Kodiak Island Borough
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Hugh Gerhardt Abston (January 26, 2011) Former resident Gary Abston, 68, died Jan. 26 at the University Hospital in Seattle. He beat cancer twice and this was his third battle with it. He was always upbeat and brave, with a goal to get well and run the barge he ran last summer. Upon returning the boat to Seattle last fall the cabin burned down with all of his worldly belongings. There will be a prayer for Gary at the Russian Church on Saturday, Feb. 12, at noon with a potluck celebration of life to follow at the American Legion at 2 p. m. Gary Abston born Hugh Gerhardt Abston to Verna (Anderson) Abston and Pat Abston on July 8, 1942, at the Coast Guard Base. Gary was the eldest of five children, David, Allen, Zoya and Dyan. He went to school here staying with his grandmother Sophie Anderson, who only spoke Russian. He went to school a couple of years in Ballard, but always came back home to Kodiak. He was forced to quit school at 16 and help his mother provide for the family. Gary was preceded in death by his son, David, age 16, mother Verna, father Pat, brothers David and Allen, and his sister Dyan. His sister Zoya had three daughters, Dyan, Shyan and Reyan with Gordon Hubbard and later married her present husband Stan Olsen. With many nieces and nephews from this family. His sister Dyan had two sons with Roger Conaway, David and Jordon James. His half-sister, Sandra Warren, lives in Magee, Miss. Jim Johnson of Larsen Bay introduced Gary to his sister, Virginia, and upon leaving Gary stated, “See you later, brother-in-law.” Gary and Virginia were married May 14, 1961, and had three children, Patricia (Trish), David and Trista AbstonGary and Virginia lived in Kodiak and worked at Naughton’s Bakery until the tidal wave in 1964 took their jobs out to sea. They moved and bought a home in Edmonds, Wash. , but following five years of returning to Kodiak to fish and having a son they decided to give up those long journeys up the Alcan (Virginia had 16 in total and Gary had 18 due to the fear of flying). Once back in Kodiak they bought a house on Birch and another later on Larch, where the family remained for 26 years. Upon leaving Kodiak Gary bought a bar in Lake Havasu City and later the Vasa in Ballard and after this a person could say the sea became his home. He owned a fishing site and for many years then owned and operated the Little Star tendering salmon, fishing crab and tendering herring in Cook Inlet. In recent years he ran the barges Iron Mike, Aint Easy, Autumn Rose. He leaves behind daughters Trish (Abston) Cox and three grandchildren, David, Brandon and Mandi; and daughter Trista Abston with one grandchild Maryssa; as well as many other family members and dear friends including Jim Johnson, Tom Johnson, Roger Johnson, Jack Wick, Roger Conaway, Sonny Chichenoff, Mike O’Conner and Fred Williams and Charlie Eads and Terry Craig.

Aceveda, Roy Avena, Sr. 91, died Jan 22 (1996) in Kake. Aceveda came in 1936 to Kodiak, where he worked as an accountant in a cannery. He was a civic leader in Kake, and was president of the Filipino Community in Juneau. He was a chef at the Baranof Hotel in Juneau for 17 years.

Dr. Lydia Black, noted anthropologist and author of several books on Alaska Native culture and Alaska history, died 12 March 2007 at the age of 81 at her home in Kodiak. Black was with family and friends at the time of her death. She died of liver failure and had been ill several months. Black was well known around the state. Her daughter, ZoŽ Pierson, said frequent visitors from Kodiak and around Alaska had assisted the family in caring for Black during recent weeks. “She loved people, so when visitors were in she would visit with them and talk with them if she was awake,” Pierson said this morning. Black was born in Kiev, Ukraine, of the then-Soviet Union, and educated in Russia, Germany and the United States. She had five daughters with her husband, Igor A. Black, a thermodynamics engineer who worked for NASA contractors during the 1960s, and preceded his wife in death in 1969. As a young widow, Black became a professor of anthropology, beginning in 1973 at Providence College in Providence, R. I. In 1984 she came to Alaska permanently and began teaching at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Throughout her career, Black traveled Southwest Alaska to research the culture and traditions of the region. She became known as the preeminent scholar of the Unangam (Aleut) of the Aleutian Islands and the Sugpiaq (Alutiiq) of the Kodiak Archipelago. Fluent in Slavonic and Russian, Black translated many firsthand accounts of Native cultures written during the Russian colonial period. In her writings, Black was known for emphasizing artistic and cultural accomplishments, rather than social ills of Alaska Native cultures. “They know they have problems. My job is to remind them of their glory,” is what Black reportedly said of her work. Family members and colleagues said Black was unapologetic for describing Alaska Native history from that perspective. “That was the way she felt and she would tell you so if it came up,” Pierson said. Black retired from UAF in 1998, and continued her work in Kodiak, where she helped translate and catalogue Russian archives of St. Herman’s Seminary. The Orthodox Church in Alaska recognized her contribution by awarding her the Cross of St. Herman. Black continued to write and edit. Some of her most accessible work was published following her retirement. One of her best-known books, “Aleut art — Unangam aguqaadangin” is a collection of beautifully photographed and carefully documented art made by Natives of the Aleutian Islands. Another, “Russians in Alaska, 1732 to 1867,” was published in 2004, the year Black turned 79. Black was also known for continuing correspondence and cultivating friendships with many of her students, even after their professional careers began and after she had retired from teaching. Katherine Arndt, a close friend and colleague who works in the archives at the Elmer E. Rasmuson Library at UAF, had a professional relationship with Black that blossomed into a friendship. Arndt said her own doctorate in Anthropology is the result of returning to studies at Black’s urging. “If you know her at all, you would know that once you are her student, you would remain her student for life,” Arndt said. In 2001, the Soviet successor state, now called the Russian Federation, awarded Black the Order of Friendship in recognition of her work documenting the Russian America colonial period. As with her work involving Alaska Native culture, Black’s writing about Russian colonists in Alaska often confronted commonly held misconceptions head-on, and was meant to be accessible by the layperson. “She wanted the general public to know that the Russians weren’t brutal, cruel and drunk all of the time,” Arndt said. Pierson said that during her mother’s final days, Black was able to visit with many of the people who came to care for and visit with her. Black remained a teacher, even while gravely ill. “She was a born teacher, so anyone who asked for information, they would get that and more. ” A funeral service for Black is noon on Saturday, March 17, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, with a burial to follow at City Cemetery. A reception is scheduled for 4 p. m. , March 17, at the Kodiak Senior Center.

Patricia Nan Blondin, 59, died Jan. 12, 2005, at home in Tok, Alaska. Ms. Blondin was born in Kodiak. She is survived by her daughters, Florence "Sam" Miettunen and Betty Weeks; son, Richard Standish; brother, Willie Hall; granddaughters, Kanisha Quincy and Hailey Standish; and grandsons, Joseph Barfield, William Barfield, Jason Standish and Wayne Weeks.

Nettie Sargent Case (March 2, 2011) Lifelong Alaskan Nettie Sargent Case, 85, died March 2, 2011, at her daughter’s home in Wasilla. A memorial service will be held later this summer. Nettie will be laid to rest at Fort Richardson National Cemetery. Her family wrote: “After receiving the Last Rites from Father John Zabinko of St. Innocent Russian Orthodox Church, Nettie was received into the hands of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The youngest of 13 children, Nettie was born Oct. 8, 1925, in Kodiak to Frederick and Fern Sargent. The Sargents were among the founding families of Kodiak. Nettie often shared loving memories about “Papa,” a commercial fisherman who would sail to San Francisco and bring home treasures for the family. Occasionally Nettie and her mother traveled to San Francisco from their home, the “big house,” in Kodiak. She was proud of her Russian and Alaska Native heritage and remained close to her many siblings. Nettie worked for many years at Alaska Native Medical Center. After retirement, Nettie and her husband of 53 years, Norman, moved to Wasilla. They delighted in spending time with their children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews whenever they had the opportunity. Nettie was a gifted seamstress and later developed a talent for quilting. She loved to read, do puzzles and play cribbage. Nettie was preceded in death by her beloved husband and all but three of her siblings. She is survived by her siblings, Fern Cleghorn, Neil (June) Sargent and Edward Sargent. She also is survived by her son, Bruce (Sheri) Case of Blaine, Wash.; her daughter, Archie (Gordon) O’Blenness of Wasilla; grandchildren, Jeffrey (Jayme) Case, Nikolas O’Blenness, David (Tennille) O’Blenness and Tracey O’Blenness; nieces, Gwen Steelman and Nancy Hunt; nephew, Fred Case; along with three great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews and their children.

Former Kodiak resident Gladys Chichenoff, 99, died Aug. 14, 2010, in Bellevue, Wash. A funeral will be at 1 p. m. Thursday at St. Innocent Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Anchorage. Born April 24, 1911, in Ouzinkie, to Paul and Maria Katelnikoff, Gladys was one of eight children. In 1933, Gladys married Zack Chichenoff of Afognak. They moved with their family to Kodiak in 1947. Gladys was an active member of Holy Resurrection Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Kodiak. She served on the church council and was a member of the Sisterhood. Gladys worked many years at Griffin Memorial Hospital in Kodiak. Gladys was a resident of the Kodiak Senior Center for many years and enjoyed the many activities offered there including a memorable van trip from Alaska to the continental United States. Gladys was prolific with her beautiful crochet work for family, the senior center and for the church. Gladys enjoyed traveling and toured Europe and the continental United States to visit her daughters and their families several times. In 1994, Gladys moved to Washington State to live with her daughters, Maria (John) and Kathryn (Max). Gladys was preceded in death by her husband, Zack; and her daughter, Norma Galliher. Gladys is survived by her sister, Katherine Helmig of Anchorage; daughters, Maria (John) Grinstead of Bellevue, and Kathryn (Max) Pahmeier of Snohomish, Wash. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Bernard (Deborah) Galliher, George Galliher, Robert (Maxine) Galliher, Jodie (Devon) Brown, Shelly (Dennis) Woodke, Cherylle Galliher, John Grinstead III, John (Kirsten) Galliher, Laurie Pahmeier (Brett), Stephen (Krista) Grinstead, James Grinstead, and Laura Galliher. Gladys has 19 great-grandchildren and eight great great-grandchildren. She gave each member of her family the amazing gifts of love and acceptance.

Kenneth E. Christoffersen, 76, died April 21, 2010 at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage. Mr. Christoffersen was born Feb. 22, 1929, in Kodiak, Alaska. He is survived by his wife, Annette; daughters, Brenda, Carol, Carrie and Jessie Christoffersen, Glenna Hill, Loriena Koruna, Esther Price, Christine Pulis, and Kathrene Waterbury; and sons, Danny, Fred, Kenneth E. , Kenny, and Tim.

Raeann M. Christofferson (September 16, 2010) Funeral services were held Monday, Sept. 20, for Raeann M. Christofferson, 19, at The Nativity of Our Lord Orthodox Church in Ouzinkie. Father John Dunlop officiated. Raeann died in an automobile accident Sept. 16. Memorial services for Ms. Christofferson were held at the Kodiak Mortuary and Kodiak High School. Raeann was born in Kodiak Oct. 19, 1990. She grew up in Ouzinkie and moved with her family to Kodiak in 2001. She attended Main Elementary, Kodiak Middle School and Kodiak High School, where she graduated in May, 2009. Raeann was employed by Andrew Airways and worked primarily at the state airport office and the Andrew Air tourist desk at the Kodiak Inn. Described by her mother, Cheryl (DeeDee) Christofferson as a person who loved kids, Raeann took classes at Kodiak College, intending to eventually pursue a degree in early childhood education. While a student at KHS, Raeann worked with Main Elementary students in the cadet program. “She loved kids and they loved her,” her mother said. “She was a very kind and giving person who had an infectious smile and was everyone’s best friend. She put her heart into everything she did. ” Her favorite pastimes were spending time with family and friends, picnics, photography and listening to music. Raeann is preceded in death by her great-grandparents, Evon and Anastasia Farsovitch; and grandparents John and Verna Panamarioff, Emil Christofferson Jr. and Polly Decker. She is survived by her parents, Andy and Cheryl (DeeDee) Christofferson of Kodiak; sister and brother-in-law Jaelene and Kostya Petropavlovskiy, Kodiak; sisters Christina Christofferson and Nora McRae, Kodiak, Michelle Johnson, Ouzinkie; brothers Andy Christofferson Jr. , Kodiak, Terry Leite Jr. , Seattle; nephew Alexander Petropavlovskiy, Kodiak; nieces Kelsey Seifner and Savannah McRae, Kodiak; Cienna Johnson, Ouzinkie; step-grandparents Wayne and Alma Decker, Hammond, Ore. , and many, many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Gwendolyn "Gwen" Cobban died Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010, at Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center. She was 95. A memorial celebration of life will be at 6 p. m. Saturday in St. James Episcopal Church in Kodiak. Her ashes will be buried with her husband and son in Kodiak at a later date. Gwen was born March 20, 1915, to Porter Roy Davidson and Nora (Clapp) Davidson, in Wheatland, Ore. She grew up in Wheatland, Bolton and Amity, Ore. She went to school in Amity, where she met her future husband, "Casey" Cobban, when she was 14. They married 5 years later and raised six children. She sewed for the family in her younger days, she knitted and crocheted and in her later years became interested in quilting, which she enjoyed very much. She was a hand-quilter and joined a group of other senior hand-quilters in Concrete, Wash. They came to Sitka in November 1941, where Casey was working as an electrician for Siems Drake at the Navy facility on Japonsky Island. After Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, all dependents were on an Alaska Steamship vessel Dec. 8 to Seattle. Casey stayed with Siems Drake and was working on Rugged Island outside Seward when the family was allowed back into the territory in the summer of 1944. They lived in Seward, where Casey became a fisherman, until 1954. They then moved to Seldovia until 1959, Seward again until 1963, and Dillingham, where she worked for National Bank of Alaska. They moved to Kodiak in 1973, where she continued with NBA until the late '70s. They traveled until Casey's death in 1981 and she subsequently moved to Oregon and Washington for 20 years. She returned to Kodiak in 2000. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Sonny Peterson; sons and daughters-in-law, Gary and Dodi Cobban of Kodiak, Mike and Joanne Cobban of Big Lake, Robert and Sherry Cobban, of Clarkston, Wash. , and Craig and Junko Cobban of Anchorage; 15 grandchildren, 26 grandchildren, and 11 great-great-grandchildren, all of whom but one were lucky enough to know her. Gwen was preceded in death by her husband, Casey; son, Terry Sr.; and great-grandson, River Cobban.

Dinglasa, Phillip Cabalan, 78, died May 5 (1996) in Kodiak. Born in Hawaii, Dinglasa moved in 1945 to Kodiak, where he worked as a commercial fisherman until retirement in 1984. He was an avid sports fisherman who enjoyed canning salmon and handcrafting his own flies. When not fishing, he enjoyed sewing and taking long drives. (9/96)

Marlyss Rae (Blinn) Eggemeyer (January 5, 2011) Marlyss Rae (Blinn) Eggemeyer, 75, passed away in her home, surrounded by her family Jan. 5, 2011. Her final months were made comfortable by the attentive care and love of her children, their families and her sister Beoma. Marlyss was educated on Kodiak and at Forest Ridge Convent in Seattle. She and James Earl Eggemeyer, who she met on Kodiak while he served in the U. S. Marine Corps, were married in August 1954 in Kodiak’s St. Mary’s Church. She and Jim continued the long family tradition of fishing. In 1963, they purchased a furniture business from J. W. Rhodes and after losing it to the 1964 earthquake, re-built and expanded it over the years to include clothing and shoes. Marlyss would run Eggemeyer’s Casuals for years to come. The furniture portion of the business remains today under the ownership of their son James. Marlyss was a devoted mother who loved Kodiak and the warm, Alaska summers when her garden flowers thrived. She also enjoyed many years of camping with family and friends at Roslyn Beach. Her mother Freda (Kraft) Blinn, father Jess M. Blinn, husband James E. Eggemeyer and eldest son Jess Eggemeyer preceded her in death. Marlyss is survived by her daughter Tenley Rae Kerlee (Tim) of Mount Vernon, Wash. ; sons James (Debbie), Thomas, Steven (Alisa) of Kodiak; grandchildren Scott, Michael and Jimmy Eggemeyer, Daniel and Christina Brown, Ashley, Steven, Jess II and Lorraine Eggemeyer; great-grandson Jess III; and her sister Beoma Oakley (Al) of Birch Bay, Wash.

Nick Grienoff Elxnit, 97, died peacefully on May 26, 2001, at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska. Mr. Elxnit was born Nov. 3, 1903, in Kodiak, Alaska to Alexandra Fomin of Aleut and Russian descent, and Harry Grienoff of Finland. His stepfather was Alex Elxnit of Seldovia. His sister Dora Ursin preceded him in death in 1996. His nephews Rayder Ursin of Ninilchik, Norman Ursin of Seattle, Wash. , nieces Laura Resoff of Kodiak and Eleanor Shurvaloff of Edmonds, Wash. , and many great and grand nieces and nephews survive him.

Ronald Arthur “Ronnie” Fadaoff (January 9, 2011) Ronald Arthur “Ronnie” Fadaoff was born on Woody Island in 1932, and passed away following a brief illness at the Providence Kodiak Island Long Term Care Center on Jan. 9, 2011. He was 78 years old. A Celebration of Life memorial service was held Jan. 11, 2011, at the Care Center. Later this year when all his family can gather his ashes will be spread on his beloved Woody Island as well as at West Point Village where he had resided for more than 30 years. Ronnie was born to Anastasia “Nettie” Fadaoff. Some of his childhood was spent at the Kodiak Baptist Mission where he made many friends. He attended school in Kodiak and went to Mount Edgecumbe in Sitka. He served in the United States Army infantry from 1952 to 1954, where he honed his cooking skills. He was stationed at Fort Richardson. Shortly after his military service ended, he married Martha Patarochin in Kodiak. Ronnie and Martha loved and enjoyed raising their daughter Margaret. Ronnie began his boat-building and repair skills while working for Alvines Boat Repair. Ronnie commercially fished the Kodiak waters most of his life and worked on the Teresa Lee for Bob Resoff on the Yukon River for many years. He also worked in the local canneries with his wife Martha. In the aftermath of the 1964 earthquake and tidal wave, he helped move many stranded fishing boats from downtown Kodiak back to the harbor. Many historic photos document this trying time, including those on display at the Kodiak Inn. After Ronnie moved to Uganik, he fished salmon, cod, halibut and herring. He later married Julie Justine Komm in Kodiak. Ronnie and Justine shared their life together in Uganik until her death in 1996. Ronnie was also a watchman for Cook Inlet Fisheries in Uganik. He was a jack-of-all-trades. Ronnie built boats and skiffs, a home on Spruce Cape and another home at Uganik. He knew how to fix anything. Ronnie will also be well remembered for his smile and infectious and contagious laugh. A severe heart attack led to his being in long-term care, first in Kodiak, then Seward and the last three years back in Kodiak. He was preceded in death by his mother Nettie in 1973; his brother Alex Fadaoff in 1988; young brothers Raymond “Skip” Harmon; and Vietnam conflict hero Danny Harmon in 1967. He is survived by his daughter Margaret and her husband Gary Roberts; grandchildren Leslie Ann (Russell Heglin), Shelly (Frank Peterson Jr. ), Jeremy (Tarran Roberts) and Lachelle Roberts (Robert May); great-grandchildren Desiree Heglin, Samantha Heglin, Merrick Allain, Tyler Peterson, Luther (Dewey) Peterson, Aiden Peterson and Jerin Ray Roberts; great-great-grandson Deagan Knagin; siblings Michael “Mitch” Gregoroff (Donna), Paul Harmon, Maurice Harmon (Cindy), Rayna Wetham, Leanna “Lee” Castillo (Tony),and James “Jim” Harmon. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and cousins, the many descendants of Woody Island and his extended family at the Care Center in Kodiak. He will be greatly missed by all his long time friends and family.

Eunice (Naumoff) Foster (January 2, 2011) Eunice (Naumoff) Foster passed away peacefully on Jan. 2, 2011, at the age of 67. She was born in the village of Karluk to Nikita Naumoff and Marina (Naumoff) Waselie. She grew up in Karluk, went to Mt. Edgecombe High School and then returned to live in Larsen Bay and Kodiak. She was a devoted daughter to her mother, spending many years as her caregiver. Her mother, Marina Waselie, passed away just two months ago. Eunice was the mother of three children: two sons and a daughter. She was preceded in death by her two sons, Michael D. Naumoff and Jeffrey A. Naumoff, and her husband Donald Foster. She is survived by her daughter Darlene M. Quinton, sister Sophie (Katelnikoff) Shepherd, brother Lars Naumoff, grandson Nikita M. Naumoff, granddaughter Margaret M. Naumoff and many extended family members. Eunice will be remembered for her generosity, wonderful sense of humor, ability to make friends with anyone she met and loving nature.

Susan Frost, 96, a fluent speaker of Russian, Aleut and English, died Nov. 7 (1994) in Kodiak. Born in Afognak, she experienced the 1912 Karmai volcanic eruptions, recalling that Afognak residents scraped the ash off their potato patches, ensuring potatoes for the winter, but Kodiakans did not. (3/95)

A. Jean Gannon, 54, died April 16, at home in Anchorage. Ms. Gannon was born Feb. 12, 1951, in Karluk, Alaska. She is survived by her husband, Bruce E. Gannon, and daughter, Shelly A. Gannon.

Irene Graves, 84, died May 5 (1996) in Kodiak. Born in Afognak, throughout much of her life she worked in canneries on the west side of Kodiak Island, including Port Bailey and Uganik. She performed many services for the community, as nurse, undertaker and midwife. She lived for many years in Ouzinkie, where she was known as "Babooka," which means "the person who brings you into the world." (9/96)

(May 20, 2011) Mary “Doreen” Christiansen Heine went into the presence of our Lord on May 20, 2011. She was born on Nov. 8, 1972, in Kodiak, Alaska, to Florence Matfay Christiansen Pestrikoff and Boris Ralph Christiansen (deceased). She was a loving wife, mother, daughter, sister and grandmother. She will be missed greatly by her family and friends who loved her deeply. Doreen was born in Kodiak and lived in Old Harbor and Anchorage and even spent time in Lincoln, Calif. . She met her husband John Heine and they exchanged their vows in 1996. They lived in Anchorage for a short time but eventually settled in Kodiak and called it home. Doreen enjoyed making home-made crafts for her loved ones, but above all she cherished the time she spent with her daughters and granddaughters. To all those who had the pleasure of knowing her, she was a kind and generous person. Doreen was also compassionate and empathetic and had the unique ability to lighten our load even in the midst of her own personal struggles. Our hearts are saddened by this tremendous loss, but we know she is in the presence of her loving savior, Jesus Christ. Doreen is survived by her husband John Heine; daughters Nnekyia, Tristina (Kalani), and Chyian; granddaughters Tayven and Alizae; mother Florence Pestrikoff; brother David “Rocky” (Matilda Aga) Christiansen; sisters Lydia Rozelle, Donna (Verne) Nakasone, Rhoda Myrlak, Tanya (Dusty) Storms, Lori (Justin) Harford; father-in-law Marvin Heine; and her good friend and niece Hope (Lewis) Morris. There is also a long list of nieces, nephews and cousins who will miss their aunt as well. Doreen was preceded in death by her grandparents Larry and Martha (Naumoff) Matfay; her father Boris Ralph Christiansen; brothers Jerry, Wesley and Timothy Christiansen; stepfather Charles Pestrikoff; mother-in-law Claire Heine; and brother-in-law Michael “Mike” Heine. The funeral service for Doreen will be held at the Kodiak Bible Chapel, 416 Island Lake Road, at 1 p. m. on Monday, May 30. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice in honor of Mary “Doreen” Heine.

Dorothy "Dottie" Hopper, 70, co-owner of the Road's End restaurant and bar at Chiniak on Kodiak Island, died Oct. 20 1994 in Anchorage. She had worked at the Chiniak Track Station in Kodiak and on the trans-Alaska pipeline. (2/95)

Lucy A. Jager, 67, of Sumner, Wash. died Nov. 30, 1998 at her residence. Ms. Jager was born Nov. 27, 1931 in Old Harbor, Alaska. She is survived by sons Andrew and Joseph Jager; daughters Nora Velez, Audrey Jager, Carol Nelson and Candace Daniels; seventeen grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Anchorage resident Kyle Arthur James, 21, died Dec. 22, 2005, in Girdwood. No service is planned. Kyle was born May 21, 1984, in Kodiak. He loved watching movies, drawing and spending time with his friends. He is survived by his father and stepmother, Don and Julie James of Condon, Ore.; mother, Daun James of Kodiak; sisters, Amber James of Portland, Ore. , and Erin James of Anchorage; nephew, Alika James of Portland, Ore. ; niece Shayla Espiritu of Anchorage; stepsister, Shanna Odegaurd, stepbrothers, Brandon and Joel Odegaurd; grandfather, Don James of Condon; and many cousins, aunts and uncles in Alaska and the Lower 48. He was preceded in death by two grandmothers, Sarah James and Carol James. Arrangements are with Anchorage Funeral Home and Crematory.

James Jorgen Johnson (1919-1958) Mr. Johnson, known as "The Screaming Swede," was raised in the Alaska Peninsula - Aleutian Island - Kodiak area. As Captain of BSP511 in the U. S. Army, Jimmy rescued 400 passengers and crew members aboard the Steamship "Yukon" which ran aground east of Seward in 1946 during a blinding snowstorm. For his act of heroism, Jimmy received medal at Ft. Richardson, Alaska. After leaving the military, Jimmy was a fisherman around Cook Inlet. He died as he had lived, wild, woolly and one superior Alaskan boatman. Buried in Angelus Cemetery in Anchorage.

Lifelong Alaskan resident Michael J. P. Joseph, 20, a trapper and Kodiak resident, died April 26, 1991 in Kodiak. A funeral was held May 3 at St. Peter Fisherman Catholic Church in Toksook Bay. Burial will be in the Toksook Bay Cemetery. Mr. Joseph was born Aug. 4, 1970, in Bethel. He is survived by his father, John of Anchorage; his mother, Sophie, of Kodiak; his brother, Albert, and sister, Molly, of Anchorage; and his grandmother, Anesia Andrew of Bethel. Local arrangements were by Kehl's Forest Lawn Mortuary and Crematory. 18

Blake H. Kinnear, 73, died Dec. 16 (1995) in Washington. He crewed on the U. S. Fish and Wildlife cutter Crane and ran the cutter Grizzly Bear before getting involved with the fishing industry in 1951. He crewed on boats and worked for fish processors in Port Graham, Seldovia and Uganik. He also was a partner in the Pacific Pearl cannery in Kodiak. He had been a manager for Pan Alaska Fisheries and Trident Fisheries. In 1989 he helped direct the Kodiak fleet in the cleanup of the Exxon Valdez oil spill. (4/96)

Max N. LaLande (1912-1999) Max was born to be a baker and in 1942 he brought his skill to Alaska. He became a contractor to the military during WWII and kept our troops sustained with baked goods. Later, in Kodiak, he started several businesses which culminated in Kodiak Bakery. Max moved to Anchorage in 1958 and ran Tudor Market until he retired. After his retirement, the Anchorage Pioneer's Home was the beneficiary of his white thumb for the next 19 years. He loved to tell how he obtained vintage 1880 sourdough from Sourdough Ed in the Aleutians in 1942 and continued to use it for many years thereafter. Buried in Angelus Cemetery in Anchorage.

Following an intense, yearlong battle with cancer, longtime Kodiak resident Shirley LeDoux, 74, died peacefully in her sleep Jan. 1, 2006 A viewing will be from 6-8 p. m. Wednesday at the Kodiak Mortuary. A service is tentatively scheduled for 2 p. m. Thursday at Kodiak Bible Chapel. A reception will be afterward. Mrs. LeDoux was born on Sept. 2, 1931, in Minnesota to Stella and William Zackariason. As a child she loved to read and work around her parents' farm. She was very active in all aspects of school life, including playing in the band, acting in school performances and editing the yearbook. In 1965, she moved with her family to Kodiak, where she resided until her death. In 1973, after the death of her husband, Loyde, she went to work to support her large family. She worked in several local businesses, including Safeway, where she retired several years ago after many years of service. Her family wrote: "Gramma Shirley, as she became known to many, loved to greet her many friends, chatting about their families and 'The Braves.' Shirley was always a fixture at her children's and grandchildren's Little League baseball and high school basketball games, where she cheered on the Bears with her friends. "Shirley enjoyed attending performances of all kinds at the high school auditorium, visiting with her friends and taking long rides around Kodiak, enjoying the scenery of the island she loved. She also spent countless hours in the kitchen making lunches for her friends and baking cookies, sticky buns and other treats. Mrs. LeDoux was preceded in death by her son, Kurt; daughter, Lynn; grandson, Daniel; brothers, Buddy and Walter Zackariason; and sister, Irene. In addition to her many grandchildren, she is survived by her sister, Vernette Houle, and six sons and their wives, Mark and Mary of Arizona, Larry and Jeannie of Kodiak, Jeff and Viviann of Kodiak, Gene and Jane of Pennsylvania, Jon and Virginia of California, and James and Patty of Idaho.

 
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