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Peterson, Delma L.*  
Delma Louise Peterson, "Louise," passed away peacefully Thursday, April 28, 2016, surrounded by loved ones at her Anchorage, Alaska, home. Louise was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and a devout member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Louise was born to Floyd and Delma Abernathy on Nov. 10, 1941, in Dumas, Ark., and graduated from Mountain Pine High School, where she played on the School basketball team. Louise and DeVerl were married in 1964, and moved to Anchorage in 1970 with their growing family. Louise loved cooking for family and friends and no one ever left hungry. She enjoyed spending time outdoors with her sons, camping, fishing and shooting trap. Louise was involved with the Boy Scouts of America Program, helping all six of her sons to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. Louise was a talented quilter and enjoyed making quilts for family and friends. Louise cherished the time she spent caring for and visiting her grandchildren. She had a green thumb and she especially loved picking raspberries in the yard with her grandchildren. Louise and DeVerl served in the Anchorage LDS Temple as well as several service missions supporting LDS church programs. Louise was preceded in death by her son and daughter-in-law, Melvin and Robin Peterson; and her parents, Floyd and Delma Abernathy. Louise is survived by her husband, DeVerl Peterson; five siblings, Thurman Abernathy, John Abernathy, Curtis Abernathy, Lou Ella Hawthorn and Deborah Rowe; five sons and daughters-in-law, Mike and Sandi Peterson, Mark and Sandra Peterson, Matt and Laura Peterson, Merlin and Melanie Peterson and Myles and Amanda Peterson; and 10 grandchildren, Bradley Peterson, Sarah Peterson, Zackary Peterson, Jessica Peterson, Emily Peterson, Cadey Church, Katelyn Peterson, Johnathan Peterson, Ellouise Peterson and Sydney Peterson. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 7, 2016, at the LDS chapel located at 700 West 46th Ave. in Anchorage, with interment scheduled for Monday, May 9, 2016, at 12 p.m., at the Fort Richardson National Cemetery, Bldg 58-512, Davis Highway, Fort Richardson, AK 99505.
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Published in Alaska Dispatch News on May 5, 2016
Pfannstiel, Robin Walter  
Robin Walter Pfannstiel of Fredericksburg, Texas, passed away on Tuesday, April 26, 2016, at the age of 60. He worked as a principal in Alaska and retired to Fredericksburg. A memorial service will take place on Friday, April 29, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. in Bethany Lutheran Church in Fredericksburg, with Rev. Casey Zesch officiating. Visitation with the family will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30a.m., at Bethany Lutheran Church. Memorials may be made to Bethany Lutheran Church or the charity of your choice.
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Published in Alaska Dispatch News on Apr. 30, 2016
Renfroe, Myrtle  
Myrtle Renfroe, age 90, passed away on April 30, 2016, in Anchorage, Alaska. Services are entrusted to Legacy Funeral Homes: 336-3338.
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Published in Alaska Dispatch News on May 4, 2016
Richards, Marilyn M.*  
Marilyn McVay Richards passed away peacefully from cancer on April 22, 2016, in her home in Bend, Ore. She was born on Sept. 16, 1939, to John P. McVay, prominent Seattle physician, and Josephine Mears McVay. Her grandparents were Frederick Mears, Chairman of the Alaska Railroad Commission in charge of building the Alaska Railroad, and Jane Mears, founder of the first public school in Anchorage. Marilyn grew up in Seattle, Wash., attending St. Nicholas (Lakeside) School and then the University of Washington from which she graduated in 1961 and where she was vice president of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. She is a former member of the Junior League of Seattle and served on the board of directors of the Seattle Garden Club. Marilyn lived for 20 years in Anchorage, Alaska, where she was co-founder of the Anchorage Volunteer Service League and co-authored the book, Around and About Anchorage With Children. Upon returning to Seattle, her principal volunteer activity was animal rescue, serving the MEOW cat rescue organization in Kirkland, Wash., and as a director of Best Friends Animal Society, the global animal rescue organization headquartered in Utah and with whom she rescued animals in Louisiana following Hurricane Katrina. She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Robert R. Richards, with whom she had recently retired to Bend; and four beloved children, Jody Carroll of Seattle, Michael Richards of Boise, Idaho, and Sally Maskill and Paul Richards of Bend; as well as 10 grandchildren whom she adored, and they, her. She is also survived by her sister, Jane Eagle; and stepsister, Dorothy Anderson, both of Seattle; and stepbrother, Peter Phelps of San Juan Island. A memorial service will be held at the Sunset Club in Seattle at 3 p.m., on Sunday, May 22, 2016. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Best Friends Animal Society, 5001 Angel Canyon Rd., Kanab, UT 84741, attn. Anne Mejia.
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Published in Alaska Dispatch News on May 1, 2016
Ross, Shirley  
Shirley Ross, age 79, passed away on April 29, 2016, in Anchorage, Alaska. Services will be announced. Arrangements are with Legacy Funeral Homes: 336-3338.
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Published in Alaska Dispatch News on May 3, 2016
Sweeney, Matthew J.*  
Matthew James Sweeney was born on Oct. 27, 1966, to Jim and Samme Sweeney in Pullman, Wash. He was baptized as a child at Grace Lutheran Church in Vancouver, Wash., and was later confirmed at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Anchorage, Alaska. Matthew was raised in Washington and Alaska and graduated from A.J. Dimond High School in Anchorage, and then attended University of Alaska, Anchorage. During his youth he was active in sports, including football, basketball and baseball, and in music. He loved the Alaska outdoors, particularly fishing. He graduated as valedictorian from Los Angles College of Chiropractic. He married Ann Marie Soares in California, and in 2004, they had a daughter, Aubrey Loree Sweeney. Matt was a practicing chiropractor until health issues forced him to other professions. Matt continued an avid interest in music and played the drums and guitar and wrote songs. For a time he played with Def Leppard. He maintained a life-long devotion to his Christian faith and wrote a number of spiritual songs. He is survived by his wife and daughter in California; and his parents, Jim and Samme Sweeney of Florence, Ariz; and brothers, Andrew of Kona, Hawaii, and Aaron of Anchorage; sister, Katherine of Anchorage; three nieces in Anchorage; and aunts, uncles and cousins in Washington, Idaho, Arizona and Alaska. He was called to glory on April 22, 2016, at his home in Casa Grande, Ariz., due to natural causes. A Memorial Service will be held on May 5, 2016, at 2 p.m., at Christ Lutheran Church, 615 W. Vah Ki Inn Road in Coolidge, Ariz. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial to charity of your choice or to the Church.
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Published in Alaska Dispatch News on Apr. 29, 2016
Therriault, Norman A.*  
Norman Therriault, 72, passed away on April 22, 2016, at the Hospice House in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. His family will gather on April 22, 2017, for a celebration in honor of his life. Norm was born on June 3, 1943, in Cranbrook, British Columbia, and was the second of three sons to Henry and Ethel Therriault. Norm was raised and educated in Charlo, Mont. In his younger days, Norm experienced a full array of "wild and crazy" times enjoying the company of his siblings and many friends. He met his soul mate, Peggy, while they were working on the North Slope in Alaska in 1984. They made their home in Anchorage, Alaska, for 20 years before relocating to sunny Las Vegas, Nev. After spending 7 years there as snowbirds, they moved to Northern Idaho, which was five years ago. They enjoyed their time living on their 20-acre home out in the country along with their horses, cats and dogs. Norm was a logger in his early adulthood before establishing a company that specialized in drilling and blasting for various entities to include road construction in Alaska. In 1993, Norm retired and had spent many a waking hour perfecting his fascination with the game of poker. The wonders of nature held his attention but reading also filled his days of retirement when he wasn't absorbed in a poker tournament with his friends. He enjoyed traveling and going on new adventures and was dedicated to his family and friends. Survivors include his loving wife, Peggy, who was by his side when he passed; children, Tracy Therriault (Cindy) and Jeff Therriault (Ruthie); grandchildren, Brittney, Ashlee and Keenan Therriault; brother, Gary Therriault (Pam); as well as nieces, Coleen Therriault-Moses, Becky (Tod) Blohm, Darci (Bill) Todd and Sarah Fuller; nephew, Travis (Delores) Furey; great-nieces, Alina and Kylen Moses, Gracie Blohm, Chantel Manley and Jewel Johnson, Brooke and Chloe Todd and Lexi Furey; great-nephews, Jeffrey and Brandon Furey, Ryan Lopez and Seth and Dylan Blohm. Norm followed his parents and brother, Bill, in death. He will always be remembered as a loving and caring companion, father/grandfather, brother and friend with a big, big heart. He will be sorely missed by all who shared his life. We all take comfort in knowing he is now at peace. We'll see you on the other side! "Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway." - John Wayne
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Published in Alaska Dispatch News on May 1, 2016
Van Kooten, Marjorie A.  
Marjorie A. Van Kooten passed away in Lynden, Wash., on Dec. 4, 2015, surrounded by family and friends. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, May 7, 2016, at 11 a.m. at the Kenai Lake Baptist Church in Cooper Landing, Alaska. Memorials in Marjorie's name are suggested to the Cooper Landing Senior Citizen Corporation, P.O. Box 552, Cooper Landing, AK 99572; or to Zuni Christian Reformed Mission, P.O. Box 445, Zuni, NM 87327.
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Published in Alaska Dispatch News on May 4, 2016
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