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Carpenter, Evelyn*  
Long time Anchorage resident Evelyn Sue Carpenter, 78, passed away on Friday, Aug. 21, 2015, from complications due to diabetes and multiple myeloma at the Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska. A celebration of Evelyn's life will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, at the Alaska Zoo Gateway Hall, 4730 O'Malley Road in Anchorage. The family invites everyone to bring stories and memories to share and relax with refreshments as we celebrate a life well lived. Her ashes will be laid to rest next to her husband at the Fort Richardson National Cemetery at a later date. Evelyn was born on Oct. 10, 1936, to Clayton and Dorothy Eppler in Petoskey, Mich. She graduated from Petoskey High School in 1954, and then attended Ferris State in Michigan receiving an Associate of Arts degree. Evelyn moved to Denver, Colo., where she worked as a secretary prior to meeting her husband, Roger, on a blind date. They married on Feb. 10, 1962, and she became a full time homemaker raising their two children, Greg and Stephanie, taking them to various 4-H, school and sports activities. Evelyn attended the St. John United Methodist Church in Anchorage and was a member of the Alaska Homemakers Club, Flattop Forget-Me-Nots and served as secretary of the FCE council. She was one of several homemakers that spent countless hours planting and tending the flowers each summer that were planted in the median at the O'Malley road and Seward highway overpass. Evelyn was a master knitter, teaching knitting to 4-H kids as well as knitting prayer shawls for the St. John United Methodist prayer shawl ministry. She enjoyed cross country skiing, biking, camping, knitting and especially spending time with family. "Evelyn was deeply loved and will be greatly missed but her family will reunite with her when the Lord Jesus Christ calls the rest of us home," wrote the family. Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Laureen Lamkin; and husband of 42 years, Roger Carpenter. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Greg and Jennifer Carpenter of Anchorage; grandchildren, Sarah and Garret Carpenter both of Anchorage; daughter and son-in-law, Stephanie and Mike Hanson of Pahoa, Hawaii; sister and brother-in-law, Jean and Bob Parker; sister and brother-in-law, Ruth and Arnie Wills both of Colorade; brother-in-law, Keith Lamkin of Michigan; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends. Arrangements were by the Anchorage Funeral Home. Please visit Evelyn's obituary and online guestbook at www.AlaskanFuneral.com .
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Published in Alaska Dispatch News on Aug. 30, 2015
Charlie, Josephine M.*  
Josephine M. Charlie, age 90, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015, at Mountain Haven in Seward, Alaska. Funeral services and burial are scheduled for Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, in her village of Nunam Iqua, Alaska. Josephine enjoyed traditional living with the Yupik culture; Yupik was also her first language. She also loved to berry pick, sew and Yupik dance. The family wrote, "Grandma Josephine was a beautiful kind woman, who loved her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed her family and her community." Josephine is survived by her sister, Marie Lamont; daughter and son-in-law, Ramona and George Madros; son, John Charlie; daughter, Pauline Hootch; nephew, Francis Charlie; niece, Cecelia Raphael; and cousin, Moses Wilson; Amelia and Edward Adams; Irene and Frank Camille; Charles Family, Billy, Walkie, Mary, Lala, Donna, Mary, Jerry, Benita, Sheila and Agnes Buster. She is also survived by several other nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Arrangements entrusted to Witzleben Chapel, Legacy Funeral Homes. To share words of encouragement please visit our website www.legacyalaska.com .
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Published in Alaska Dispatch News on Aug. 26, 2015
Corey, William "Bill"*  
Bill was born on June 14, 1928, in the old Railroad Hospital in Anchorage, Alaska, to Ed and Erma Corey. He spent his early years in Suntrana, Alaska, a coal mining camp near Healy, and attended high school in Fairbanks, Alaska. Bill loved dogs and ran a three-dog team in his early teens, winning first place in one race. He always had a dog and replaced them as they passed away. His latest dog, Abbie, misses him very much. Bill worked various jobs before gravitating toward his true love - railroading. After a short time, he was drafted into the Army and served ad Fort Richardson from 1950-1952. He then went back to Fairbanks to return to work for the Alaska Railroad. Bill started out by working on their "water" slide, working on the SS Nenana that delivered supplies to villages along the river. After a year of that, he became a fireman, then an engineer on the regular railroad. He received numerous commendations during his 30-year career. Bill collected their commemorative artwork over the years and donated part of his collection to the Alaska Heart Institute in Anchorage. Bill married Gloria Fawn Carroll on June 27, 1953, in Fairbanks. They had three children: Colleen, Richard and Billy. They lived in Fairbanks; Chehalis, Wash.; and Homer, Alaska. They have eight grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Bill passed away peacefully on July 7, 2015, and is survived by his wife, Gloria of Homer; and son, Richard and daughter-in-law, Karen of North Platte, Neb.; as well as many other extended family members. His parents; brother, Ed; daughter, Colleen; and son, Billy, predeceased him. Services were held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2821 East End Road in Homer, on July 15, 2015, at 1 p.m., with interment at Hickerson Cemetery. A gathering for family and close friends was held afterwards at the Church Cultural Hall.
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Published in Alaska Dispatch News on Aug. 25, 2015
Cristiani, Kathy Jo*  
Seward resident Kathy Jo Cristiani-Gillespie-McMaster, 54, passed away unexpectedly at her home in Seward, Alaska, on Aug. 25, 2015. A Celebration of her Life will be held on Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, at Castle Cove, Lowell Point at 1 p.m., in Seward, Alaska. Kathy Jo was born on May 26, 1961, in Great Falls, Mont., where she attended Hellgate High School in Missoula, Mont. She moved to Alaska in 1982, where over the years she lived in Kodiak, Anchorage and in 1992, made her home in Seward. She was a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians in Belcourt, N.D., and was passionate about all things outdoors. Her family wrote, "Kathy was born at home in Great Falls, Mont., She was blessed with wonderful foster parents, Jeff and Nancy Birnbaum, in Missoula, Mont. Kathy was an avid outdoors person in both Montana and Alaska. She was the light of our lives and in the lives of many friends. Kathy is now with John, the love of her life, happy forever. We want to thank all of you who touched her life and helped form the wonderful person she became." Kathy was preceded in death by her husband, John Gillespie; grandmother, Josephine LaFromboise; mother, Ramona LaFromboise; and her father, John McMaster. She is survived by her brother, Ray Crain of Big Lake, Alaska; brother, Anthony Crisitiani-LaFromboise and Becky from Dunseith, N.D.; sister, Margie Cristiani-Johnson and Paul from Great Falls, Mont.; brother, Dean Cristiani and Mary from Dublin, Ohio; brother, Gary McMaster and Lynn from Conroe, Texas; brother, Jeff McMaster and Marcy from Provo, Utah; and her foster parents, Jeff and Nancy Birnbaum from Missoula, Mont. In lieu of flowers the family has requested that a donation in Kathy's name be made to the charity of your choice. Arrangements are under the direction of the Anchorage Funeral Home & Crematory, you are invited to visit Kathy's online obituary and guest book at www.AlaskanFuneral.com .
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Published in Alaska Dispatch News on Aug. 28, 2015
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