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Nellie Alstrom
Birth: Feb. 5, 1933, Alaska, USA
Death: Sep. 1, 2005, Alakanuk, Wade Hampton Census Area, Alaska, USA
Obit taken from the magazine, "ALASKA" - May/June 2006 edition:
"Nellie Alstrom, 72, a lifelong Alaskan, died Nov. 30 in Anchorage. Born in Black River, she spent her life in Alakanuk, where she worked as a cook at the local school for 29 years. She loved to bake, sew, put up fish and enter sweepstakes contests."
Note: while the magazine article states that she died on Nov. 30, her social security index states she died Sept. 1 (which has been officially verified).
Burial: Alakanuk Cemetery, Alakanuk, Wade Hampton Census Area, Alaska, USA


Larry Andrews
Birth: Apr. 19, 1959, Alakanuk, Alaska
Death: Jul. 7, 1990
Anchorage Daily News July 13, 1990
Larry Andrews, 31, a commercial fisherman and fish tender, was found dead July 7 in the Yukon River. A funeral was conducted in Alakanuk.
Mr. Andrews was born April 19, 1959, in Alakanuk. He is survived by his parents, Frank and Angela Lee of Alakanuk; his brothers, John of Anchorage, Edgar of Alakanuk, and Edward Phillip and Patrick Phillip, both of Alakanuk; his sisters, Winifred Selton, Mary Smith, and Alice Phillip and Mary Andrews, all of Alakanuk; and many nieces and nephews. Burial will be in the Alakanuk Cemetery. Local arrangements were by Witzleben Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Sixth Avenue Chapel.
Burial: Alakanuk Cemetery, Alakanuk, Wade Hampton Census Area, Alaska, USA

Cecelia Amokan Chikigak
Birth: Sep. 27, 1918, Black River, Alaska, USA
Death: Oct. 12, 1993, Anchorage, Anchorage Borough, Alaska, USA
Anchorage Daily News October 19, 1993
Alakanuk resident Cecelia Amokan Chikigak, 75, died at Alaska Regional Hospital Oct. 12. A Mass of Christian Burial for Mrs. Chikigak was held Thursday at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Alakanuk, with the Rev. Thomas officiating. Burial took place in Akulurak Cemetery.
Born Sept. 27, 1918, in Black River, she was a lifelong Alaskan who was raised in Akulurk. She was a member of Calista Corp. Her family said, "Mrs. Chikigak was a homemaker who was very kind and friendly to everyone. She was an excellent sewer who made animal skin and cloth parkas, mukluks and priests' vestments. And she loved to pick greens in the spring." Mrs. Chikigak taught catechism and interpreted for the priests.
Mrs. Chikigak is survived by her husband of 56 years, Thomas of Alakanuk; five sons John, Louis, Arthur, Boniface and Thomas, all of Akulurak; her daughters Teresa George, Martha Kassoch, both of Akulurak, and Wini Chikigak and Flora Chikigak, both of Anchorage; one sister, Angela Kozevnikoff of St. Marys ; 30 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren; and her son, who was adopted by her sister-in-law, Alice Hanson, Willie Hanson of Akulurak. Arrangements by Witzleben Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Bragaw Chapel.
Burial: Alakanuk Cemetery, Alakanuk, Wade Hampton Census Area, Alaska, USA


Francis Lawrence Damian
Birth: Jun. 26, 1938, Akarpak, Alaska
Death: Nov. 22, 1995
Anchorage Daily News November 27, 1995
Lifelong Alaskan Francis Lawrence Damian, 57, died Nov. 22, 1995, of a stroke at the Alaska Native Medical Center. All services were held in Alakanuk. Burial took place in Alakanuk Cemetery.
Mr. Damian was born June 26, 1938, in Akarpak and moved to Akulark as a child until his family moved to Alakanuk, where he lived for most of his life. He served in the Alaska National Guard for 20 years, retiring with the rank of sergeant. He worked for Wein Airlines in the 1970s, also working for Camai Air, Larry's Air and Arctic Transportation Services. He had also been the health aide for the village of Alakanuk for 17 years. Mr Damian was a long time member of St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Alakanuk, continuing his involvement with the church since he became an altar boy in his youth. Being mechanically inclined, he was always tinkering with his cars, and repaired fishing boats while he was in Seattle. He built his own home and was always building sleds or occupied with some other project. According to his family, ''Although he only received a grade-school education, he was one of the many who learned more from life than those who have received a university education. Francis was always ready with a smile, often called upon to help others since he was very generous. He made us laugh often with his jokes. He lived for his children. He once said he was not afraid of death for himself, but feared for his children at his passing. He was a hard worker. He was busy working on his last project, a sled, when he had a stroke.''
Mr. Damian is survived by his wife of 31 years, Agnes Evan Damian of Alakanuk; daughter, Julianna Damian; sons, Jonathan, Jacob and Francis Jr., all of Alakanuk; nieces and nephews he took in when his younger brother died, Rebecca, Alphonsus Jr., and Bryan; brothers, Clifford of Alakanuk and Mark of Anchorage; sisters, Mary Monson of Wieser, Idaho, Mary Theresa Damian of Alakanuk, his ''big sister'' Mary France of Anchorage and Sylvia Joseph and her family of Alakanuk; and granddaughter Melissa Ann Damian. He was preceded in death by his parents, Barbara and Damian; brothers Alphonsus and Jacob; and sister Sylvia. He also leaves behind numerous relatives.


George Francis Hanson
Birth: Jan. 4, 1936, Kwigumuet Alaska
Death: Jun. 4, 1991, Emmonak Alaska
Anchorage Daily News June 8, 1991
Alaska resident George Francis Hanson, 55, died June 4, 1991 at his Sunshine Bay home near Emmonak. A funeral was held in Alakanuk. Burial was in the Alakanuk Cemetery.
Mr. Hanson was born Jan. 4, 1936, in Kwigumuet. He had worked as a commercial fisherman and laborer and had worked for Bering Sea Fish Processing and Shanks Seafood. He alsin the Alaska Army National Guard. Mr. Hanson is survived by his brothers, John and Charles, both of Alakanuk, and Ted Johanson of Nome. eben Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Bragaw Chapel.


Sophie Sergie
Birth: 1973, Pitkas Point, Wade Hampton Census Area, Alaska
Death: Apr. 26, 1993, Fairbanks, Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska
Murder Victim. A student at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks (UAF), she was found dead on the second floor of Bartlett Hall (a women's residence dorm) at the university, with a single gunshot wound to her head.
Born in Pitkas Point, she was considered as exceptionally bright and hard working, a role model for others in her village. She was a Yupik Native American and had won a full scholarship to UAF, and had completed two years at UAF. She wanted to have a career, and planned to become a marine biologist. In the fall of 1992, she took a year off to be with her ailing mother and to have some surgery on her jaw. She stayed with her friend, Shirley Wasuli at her student residence in Bartlett Hall while visiting Fairbanks, where she was having surgery. She planned to return to UAF that fall semester to resume her studies. Violence against women had been escalating in the Fairbanks area that year, according to the local Fairbanks Daily News-Miner newspaper. This was compounded by UAF cuts in desk attendants at the dormitory front doors in 1989, to save money. Just two months before her death, a student at Bartlett Hall accused two basketball players of raping her while another player watched. Later that same month, a drunken naked man was found in the women's bathroom at Bartlett. Sophie was last seen about midnight April 25, when she left Bartlett Hall to have a cigarette. No one was seen with her. A janitor found her body the next day in a bloody bathtub on the second floor of Bartlett Hall. According to police, she had been raped and then murdered. Police investigation at the time was hampered by a lack of detectives and by the fact that the end of the school year was just ending; within two days of her death, over 60 students moved out of the residence hall after finishing final exams. As of 2009, her murder remains unsolved. (Bio by Kit and Morgan Benson)
Burial: Alakanuk Cemetery, Alakanuk, Wade Hampton Census Area, Alaska, USA


Richard Simon
Birth: Jun. 20, 1960, Alakanuk, Alaska
Death: Nov. 14, 1990
Anchorage Daily News November 16, 1990
Richard Simon, 30, an electrical apprentice and musician, died Nov. 14 at Humana Hospital-Alaska as the result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident Nov. 2. A funeral was conducted at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Alakanuk. Burial was in the Alakanuk Cemetery.
Mr. Simon was born June 20, 1960, in Alakanuk. He had attended Mount Edgecumbe High School in Sitka and graduated from Emmonak High School. While in Emmonak, he had worked as a volunteer fireman, a fish tender and a jail guard. He was a member of the Civil Air Patrol and was currently in the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local No. 1547 Apprentice Program. While in this program, he was assigned with Anchorage Telephone Utility as a telephone lineman apprentice. He had his own band, the EMO Band, and was the drummer.
He is survived by his companion, Virginia Moore of Anchorage; his mother, Virginia Kossock of Anchorage; his son, Willie of Anchorage; his brothers, Vincent Kossock, Sampson Kossock, and Tim Leopold, all of Emmonak; his sisters, Rose Wasuli of Anchorage, Gabina Okitkun of Kotlik, and Roselia Marca of Tulsa, Okla.; and his maternal grandmother, Pulcheria Evan of Anchorage. Local arrangements were by Witzleben Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Bragaw Chapel


Mary Rose Patrick Strongheart
Birth: Feb. 5, 1948, Alakanuk Alaska
Death: Mar. 4, 1996, Anchorage Alaska
Anchorage Daily News March 7, 1996
Mary Rose Strongheart, 48, died of a stroke March 4, 1996, at Alaska Native Medical Center. A funeral was at Kehl's Forest Lawn Chapel with the Rev. Samuel Humphreys of Calvary Temple Assembly of God officiating. Burial was held at Alakanuk Cemetery.
Ms. Strongheart was born Feb. 5, 1948, in Alakanuk. She had lived in Portland, Ore., from 1954 until returning to Alaska in 1968. From 1968 to 1993, she lived in Alakanuk, and from 1993 until her death, in Anchorage. For most of her life, she was a homemaker. She attended the Assembly of God church and enjoyed knitting, crocheting, reading, camping and writing. The family said: ''She had the determination and boldness to seize opportunities. She had the spirit to keep everyone jovial. She had the sense of perfection that she expected her family and friends to follow.''
Ms. Strongheart is survived by her daughter, Samantha Afcan of Wasilla; brothers, Charles, Francis and Elmer Patrick, of Alakanuk; sisters, Lisa Cozzetti, Elizabeth Mulhollan and Lena Patrick, of Anchorage, and Martha Patrick of Alakanuk; and granddaughters, Natalie Strongheart and Jasmine Afcan of Wasilla.

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