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Babbitt, Jeffrey M.*  
Jeff Babbitt died at his Anchorage, Alaska, home on Dec. 16, 2014. He struggled with Huntington's Disease for many years. Funeral Service will be held at 2 p.m. on Dec. 20, 2014, at the Legacy Heritage Chapel at Angelus Memorial Park, located at 440 E Klatt Road. Jeff's burial will occur later on May 21, 2015, at Angelus Memorial Park. Jeff was born in San Antonio, Texas, and moved to Anchorage before he was 1-year-old. He attended West Anchorage High School and graduated in 1985. He attended further schooling and graduated in 1986, from Alaska Testing Institute with many certifications in welding. Jeff worked as a welder at Weona Corporation for 23 years. He was a member of the Chickaloon Tribal Council and a CIRI shareholder. Favorite activities included: 4-wheeling, snowmachining, remote control car racing, working on cars (especially classics), going to movies, hydrosliding, spending time with his family and pit bull dogs and eating at Arctic Roadrunner while sitting at the LaFramboise family table. Jeff is survived by his brother, Shawn Babbitt; sister-in-law, Cheryl Babbitt; nephews, Scott Babbitt and Ryan Iacovelli; ex-wife, Marla Babbitt; stepdaughters, Chelsea and Chantel Larson; aunts and uncles, Tony and Donna LaFramboise, Carol Williams, Shirley Schmidt, Philip "Flip" and Linda LaFramboise, Larry and Pam LaFramboise, Marcel LaFramboise, Linda and Jim Wallace, Diann Martin, Charlotte Fetters, Terese and Rick Grant, Janice and Monte LaBrie, Patricia LaFramboise, Katherine Johnson, Jesse Lanman Jr., Bonnie Croskrey and Gary Stevig; cousins, Debbie Oakes, Kevin LaFramboise, Keith LaFramboise, Corey Williams, Renae Senter, Rhonda LaFramboise, Diann Williams, Tracy Schmidt, Trina Voss, Taralynn Salyer, Shawnna McKenzie, Aiden LaFramboise, Danielle Groeneweg, Dirk LaFramboise, Darren LaFramboise, Michael LaFramboise, Paula Withrow, Shelley Estabrook, Todd Martin, Ron Martin, Troy Kendrick, Travis Kendrick, Shane Baird, Wendy Covelle, Jayme Carr, Nicholas Lanman, Jeni Johnson and Dan Lanman. He is preceded in death by his mother, Beverly Babbitt; father, Gaylor Lanman; nephew, Clark Babbitt; uncles, Ray Martin, Norm Schmidt, Gregory LaFramboise, Ronald LaFramboise, Donald LaFramboise and Donald LaFramboise II; and cousins, David LaFramboise and Robert LaFramboise. Donations can be made towards funeral/burial costs by contacting Legacy Funeral Homes, Kehl's Chapel at 344-1497.
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Published in Alaska Dispatch News on Dec. 19, 2014
Backen, Dean E.*  
Longtime Wasilla, Alaska, resident Dean Ellis Backen, also known to some as "Boss", 65, passed away at home surrounded by friends and family. A Celebration of Life will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, at AMVETS Post 11, located at 951 S Hermon Rd. in Wasilla, Alaska. Dean was born on June 14, 1949, in Minneapolis, Minn. He attended Cooper High School in Minnesota. After high school, Dean joined the Army and served our country valiantly for two tours in Vietnam. He then joined the Army National Guard and worked at Alaska Ferry System as a Chef. Dean was earned many cooking awards through the National Guard. He also was a Canteen Manager of AMVETS Post 11 in Wasilla. Dean's joys in life were baseball cards, stamp and coin collecting, cooking and anything he could do to help others. He was an avid cribbage player. Dean was survived by his father, Richard Backen Sr. of Coon Rapids, Minn.; two sisters, Marie (James) Johnson of Ramsey, Minn., and Patricia LaBelle of Coon Rapids, Minn.; a brother, Richard Backen Jr. of Hinkley, Minn.; a nephew, Stephen (Cheri) Johnson of Ramsey, Minn.; two nieces, Kristine (Steven) Davis of Hancock, Mich., and Michelle (Michael) Hell of Willmar, Minn.; and his special friend, Colette Anderson of Big Lake, Alaska. He was preceded in death by his mother, Lorean Dille. Memorial Donations can be made in Memory of Dean E. Backen to AMVETS Post 11, 951 Hermon Rd #2 Wasilla, Alaska 99654.
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Published in Alaska Dispatch News on Dec. 18, 2014
Blair, Bonnie*  
Anchorage, Alaska, resident Bonnie Blair, 72, passed away peacefully at home on Dec. 3, 2014. A celebration to honor her memory will be held on Dec. 22, 2014, at Legacy Funeral Home, Kehl's Chapel, located at 11621 Old Seward Highway, Anchorage, Alaska 99515, from 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. A celebration will also be held in 2015 in Arizona, so friends and family members there can attend. Bonnie will be laid to rest with her youngest son, Samuel Ridge Blair, in Arizona. Bonnie was born in Dearborn, Mich., on Nov. 12, 1942, the only daughter of Lyal and Madeline Moore. The family moved to Tempe, Ariz., she graduated from Tempe High School in 1960. She worked for Maricopa County Hospital. Bonnie was a skilled square dancer and designed and created costumes for others. In 1968, Bonnie moved to the White Mountains of Arizona and began her very colorful career as a "cowboy" on corporate cattle ranches. She raised her children riding horses and working seasonal round ups. She loved being outside, animals, rodeos, fairs, gardening and music. Bonnie worked tirelessly outside and enjoyed cooking and sewing. Others were treated to baked goods, handmade quilts and clothes. Bonnie worked on several ranches in Arizona and New Mexico, striving to provide and care for her children. Bonnie also worked for the U.S. Forest Service as support coordinator for Hot Shot fire crews in Arizona and Montana. She moved to Flagstaff, Ariz., in 1980, working for the hospital and for CH2MHill, as petroleum spill response team support. She opened a restaurant and catering service in Flagstaff. In the mid 1990s, she joined her grown children in Alaska, living in Kenai, and worked on the spill response team at CISPRI until her retirement. She returned to Flagstaff and Tucson briefly until her final move to Anchorage in 2009. She loved sharing Alaska with visitors, especially Homer. She enjoyed sewing and crafts, giving gifts to everyone she knew. Bonnie, aka "the Almond Roca Lady" made candy for everyone during the holidays. She was proud of her grandchildren and attended every function. Many knew her simply as "Grandma Bonnie" caring and helping others with a smile and a hug. Her sidekick, Precious, accompanied her everywhere. Bonnie is now able to care for her youngest son, who she missed every day of her life, Samuel Ridge Blair. She is survived by her children, David Range and Laura Blair of Flagstaff, Ariz., Sheryl and Ed Sotelo of Homer, Alaska, and Shelly-Vendetti Vuckovich and Todd Vuckovich of Anchorage, Alaska; her grandchildren, Jessica Sotelo, Matt Vendetti, Zac Vendetti, Chelsea Flake and Deejai Bump; and the many children she loved and considered her own grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and many nephews and nieces. In lieu of flowers, her family requests donations be made to Kincaid Elementary PTA, for a new playground and equipment adapted for disabled children. This effort is in celebration of the accomplishments of her great-granddaughter, Claire, who will be able to utilize this playground safely and independently, a continuing legacy for happy and healthy children. Donations may be sent to Kehl's Chapel or Shelly Vendetti-Vuckovich, 8411 Berry Patch Dr. Anchorage, AK 99502.
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Published in Alaska Dispatch News on Dec. 16, 2014
Blatchford, Everett*  
Everett Christopher "Chris" Blatchford, 45, died peacefully at home on Dec. 16, 2014. At his request, there will be no service or memorial. Chris was born on Dec. 14, 1969 in Juneau, Alaska. He attended high school in Kenai, Alaska, and was part of the first graduating class in Nikiski, Alaska. He loved hanging out with friends and working on his car (and everyone else's too). After graduating high school he attended and graduated from Al Collins Art School in Tempe, Ariz., and received an AA in Graphic Arts. After graduation, he returned to Alaska and was employed by Peak Oilfield Services in Deadhorse. Chris loved life and did his best to live it to the fullest. He was kind, generous, compassionate and always willing to help anyone, anytime. He loved his family more than anything and wanted the best for everyone he knew. His most commonly used phrase was "there is always hope" and he truly believed that. He always put everyone's needs before his own and anyone that knew him was lucky to have been a part of his life. Chris is survived by his wife, Shelly; stepson, Jimmy Love and wife, Heather and their children, Jordan and Delaney: stepson, Jeremy Love and wife, Anna and their children, Jeramiah, Myra, Cole and Draiden; stepson, Justin Love and wife, Heather and children, Arya and Aspen and Aspen's daughter, Ava; his mother, Marietta Blatchford; brothers, Francis, Quincy and wife, Ashley and Israel and wife, Amanda and their son, Jade; as well as numerous aunts; uncles; cousins; and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Everett Blatchford; brother, Michael; and maternal grandmother, Etta Hill. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements were by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
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Published in Alaska Dispatch News on Dec. 20, 2014
Borschnack, Carolyn M.*  
Her character can be described as genuine and kind and her soul, beautiful. Carolyn's life began in Cascade County, Mont., beside her father, mother and sister. As a family, they moved to Alaska, where Carolyn finished high school and then where she decided to make a life and a home. To understand the influence of this woman is to understand the pride she took in being a mother to her only daughter, Miranda Ann Borschnack. She was not only a mother but the best kind of friend to have. Whether it was "hell or high water" as she would say, her daughter was first priority and she lived this true in every way. Her final moments were spent in Palmer, Alaska, surrounded by her closest friends. Those who knew her well will miss her smile, the laughter that would fill a room, her gentle touch and her love. Those closest to her will always remember her willingness to go to the moon and above and the way she would figuratively push and shove to help others in any way she was able. Carolyn was a woman who could find a light in a dark tunnel. She was a special person who is nothing but missed and loved for eternity. Arrangements are with Janssen's Evergreen Memorial Chapel.
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Published in Alaska Dispatch News on Dec. 14, 2014
Brody, Ervin L.*  
Ervin L. Brody, age 79, passed away on Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, at Providence Hospital surrounded by his loving family, in Anchorage, Alaska. Born on June 10, 1935, in Worthington, Minn., Ervin was a submarine reserve for eight years prior to his long career with Standard Oil. In 1966, he moved to Anchorage, Alaska, with wife of 57 years, Kay Brody, and their children, where he lived the majority of his life with his growing family and opened his own service station, Fountain Chevron, where he worked until retirement in 2005. Erv raised his family around his core values of hard work and family traditions. With his family he built a cabin on Crooked Lake in 1973, where they spent the majority of their summers fishing, playing in the lake and maintaining and growing their property. Every fall, he took his family and fished the Seward Silver Salmon derby in search of the prized fish and every winter was spent with holiday dinners and snowmachining at the cabin, all the time instilling the importance of working hard before playing hard. Ervin will be forever remembered and loved by his wife, Kay; children, Debby Johnson (with Clarence), Dan Brody (with Carol) and Denise Cottrell (with Jim); adoring grandchildren, Erik Johnson (with Michele), Rashell Weaver (with Richard), Jimmy Cottrell (with Megan), Brittany Cottrell, Brandon Brody (with Amanda) and Gage Brody; seven great-grandchildren; and sisters; nieces; and nephews in Washington. A celebration of life will be announced for the summer of 2015. Erv, Dad, Papaw, we love you and thank you for all that you shared, all that you taught and for all the memories we will forever cherish.
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Published in Alaska Dispatch News on Dec. 19, 2014
Burpee, Winter E.*  
Eagle River, Alaska, resident Winter Eve Burpee, 16, passed away on Dec. 16, 2014, at Providence Children's Hospital in Anchorage, Alaska, from viral pneumonia. A celebration of her life will be held at the Eagle River Building of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, located at 10012 Chandalar Street, Eagle River, at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. A private burial will take place on Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, at Fort Richardson National Cemetery. Winter was born on Feb. 19, 1998 in San Angelo, Texas. During her life she resided in San Antonio, Texas, Spokane, Wash., Layton, Utah, and Eagle River, Alaska. Due to severe medical issues caused when she was shaken at the age of nine weeks, Winter did not attend school but was cared for at home by her family and a staff of nurses and caregivers. Winter loved the voices of those who cherished her, beautiful music and being read to aloud. Her gentle, valiant spirit was in inspiration to the strength of the human spirit and an example to all of the dangers of shaking a baby. Winter is survived by her parents, Michael and Care Burpee of Eagle River, Alaska; her elder brother, Aspen of Elmendorf, Texas; and four younger siblings, Carter, Quinn, Reagan and Chloe Maren, all of Eager River, Alaska. The family asks that any donations be made to National Center of Shaken Baby Syndrome, 1433 North Highway 89, Suite 110, Farmington, Utah, 84025. You can also donate online at http://dontshake.org . Legacy Funeral Homes Bragaw Chapel has been assisting the family.
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Published in Alaska Dispatch News on Dec. 20, 2014
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