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Avery, Jeffrey L.*  
Jeffrey "Jeff" Lin Avery, 57, passed away suddenly while visiting family in Boise, Idaho, on April 12, 2015. Jeff was born in Council, Idaho. He lived a few years in Boise and then moved to Petersburg, Alaska, with his family in 1966. While attending school in Petersburg, Jeff wrestled on the wrestling team and also enjoyed playing saxophone in the high school band. Jeff graduated from Petersburg High in 1975. After graduation, Jeff went to work as an oiler/ mechanic on the Alaska Pipeline. Jeff eventually moved to Kotzebue, Alaska. While in Kotzebue, Jeff met and married Jacqueline M. Nelson. It was with great pleasure that Jeff adopted Jackie's first born son, Jason Corey Avery. Jeff and Jackie later had two children together, Matthew Kale Avery and Tiffany Joyce (Marino) Avery. Later, in Arizona, Jeff met and married Christine (Powers) Avery and eventually moved back to Alaska in 1998, where he lived for his remaining years. Jeff loved Christine for the vibrant woman she is. Jeff was a dedicated father and also mentored many of his children's friends. He was fun-loving and a known prankster. Jeff had many interests such as flying, hunting, fishing, golfing, cooking and he loved to barbecue for friends and family. Jeff also had a great love for animals, especially dogs. He was an accomplished and sought after Heavy Equipment Mechanic throughout his life. Jeff also held an A&P Mechanics license and was celebrated for finishing in the high percentile of his class. Jeff's presence will be greatly missed by many. With the sudden and tragic loss of Jeff we remain steadfast to preserving his spirit by remembering the sound of his laughter and the happy loving memories that he blessed us with. Jeff is survived by his wife, Christine Avery; his children, Jason, Matthew and Tiffany; his grandchildren, Tiffany and Jaylyn Avery, Jake Mason and Corey Marino; his parents, Corinna (Joyce) Avery and William "Bill" Avery along with his wife, Nancy; and his sisters, Susan (Avery) Altig and Sally Avery. Jeff also has numerous cousins; nieces; and nephews. Jeff is preceded in death by his grandparents; and uncles, James and Gene Avery. A service was held in Boise, Idaho with family and friends at the Cloverdale Funeral Home on April 16, 2015. There will be a celebration of life ceremony for Jeff in Alaska at a later date.
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Published in Alaska Dispatch News on Apr. 29, 2015
Bertelson, Del*  
Del Bertelson, passed away on April 25, 2015, at home in Eagle River, Alaska. He recently celebrated his 80th birthday with his family. Del was born on March 1, 1935, in Sheridan, Wyo. Del served in the United States Army when he was a young man. He moved to Alaska in 1970. He was a retired Anchorage School District School Bus Driver as well as a tour guide/driver for Alaska Sightseeing. Del drove truck hauling trailers, worked on road jobs and many other odd jobs throughout the years. He was in a country band in the 1970s. A celebration of life will be held on May 2, 2015, from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m., at the IBEW Hall, 3333 Denali Street Suite 200 in Anchorage, Alaska. In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to the Alzheimer's Alaska Resource Center in the name of Del Bertelson. Mail to: 1750 Abbott Rd., Anchorage, AK 99507 http://www.alzalaska.org/donatenow/ . Del is survived by his wife, Gladys Bertelson, of 46 years; sons, Wes (Linda) Ware and Mark (Lucinda) Bertelson; daughters, Malinda (Jack) Perkins, LuAnn (Brian) Aikens, Lucinda (Dale) Williams, Debbie (Mike) Frost, Pam (Tom) Walsh and Roxanna (Richard) Pederson; along with many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Del is preceded in death by his parents, P. Glen Bertelson and Oletha Thurman; his son, Delbert D. Bertelson Jr.; and his grandson, Peter Williams. Arrangements are with Janssen's Evergreen Memorial Chapel.
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Published in Alaska Dispatch News on Apr. 30, 2015
Bertelson, Del  
Del Bertelson, 80, passed away on April 25, 2015, at his home in Eagle River, Alaska. He was born on March 1, 1935, in Sheridan, Wyo. A celebration of life will be held on May 2, 2015, from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. at the IBEW Hall, 3333 Denali Street Suite 200 in Anchorage, Alaska. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Alaska Alzheimer's Resource Center in the name of Del Bertelson. Arrangements are with Janssen's Evergreen Memorial Chapel.
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Published in Alaska Dispatch News on Apr. 29, 2015
Bossette, Frieda E. "Lynn"*  
Beloved grandmother, mother, sister, auntie and friend Frieda "Lynne" Bossette (Jacobsson) passed away peacefully at home on April 16, 2015. Lynne was born on Nov. 13, 1949, the sixth of ten children, in Bethel, Alaska. Her parents, Mildred and Charles "Carly" Jacobsson, took the family to live in Anchorage, Alaska, in 1958. She attended Clark Middle School. Lynne loved to bargain shop at Bishop's Attic and the Salvation Army. She was an accomplished crotcheter and loved spending time with her grandchildren. Her favorite pastime was camping with her family. Lynne was preceded in death by her parents, Mildred and Charles "Carly" Jacobsson; brother, Ernest Jacobsson; sisters, Chrissie Caillas, Valerie Rodriguez, Hilda VanDergriff and Diedre Viera. She is survived by her sons, Russell Jacobsson of North Carolina, Richard Russell and Andy Jacobsson of Anchorage; sisters, Jean Hull, June Jardine and Desa Jacobsson; brother, Jake Jacobsson; grandchildren, Nick and Zach Russell and Jaedyn and Symphoni Jacobsson, all of Anchorage; as well as numerous nieces; nephews; and friends, including her significant other, Clarence Townsend of Anchorage. A viewing was held on April 20, 2015, at Witzelben Funeral Home. Lynne will forever be in our hearts.
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Published in Alaska Dispatch News on Apr. 29, 2015
Broostrom, John Allen*  
John A. Broostrom, 92, passed away on April 22, 2015, at Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage, Alaska. John was born on Feb. 6, 1923, in Olympia, Wash. John moved to Alaska in 1936, living in Palmer until 1942, when he moved to Anchorage. He worked at Northern Asphalt, Rogers and Babler Construction Company and Chrysler Dodge of Anchorage. John also served in the U.S. Navy as a Seabee during WWII. He enjoyed traveling, hunting, fishing, boating, antique car restoration, gardening, wine making and trips to Las Vegas, Nev. John was a very kind and generous person. John is survived by his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Darlene and Lloyd Courtney of Lewisville, Texas; and brother-in-law, Robert Ward Sr. of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; along with many dearly-loved nieces and nephews. John is preceded in death by his wife, Ethel; parents, Glen and Ruth Broostrom; sisters, Virginia MacCullen and Elizabeth Schuster; and brother, Robert Broostrom. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 5, 2015, at 10 a.m., with a service at 11 a.m., at Janssen's Evergreen Memorial Chapel, 737 E Street in Anchorage. The family asks memorial bequests to be made to Hospice of Anchorage, 2612 E Northern Lights Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99508 ( www.hospiceofanchorage.org ). Arrangements are with Janssen's Evergreen Memorial Chapel.
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Published in Alaska Dispatch News on Apr. 29, 2015
Chastain, Wendy L.*  
Wendy Lorraine Chastain was called home by our Lord, Jesus Christ, on Jan. 9, 2015, at the young age of 44, in Anchorage, Alaska. Memorial service will be at 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 9, 2015, at Legacy Witzleben Chapel, located at 1707 S Bragaw Street in Anchorage. Wendy was born on Dec. 16, 1970, at Andrews Air Force Base, Camp Springs, Md. Wendy lived in Washington, D.C.; Azores, Portugal; Las Vegas, N.V.; Tampa, Fla.; San Antonio, Texas; Carlsbad, Calif.; and Anchorage, Alaska. Wendy enjoyed Coca-Cola Slurpees from Seven-Eleven, reading, writing, music, singing, movies, dancing, cooking, arts and crafts, playing jokes on people, laughing and having a good time. While at Judson High School (1988 and 1989), Wendy was on the school newspaper, where she covered sports and had a regular column of "Where Are They Now." Wendy was published in a monthly magazine on Texas sharpshooters husband and wife duo, Toepperwein, and an article on a local "Haunted House" in the Herald newspaper. She had attended San Antonio Community college and Texas State University. Wendy had a great imagination and sense of humor. She was a caring and fun loving person who would give you the shirt off her back, but would also offer you a piece of her mind if she didn't agree with you. If you were lucky enough to be her friend, there were no limits Wendy wouldn't go to to help you in your time of need. Wendy once took off from work, drove 200 miles one way, picked up a friend and children and brought them back to San Antonio and safety. Wendy will be greatly missed! Wendy is survived by her parents, Joseph D. and Inez E. (Beth) Chastain of Universal City, Texas, and Gayle Herman of Las Vegas N.V.; grandma, Inez Stephens of Thomson, Ga.; sister, Nicole Paradis of Las Vegas, N.V.; and uncle, Stephen J. Chastain and wife, Bobbi of North Readington Beach, Fla. Our family would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation and thank you to the Anchorage Medical Examiner's office (Whitney, Melissa and Liz), the Anchorage Police Department (Captain Bill Miller and Sergeant Mike Couturier), Legacy Funeral Home (James Jones, Joe Goodman and Bonnie Jones) and Winter Woods Apartments (Mike Schader) for helping our family with our loss. To share words of comfort with the family please visit www.legacyalaska.com .
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Published in Alaska Dispatch News on May 3, 2015
Clemmer, Pamela*  
Pamela "Pam" Bliss Scott Clemmer, 73, passed away on Monday, April 20, 2015, in Anchorage, Alaska. Pam was born on April 19, 1942, in Los Angeles, Calif. As a young girl Pam moved around a lot as her father was in the military. In 1960, Pam married Teddy Lee Mustain and out of that marriage they had three children. After that marriage ended, Pam married Warren Clemmer. They moved the family to Alaska in 1974. She worked cleaning houses for Fred and Lydia Selkregg and their families and Bob and Alicia Iden and their family. She had to stop working due to her health. Pam loved going camping, being with family and friends and traveling all over Alaska. Some of her fondest memories were canoeing out to the Selkregg's cabin, camping with Russ and Donna king and their family, Matt Kramer and family and many more, and baking her Christmas cookies and candies for the Fort Richardson fire department. In 2006, Pam and Warren traveled to the Lower 48 to visit family then they came back to Alaska. She enjoyed playing bingo, putting puzzles together, playing Canasta, making new friends and she also enjoyed the red hats. She leaves behind to cherish her memories her son, James Richard Clemmer and fiance, Cheryl Hunter of Anchorage; daughter, Terresa Wagenaar and husband, Alan of Little Rock, Iowa; son, Charles Clemmer of Anchorage; loving stepmom, Juanita Scott; sister, Karla Young and husband, Howard; brother, Jimmy Scott and wife, Diane; sister, Linda and husband Frank Rebing; adopted daughter, Carol Richter; 16 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; as well as many nieces; nephews; and cousins; special friend and daughter-like Lisa Metzger; Scott Phelan; good friends, Russ and Donna King and family; Matt Kramer and family; the very special Sheila Selkregg and family; new friend, Rusty; and many more extended family members, too many to name. She preceded in death by her husband, Warren; both her parents; her brother, Floyd Scott; her sister, Deborah; brother-in-law, Phil Littlefield; daughter-in-law, Candace Clemmer; and a special little girl, Samantha King. Arrangements entrusted to Legacy Funeral Homes. To share words of comfort with the family please visit www.legacyalaska.com .
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Published in Alaska Dispatch News on Apr. 30, 2015
Daniels, Helen L.*  
Helen Louise Daniels, age 85, passed away on April 20, 2015, at her home in Oregon. Helen was born on July 24, 1929, in Bellingham, Wash., to Margaret and Ruben Ramsauer. Helen was a long time Alaska resident. She moved to Anchorage when she was in her 20s to work as a nurse at a local hospital. This is where she met her future husband, Ken, while he was serving in the Army. She married Kenneth H. Daniels on Jan. 4, 1954, in Ketchikan, Alaska. She and her husband raised five children in Anchorage, Alaska, and then moved to Kodiak, Alaska, after Ken retired from the State, where he worked as an aircraft mechanic. They also lived in the Mat-Su Valley for several years. Helen was a loving and generous mother and grandmother. She said she had some of her happiest times when she and Ken flew out to "the cabin" either at Gull Cape or Loon Lake. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Kimberley Daniels; husband, Kenneth H. Daniels; and sister, Jean Kizer. She is survived by her sister, Betty Ferguson; children, Steph Daniels, Karen (Scott) Hinshaw, Jeff (Dorothy) Daniels, Colleen (Bryan) Forbes and Brad (Debra) Daniels; and grandchildren, Courtney Smith, Daniel Lange, Janine Lange, Sabina Forbes and Abigail Daniels. A celebration of life will be held in June 2015. Please contact Karen Hinshaw at 907-355-7016 for details.
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Davidson, Justin P.*  
Justin Phillip Davidson, 38, died on May 3, 2015, in a car accident on Bogard Road near Wasilla, Alaska. He was a beloved husband, father, son, brother and uncle, and a dear friend to many. He will be deeply missed. Justin was born on Sept. 21, 1976, in Round Rock, Texas, to Harry and Judi Davidson. The family moved to Alaska in 1983, where Justin spent his childhood and adolescence, graduating from Palmer High School in 1995. As a teenager, Justin traveled the world as a performing artist and missionary with Youth With A Mission. Summers during middle and high school brought him to Mexico, China, South Korea, Indonesia, Europe, and across the United States. His association with YWAM continued into his mid-twenties, when he met his future wife, Hazel Rebecca Salazar, at a bible school in Montana. Justin and Hazel were married in November 2002 in Los Angeles, Calif. Their daughters, Lucia and Ava, were born there and the family moved to Alaska in 2009, and settled in the Mat-Su Valley. Their son, Ezra, was born that year in Wasilla. An avid outdoorsman and mountaineer, Justin spent many summers commercial fishing in Bristol Bay, where the Davidson family has fished for three generations. He loved his family and friends dearly, loved to be in the mountains and on the sea and loved to laugh and live life to its fullest. Justin was an active member his community and church, Good Shepherd Lutheran, and volunteered at Fronteras Spanish Emersion School and CCS Early Learning, among other organizations. Justin is survived by his wife, Hazel; and their three children, Lucia (11), Ava (9) and Ezra (6); his brothers, Joel, John and Jared Davidson; his parents, Harry and Judi Davidson of Palmer, Alaska; and a large extended family. A funeral will be held at the Davidson family home at 8325 E Aspen Ridge Road in Palmer, on Sunday, May 10, 2015, at 4 p.m., with a potluck reception outside the family residence immediately following. For more information and directions, please call 512-673-2246, or visit www.goodshepluth.org .
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Published in Alaska Dispatch News on May 6, 2015
Delreal, Salvador  
Salvador Delreal, 78, passed away at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska, on April 26, 2015. Salvador was born on Oct. 27, 1936. A funeral mass will be held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, 3900 Wisconsin Street in Anchorage, on Saturday, May 2, 2015, at 3 p.m. Arrangements are with Janssen's Evergreen Memorial Chapel.
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Published in Alaska Dispatch News on Apr. 29, 2015
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