Bethel & Kusilvak
OBITUARIES & DEATH NOTICES S-Z
Bethel resident Frank Hilary William Allgiq Sam, 2, died March 10, 2000, at Providence Alaska Medical Center. Local visitation was Wednesday at Evergreen Memorial Chapels in Anchorage. Additional services and burial will be later this week in Bethel. Frank was born Dec. 6, 1997, in Bethel. His family said: ''He was a happy child who made everyone he met happy. In his way, he was funny and cheerful; he made sure everyone had a little smile. He was a great son to his parents, great grandson to his grandparents, great nephew to his uncles and aunts and great cousin to his cousins. He is going to be greatly missed by everyone whose hearts he touched.'' Frank is survived by his parents, Martina and Bernard Sam of Bethel; sisters, Anna N. Andy of Newtok and Margaret M.N.A. Sam and Annie F.R.C. Sam of Bethel; grandparents, William and Norma Andy of Newtok and Hilary and Maria Kairaiuak of Chefornak; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, grandpas and grandmas.
PHILLIP SAMPSON Funeral services will be held in Kipnuk for Phillip Sampson, who died Feb. 27, 1986 at the hospital in Bethel. Mr. Sampson was born Sept. 16, 1937, in Kipnuk. He lived in Alaska his entire life and was 48 years old when he died. He is survived by three sisters, Mary Anaver of Kipnuk, Julia Nicori of Kwethluk, and Katie Mann of Kwigillingok. Local arrangements were by Witzleben Funeral Home and Crematory, Bragaw Chapel.
Eva Rose Ann Samson, 57, died Jan. 15, 2002, at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska. Ms. Samson was born July 26, 1944, in Crooked Creek, Alaska. She is survived by her daughter, Rayna Neumiller-Carson; son, B. J. Neumiller; mother, Theresa Parent; sisters, Mary Seay, Lorrain John, and Evelyn Thomas; and brother, Tom Parent.
Harry Oomyun Shavings, 80, died July 1989, an Anchorage carver, Alaska Native Medical Center. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Evangelical Covenant Church with the Rev. Jerry Daniels officiating. A visitation will precede the service at 1. Mr. Shavings was born July 22, 1909, on Nunivak Island, where he lived until moving to Anchorage in 1975. He was a wood and ivory carver and had served in the Alaska Territorial Guard and the National Guard. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping. He leaves his wife, Susie, of Anchorage; his daughters, Gertie Russi, Mary Shavings and Karen Harry, both of Anchorage, and Lillian Lindgren, of California; his sons, Silas Shavings, of Anchorage, and Samuel Shavings, of Mekoyuk; his brothers, Frank and Henry, both of Bethel, and Edward, of Mekoryuk; 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Burial will be in the Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery following the service. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Alaska Heart Association, 2330 East 42nd Avenue, Anchorage 99508.
Lifelong Alaskan Josephine R. Shavings, 72, died Jan. 3, 2002, at Alaska Native Medical Center after an illness. Visitation will be at 11 a.m. today at Evergreen Memorial Chapel, Eighth Avenue and E Street. A funeral will follow at noon with the Rev. James Blackshear officiating. Burial will be later at Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery. Ms. Shavings was born July 4, 1929, on Nunivak Island and later moved to Bethel and then to Anchorage in the 1960s. She completed her GED and later worked for the University of Alaska Anchorage in food service during the 1960s before her retirement. Ms. Shavings was a member the United Pentecostal Church. She was an artist and enjoyed beachcombing, harvesting beach grass and weaving the grass into baskets. She also enjoyed camping, fishing, picking greens and berries, sewing, knitting and music. She loved shopping. Her family said: ''She was a hardworking woman to provide for her family. She had a great sense of humor. Her laughter will be missed and will be a precious memory in our hearts. She was loved by her family and friends. She was a firm believer in our Lord Jesus Christ and loved Christian movies and music.'' Ms. Shavings is survived by her brother, Alex Rogers of Anchorage; sisters, Mary Smith of Anchorage and Susie Williams of Mekoryuk; daughters, Laura Kolerok of Wasilla and Anna Shavings of Anchorage; sons, Dennis Shavings of Kodiak, and Martin Shavings, Luther Shavings and Jacob Shavings of Anchorage; grandchildren, Reginald and Brenda of Anchorage, and Dorothy of Wasilla; great-grandchildren, Jackie and Deandra of Wasilla and Chris of Anchorage; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, three daughters, two sons, and two grandchildren.
Marvella Ann Shavings, 53, died peacefully Aug. 11, 2010, in Anchorage. A viewing will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at First Covenant Church, followed by a service and potluck. Pastor Bill Jones will officiate. Ms. Shavings was born Oct. 21, 1956, in Nash Harbor on Nunivak Island to parents Edward and Esther Shavings. She attended and graduated from Mekoryuk BIA School, Sheldon Jackson College and Career Academy. Ms. Shavings' career included years of working for her dad's business, Nunivak Island Guide Service, as a cook. She also was employed as a health aide and certified medical assistant.She had a great sense of humor, enjoyed reading books, knitting, bingo, singing gospel music and playing the keyboard, berry picking for her mother and clam digging. Her favorite expressions were "you turkey" and "cheese and crackers!" Marvella tremendously believed in and worshiped God, prayed for others and asked for prayers from others. She really enjoyed candy, especially Look! candy bars, peanut brittle, toffee and any frozen chocolate. Marvella was extremely generous to family and friends; she will be missed by all.Marvella is survived by her parents Ed and Esther Shavings; siblings, Jacob, Ed Jr. and wife Xenia, Lincoln Shavings and his wife of Mekoryuk, and Louise Shavings of Anchorage; her children, Gwendolyn Jones of Homer, Beatrice Olrun-Kiokun and Melanie Shavings of Mekoryuk, Chad Shavings of Anchorage and Michael Sorden of Alabama; grandsons, McKinley and Landon; uncles, Henry Shavings and Tom Amos; aunts, Marian Paulson and Verna Reynolds; nieces, Kendra, Charlee, Danielle, Molly, Sonni, Alma, Tabitha, Shanelle and Chenovia; great-niece, Ana; nephews, Brady, Isaiah, Carl, Nathaniel, T.J., Lewis and Aristotle; and numerous cousins.She was preceded in death by her maternal and paternal grandparents, sisters Alma Rose and Phyllis Ruth; and other family members, including Ed Jr. III.Pallbearers are Jacob Chuck, Ed Jr., Lincoln, Chad, Michael and Isaiah. Honorary pallbearers are dad Edward and Uncle Tom Amos.
Reuben Nick Shavings, 38, an Anchorage resident, died May 5, 1989 at Alaska Native Medical Center. A funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at Kehl's Forest Lawn Memorial Chapel. The Rev. J.R. Blackshear of United Pentecostal Church will officiate. Mr. Shavings was born June 6, 1950, in Mekoryuk. He had attended chef school in Oregon and worked as a cook in Kodiak, the Seward Skill Center, Church's Fried Chicken in Spenard and Big Boys in Anchorage. During the fishing season he worked in canneries. His hobbies included playing the guitar and singing. He enjoyed wood carving, making masks and gardening. He leaves his father, Frank, of Bethel; his mother, Josephine, of Anchorage; his brothers, Martin, Dennis and Jacob, all of Anchorage, and Luther, of Palmer; and his sisters, Anna and Sharon, both of Anchorage, and Laura Kolerok, of Wasilla. Burial will be in Anchorage Memorial Park.
Anchorage resident Sharon Shavings, 43, died Dec. 11, 2001, at her home. Visitation will be at 2 p.m. today at Evergreen Memorial Chapel, Eighth Avenue and E Street, with a service at 3 p.m. The Rev. Jesse Powell of Trinity Christian Reformed Church will officiate. Burial will be at Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery. A gathering of friends will be held at a later date. Ms. Shavings was born June 1, 1958, in Bethel. She spent her childhood in Mekoryuk, Nunivak Island and Bethel before moving to Anchorage in the late 1960s. She had most recently been employed by at the 4th Avenue Theater in service preparation. Prior to this position she had been employed at Tudor Bingo. Her family wrote: ''Sharon was an avid participant in Special Olympics and an excellent bowler. She was a member of the Trinity Christian Reformed Church. ''Sharon was a gifted knitter and loved to knit scarves for her friends. She also could be seen riding her bike daily in the community. ''Sharon was a joy to her family and friends. She was always telling jokes and making people laugh. She will be remembered for her sense of humor and her positive attitude.'' She is survived by her father, Frank Shavings of Bethel; mother, Josephine Shavings of Anchorage; sisters, Laura Kolerok of Wasilla and Anna Shavings of Anchorage; brothers, Martin Shavings, Luther Shavings and Jacob Shavings of Anchorage, and Dennis Shavings of Kodiak; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by two sisters, two brothers and her grandparents.
Martina Marie Sims, 45, died March 16, 2002, in Wasilla. A funeral Mass will be arranged in St. Peter the Fisherman Church in Toksook Bay. She will be laid to rest next to her family members as requested. Mrs. Sims was born Oct. 6, 1956, in Bethel to Simon and Jennie Sims. She lived in Wasilla with her longtime companion, Roy Buchanan. She enjoyed singing gospel music, making Native crafts, picking berries, crocheting, sewing, Eskimo dancing and visiting with family members and friends. Tina loved her family with all her heart. Her family wrote: ''Martina will be remembered best by the gift of laughter she so willingly shared through her stories and her humor. She came to know many people from all walks of life, sharing her friendship this way.'' Mrs. Sims was preceded in death by her twin sister, Agnes; grandmother, Lucy McGee; sister, Theresa Ross; father, Simon Sims Sr.; brothers, Simon Jr., Noah and Joseph Sims; grandfather, Peter McGee; and baby brothers, Noah and Billy Sims. She is survived by her mother, Jennie Sims of Toksook Bay; daughter, Regina Bruno of Palmer; brothers, Billy Sims of Toksook Bay and John Sims of Seward; sister, Cecilia Frenzl and family of Delta Junction; uncle, George Paul of Toksook Bay; aunts, Mary Jumbo and family of Toksook Bay, Anna Agnus and family of Nightmute, Martina Oscar and family of Anchorage and Bethel, and Bessie Sims and family of Atmauthluak; nephews, Simon Sims of Toksook Bay and Noah Sims of Wasilla; and numerous other relatives throughout Alaska. Arrangements were by Evergreen Memorial Chapel.
Toksook Bay resident Agnes Sims, 34, a homemaker, died Dec. 2, 1990 at Alaska Native Medical Center. A funeral will be conducted at noon today at Witzleben Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Bragaw Chapel, with the Rev. James Laudwein officiating. Mrs. Sims was born Oct. 6, 1956, in Bethel. She enjoyed children. 16 She is survived by her mother, Jennie; her sons, Noah and Simon; and her brothers, John, Billy and Simon, all of Toksook Bay; her sisters, Cecilia Frenzl of Delta Junction, and her twin sister, Tina of Wasilla. Burial will be in the Toksook Bay Cemetery. Service arrangements were by Witzleben Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Bragaw Chapel.
Kipnuk resident Natalie Singh, 53, a cannery worker and homemaker, died April 14, 1992 at the Bethel Hospital. A service and burial was held April 17 in Kipnuk. Mrs. Singh was born Feb. 12, 1939, near Aleknagik. She is survived by her mother, Lucy Jenkins of Dillingham; her daughters and sons, Elena Brink of Bethel, and Clifford Paul and Joann Paul, both of Kipnuk; her brothers and sisters, Helen Jenkins of Anchorage, Ethel Jenkins of Hawaii, Robert Jenkins of Anchorage, Michael Jenkins of Santa Fe, N.M., Forrest Jenkins of Bethel, Christopher Jenkins of Fairbanks, and Mary Beth Rice of Fortuna, Calif.; 20 grandchildren; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Lifelong Alaskan Frances Slats, 61, of Chevak, died Oct. 1, 1991 of cancer at Alaska Native Medical Center. A service will be held later this week in Chevak. She was born Sept. 14, 1930, in Kashunuk and moved shortly afterward to Chevak, where she spent the rest of her life. Mrs. Slats loved to work with arts and crafts. Her specialty was basketweaving. She also enjoyed wildlife and "cleaning fish on a warm summer day." She is survived by her husband, Jerome of Chevak; her daughters, Angelina Lunia of Fort Worth, Texas, Roseanna of Anchorage, Teresa of Tooksook Bay, and Cynthia and Marion, both of Chevak; her stepdaughter, Josephine John of Newtok; and her sons, John, Albert and Kevin, all of Chevak. Local arrangements were by Evergreen Memorial Chapel
Unalakleet minister Howard Iyangasuk Slwooko Sr., 77, died June 20, 1997, at Alaska Native Medical Center. A funeral will be held at 6 p.m. today at Evangelical Covenant Church, 1145 C St., with the Rev. Phillip Axelson officiating. Visitation will begin at 4 p.m. Pallbearers will include Walter Slwooko, Howard Slwooko Jr., David Slwooko, Merle Towarak, Melvin Towarak and George Sookiayak Jr. Honorary pallbearers will be Gene Amidon, Harold Ahmasuk Jr., Vernon Slwooko Sr., Tim Gologeran, Chip Swanson and David Hendrickson. Additional services will be held at Unalakleet Covenant Church. Burial will be in Nome at a later date. 43 The Rev. Slwooko was born Nov. 3, 1919, at Boxer Bay on St. Lawrence Island. His formal education ended with the third grade. He was a self-taught mechanic, carpenter, welder and heavy-equipment operator. He was also an ordained minister in the Evangelical Covenant Church. The Rev. Slwooko lived in Elim, Nunivak Island, Mekoryuk, Hooper Bay, Mountain Village, Shaktoolik and Unalakleet. He served in the U.S. Army and Alaska Territorial Guard. He received an honorable discharge from the National Guard in 1979. The Rev. Slwooko enjoyed subsistence hunting and gathering. He also enjoyed carving, and reading his Bible. His favorite verse was Psalm 16:8. Family members said: ''Dad provided for his family all his life, both spiritual and subsistence. He loved his family, especially his grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by family and everyone he touched. Peace to his memory.'' Survivors include his wife, Ellen Slwooko, sons, Walter Slwooko and Howard Slwooko Jr., all of Unalakleet; daughters, Marlene Towarak of Unalakleet and Harriette Slwooko of Ketchikan; brother, Vernon Slwooko of Gambell; sisters, Sarah Palcino of Tacoma, Wash., Agnes Turner and Helen Carius of Anchorage and Mary Lane and Alayne Booshu of Gambell; grandchildren, Myra and David Slwooko, George Sookiayak Jr., Ethan Sheyan, and Meryl, Merle, Melvin, Marty and Matthew Towarak; and many other relatives and friends. Arrangements were by Evergreen Memorial Chapel.
JAMES FRANK SMALL, died May 11, 1986 There will be a funeral later in Goodnews Bay for James Frank Small, who died May 11 at Alaska Native Medical Center. Mr. Small was born Jan. 1, 1904, in Kipnuk. A life-long Alaskan, he worked as a commercial fisherman. He is survived by his wife, Emma Small, of Goodnews Bay. Local arrangements were by Witzleben Funeral Homes and Crematory, Sixth Avenue Chapel.
PETER L. SMITH JR., Services for Peter L. Smith Jr., a Mekoryuk artist, will be held in Mekoryuk later this week. Mr. Smith, 27, died March 18, 1987 at Alaska Native Medical Center. Born April 5, 1959, in Hooper Bay, he was self employed as a carver. He leaves his wife, Cindy, of Mekoryuk; his parents, Mary and Peter Sr., of Mekoryuk; and his brothers, Miller Weston, Samuel Smith, Dale Smith, Ishmael Smith, Johnny Smith and Davis Smith, all of Mekoryuk, and Jimmy Smith, Luke Smith, Showalter Smith and Joshua Mathlaw, all of Bethel; his sisters, Grace Harrod of Kodiak, and Margie David, Marion Scarzella and Lola Ferguson, all of Anchorage. Local arrangements by Evergreen Memorial Chapel. Burial will be in Mekoryuk.
Lifelong Alaskan Mary Pauline (Arnatqang) Smith, 79, died peacefully in her sleep Aug. 18, 2005, at home in Anchorage, with family members at her side. She had fought a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. A funeral will be Thursday at Mekoryuk Evangelical Covenant Church. Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday at Anchorage Funeral Home, 1800 Dare Ave. Born April 27, 1926, in Mekoryuk on Nunivak Island, she was married to Peter Smith Sr. of Nunivak Island for 53 years and proudly raised 16 children. They were missionaries from 1958 to 1964 for the Evangelical Covenant Church of Alaska, and served in Nome, Hooper Bay, Mekoryuk and Anchorage. She worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs as a chef and enjoyed living a traditional subsistence lifestyle in Mekoryuk. Her family recalled that her favorite pastimes included creating beautiful Native crafts and quoting scripture from the Bible for her family members. Mary's favorite scriptures were John 14:1-2 and Psalms 23. She was preceded in death by her husband, Peter Smith Sr.; sons, Abraham and Peter Jr.; brothers, Jimmy, Martin and Ted; sister, Josephine Shavings; and uncle, Tom Dotomain. Mrs. Smith is survived by her aunt, Susie Shavings; niece, Edna Mathlaw; son, Richard Davis; brothers, Jesse Moses and Joseph Moses Sr.; sons and daughters-in-law, Samuel, Dale Sr. and Alice, Ishmael and Viva, and Davis, all of Mekoryuk, Showalter Sr. and Grace of Eagle River, Joshua and Alice Mathlaw, Luke and Mary, Miller and his companion Joyce Haynes, Jimmy and Chrystal, and Johnny; and daughters and sons-in-law, Margie and Joseph David, and Lola and Robert Ferguson, all of Anchorage, Grace and James Harrod of Kodiak, and Marion and Gene Scarzella of France. "Mary was also a proud grandmother of 42 grandchildren and greatgrandmother of 39 great-grandchildren," her family said. "Mary is survived by many relatives and it may be that not all have been mentioned, but she embraced every one of them. Mary touched many lives throughout Alaska and will fondly be remembered for her beautiful smile." In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in memory of Mrs. Smith to Wells Fargo Bank of Anchorage or to the family through Anchorage Funeral Home.
Mary Smith, 79 Lifelong Alaskan Mary Pauline (Arnatqang) Smith, 79, died peacefully in her sleep Aug. 18, 2005, at home in Anchorage, with family members at her side. She had fought a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. A funeral will be Thursday at Mekoryuk Evangelical Covenant Church. Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday at Anchorage Funeral Home, 1800 Dare Ave. Born April 27, 1926, in Mekoryuk on Nunivak Island, she was married to Peter Smith Sr. of Nunivak Island for 53 years and proudly raised 16 children. They were missionaries from 1958 to 1964 for the Evangelical Covenant Church of Alaska, and served in Nome, Hooper Bay, Mekoryuk and Anchorage. She worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs as a chef and enjoyed living a traditional subsistence lifestyle in Mekoryuk. Her family recalled that her favorite pastimes included creating beautiful Native crafts and quoting scripture from the Bible for her family members. Mary's favorite scriptures were John 14:1-2 and Psalms 23. She was preceded in death by her husband, Peter Smith Sr.; sons, Abraham and Peter Jr.; brothers, Jimmy, Martin and Ted; sister, Josephine Shavings; and uncle, Tom Dotomain. Mrs. Smith is survived by her aunt, Susie Shavings; niece, Edna Mathlaw; son, Richard Davis; brothers, Jesse Moses and Joseph Moses Sr.; sons and daughters-in-law, Samuel, Dale Sr. and Alice, Ishmael and Viva, and Davis, all of Mekoryuk, Showalter Sr. and Grace of Eagle River, Joshua and Alice Mathlaw, Luke and Mary, Miller and his companion Joyce Haynes, Jimmy and Chrystal, and Johnny; and daughters and sons-in-law, Margie and Joseph David, and Lola and Robert Ferguson, all of Anchorage, Grace and James Harrod of Kodiak, and Marion and Gene Scarzella of France. "Mary was also a proud grandmother of 42 grandchildren and great-grandmother of 39 great-grandchildren," her family said. "Mary is survived by many relatives and it may be that not all have been mentioned, but she embraced every one of them. Mary touched many lives throughout Alaska and will fondly be remembered for her beautiful smile." In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in memory of Mrs. Smith to Wells Fargo Bank of Anchorage or to the family through Anchorage Funeral Home.
James John Sunnyboy, 44, of Tucson, Ariz. died Nov. 24, 1998. Mr. Sunnyboy was born on Jan. 12, 1954 in St. Mary's, Alaska. He is survived by his sister Elizabeth Sunnyboy and brother Steven Sunnyboy.
Otto Thiele, Sr., 81, died March 14, 2003 at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska. Mr. Thiele was born September 8, 1921 in Bethel, Alaska and grew up in Alexander Creek. He is survived by his daughter, Teresa S. Thiele; and sons, Otto Thiele, Jr. and Karl V. Thiele.
ERIC EDMOND TOM, infant son of Jack and Helen Tom, of Scammon Bay, died Dec. 14, 1988 at the Alaska Native Medical Center. A funeral service will be held later this week. He was born Nov. 19 in Bethel. In addition to his parents, he is leaves his paternal grandparents, Mark and Lucy Tom, of Newtok; and his maternal grandmother, Theresa Hunter, of Scammon Bay. Burial will be in the Scammon Bay Cemetery. Local arrangements were by Witzleben Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Sixth Avenue Chapel.
Keith Tommy, the infant son of Ignatius and Natalie Tommy, died May 6, 1991 in Newtok. Arrangements are pending at Witzleben Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Bragaw Chapel.
Robert Henry Tony, infant son of Joseph and Mary Tony, was born Aug. 3 and died Aug. 4, 1992 at Providence Hospital. A funeral will be held this week in Nightmute at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. Burial will be in Nightmute. Besides his parents, Robert is survived by his sister, Rea, his paternal grandparents, Henry and Theresa, all of Nightmute; and his maternal grandmother, Rena Swezey of San Marcos, Calif. Arrangements were by Witzleben Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Bragaw Chapel.
Mary M. Trader
Melanie Tulik, infant daughter of Charlie Lincoln and Mary Tulik, died Jan. 6, 1992 at her Toksook Bay home. A funeral will be held today in Toksook Bay. Burial will also be in Toksook Bay. Melanie was born Oct. 12 in Bethel. Arrangements were by Witzleben Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Bragaw Chapel.
Tununak resident Oscar Usugan, 79, a subsistence hunter, died Oct. 7, 1990 at Humana Hospital-Alaska. A funeral will be conducted Thursday at Tununak Catholic Church. Mr. Usugan was born Aug. 11, 1911, in Tununak. He is survived by his wife, Nancy, his son, George, his daughter, Theresa Kanrilak, all of Tununak; his brothers, Joseph Oscar of Tununak, and Jimmie Oscar Jr. of Bethel; 15 grandchildren; and 10 greatgrandchildren. Arrangements were by Witzleben Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Bragaw Chapel.
Anna E. Waska
Evan B. Waska
Wasilla resident and homemaker Theresa C. Watson, 50, died Oct. 31, 1994 at Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage. 30 Visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday at Kehl's Palmer Mortuary with a funeral following. Burial will be held at Palmer Pioneer Cemetery. Mrs. Watson was born May 13, 1944, in Nightmute. Her family said: "She will always be remembered with her smile, love, kindness and care for everyone that she knew. Her grandchildren were the light of her life and she will be missed by all that knew her and will always be in our hearts." Mrs. Watson is survived by her husband, Francis Barry of Wasilla; daughters, Gail Watson-Joe of St. Marys, Daisy Hansen and Teresa Watson of Wasilla; sons, David, Archie and Charles, all of Wasilla; grandchildren, Michelle, Kimberly, Bryan, Tracey, Brianna and Jennifer, of St. Marys, Brett, Micheal, Justin, Christopher, Christina and Valarie, of Wasilla.
Mekoryuk resident Harry Wesley, 87, died Sept. 21, 2005, at Alaska Native Medical Center of natural causes. A service in Anchorage was Friday. A second service and burial will be Monday in Mekoryuk. Mr. Wesley was born March 28, 1918, in Mekoryuk to Wesley and Martha Sam. He served as an enlisted member of the Alaska Territorial Guard and the Alaska National Guard. He also worked for the Bering Sea Reindeer Project and for the State of Alaska as a village public safety officer, and he was an Alaskan Silver Hand artist known for his ivory carvings and Native spirit masks. His family wrote: "To all who knew him, Harry was an inspiration and touched many lives with his kindness and love for Christ. He will be missed, but he continues to live on in our hearts and he has left us with great memories of good times and fellowship. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend." He is survived by his wife, Ida Wesley; children, Jennie and August Mendez, Amy and Stanley Kanrilak, Viva and Ishmel Smith, Clara and Gary Ivanoff, Chester Wesley, Monica Wesley and LeeAnn Charlie; sister and brother-in-law, Carrie and Sam Herman; grandchildren, Delores and John Webster, Miguel and Amberly Mendez, Eliza Wesley, Naomi and Juanita Smith, and Nina, Charlotte and Ben Kanrilak; and great-grandchildren, Tianalyn and John Webster, Christina and Augustine Mendez, and Butler Wesley. Arrangements are with Evergreen Memorial Chapel.
Alexie N. Williams, of Lower Kalskag, bn 28 Oct 1939, d 5 Mar 2011, Source: The Kuskokwim Drift, newsletter of the Kuskokwim Corporation, Summer 2011
KEVIN WISEMAN, died July 9, 1988 , Kevin Michael Donahue Wiseman, 4 year old son of Jane Wiseman of Chefornak, died Saturday, July 9, at Providence Hospital. A funeral service will be held later this week at St. Catherine's Catholic Church in Chefornak. Kevin was born Nov. 4, 1983, in Anchorage. He is also survived by his brothers, Evan and Sam, and his sisters, Evelyn and Monica, all of Chefornak; his maternal grandmother, Josephine, of Chefornak; and his paternal grandfather, John Pasko, of Bethel. He was preceded in death by his father, Evan Sr., in 1986. Burial will be in the Chefornak Village Cemetery. Local service arrangements were by Spenard Heights Memorial Chapel.
Chefornak student Walter Charlie Wiseman, 12, died July 2, 1992 at the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corp. in Bethel. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday at St. Catherine Catholic Church in Chefornak, and burial took place in the Chefornak Cemetery. Born Nov. 1, 1979, in Bethel, he had been a lifelong Alaska resident. Walter is survived by his adopted parents, Jack and Martina; his brothers, Nathan and Jack; and his sister, Sophie, all of Chefornak; his natural father and mother, Alexie and Maggie Flynn of Chefornak; his paternal grandfather, Charlie Wiseman of Anchorage; his paternal grandmother, Josephine Wiseman of Chefornak; and his maternal grandmother, Eliza Fairbanks of Chefornak.
Jennie H. Yupanik
Bethel & Kusilvak Census Areas