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Traeger, Virginia*  
Longtime Kenai resident Virginia Marjorie Beatrice Traeger, 99, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, at Heritage Place in Soldotna, Alaska. Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna. Pastor Randy Parshall will be officiating. Virginia was born on Mar. 8, 1915 in Hader, Minn. She grew up and received her education in the Hader area and graduated from high school. She was a housewife and homemaker until moving to Kenai, Alaska, in 1965. In Alaska, she cleaned homes and did custodial and janitorial work for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, retiring in 1983. Virginia was a member of Christ Lutheran Church and enjoyed going for rides and traveling. "Our mother was always a hard working person who was always lady-like and never had a bad word to say about anyone. She was very attentive to her grandchildren. She will be missed by her family," her family wrote. Virginia was preceded in death by her husband, Robert; a sister; brother; and her parents. She is survived by her daughters, Mary V. Ring of Red Wing, Minn., Suzanne M. Traeger of Anchorage, Alaska, and Keryl A. Steger of Sterling, Alaska; son and daughter-in-law, Robert D. and Alice Traeger of Anchorage; brother, Duane Thompson of Medford, Ore.; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and sister-in-law, Lois Lundell of Cannon Falls, Minn. Arrangements were by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
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Published in Alaska Dispatch News on Dec. 16, 2014

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Taylor, James L.*  
James Leroy Taylor Jr., 66 years old, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in the presence of his family in Anchorage, Alaska. His strong will to live, unwavering faith in God and love for his family carried him through many unforgettable years. James Jr. was born on May 15, 1948, in Louisville, Ky., to James Sr. and Lois Taylor. The eldest of eight, with four beautiful sisters, Regina, Margo, Cheryle and Julie, and three brothers, Johnny, Bruce and Michael, who are spread across the United States in Alaska, Texas and Washington D.C., each with their own growing families. James enjoyed having a very large extended family. He loved to tell his childhood stories - oh how he'd laugh when reminiscing about these memories. James was known for his contagious laugh and undeniable charm, he was often found talking to complete strangers where ever he went, sharing that laughter we all came to know and love. He had a smile that could ease even the worst of your worries and brighten every corner of your day. Throughout his life he maintained a humble and simple demeanor that won the trust of hearts of many who, even now, are being changed by his love and devotion to helping others. After graduating from John Harris High School in 1966, James went on to enlist in the United States Airforce and was stationed at Elmendorf Airforce Base in Anchorage, Alaska. He soon met the love of his life, Martha Bayou, and they were married on Dec. 29, 1976. Married for 38 years, James and Martha raised four children, Donovan, Bruce Anthony, Wendell and Mi'chelle and grandchildren, Amani, AJ, Kendell and Izabella. James' legacy was clear- he was a good man, husband, father, brother and friend. He loved his family and believed in bettering our youth through education. Visitation will be held on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m., with funeral beginning at 1 p.m., at Alaska Heritage Memorial Chapel located at 440 E Klatt Rd., Anchorage, Alaska 99515. Following the services there will be a Celebration of Life for James at American Legion Post 28 located at 7001 Brayton Dr. at 4 p.m.
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Published in Alaska Dispatch News on Dec. 11, 2014
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