Kodiak Island Borough

(March 29, 2011) John (Johnny) Alfred Nelson, Sr. , 96, died peacefully Monday, March 28, 2011, at home in Port Lions, with family by his side. He was born March 31, 1914, in Afognak to Alfred Nelson and Irene Petellin Nelson, the first born of 11 children. His funeral services were held in Port Lions on March 31 on what would have been his 97th birthday. His nephew, Father Alexei of Cordova, officiated at the service held at the Nativity of the Theotokos. Pall bearers were grandsons Michael Nelson, Alvin Nelson Jr. , Sidney Hoedel, Kelvin Nelson, Colver Sonnentag, Arnie Jay Nelson and Henry Orth V. Robby John Hoedel was the cross bearer. As a youth Johnny worked with his father Alfred at the fish hatchery in Litnik, and he had many fond memories of that time that he liked to recount to his children and grandchildren. He and his father would row a skiff to Afognak once a month to get supplies for their family in Litnik. He would then have to walk about five miles with a heavy load on his back. While at the fish hatchery, Johnny watched a fellow play the steel guitar and taught himself to play. He ordered his first steel guitar from the Sears Roebuck Catalog. He always played the steel guitar at the town dances and said that was why he never learned to dance. Johnny along with his father played a vital role in transplanting Elk to Afognak Island. He told of setting up the planks and helping to guide the elk out of the skiff to land using alfalfa to entice them. Many of his years were spent commercial fishing on the KFC-00 with his sons as crewmembers. The fishing boat was then later run by four of his sons. After the 1964 earthquake, Johnny along with other men from Afognak went in search of a place to relocate the village and mutually decided on Settler’s Cove. His carpenter skills were put to use on many of the homes in the new village. He also served on the first city council of Port Lions. He worked as a boat builder/carpenter for Kadiak Fisheries and Columbia Wards in Port Bailey for many years. He was a master carpenter and one of his first projects was building a kitchen play set for his younger sisters with the hammer he received from his father. Up until he was 95 he spent at least four hours a day working in his shop and gave many of his projects away to loved ones. His sense of humor remained intact; and even become more pronounced in his last months as he laughed along with his children as they cared for him. Smiles came more readily to his face as he expressed his gratitude. No matter the time of day as he went by his wife Helen sitting in her chair he would say, “Good morning, Mom.” Every day we are here is a good morning! He was a great role model for his many children on the importance of hard work. He leaves behind a legacy of loving his large family and being concerned about their health and wellbeing while his health was failing. His regret was that “I just don’t want to leave you.” However, we know that we will one day see Daddy again. Johnny is survived by his wife of 60 years, Helen Nelson, his children John Nelson Jr. (Vivian), Marjorie Garretson, Alvin Nelson (Arlene), Cecil Nelson, Gerald Nelson (Margaret), Robert Nelson (Galena), Arnold Nelson (Elizabeth), Janice Stiller (Marlyn), Harry Nelson (Kathy), Candace Nelson (Bert Bendixen), Marci Orth (Henry), Thomas Nelson (Dawn), 36 grandchildren and 41 great-grandchildren. His grandson Robert Nelson Jr. preceded him in death.

Edward Nicholas Opheim, Sr. (February 24, 2011) Edward Nicholas Opheim, Sr. , passed away on Feb. 24, 2011. Grandpa, as he was affectionately called by everyone, was born on May 10, 1910, in Unga, Alaska. Ed grew up cod fishing with his father here in Kodiak. They fished cod by rowing their dories, casting their nets and pulling their catch in by hand. His stories of those days never failed to enthrall his listeners. He led a very full life on his homestead in Pleasant Harbor, Spruce Island. Lifelong fisherman, logger, sawmill owner, fox farmer, cattle rancher and builder of the famous Opheim dory; his beautiful dories are still plying Alaska’s waters today. His talent and knowledge passed to his sons Ed Jr. and Norman, who carry on the tradition of dory building. Ed lived for 85 years in Pleasant Harbor building a beautiful home and two large boat-building shops. Many people from all over the world would come to visit — he always welcomed them. Ed was an avid letter writer, corresponding with many people from all corners of the world. Ed read every book that he could get his hands on and it showed in his conversation. He could discuss any subject you wanted with knowledge. He never stopped wanting to learn more about the world. In his later years, Ed wrote and published three books: “Old Mike of Monks Lagoon,” “Memoirs of a Cod Fisherman’s Son” and “The Day the Meadowlark Sang,” each proving that Ed was a talented writer. It is hard to summarize 100 years of living. Grandpa was alive and actually saw and sailed on the large sailing ships of last century. He passed by Native Indians living in real teepees in his trek through Montana in his childhood. He actually knew men named One-Eyed Mike, Three-fingered Gus and One Arm Frank; hardworking fisherman of the last century. For the last two years, Grandpa has lived in the Kodiak Care Center with nurses and staff who truly cared for him. His sense of humor never failed and his attitude of being grateful of each day no matter rain or shine will be remembered by those who knew and loved him. Ed had six children. His daughters Edwina Anderson and Edna Motes preceded him in death. Still kicking are Ed’s four sons, Ed Opheim Jr. of Kodiak, Chris Opheim of Soldotna, Norman Opheim of Seldovia and David Opheim of Sunny Cove, Alaska. Ed also had a multitude of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Last, but certainly not least, 100 years of friendships with people all over the world.

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.

Evelyn R. Peterson (March 4, 2011) Evelyn R. Peterson passed away on Friday, March 4, 2011, at 5:10 p. m. at Providence Hospital in Kodiak. She had family and her favorite priest and nurse by her side. Evelyn was born in Ouzinkie, April 29, 1957, to Emil and Alice Anderson. She took life by the horns and remained headstrong

Dora Darlene Shugak (March 13, 2011) Anchorage resident Dora Darlene Shugak, 51, died Sunday, March 13, 2011, at Alaska Native Medical Center. A visitation will be from 1 to 2 p. m. Thursday at the Russian Orthodox Church, 401 Turpin Road. A service will follow at 2 p. m. at the church. Pallbearers include Ron Shugak, Troy Shugak, Mike Katt, John Tubin and Luke Tubin. Burial will take place at the Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery. Dora was born Aug. 10, 1959 in Kodiak. Dora is survived by her sons, Ronald Shugak of Anchorage and Mike Katt of Edinburg, Texas; brothers, Ben Shugak of Florida and Traefime Shugak of Anchorage; sister, Lorraine Tubin of Anchorage; aunts, Neta Graves of Old Harbor and Bessie Azuyak of Old Harbor; uncle, Tony Azuyak of Old Harbor; and granddaughter, Katherine Rae Peterson. Dora was preceded in death by her mother and father, Mike Shugak and Lucy Shugak. Arrangements are with Janssen’s Evergreen Memorial Chapel, www. janssenfuneralhomes.com.

Martha Shuravloff died peacefully Sept. 3, 2010, in Anchorage. She was 94. A visitation will be at 6 p. m., followed by a service at 7 p. m. , Sunday at Evergreen Memorial Chapel. The Rev. John Zabinko will officiate. A second service will be held at 2 p. m. Tuesday at the Russian Orthodox Church in Kodiak. Martha was born June 19, 1916, in Kodiak, where she and her husband, Nick, raised their nine children. Martha was a homemaker for most of her life and enjoyed cooking and crocheting. Some of her happiest times were spent preparing for her traditional family Sunday dinners and working in her garden. A fun-loving mother, grandmother, great- and great-great-grandmother, she will be dearly missed. Martha is survived by her daughter Patricia "Teisha" Harris and son-in-law Peter of Anchorage; sons and daughters-in-law, Nick Shuravloff Jr. , Michael Shuravloff and Jacquie, Walter Shuravloff and Gloria, Richard Shuravloff and Jennie, all of Anchorage, and Marty Shuravloff and Andrea of Kodiak; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Martha was preceded in death by her husband, Nick Sr. ; and daughters, Nettie, Ione and Edna. Arrangments are with Janssen's Evergreen Memorial Chapel

Helen Simeonoff (January 8, 2011) Helen Jane Simeonoff, 69, known for her brilliant watercolors, died peacefully Jan. 8, 2011, at her Anchorage home after a long illness. Her daughter, Sharon Tylla, and longtime friend and cousin, Lydia Olsen, were at her side. A service was held Wednesday at the Alaska Native Heritage Center. She was born Oct. 23, 1941, to William “Bill” Simeonoff, Jr., and Alexandra “Alice” Knagin in Kodiak. A graduate of Kodiak High School, she worked for several Lower 48 law firms and, during the 1980s, the Anchorage Police Department. In 1993, she left permanent employment to launch a career as a watercolor artist. She studied art at Southwestern College in San Diego and the University of Alaska at Adak, where she was deeply influenced by artist Rush Cole. She traveled to Italy to further develop her style. At first, her work was based on Tlingit and Haida themes, but her painting took a turn when her Native peers asked why she didn’t focus on her own Alutiiq culture. Soon she began painting Orthodox churches, Kodiak masks and kayak paddles, Alutiiq dress and other subjects. Simeonoff donated many of the paintings to friends and museums, including the Alutiiq Museum in Kodiak. Her paintings were hung in the Springhill Suites in Fairbanks, the Talkeetna and Windsong lodges, the Marriott Hotel, Residence Inn and many other public places. Some of her works sell for $12,000 or more. Her first painting went for $20. She received special awards and certificates for paintings and photography. She traveled twice to France to study the Pinart collection of Kodiak Island masks and other works of art at the Chateau Museum in Boulogne-sur-Mer. Ms. Simeonoff enjoyed camping, exploring, gardening, glass fusion, stained glass, reading and researching family history. “She’s as colorful as her art/paintings,” said daughter Sharon Tylla. “What I liked most about Helen was her childlike spirit,” Lydia Olsen said. “She lived life on her terms and she died on her terms. She was a gal of many talents and gifts. Helen loved her people and her culture. ” “Helen gave us much through her art work, her compassion at heart, but mostly her love for her Native people and through the research and preservations of the Sugpiaq culture of Kodiak Island,” said her friend and cousin, Maggie Napoleon. Ms. Simeonoff was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Irene Fischer; and brother, Ronnie Simeonoff. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and Rob Tylla; son, Robert “Rob” Luther; grandson, Garrett Lane Schmidt; brother, Edward Spracher and wife Michelle; niece, Alonda Spracher and husband Kris Tibbitts; nephew, Jason Spracher; nieces, Dawn Marie Talcott and Judith Simeonoff; nephew, Vincent Simeonoff; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Betty Carter Springhill, 78, a teacher and tireless supporter of causes in Kodiak, died April 1 (1995) in Anchorage. She and her late husband, John, owned a Kodiak jewelry store. After the 1964 tidal wave, they rebuilt their store on skids--so it would float if another disaster occurred-and renamed the business "Dad's Ark." (8/95)

Lana Margaret Stafford was born on 8 Sep 1924 in Lugerville, WI. She died on 5 Aug 1989 in Soldotna, AK. She was buried in Kodiak Cemetery, Kodiak, AK. Lana married Frank Matthew Kozak on 17 Nov 1945 in Phillips, WI. Frank was born on 29 Mar 1917 in at home on the farm near Crane Chase Lake. . He died on 10 May 1990 in Soldotna, AK. He was buried in Kodiak Cemetery in Kodiak, AK.

Eugene “Gene” Sundberg (October 28, 2010) Eugene Sundberg, known lovingly to many as Gene, was born Sept. 14, 1933. He passed away last Thursday morning at the Alaskan Native Medical Center in Anchorage. He will be deeply missed by so many who love him. He considered himself to be a very lucky man to have lived during what he considered to be perhaps the best period in history. Gene left us with his own words: “I know a lot of people have said the same of their own periods of life. There were good times and bad times but it seems my life fit into more of the good times. “I was born just after the Great Depression, and if there was one in Kodiak I grew up through it. We were not rich but we didn’t seem to lack for much. My dad, Fred Sundberg, worked from the time he married my mother, Edith (Norton) Sundberg, and so was able to provide the basics for me, my sister Marilyn and youngest sister Glenace. We rented several places in Kodiak before my dad built us a permanent residence on Cope Street. We went to school in Kodiak and I graduated from high school in 1952. We played basketball and took the Fur Rendezvous Class B Championship three of the four years and one year in second place. When I was in the sixth grade, I spotted a cute girl from Idaho and Phyllis Sullivan and I began walking home together as we lived in the same neighborhood. It wasn’t long before we walked home holding hands. “My mother died when I was 16 and my dad in 1952 leaving me to become the head of the family. On May 1, 1954, Phyllis and I got married and now with my immediate family I set out to provide for us all. I went to work after graduation for O. Kraft and Son, a general mercantile firm, as a stock clerk, working up to freight hauler and eventually as warehouse man, responsible for ordering the groceries. In 1969, I became the acting general manager until I left the firm in 1976 after 24 years. “In the meantime Phyllis and I started our own family with the birth of our first son, David. A year later I got drafted into the Army. When I reported to my new company commander he asked what I was doing in the army with five dependents. He asked (basically, ordered) me to get paperwork from my place of work, bank and others asking for my release from the army. He thought I was needed more at home and within three months released me from the active Army with a hardship discharge and I filled out my military obligation in the National Guard. I ended up as a weapons instructor for everything from a .45 caliber pistol to the 105 mm recoilless rifle and earned the rank of sergeant first class. The Guard was good for me as I had duties to the public as well as the military. My unit was in charge of putting on the King Crab Festival parade one year. Kodiak had a local TV station and we would have programs to bring the locals up to speed on what was happening in the Guard. We had a recruiter on board who built the company up to 110 men. It was an exciting time. “During my work at Krafts I had an opportunity to join the Kodiak Elks. I served 50 years in this organization and went through the all the chairs to the top position. I also began serving on several boards of directors including the Kodiak Electric Association (37 years) the hospital board ( five years) the Afognak Native Corporation Board (24 years) the Elks board of trustees (six years) and a couple of others for short times for a total of 75 years of service to the Kodiak community. “After I left Krafts in 1976, I joined the Koniag Regional Corporation as their land manager where I stayed for seven years. While my job was to get lands conveyed to the corporation I became a part of a team to attempt a land exchange with the federal government. We worked four years and traded lands we owned on the mainland for the north half of Afognak Island. On Dec. 2, 1980, I and other members of our team were at the White House in Washington, D. C., to witness President Jimmy Carter sign the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, which contained the Koniag Amendment. It was a very interesting and exciting process to go through. I returned to my regular work in getting land conveyances until I left Koniag in 1983. “It wasn’t long before I had an opportunity to go to work for the Kodiak Island Borough School District as the purchasing supervisor for the district. I was responsible for keeping the central stores supplies on hand for the teachers and kept the fixed asset records. I, not being the best at my computer, asked people better than I to help me develop our manually kept records onto the computer. Within a year I had an automatic ordering system for central stores and a program for keeping fixed asset records — a gigantic change. Other accomplishments were made to make things easier. I worked there for 12 years and retired. “I felt proud of my three careers. In each I felt I had accomplished something good for the people of Kodiak. And at home because of Paul, our youngest son, we became a fishing family and we prowled the rivers and beaches. When he was 13, he wanted us to get a boat and be able to catch Halibut at Buoy 4 and fish and picnic at other beaches. This was all well and good but I had no idea how to run a 17-foot Boston whaler— but I (we) learned — somehow! When we first launched the boat in the town side boat ramp I backed it into the water. Shortly Phyllis yelled at me that the boat was taking on water. I knew that couldn’t be so because we had plugged the three holes in the bottom. So I pulled the boat out of the water only to find water coming out of the stern. I had forgotten to put the plug in the little round hole. I learned a good lesson. Its never happened again in over 50 years. “Phyllis and I have had fun watching the boys grow up and have been very proud of their progress in becoming men. However, Phillip joined the Coast Guard and was killed in 1977. It will be great to see him again. David became a gas/diesel/refrigeration mechanic and retired from Horizon after 30 years. I thought I took early retirement at 63, David took his at 52! Our son Paul graduated from Seattle University in 1984. He is now in real estate in the Seattle area living in a new house with his wife. He is the first and only Sundberg who graduated from Seattle University. Phyllis and I are very proud of them. ”Gene is preceded in death by his parents Fred and Catherine, his sister Marylin Lyle and his son Philip. Gene is survived by his sons David and wife Mary, Paul and wife Gina; grandchildren Malina, Justin and Jared; great-grandchildren Caitlyn and Austin Hacker; sister Glenace and husband Ed Perkins; and many nieces and nephews. Gene is related to many of the old Kodiak families too numerous to mention by name. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Saint Innocent’s Academy or St. Herman’s Theological Seminary. And a final word from Gene: “So this life is ended and it is now time to check out the new adventures that are surely in store for me. I hope to see a lot of the people I have known in this life and I hope to see the rest of you, my friends, someday … somewhere nice. Goodbye and God bless you, and as one of our old friends used to say, we’ll see you when the wind shifts. ”

Isamu "Sam" Taguchi, Juneau resident Isamu "Sam" Taguchi, 77, died Dec. 20 (1995) in Juneau. His City Café was an important gathering place for generations of local politicians, tradesmen and fishermen. Taguchi came from Seattle in 1935 to work in a fish cannery at Shearwater Bay on Kodiak Island before coming in the late 1930s to Juneau, where he worked at the Juneau Laundry. In Juneau when the attack on Pearl Harbor occurred, Taguchi was asked to help with the evacuation of Japanese Americans to an assembly camp in Puyallup, Wash. He later was reunited with his family at the Minidoka Camp in Hunt, Idaho. He then moved to Minnesota. Returning to Juneau in 1949, he was offered a partnership in the City Café, eventually assuming full ownership. The restaurant moved to its present location around the time the downtown ferry terminal was built. In 1982 Taguchi sold the business, later opening "Taguchi's Fine Chow" with his brother, Gim. He retired several years ago. Taguchi was a lifelong sports enthusiast, his family wrote. At age 10, he appeared on two Seattle Times sports-quiz radio shows, in which he placed first both times. While living in Chicago during the 1940s, he organized and coached the Chicago Huskies basketball team, made up of former Seattleites. Taguchi also sponsored a successful Juneau basketball team, the City Café, in the '50s. He also was an avid bowler and sponsored a City Café bowling team. During the 1960s, Gov. Bill Egan appointed Taguchi as Alaska's Commissioner of Athletics. - Chris Russ, Juneau Empire (4/96)

Joe Vogler - A miner, land developer and founder of the Alaska Independence Party, was 80 years old when he disappeared in 1993. After 16 months of investigation, his body was unearthed from a shallow grave near Fairbanks on Oct. 12 (1994). A Fairbanks man was indicted in December for his murder. Born in a sod dugout on the plains of Kansas, Vogler was 28 when he arrived in Alaska in 1942. Although armed with a law degree from the University of Kansas, he worked construction on the military bases, first at Kodiak, later in interior Alaska. He worked hard, and his estate includes extensive real estate holdings around Fairbanks and mining claims in other parts of the Interior. Vogler was an outspoken critic of government and advocated Alaska's secession from the Union. He made war on his neighbors, local government and the state, sometimes appearing in court as his own lawyer. He saved his most spectacular verbal volleys for federal officials, especially those of the Park Service who imposed control on his mining and land development activities. When his admirers looked at him, they saw John Wayne on a D-8 Cat-a no-nonsense, stand-up guy with the guts to take on the feds 24 hours a day. He was not a Bircher or even a conservative. Sometimes-when he called for local hire, job training and better house-he even sounded like a socialist. He also was unusually tolerant of the difficulties young people face. Vogler made three unsuccessful bids for governor under the Alaskan Independence banner. His last appearance on Alaska's political stage was in 1990, when he lent the Alaska Independence Party to former Gov. Wally Hickel so Hickel would have a spot on the general election ballot. At his request, Vogler will be buried in Canada, beyond reach of Washington bureaucrats.

Richard Thomas “Dick” Wamser (December 29, 2010) Longtime Alaska and Washington resident Richard Thomas “Dick” Wamser, 74, died Dec. 29, 2010, at the Alaska Native Medical Center. Mr. Wamser wanted to be close to his mother and father, requesting that his ashes be laid to rest in the Kodiak Cemetery. Burial, a memorial service and gathering will be held in the spring, possibly on May 20, Dick’s birthday. Notice of the services will be published in the Anchorage Daily News and the Kodiak Daily Mirror. Mr. Wamser was born May 20, 1936, in Afognak Village, to Charley and Elice (von Scheele) Wamser. He was baptized as a young child into the Russian Orthodox faith. After graduating high school, Dick received his master’s degree from Columbia University in New York. He proudly served 13 years as a lieutenant in the U. S. Navy, receiving an honorable discharge. Dick returned to Alaska to carry on the family tradition of commercial fishing in Bristol Bay from the mid-1960s to the mid 1980s. His various gillnetters included, most famously, The Phantom. During the 1980s and 1990s, Dick was the vessel owner and skipper of the salmon tenders: The Ben B and M/V Midas. Dick resided in Anchorage his last four years, becoming a co-guardian of his grand-niece, Dorrie Wamser. He devoted time to ensuring Dorrie was secure and provided for. He was able to reconnect with family and friends, especially enjoying playful time with grand-nieces and grand-nephews. His family said: “Dick was an independent, self-made man. Dick (“Uncle Dick”) believed first and foremost in education and college. He also loved flowering plants, and poinsettias, delivering them to family and friends at Christmastime, his favorite holiday. Dick’s greatest love was the ocean. ”Dick is survived by his brother, Bernard Wamser; nieces, Terrilyn Wamser, Marcia (Wamser) Anderson, and Susan Wamser, numerous grand-nieces and grand-nephews, and many cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, Charley Wamser, mother, Elice (von Scheele) Wamser; and nephews, James Wamser and Charley Wamser. Dick will be dearly missed by all his family and friends!

Former Eagle River resident Dorris Ann Bock West, 82, died peacefully Sept. 29, 2005, at Providence Care Center in Kodiak. A service will be at 11 a. m. today at Community Baptist Church in Kodiak. A potluck lunch will be afterward in the church fellowship hall. An obituary will be published later.

Roger Williams, 63, died June 16, 2001, at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska. Mr. Williams was born March 27, 1938, in Kodiak, Alaska. He is survived by his wife, Nida H. Williams; daughters, Bertha A. Andrew, Betty J. Wilson and Geraldine Harris-Watson.

Harry Harold. Wilson, 55, died February 19, 2000, at the Alaska Regional Hospital. Mr. Wilson was born in Kodiak, Alaska, on May 28, 1944. He is survived by his sisters Arlene Trefry and Debbie Redmond.

Frances Adela Yovino (October 15, 2010) Frances Adela Yovino, 59 formerly of Kodiak, Alaska passed away Friday, Oct. 15, 2010, at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, Wash. She was born June 29, 1951, to Gus and Pauline Yovino. She met the love of her life, Thomas “Mickey” Sheridan, in Alaska. Together they moved to Usk, Wash. , where they lived out their lives surrounded by their children and grandchildren. She was a homemaker and enjoyed a variety of hobbies. She loved her family and all of her friends she met along the way. She was preceded in death by her husband Mickey Sheridan; mother Pauline Yovino and brother John Yovino. She is survived by her father Gus (Donna) Yovino; brothers Gus Jr. (Toni) Yovino, Bill (Cindy) and their families; sister Mary Ann (Reynold) Morris of Alaska. She also leaves behind son Samuel (Maggie) Sheridan; grandchildren Ashlyn Sheridan, Jaden Cox, Ignace Sheridan and Anjaleah Sheridan; son Robert Yovino and Kim Bottenfield; grandchildren Eternity, Infinity and Trinity Bottenfield, Destin, Dakoda and Denali Yovino; son William Westlake and grandchildren Brandy Westlake and Alexis Sullivan and daughter Pam Boyles. A memorial service was held Oct. 21, at 11a. m. at Sherman-Knapp Funeral Home at 423 W. Second St. in Newport. Inurnment took place Oct. 22, at Newport Cemetery. A reception followed at the Kalispel Tribal Community Center.

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