Bethel & Kusilvak
Census Areas


Elena ''Narullgiar'' Phillips Nick, 77, suffered from acute pancreatitis and died during Slaaviq (a church holiday) on Jan. 11, 1999, at Alaska Native Medical Center with family at her side. Burial was in Nunapitchuk Cemetery. Mrs. Nick's 20-day feast will be celebrated today in Bethel. Mrs. Nick was born Oct. 10, 1921, to Cupluar and Qakvaralria in Kayalivik near Newtok on Nelson Island. She attended the first Nunapitchuk School up to the sixth grade. In 1940, she married Nick O. Nick ''Upay'aq,'' with whom she raised nine children. Besides being a wife and mother, she and Upay'aq ran Nick O. Nick's Store, which they started in the 1950s. Mrs. Nick was a talented skin sewer, her family said, creating fur garments for her loved ones. She passed on her gift of skin sewing as a mentor-teacher. Her family said: ''An outspoken woman, Elena shared her knowledge and values at church, in the schools and within the community. Elena was involved in education as president of the local PTA, as a member of the Nunapitchuk School Board and as a classroom resource speaker.'' Mrs. Nick moved to Bethel in the late 1980s. She enjoyed the Chrissy Shantz Senior Center while living at the Ayalpik Apartments. She believed in her Orthodox faith and enjoyed fellowship with Moravian and Pentecostal congregations. Her family said: ''Throughout her life, Elena found joy and laughter with those around her, particularly in the company of her sisters and grandchildren. She cherished church holidays, especially Slaaviq. Elena enjoyed storytelling, knitting, beading, fish camp and traveling. In her spare time, she read the Bible and put together jigsaw puzzles.'' Mrs. Nick is survived by her children, Robert ''Yuukaq'' and his wife Elena, Marie ''Cupluar/Arnaq'' and her companion Matt O'Leary, Nastasia ''Qak'aq'' and Dan Osentoski, Michael ''Atsaq,'' Barbara ''Maklak'' and her husband Chris Liu, Susan ''Upay'aq'' and her husband Darold Hoffman, Joseph ''Anguksuar,'' and Nick Jr. ''Tanuk'aq''; son-in-law, Chris Cooke; 25 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and many other relatives. Mrs. Nick was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Nick O. Nick ''Upay'aq''; brothers, Wasillie ''Tuntuller'' Phillips, Bobby ''Egalaaq'' Phillips, and John ''Kill'aq'' Phillips; sisters, Sophie ''Kaagyugaq'' Nicholai and Eliza ''Mik'aq'' Chase; daughter, Margaret ''Tun'aq'' Cooke; nephew, Richard ''Itik'aq'' Chase; and her granddaughter, Jacqlyn Nicole Nick. Arrangements were by Evergreen Memorial Chapel.


Palmer T. Olrun, 52, died Jan. 17, 1996, on the Denali Highway near Maclaren River. A funeral for Mr. Olrun, his wife and grandson will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Evangelical Covenant Church at C Street and 15th Avenue. A visitation will begin at 11 a.m. at the church. The Rev. Nathan Toot will officiate. Mr. Olrun was born Oct. 16, 1943, in Nash Harbor on Nunivak Island. He was a retired member of the Alaska National Guard who served until November 1990. He had also worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service out of Bethel. He was an accomplished carver. His family said: ''Palmer was a kind, humble, soft-spoken and hardworking man who was known for his ivory and soapstone carvings. He loved the outdoors and was a very skillful hunter and fisherman, always able to provide for his family.'' Mr. Olrun is survived by his mother, Daisy; brothers, Daniel Sr. and Stephen, all of Mekoryuk; Eben Olrun and Wes Weston of Anchorage and Leonard and Wallen of Bethel; his sister, Margaret Hobbs of Anchorage; his children, Angelina of Chicago, Cindy, Eddie and Regina, all of Anchorage; six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and 14 nieces and nephews. Service arrangements were handled by Anchorage Funeral Home.


Mekoryuk resident Ted Moses, 66, died June 4, 1996, on Nunivak Island in a helicopter crash. A funeral will by held at 4 p.m. today at First Baptist Church, 1100 W. 10th Ave., with a visitation one hour prior. Pastor Jonathan Wilson of First Native Baptist Church will officiate. Additional services will be held in Mekoryuk on Tuesday afternoon at the Covenant Church, with a burial following. Mr. Moses was born in Nash Harbor on Nunivak Island on Oct. 5, 1929. He graduated from Mount Edgecumbe High School in 1948. He attended the RCA Institute of New York. He also attended Bible school and self-improvement courses. He served four years in the Air Force. Mr. Moses worked for the civil service for 30 years, retiring in 1989. He then went to work for Bering Sea Reindeer. Mr. Moses was a member of the First Native Baptist Church in Anchorage, the Evangelical Covenant Church of Mekoryuk and Alaska Native Baptist Fellowship Inc. His hobbies and special interests included flying, photography, sacred music, fishing, hunting, economic development, reindeer husbandry, reading and Native Alaskan crafts and carving. His family said, ''He was a devoted, faithful, loving and caring father, a friend to all. He loved his wife . . . and provided for her in life and in death. He gave his best to everyone, at work, family, friends or strangers. He radiated a sincere smile. He was adventurous and eager to meet people here and internationally. He was well-known and loved in Alaska, the Lower 48, 38 as well as in Russia and Norway. He was hard-working, and always had a positive outlook, and was young and vital in living. 'When I kick the bucket, I'm going to kick it hard!' he once said to a friend.'' Mr. Moses is survived by his wife, Mabel of Mekoryuk; sons Terry, James and Bryan Moses, daughter, Barbara Rustman, and two granddaughters, all of Anchorage; brothers, Jesse and Joseph of Bethel; sisters, Susie Williams and Bertha Andrew of Mekoryuk; sisters-in-law, Ada Hengel of Winona, Minn., and Minnie Grace Scribner of Anchorage. Memorial donations may be made to the Teddy Moses Family Fund, an account set up at the First National Bank of Anchorage, Bethel Branch.


Ethan K. Olrun, 2, died Jan. 17, 1996, with his grandparents on the Denali Highway near the Maclaren River. He was born March 29, 1993, in Chicago. A funeral for the Olruns will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Evangelical Covenant Church at C Street and 15th Avenue. A visitation will begin at 11 a.m. at the church. The Rev. Nathan Toot will officiate. Ethan lived in Anchorage all his life and loved playing with his ''choochoo'' train. He also enjoyed fishing with his grandparents. His family said: ''Ethan always brought a smile to everyone when he came into a room. He knew he was cute and always had a smile on his face. He was a very special little boy who loved his family and will always be remembered.'' Ethan is survived by his mother, Cynthia of Anchorage; sister, Lauren of British Columbia; and brother, Peter of Anchorage.


Lifelong Alaska Leah K. Olrun, 51, died Jan. 17, 1996, on the Denali Highway near Maclaren River. A funeral for Mrs. Olrun, her husband and grandson will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Evangelical Covenant Church at C Street and 15th Avenue. A visitation will begin at 11 a.m. at the church. The Rev. Nathan Toot will officiate. She was born June 22, 1944, in the Mekoryuk area on Nunivak Island. She had lived in Anchorage since she was a child and had worked for the District Attorney's office and the Alaska Department of Corrections. Most recently, she was employed by the Alaska Native Medical Center. Mrs. Olrun was a member of the Evangelical Covenant Church in Anchorage. 36 She enjoyed traveling, fishing, knitting, sewing and music. Her family made the following statement: ''Leah was a woman equipped for both worlds: the English way of life and the Yup'ik way of life. She had an even balance. She loved the outdoors and knew how to live and survive in it from a very young age. ''Leah and her husband loved their children and put aside their problems to listen to the needs of their children. She and her husband were always a phone call away to listen to the worries of others. She was kind and there to help her family and others from the island of her birth. She was compassionate and loved their children and grandchildren. She was very gifted with her hands at crocheting nylon purses and bags. She was also good at preparing Native foods.'' Mrs. Olrun is survived by her parents, Edward and Nan Kiokun of Mekoryuk; sisters, Hilma Shaving of Anchorage, Winfred Mockta of Mekoryuk; brothers, Hultman ''Ike'' Kiokun of Mekoryuk, William Kiokun of Palmer and Marvin Kiokun of Mekoryuk; her children, Angelina of Chicago, Cindy, Eddie and Regina, all of Anchorage; six grandchildren, four greatgrandchildren and 17 nieces and nephews.


Bethel resident Olie Olrun Jr., 21, died Feb. 13, 1995, near Pinkey's Park in Bethel. He broke his neck as a result of a snowmachine accident. A service was held Feb. 16 at the Moravian Church in Bethel. Pallbearers were Oscar Jenkins, Paul Jenkins, Ronnie Olrun, Mark Olrun, Leonard Olrun and Stewart Olrun. Mr. Olrun was born Nov. 13, 1963, in Mekoryuk, where he attended grade school. He attended high school in Bethel and earned a diploma. He also attended refrigeration school in Arizona and worked for Alaska Airlines and ERA as a ground crewman in cargo. 33 Mr. Olrun was a member of the Evangelical Covenant Church and Pentecostal Church and enjoyed listening to gospel music. He also enjoyed hunting by snowmachine and boat, fishing and hunting birds, and especially fixing things. His family said: "Olie will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He set a very good example of a hard worker, always on task, and often humorous. He was always willing to help in any way he could. Work prevented him from spending too much time with his family. He liked the simple family life. We will treasure all the time we had as a family. He was a loving father, husband, son and brother. The Lord gives and he takes. We have trust in the Lord always." Mr. Olrun is survived by his parents, Daisy and Olie Sr. of Anchorage; wife, Pauline, daughter, Monica, sons, Christopher, Olie Boy III and Aaron, all of Bethel; brother and sister-in-law, Daniel and Prudy, and their seven children of Mekoryuk; brothers and sisters-in-law and their families, Palmer and Leah, and their five children; Eben and Grace, and their son; Leonard and Theresa of Bethel; Stephen of Mekoryuk; and Wallen and Flora and their two children of Bethel; sister and brother-in-law, Margaret and Michael Hobbs of Anchorage, and their two sons.


Lifelong Alaskan Jimmie "Kaganak" Oscar Sr., 72, died Nov. 14, 1994 at Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage. A service was held Nov. 21 at the Catholic church in Bethel. Burial took place in the old cemetery in Bethel. Mr. Oscar was born May 14, 1922, in Tununak on Nelson Island. In 1954, Mr. Oscar and his family moved from Tununak to Bethel for his children's education. Mr. Oscar enjoyed fishing, hunting, trapping and outdoor life. He worked as a subsistence fisherman and as a commercial fisherman in Bristol Bay for the past 30 years. During the summers, he sometimes worked in the canneries. His family said: "As a trapper, he used to trap over 100 minks each winter. When trapping, he lived at Chilugan and Chukfaktooliq. He used dog teams at Kayaluvik and Newtok. One lead dog was named 'Keeviak,' meaning red fox. Every winter he traveled to Bethel by dog team to buy grub and kerosene. Mr. Oscar always made everyone around him laugh. He will be missed by all his family and friends." Mr. Oscar is survived by his wife, Martina of Anchorage; his daughters, Sophie Shuler, Teresa Fisk and Minnie Oscar, all of Anchorage, and Maria Guinn of Bethel; his sons, Paul Sr. of Bethel and George of Anchorage; his brother, Joseph of Tununak; his nephew, Andrew George of Nightmute; 29 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; his close friends and relatives, Louie Andrew of Bethel and Alexie Jimmy of Toksook Bay; and many other relatives and friends throughout Alaska. Arrangements were handled by Evergreen Memorial Chapel.


Anchorage resident Rosemary Oscar, 32, died March 12, 2005, at Alaska Native Medical Center. Visitation will be at 10 a.m., with a funeral at 11 a.m. Friday at Hope Cottages, 570 W. International Airport Road. The Rev. Steven Sanders will officiate. Burial will be at Anchorage Memorial Park. Ms. Oscar was born Oct. 22, 1972, in Bethel. She worked for Hope Community Resources in the records department. She was a member of the Orutsararmiut Native Council in Bethel, Hope Community Resources, ARCA and the Eastside United Pentecostal Church, where she assisted in the children's Sunday school classes. She also received awards in the Special Olympics. Ms. Oscar enjoyed crocheting, beading, bowling and bingo and loved nature. "She was my big sister and I was her little brother, and she would let me know," her brother wrote. "When I felt sad, she would show a piece of her heart and that made me feel a lot better." Her family wrote: "Rosemary touched us with love every day in every way. Her smile and laugh and just being herself will be missed. We all have cherished memories and will always love her." Survivors include her parents, Isabel and Thomas Oscar Sr. of Bethel; brothers and sisters-in-law, Thomas Jr. and Angela Oscar, Xavier and Emma Oscar, and Harry and Hilda Oscar, all of Bethel; foster parents, Patricia and Mark Fuller of Anchorage; daughter, Selena Commacho of Texas; nieces, Ayisha and Cherilyn Oscar, Chelsea Oscar, Brittney Oscar and Brianna Oscar; nephews, Damon and Marcus Oscar and Tristen Manchuak; grandmother, Jane Oscar of Bethel; uncles, David Oscar of Kasigluk, John Oscar of Mekoryuk, Jimmy Oscar of Bethel, Joseph Jr. Oscar of Tununak, Dick Lincoln of Tununak, Alois Lincoln of Toksook Bay and David Bill of Toksook Bay; aunts, Lucy Egan, Julia Nevak of Toksook Bay and Julia Bill of Toksook Bay; and biological mother, Maggie Karl of Toksook Bay. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Joseph Oscar Sr. and Stephanie Naiagnik. Arrangements are with Evergreen Memorial Chapel.


Pamela Christine Oscar, 29, died peacefully June 20, 1999, at Alaska Native Medical Center. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. today at Evergreen Memorial Chapel, downtown. A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Mekoryuk Covenant Church in Mekoryuk. Mrs. Oscar was born July 30, 1969, in Anchorage. She was raised in Mekoryuk until she moved briefly to Bethel in 1977. She graduated from the Mekoryuk high school in 1983. She had worked for the Swanson's store in Bethel, the Tununak Headstart Program and the Tununak Native Store. She left for Madison, Wis., and received her double lung transplant on Christmas Day 1996. She returned to Alaska in 1997 and has since lived in Anchorage with her family. Mrs. Oscar was a member of Mekoryuk Covenant Church and the Evangelical Covenant Church in Madison. She was married in Tununak at St. Joseph's Catholic Church on Aug. 29, 1992. Mrs. Oscar enjoyed making beadwork, knitting, reading, listening to music, subsistence gathering, family activities, and especially her children's development and spiritual virtues. Her sisters said: ''She used to encourage us when we had problems. We will miss her support and guidance.'' ''She was always caring and compassionate,'' her husband said. A family friend described her as having ''great strength and courage, and shared her love with all.'' Mrs. Oscar is survived by husband, John Oscar of Anchorage; children, Kayleen, Aaron, Jeremy and Caroline of Anchorage; mother, Dora John of Anchorage and Mekoryuk; brothers, Bobby John and Joel John of Mekoryuk, and Moses John of Dillingham; sisters, Marianne John Williams of Mekoryuk and Clarissa John of Anchorage; grandmother, Mildred Whitman of Mekoryuk; uncles, David David, Alvin David, Eugene David and Emory David of Mekoryuk; and aunts, Julie Shore of Palmer and Dina David of Bethel; and all her friends and relatives. She was preceded in death by her father, Kusowyuk John, and brother, Clement John.


Harold 'Hank' Ostrosky, 71, died Oct. 3, 1997, in Anchorage. A service will be from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at Fairview Recreation Center. Burial will follow at Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery. A potlatch celebration featuring North American and Pacific Island indigenous performers will be conducted from 4 to 8 p.m. at the recreation center. In addition to family members, honorary pallbearers will include representatives of the following groups: Yupik, Inupiat, Athabaskan, Dena'ina, Eyak, Tlingit, Haida, Hawaiian, Ozinki, Oneida and Lakota. They are: Zeck Koa Donahue, Daniel Ostrosky, George, Archie and Clayton Gottchalk, Etok, Gary Harrison, Mary Ann Mills, Thomas McGloin, Ralph Mancuso, Gary Patton, Tom Able, Androcles Kaawa, Ron Barnes, Nick Katelnikoff, Pam Colorado, Richard Grass, Marie SmithJones, Peter Pitka, Moses Pavilla, Liko Martin, Harry Davidson, Drew Froelich, Dr. Richard Haard, Jim Sykes, Mark Clark and Peter Ruocco. Mr. Ostrosky was born Aug. 2, 1926, in Torrington, Conn. An Alaska resident since 1948, he lived and worked in various places. He was a bush pilot and cattle wrangler on Afognak Island from 1948-1956. A commercial fisherman from 1948-1990, he was also an electronics technician from 1957-1967, and publisher/editor of the Bristol Bay News 44 from 1960-1971. At the time of his death he had been a human rights and sovereignty advocate/consultant to various indigenous peoples throughout North America and the Pacific since 1969, and official representative for the traditional elders council of Atmautluak and Tununak, Alaska, since 1987. His children wrote: ''Hank was jailed twice as a political prisoner, once on 'littering' charges and later he spent over six months in jail for saying the words: 'You have no jurisdiction here.' '' ''He was a champion of people everywhere, fighting for their indigenous rights and titles. His main purpose in life was to develop, for future generations, what he called a 'psycho-socio-bio-economic system.' ''Our dad taught us the meaning of integrity, dignity, honor, and unselfish generosity. He was a master craftsman of words. Always articulate, he reconstructed the language to eliminate the possibility of its corruption and to more accurately depict the truth. He never compromised his ideals and integrity, and the power of his being and his presence on our Earth made us feel protected and safe from injustice and oppression. We fervently hope that those of us left will find the courage to rage, rage against the dying of the light.'' Mr. Ostrosky is survived by his daughters, Lori of Alaska and Julianne of Hawaii; grandchildren, Zeck and Ryder Donahue, both of Hawaii, and Emerald Kaitryn of Alaska; sister, Barbara Mancuso; brothers, Daniel and Edward; nephews, Ralph, Steve and Mike Mancuso; niece, Darlene; and son-in-law, Thomas McGloin. He was preceded in death by the mother of his children and the woman he loved, Kathryn Louise Baker Ostrosky, and Zeck Martin Ostrosky. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Harold ''Hank'' Ostrosky Memorial Fund at First National Bank of Anchorage, and later to the Hank Ostrosky Indigenous Rights and Titles Foundation. Arrangements by Evergreen Memorial Chapels.


JOSEPH A. OSTROWSKI, Memorial services for Joseph Allen Ostrowski, 32, will be held at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Browerville, Minn. He died Nov. 16, 1985 in a plane crash 10 miles north of Quinhagak., Born Feb. 7, 1953 in Bertha, Minn., he had lived in Alaska for eight years. He graduated from Vermillion State University at Ely, Minn., with a bachelor of science degree in education. He had taught high school industrial arts in Northway, Selawick, Toksook Bay and was in his fourth year of teaching at Quinhagak. He was also a commercial fisherman. He is survived by his wife, Donna, of Quinhagak; one son, Seth Paul of Quinhagak; his parents, Louis and Frances Ostrowski Sr. of Browerville, Minn.; three brothers, Louis Jr. of Staples, Minn., Frederick of Anoka, Minn., and Michael of Browerville; four sisters, Grace Pass of St. Paul, Minn., Tina Buczynski of Brookston, Minn., Marie Noha of North Branch, Minn., and Margaret Zaworski of Minneapolis, Minn. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Women In Crisis, Men's Program, 702 10th Ave., Fairbanks, Alaska 99701. Arrangements by Evergreen Memorial Chapel.


Aniak resident Lee Frank Overton, 78, died Feb. 4, 2006, at home. A service will be at noon Thursday at Kehl's Forest Lawn Chapel with a visitation at 11 a.m. Mr. Overton was born Nov. 22, 1927, in Broadus, Mont., to Esther and Loy Overton. He moved to Alaska in 1949 when he drove up the Alaska Highway with his brothers. He lived in Seward, Palmer, Eagle River from 1957 to 1977, and in Aniak until his death. Mr. Overton was a refrigeration supervisor for Fort Richardson and was a civilian employee and self-employed. He retired from Fort Richardson in December 1977 and had served in the Navy. Mr. Overton was a member of the Kuskokwim Mission in Aniak. His family wrote: "Lee always was there to help anyone. He was always busy doing something. He truly loved the Lord Jesus Christ and served faithfully in the church. He will be truly missed by family and friends, but we'll see him again in heaven." Mr. Overton is survived by his wife, Agnes Overton; children, Sam Overton and Elaine Simeon, both of Aniak, and Ellie Wright of Wasilla; grandchildren, Pete Tom Kelila, Christina, Gary Jr., Gerald, Joshua, Charlene and Pete Wright, Jasmin, Shelby Lee and Soren Simeon and Stephanie Overton; and siblings, Carol, Lone, Darlene, Vearl and Allen. He was preceded in death by his parents, Loy and Esther Overton; siblings, Clifford, Evelyn, Ollie; and son, Walter Overton.


Bethel resident John Pasko, 82, a hunter and restaurant manager, died Feb. 12, 1990 at Alaska Native Medical Center. A funeral will be held next week in Chefornak, with burial in the St. Catherine's Parish Cemetery. Mr. Pasko was born Feb. 5, 1908, in Kinaq. He is survived by his stepmother, Matilda Hooper, and stepbrother, George Hooper; both of Tununak; his stepsister, Maria Alirkar, of Tooksook Bay, and his daughters-in-law, Cecilia Anthony and Jane Wiseman, both of 13 Chefornak; 12 grandchildren; one greatgranddaughter, Valerie Wiseman, of Chefornak; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Local arrangements were by Evergreen Memorial Chapel, Eighth Avenue and E Street.


Mary Passamika of Upper Kalskag. 15 October 1926 - 28 March 2011. Source: The Kuskokwim Drift, newsletter of the Kuskokwim Corporation, Summer 2011


ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A man and woman were found dead with their unharmed baby in a remote western Alaska village when worried relatives went to check on them, family members said Monday.
State troopers were investigating the deaths of Jonathan Paul, 29, and Gina Martin, 26. The couple's 1-year-old daughter, Deann, is staying with Martin's family.
Troopers have not said how the couple died at their home in Kipnuk, a Yupik Eskimo community of 640 people. Even relatives said they haven't been told.
"Nobody knows what happened," said Gina Martin's sister, Patricia Martin. "Just pray for us."
Patricia Martin said she and her mother found the bodies when they went to the couple's home late Saturday night after not hearing from Gina Martin all day.
The door was locked, so Patricia Martin broke in with a butter knife, she said. She couldn't tell what caused the deaths. "I just took the baby and left," she said.
Her mother, Dolly Martin, called a tribal police officer, who notified troopers. Kipnuk is located near the coast of the Bering Sea, about 475 miles west of Anchorage.
Many in the community rely on a subsistence lifestyle, and trapping brings income as well. Most jobs, such as commercial fishing and construction, are seasonal, according to a state community database.


JOSEPH PAUL, Services for lifelong Alaska resident Joseph Jim Paul, a former chairman of the Kuskokwim Federation of the Blind and the Alaska Native Blind Development, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Evergreen Memorial Chapel with the Rev. August Alexie of the Moravian Church of God officiating. A visitation will precede the service from 1 to 2 p.m. Mr. Paul, 54, died Sunday, Feb. 14, 1988, at his Anchorage home. He was born May 4, 1933, in Kipnuk. He had worked at the vending stand in the State Court Building in Anchorage and had owned and operated the Cracker Jack Cabin in Kipnuk. He was a member of the Bethel and Rabbit Creek Lions Clubs, and was a former member of the Kipnuk School Board. He was known for his musical talents and composed in both English and the central Yupik language. He enjoyed sharing his interest in music by teaching. He leaves his wife, Natalie; his sons, Gary and Clifford; his daughters, Joann and Nancy; his brothers, David and Johnnie; and 14 grandchildren; all of Kipnuk. Burial will be in Kipnuk later this week. Memorials may be sent to the Alaska Native Blind Development, P. O. Box 100224, Anchorage 99510.


AMES PAUL SR. A funeral service and burial for James Paul, Sr., a lifelong Alaska resident, will be held later this week in Kipnuk. Mr. Paul, 76, died Saturday, May 7, 1988 , at the Alaska Native Medical Center. He was born Feb. 14, 1912, in Kipnuk. He was a commercial fisherman and served in the Alaska Territorial Guard. He leaves his wife, Julia, of Kipnuk; his daughters, Alice Kalistook and Natalia Knight, both of Bethel, Rosemary Strauss and Rita Paul, both of Kipnuk, and Doris Paul, of Anchorage; his sons, Peter, Paul and James, all of Kipnuk; and 17 grandchildren. Service arrangements were by Evergreen Memorial Chapel. May 10, 1988


Suzanne Paul
June 6, 1933 - January 12, 2007
Emmonak, Alaska


James Peter Jr., 33, a self-employed commercial fisherman, died Sept. 30, 1991 at his Bethel residence. A funeral will be held this week at the Moravian Church in Bethel. Burial will be in the Bethel Cemetery. Mr. Peter was born May 20, 1958, in Bethel. He was a West High graduate. He is survived by his parents, Daisy and James Sr., of Bethel; his brothers, Joe of Marshall, John of Akiak, Richard, Ronnie and Norman, all of Bethel, and Max of Anchorage; his sisters, Polly Lewis of Akiachak, Phyllis of Kipnuk, and Renay Clifton of Oklahoma. Arrangements were by Witzleben Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Bragaw Chapel


Lifelong Alaskan John George Peter, 46, died Dec. 2, 1996, at his Bethel residence. Visitation will be held today from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Evergreen Memorial Chapel, downtown. Funeral and burial services will take place in Bethel next week. Mr. Peter was born July 3, 1950, in Bethel. He received his bachelor's degree in accounting and worked in Anchorage, Mountain Village, Akiak and Bethel. He was a member of the Bethel Moravian Church and was wellknown and loved. ''He will be greatly missed,'' his family said. Mr. Peter is survived by his wife, Mary of Anchorage; daughters, Patricia of Bethel, Angela of Anchorage, Tracy of Toksook Bay, Christina Clifton of Orlando, Fla., Daisy of Bethel, and stepdaughter, Marilyn of Bethel; parents, James and Daisy Peter of Bethel; sisters, Polly Lewis of Eek, Phyllis Peter of Kipnuk, and Renay Clifton of Orlando; brothers, Joe of Marshall, Richard and Norman of Bethel, Max of Anchorage, and Ronnie of Kipnuk.


Onessia Phillips of Crooked Creek. 19 July 1929 - 2 March 2011. Source: The Kuskokwim Drift, newsletter of the Kuskokwim Corporation, Summer 2011


CHESALEE JULIA PIAKAK, Services for Chesalee Julia Piakak, 4, will be at noon Saturday at Mountain View Baptist Church with the Rev. John Beyers officiating. A visitation will precede the service from 11 a.m. to noon. Chesalee died Monday, March 7, 1988, at Our Lady of Compassion Care Center. She was born Dec. 19, 1983, in Bethel, Alaska. She leaves her parents, Tom and Susan Piakak of Anchorage; her sister, Christina, of Anchorage; her maternal grandparents, Lloyd and Barbara Williams, of Seattle; and her paternal grandfather, Nellie, of Kipnuk. Burial will be in the Kipnuk Cemetery. Service arrangements were by Witzleben Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Sixth Avenue Chapel.


Toksook Bay resident Ralph H. Pitka, 28, died July 15, 1991 near Bethel. Arrangements are pending at Kehl's Forest Lawn Mortuary and Crematory.


GREGORY PITKA Services for Gregory Pitka, 19, will be held later this week in Toksook Bay. Mr. Pitka died Oct. 30, 1987 in Bethel. Born Dec. 15, 1965, he was a recent graduate of the Toksook Bay High School. He leaves his parents, Gabriel and Alice; his brothers, Ralph, Robert, Frank, and John Paul; and sisters, Stella and Margaret, all of Toksook Bay. Local arrangements were by Witzleben Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Sixth Avenue Chapel.


Marie Rabidou, 84, a resident of Our Lady of Compassion Care Center, died there March 2, 1990. A funeral service will be conducted later this week at St. Mary's Church in Aniak. Mrs. Rabidou was born May 11, 1905, in Chefornak, and was a lifelong Alaska resident. She worked as a housewife and enjoyed sewing, fishing, berrypicking and camping. According to her family, she was a great story teller and Eskimo dancer. Survivors include one daughter, Sophie Sakar of Chuathbaluk; eight grandchildren and 15 greatgrandchildren. Local arrangements were by Evergreen Memorial Chapel, 737 E Street.


Alfred Redfox
August 10, 1926 - April 22, 1999
Emmonak, Alaska


Angela F. Redfox
September 8, 1926 - March 17, 2010
Emmonak, Alaska


Cecilia Redfox
December 26, 1933 - December 11, 2010
Emmonak, Alaska


Elizabeth M. Redfox
November 8, 1965 - June 18, 2008
Emmonak, Alaska


Alaska resident David Thomas Charles "Charlie" Roberts, 16, died May 8, 1993 in Chefornak. A funeral will be held today at Platinum Moravian Church in Platinum with Frank Methew officiating. Burial will be held at Platinum Cemetery. Mr. Roberts was born Nov. 16, 1976, in Bethel, and was a ninth-grade student in Platinum. He enjoyed basketball and Native Youth Olympics. He is survived by his father, John of Quinhagak; his mother and stepfather, Pauline and James Wasili; a sister, Jamie Wasili; six brothers, Jason, Simeon, Eric, Christopher and Peter Wasili, and Justin Bunett, all of Chefornak; his maternal grandmother, Margaret Kasayulie of Platinum; his paternal grandfather, Robert Roberts of Quinhagak; his uncle, James Kasayulie of Platinum; and other relatives in Quinhagak. Local arrangements were handled by Witzleben's Bragaw Chapel.


Anna Dorothy Robertson, 66, died Dec. 10, 2004, at Meadowbrook Place in Baker City, Ore. Ms. Robertson was born Dec. 15, 1937, in Russian Mission, Alaska. She is survived by her daughter, Stella Davis; son, Alan Cisco; and granddaughter, Christina Plunkett. “Annie” worked as a nurse’s aide in several hospitals and she also waitressed. She enjoyed telling stories of her childhood and tales of the ‘64 earthquake.


Lifelong Alaska resident Gertrude S. "Gertie" Russi, 53, died March 10, 1995, at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Wash. A funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Evangelical Covenant Church, with visitation beginning at noon. The Rev. Nathan Toots will officiate. Burial will follow in Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery. Pallbearers include Gary, Glenn and Melvin Ivanoff, Samuel Shavings, Walter Dotomain and Rueban Noratuk. Mrs. Russi was born May 12, 1941, in Mekoryuk on Nunivak Island. She was the postmistress in Mekoryuk and moved to Anchorage in 1974. She worked for the U.S. Postal Service for many years in Mekoryuk and Anchorage and had volunteered at the Crisis Center in Anchorage. Mrs. Russi was a member of Evangelical Covenant Church and enjoyed knitting, crocheting, fishing and being with her grandchildren. Her family said: "Her smile and sense of humor will be greatly missed." Mrs. Russi is survived by her daughter, Caroline Ivanoff of Anchorage; three sons, Glenn Ivanoff of Anchorage, and Gary and Melvin Ivanoff of Mekoryuk; mother, Susie Shavings of Mekoryuk; three sisters, Lillian Shavings of Mekoryuk, and Marian Shavings and Karen Shavings-Stein of Anchorage; two brothers, Samuel and Silas Shavings of Mekoryuk; eight grandchildren, Jackie, Jamie, Mitchum, and Sidney Ivanoff, and Ian Alexander, all of Anchorage, Jessica Paul of Napaskiak, and Jordan and Jasmine Fitka, of Marshall; and many other relatives. She was preceded in death by her father, Harry, and brothers, Jim and Richard. Arrangements were handled by Evergreen Memorial Chapel.

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