Jeanne A. Carlson (1967 - 2014)

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Jeanne Ann Carlson, 46, left the world that she loved on July 9, 2014 after a short but courageous battle with cancer. She leaves behind her husband, Colton Seale of Lovettsville, VA, her mother, Kathryn Carlson, of Skaneateles, NY and many other family members and friends. Jeanne grew up in Skaneateles, NY and graduated from Cornell University in 1989 and in 1996 completed a Masters in Resource Policy and Behavior at the University of Michigan. After obtaining her BA, Jeanne embarked a life filled with adventure, becoming a volunteer at Big Bend National Park. Jeanne was an accomplished freelance writer and graphic designer and she passed the first level Sommelier Exam and was a Certified Wine Professional from the Culinary Institute of America in Napa, CA. Jeanne found her true passion living in Chugiak, Alaska for 10 years with her husband, Colton, and 12 Alaskan husky sled dogs. Jeanne explored most of Alaska with dogs or for work and loved spending time at her cabin near Talkeetna, AK. Jeanne spent seven years as the secretary of the Chugiak Dog Mushers Association and longer as an avid recreational dog musher and animal advocate. Jeanne played a key role in developing recycling in Anchorage and Alaska as a member of the Anchorage Solid Waste and Recycling Advisory Committee, as Recycling Coordinator for Municipality of Anchorage Solid Waste Services, and as Program Director for Green Star, Inc. Jeanne also spent 15 years as an analyst and Program Manager for SAIC. After leaving Alaska, among many other pursuits, Jeanne served as Secretary and Chairperson of the Lovettsville Cooperative Market, completed writing a book on her adventures in Alaska, and was in the process of opening a coffee house after studying coffee and obtaining her barista certification. Wherever Jeanne went she brought people together around her many passions and her love of life. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her name can be made to the Lovettsville Cooperative Market or the Chugiak Dog Mushers Association.
Published in Alaska Dispatch News on Aug. 6, 2014
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