ANGEL LEE BREMNER
Yakutat resident Angel Lee BREMNER, infant daughter of Dane and
Erma Bremner, died April 3, 2006, at Yakutat Health Clinic due to
premature birth. A service will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Evergreen
Memorial Chapel, 737 E St. The Rev. Marlan Schoenlieben will
officiate. Burial will be at Yakutat Cemetery. Angel was born April
3, 2006, in Yakutat. She is survived by her parents, Dane and Erma
Bremner; and sister, Jade Bremner.
SALLY B. EDWARDS
Sally B. EDWARDS, born November 9, 1925, died March 21, 2011,
residence Yakutat, AK
Longtime Juneau resident Charles Gamble died the evening of June
11, 2010, at Bartlett Regional Hospital after a long battle with
cancer. He was 84.
Charles was born on July 26, 1925 and
raised in Dry Bay near Yakutat. He was a Veteran of Foreign Wars
(VFW) who served his country during World War II with the 10th
Mountain Division of the U.S. Army. He retired in 1986 as a State of
He was a loving and dedicated husband,
father, grandfather, uncle and a true friend to many throughout his
life. He enjoyed fishing on his beloved boat, the “Gambler,” and was
a regular at Foodland and the post office, where he visited and
extended a heartfelt hand of friendship, compassion, respect and
kindness. A true gentleman, he will be remembered as a special
grandfather and an all-around good man.
Charles was preceded
in death by his parents, Frank and Eva Gamble and his son, Charles
Franklin Gamble, Jr., who served in the army in Vietnam.
is survived by his wife Margaret (they would have celebrated their
64th wedding anniversary on June 13); daughters Karen (Don) Webb, of
Vancouver, Wash., Marcella (Keith) Whitney, of Juneau, and Charlene
(Guy) Ransom of Juneau; grandchildren Dail Webb, Donnell Perdue,
Dena Whitney, Dylan Rhyner and Daylene Rhyner; ten
great-grandchildren; and sister Lillian Patterson and her family, of
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, June 17
at 6:30 p.m. at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall at 320 W.
Willoughby Ave., with refreshments provided by the family following
the service. A funeral service will be held on Friday, June 18 at 2
p.m. at Northern Light United Church at 400 W. Eleventh Street.
Charles will be laid to rest beside his son at Evergreen Cemetery.
Charles requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to
the Glory Hole or Salvation Army.
Arrangements entrusted to
Alaskan Memorial Park & Mortuary.
EVERETT PALMER GEORGE
Everett Palmer GEORGE, 56, died July 29, 2000 at his home in
Anchorage, Alaska. Mr. George was born in Yakutat, Alaska on Dec. 3,
1943. He is survived by Virginia Graham, Zenith Williams Jr.,
Lillian Outwater, Teddy, David and Tawni Williams, Dorothy Smith,
and Elsie Stewart.
FRANK DIECK GRAEFF
Longtime Seward resident Frank Dieckgraeff, 75, died June 20,
2009, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage, surrounded
by family. A celebration of Frank’s life will be at 2 p.m. July 18
at the Cruise Ship Terminal in Seward followed by a gathering at
American Legion Post #5, 402 Fifth Ave., in Seward.
born Feb. 23, 1934, in Strasburg, Colo., and was raised on a farm
near Harrisburg, Ore. He served in the Army Corps of Engineers from
1953-1956. Frank married Barbara Miller on July 21, 1955, after his
tour of duty in Korea. He returned to Oregon to work in the logging
industry until 1965, when he and Barbara moved their family to
Seward. Frank worked all over Alaska for Frontier Rock and Sand from
1965 to 1970, and was at Prudhoe Bay in 1968 when oil was
discovered. In 1970, he started Metco Diesel Service and worked on
commercial fishing vessels in Seward, Kodiak, Adak, Yakutat and
Dutch Harbor. In 1973 he founded Metco Redi-Mix to provide concrete
in the Seward area, and in 1975 the business was expanded to include
sand and gravel, excavating and construction services. The family
business was incorporated as Metco Inc. in 1976 and Frank was active
in its operation until his death.
His family said Frank
“lived his life the way he wanted to and said what he wanted to say.
His work was his hobby and he loved to work. He was always thinking
about how to do things differently and more efficiently. He was the
happiest when he was operating heavy equipment, moving gravel or
seeing one of his mechanical ideas realized.
“Being a great
story teller, he loved to tell about his time ‘on the farm’, logging
in the woods, the places he had worked around Alaska and the
different projects he was involved with.”
Frank was dedicated
to the Seward community. He contributed countless hours of his time
plus truckloads of materials for various charitable projects and
community improvements. Frank often joked that there wasn’t a block
in Seward that he hadn’t worked on. He was well-known for his
integrity, his quality of work, and his extensive work with rivers
and creeks. Over the past 30 years, he was honored several times for
his efforts during floods in the Seward area.
survived by his wife of 54 years, Barbara Dieckgraeff; two sisters
in Oregon and an extended family in Alaska, the West Coast, Midwest,
East Coast and Germany including children, grandchildren, and a
great-grandchild. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations
be made to the Seward Community Foundation, Frank Dieckgraeff
Memorial, P.O. Box 933, Seward, AK 99664. Donations will be used to
help Seward seniors in need. Arrangements entrusted to Kehl’s Legacy
Funeral Home & Crematory.
FREDERICK B. HENRY
Frederick B. HENRY Sr., 66, bn April 15, 1944, d February 22,
2011, of Yakutat, AK
DAVID ANDREW HITCHCOCK
Birth: Jul. 26, 1964, Juneau Borough, AK
Death: Nov. 14, 2009,
Anchorage Borough, AK
Lifelong Alaskan David Andrew
Hitchcock, 45, died Nov. 14, 2009 from brain cancer at Alaska Native
Medical Center in Anchorage.
A funeral will be at 3 p.m.
Monday at Kehl's Legacy Funeral Chapel, 11621 Old Seward Highway in
Anchorage. Deacon Felix Maguire will officiate. His ashes will rest
in his maternal family plot in Yakutat.
David was born July
26, 1964, in Juneau. He was an exceptional ivory and baleen
sculptor, and loved animals, cooking and camping. He was on Team
Nautiq Ski club and took part in barefoot and pyramid skiing.
His family wrote: "David was loved by everyone. His quiet,
generous nature and warm, honest smile will be greatly missed. He
never spoke unkindly of others and was loving, forgiving and
tolerant by nature. He was a Tlingit Indian of the Raven Clan, House
of the Owl. He will always remain close to our hearts."
was preceded in death by his biological mother, Genevieve Benson of
Yakutat and his adoptive brother, Michael Patrick Hitchcock. David
is survived by his adoptive mother, Penny Fierros of Wasilla;
sisters, Peggy Henderson of Anchorage, Mary Pruss of Iowa, Andreya
Valle and Tina Marie Valle of Juneau; brothers, Daniel Manson of
Wasilla, George Valle II of Yakutat, and Green Valle of Tacoma,
Wash; longtime friend, Gilbert Stokes and many extended family
members and friends. In lieu of flowers, the family requests
donations be made in David's memory to Mat Valley Kitty Rescue, in
care of Susan Helmricks, 411 S. Gerome Drive, Wasilla, AK 99654.
Arrangements are with Legacy Funeral Homes and Cremation
Services, Kehl's Chapel.
RAMONA KAY SHODDA ANDERSTROM JOHNSON
Birth: Dec. 17, 1955, Yakutat, AK
Death: Dec. 25, 2007,
Yakutat resident Ramona Kay Johnson
(Shodda-Anderstrom), 52, died Dec. 25, 2007, at Alaska Native
Medical Center after a longtime battle with cancer.
were held Dec. 27 and Dec. 28. She will be laid to rest at Ankau
Cemetery in Yakutat.
Ramona was born Dec. 17, 1955, in
Yakutat. Throughout her life, she lived in Yakutat, Juneau, Mount
Edgecumbe, Kodiak, Anchorage and Seattle. During her life, she
worked as a cannery worker, store clerk, commercial fisherman,
Tlingit language instructor, social service director, Indian Child
Welfare Act director, real estate officer and with Yakutat Tlingit
Tribe tribal enrollment.
Ramona was a member of the Assembly
of God, Yakutat Alaska Native Sisterhood president, an emergency
medical technician with 18 years of volunteer ambulance service,
school board president, and was a board member of Yak-Tat Kauaan
Ramona also enjoyed Tlingit dancing, singing and
Her family writes: "Ramona was a strong Tlingit
woman. She had a very positive attitude and always saw the best in
people. She had a good sense of humor, and people like to be around
her. She worked very hard and had excellent problem-solving ideas.
Ramona spent quality time with her three sons, daughter and
grandchildren. She was knowledgeable about and practiced her Tlingit
culture. She was of the Eagle, Shark and Wooshkeetaan Clan."
Ramona is survived by her husband, Skip Johnson; mother, Marie
Shodda; sons, William Anderstrom and wife Joyce, Matthew Anderstrom
and wife Dana, and Eric Anderstrom; daughter, Gloria Anderstrom;
brothers, Ron Shodda, Shelby Shodda, Julian Tumulok and John
Waldron; sisters, Ingrid Shodda, Chanlotte Dietrickson and Cheryl
Schumacher; and grandchildren, Kayla Anderstrom, Twyla Anderstrom,
Marina Anderstrom, Devlin Anderstrom, Mekayla Anderstrom and Niko
Local arrangements were by Witzleben Family
CECILIA C. MAPES
Cecilia C. MAPES, born February 19, 1925, died June 14, 2011, of
RAYMOND E. MAPES
Birth: Oct. 10, 1921, Newberry, Luce County, MI
29, 2003, Yakutat, AK
Anchorage Daily News September 3, 2003
Yakutat resident Raymond E. Mapes, ENC (Ret.), 81, died Aug. 29,
2003, in Yakutat. A service was held at the Alaska Native
Brotherhood Hall in Yakutat.
He was born Oct. 10, 1921, in
Newberry, Mich. Mr. Mapes first arrived in Yakutat in December 1953.
He was stationed at the U.S. Coast Guard LORAN Station until June
1956. From 1956 until 1959 he was stationed aboard the U.S. Coast
Guard cutter Storis and made the historical inside passage run (now
known as the Bering Sea Patrol). After his retirement from the Coast
Guard in 1962, Mr. Mapes returned to Yakutat with his family, where
he lived until his death. Ray also was a Pearl Harbor survivor, as
he was in the U.S. Navy at the time aboard the USS Argonne. He spent
six years in the Navy and two years in the Naval Reserve before he
switched to the U.S. Coast Guard, where he served for more than 14
years. Mr. Mapes was adopted into the Eagle Clan by Eva Milton and
Ruth Jackson as their brother. He was station manager for Cordova
Airlines until 1972. He then became a full-time commercial
fisherman. He also served on the Yakutat Planning and Zoning
Commission for years. He was also a volunteer fireman and served as
Yakutat's harbor master until a stroke in 1998. Mr. Mapes was active
in the Pearl Harbor Association, Chief Petty Officer Association,
Bering Sea Patrol and USS Arcturus Association. He was a
member-at-large of American Legion Post 31 until it closed.
He is survived by wife, Cecilia "Cis"; daughter, Barbara; brothers
and their families in Reidsville, N.C., and Ocala, Fla.; grandsons,
Casey and Sean; stepgrandson, Dean Riley; daughter-in-law, Danelle
Mapes; son-in-law, Gene Riley; and six great-grandchildren. He was
preceded in death by his daughter, Carol Riley, and son, Ray Mapes
Jr. Arrangements were with Evergreen Memorial Chapel.
KAREN A. RIES
Karen A. RIES, born May 7, 1951, died February 15, 2010,
residence Yakutat, AK
JAMES D. RUSSELL
James D. RUSSELL, born July 22, 1926, died January 14, 2010,
residence Yakutat, AK