, 79, known as Jerry, also known as Rex, is no longer chasing trains in Wasilla. After suffering a traumatic brain injury from a fall at home on Jan. 27, 2020, he left us on Feb. 6, 2020, to be with his beloved Jack Russell terrier, Sleater, and his African grey parrot, Oiseau, who predeceased him. He was beloved of Baxter Bob, a beagle, and Fiona Girl, a husky. Humans who will greatly miss him include his beloved spouse of 26 years, Sarah Ruth Welton; his stepchildren, Mindi Welton-Mitchell and her husband, J.C. of Seattle, Wash., and Travis Welton and his wife Kelly of Wasilla, Alaska; and his foster children, Lola Vars and Liz Guszregan. Extended family include Bonnie Rexrode; his grandsons, A.J. Mitchell and Seamus Welton; and his favorite granddaughter, Raleigh Welton.

Jerry was born in Washington, D.C., on July 24, 1940, to Benjamin and Marie (Passeron) Rexrode. He was raised in D.C. in a one-bedroom apartment, never moving until he joined the Army to get away from home when he was 17, the day after high school graduation, in 1958. Jerry spent his time in the Army as a radio man in the Signal Corp, officially stationed in Korea, but he told of climbing many lonely mountain tops in what he believed was Laos and China, carrying a radio that was as big as he was.

Jerry returned from the Army and applied to AT&T with his communications background and easily stepped into a strong 35 1/2 year union position, serving mostly in Arlington, Va. He was proud of his work setting up the satellite feeds for the White House and Pentagon, retiring as an award-winning senior technician.

He met the love of his life Sarah Ruth through a postcard and a phone call and in a whirlwind six-week romance bought a house together in 1993. Jerry retired in 1997 to move permanently to Wasilla where they lived with Sarah's children, their friends, foster daughters and the furry four-footed children. He was well-known and loved in Wasilla, from appearing in Alaska Railroad training videos as a "roadside distraction" to making his rounds to local officials and businesses with Baxter in tow. He was also a longtime member and deacon of Church of the Covenant in Palmer, where Sarah Ruth is the pastor. He had many friends from his days of working at AT&T and random people that he grew to know in Wasilla over the years. Jerry was also an active member of Veterans for Peace. Though a lifelong Republican, Jerry died a registered Democrat.

A Service of Celebration will be held at the Museum of Alaska Transportation and Industry in Wasilla, on Saturday, March 28, 2020, from 4-7 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to wear their favorite T-shirt, jeans and flannel shirt—the uniform Jerry wore faithfully in his retirement. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to MATI, Valley Community for Recycling Solutions or Church of the Covenant.

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First published in the Anchorage Daily News on Feb 21, 2020

Stephen Joseph Rhodes

July 26, 1950 -

Jan 11, 2020

Stephen Joseph Rhodes, known to family and friends as one of the last "good guys," died on Jan. 11, 2020, in Las Vegas, Nev. He is survived and missed by his wife, Ann; his sister and brother-in-law, Teri and Ted Farha of Wichita; his sister and brother-in-law, Julie and Dick Mauk of Omaha; and cousins, nephews and nieces all over the country.

Harold E. (Dusty) and Carol J. Rhodes greeted their son on July 26, 1950. Steve always felt grateful for growing up in Winfield, Kan., where he and his cousin, Alan, could ride bikes all over town.

After graduating from WHS in 1968, Steve attended Cowley County Junior College. He and his lifelong friend, Glen Bennett, joined the Navy in 1969. He was stationed at Fleet Anti-Submarine Warfare School in San Diego, and honorably discharged in 1973. California became his home after he married Ann Marie Pierce that year. We are so grateful for how she cared for him in his last illness.

Steve continued his education at Mira Costa College, earning an associate's degree in mathematics and electronics. He was employed by NCR Corp., Sears, and was a Project Manager for Quality Image Publishing.

Steve and Ann left California and moved to Alaska in 1998, falling in love with America's last frontier. Camping, fishing and four-wheeling with friends kept them busy, and Steve and Ann were always happy to introduce family and friends to the marvels of the 49th state.

Steve was known for his loyalty, his sense of fun, his compassionate spirit and his love for nature. Many will say they couldn't find a better friend.

A memorial will be held at the Walnut Valley Festival in September of this year, with details to be announced later. Ann says Steve would be honored with a donation to the Animal Foundation of Las Vegas, or any charity of your choice. The best way to remember Steve is by passing kindness forward.

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First published in the Anchorage Daily News on Feb 25, 2020

Dr. Peter Mauro Ricca

Apr 23, 1936 -

Feb 2, 2020

Dr. Peter Mauro Ricca passed away on Feb. 20, 2020.

Peter was born and raised in New York City. He attended Brooklyn Tech High School, graduating in 1952.

Peter received his Civil Engineering Degree from Cooper Union University in 1956. Following graduation, he moved to Gainesville, Fla., to attend the University of Florida, where he obtained both his master's degree and his doctorate degree in chemical engineering.

Peter was employed by Pan American World Airways, who had a contract to provide services on their Down Range Project for the space agency. He then joined NASA and worked in the safety office until 1966. Then he moved to Seattle, Wash., to join the Boeing Company. Peter was instrumental in designing a portion of the Super Sonic Toilet.

Peter left Boeing in 1975 to join the Alyeska Pipeline Service Company in Anchorage, Alaska. He remained with Alyeska until his retirement in 1997. After retirement he spent one year as an Engineering Consultant.

Peter loved his cabin in Cooper Landing by the Kenai Lake, spending every weekend upgrading the surrounding area and upgrading the environment.

Peter enjoyed traveling, cooking and cruising. Some of his most fond memories are his trips to Italy and Japan.

Peter is survived by his wife of 55 years, Joan (Jan) Blake Ricca. He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Fortuna Ricca; and his only sister, Gloria Schepp. He is also survived by 12 nieces and nephews; 14 great-nieces and great-nephews; five great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews; and his brother-in-law, Walter Schepp.

Donations Can be made to: Anchorage Opera Company Foundation; Beans Cafe; or a charity of your choice.

Peter's funeral is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, at St. Patrick's Church, on Muldoon Road in Anchorage.

A visitation begins at 11 a.m., with a rosary at 11:20 a.m., and the funeral mass at 12 p.m. A luncheon will follow the funeral mass.

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First published in the Anchorage Daily News on Feb 21, 2020

John Rieth

Aug 24, 1976 -

Feb 6, 2020

Johnathon Dean Rieth, 43, of Idaho Falls, Idaho, passed away on Feb. 6, 2020, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

John was born on Aug. 24, 1976, in Idaho Falls to Gary Allen Rieth and Betty Arlene Park Rieth. He grew up and attended schools in Idaho Falls but moved to Anchorage, Alaska, in 1991. He returned to Idaho years later.

John worked in Wyoming, Idaho and many other states as a carpenter. John enjoyed hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, motorcycles, bowling, playing darts, golf and bull riding. He truly was a good friend and a good man.

John is survived by his loving daughter, Shelby Lynn Walton (Kendric McVay) of Anchorage; Betty Arlene Rieth of Anchorage; one grandson, Angelo Marrufo of Anchorage; brothers, Jeff Rieth of Gautier, Miss., and Scott Rieth of Anchorage; niece, Katlynn Rieth; and nephews, Robert Hacker, Cody Rieth and Mathew Rieth, all of Anchorage.

He was preceded in death by his father, Gary Allen Rieth, who passed away on Dec. 31, 2019.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, at 11:30 a.m. at the 1st Christian Church, 3031 LaTouche Street in Anchorage.

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First published in the Anchorage Daily News on Feb 26, 2020

Scott Allen Schillinger

Nov 12, 1965 -

Feb 2, 2020

Scott Allen Schillinger, 54 years old, passed away suddenly on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020, in Post Falls, Idaho.

He brought joy to all with his great story telling and sought to uplift those close to him.

Scott was a proud alumnus of the University of Washington where he received both his bachelor's and Masters of Law degrees. He also graduated from Gonzaga Law School, ultimately fulfilling his lifelong dream of being an attorney. In this capacity, he became a trusted advisor to many, both professionally and personally.

He was an avid outdoorsman and hunter with many friends who joined him in these pursuits. They will miss sharing those adventures with him.

He enjoyed being involved in youth hockey, especially watching his son Wyatt play. His passion and dedication to the game filled Scott with pride.

Scott was a member of the German Club of Anchorage, where he served two years as president. He was very proud of his German heritage and held his fellow members in high regard.

Scott is survived by his wife, Penny; son, Wyatt; stepson, Kyle; stepdaughter, Amber; stepdaughter, Brandy; father, Fred; mother, Marlene; and his brothers, Mark and Ric. He is also survived by his brother and sisters-in-law, Alva, Joel, Rusty, Karen and Ellie and their families. He was known as Grandpa Scott to nine beautiful grandchildren. He had a large extended family and many friends who all loved him dearly.

His Celebration of Life will be held at Viking Hall, 8141 Briarwood Street in Anchorage, Alaska, on Friday, March 27, 2020, at 6 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

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First published in the Anchorage Daily News on Feb 23, 2020

William Neil Stock, 74, passed away at home on Feb. 13, 2020. A service was held on Feb. 19, 2020, at Amvets Post 9 in Wasilla, Alaska. Arrangements entrusted to Legacy Funeral Home, Wasilla Heritage Chapel.

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First published in the Anchorage Daily News on Feb 20, 2020

Jenny Mae Waterman

Jan 31, 1965 -

Feb 9, 2020

Jenny Mae Waterman, age 55, passed away at home on Feb. 9, 2020. She was born on Jan. 31, 1965, in Greeley, Colo., to parents Robert and Eva Waterman. She attended Post Falls High School until she moved to Alaska in 1983, where she worked for Carrs Safeway as a Natural Foods manager for 15 years. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

Her hobbies included fishing, camping, shuffleboard and gardening. She will be remembered for her free spirit and sick sense of humor.

She was preceded in death by her soul mate, Thomas Sudano; and both her mother and father. She was survived by her siblings, Annie, Bobbi Jo, Marlena, Ronald, Robert, Danny, Emily and Abraham; her daughters, Julie Keene, Danielle Sudano and Brandy Sudano; and nine grandchildren, Justyn, Brett, Deaven, Cessna, Jeovonni, Avrionna, Evalena, Evan and Ashton.

There will be a celebration of life and potluck on Saturday, March 7, 2020, at 3 p.m., at the VFW Post 1685, 1200 West 33rd Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501. Donations can be made to the VFW for their support in this trying time.