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Grosz, Patricia J.*  
Long time Alaska resident and beloved wife and mother, Mrs. Patricia Josephine Grosz (nee Callahan), 69, passed away at home surrounded by family on Sunday, June 28, 2015. Patricia was born on Aug. 18, 1945, in Spenard, Alaska. She moved to Fairbanks, Alaska, in her early 20s and attended classes at UAF before joining the Teamsters union to work on the North Slope. She worked on various phases of the pipeline from 1976 to 1984. She moved to Talkeetna, Alaska, in 1995. Patricia served on the Upper Susitna Seniors Board of Directors and was very proud to have recently been appointed to the Talkeetna Public Library Board. She had an intense love of literacy, taught herself to make the most beautiful pottery and began taking violin lessons in her 50s, eventually becoming a founding member of the Rhythm and Red Shoes Orchestra in Talkeetna. She is survived by her husband, Orville Grosz of Talkeenta; daughters, Augustine Schaefer of Fairbanks, Heidi Schaefer of Fairbanks, Shannon Grosz of Wasilla, Alaska, and Willow Grosz of Munising, Mich., as well as three grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Patricia was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Noel Wilson and Danny Callahan; and a sister, Jessie Renner. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Sheldon Community Arts Hangar in Talkeetna at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 21, 2015. Mom loved Talkeetna's unique community spirit, so please come and share your laughter, memories and fellowship with us. This is a potluck event: please feel free to bring a favorite dish to share. The family will hold a private ceremony to scatter the ashes at a separate date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Friends of the Talkeetna Library in memory of Paddy Grosz. Arrangements were cared for by Valley Funeral Home, Wasilla Chapel.
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Published in Alaska Dispatch News on July 5, 2015
Horst, Mary JoLayne*  
Mary JoLayne Horst made the transition into the heavenly world on Monday, June 8, 2015, at her home in Sequim, Wash., surrounded by her family and loving husband. Mary JoLayne Traxinger was born in Herreid, S.D., on March 24, 1936, on a family farm where everyone worked. She was the middle of six children. At the age of 14, her family moved to Bemidji, Minn., and opened a family restaurant. At age 15, her family traveled the turbulent Alcan Highway headed to Alaska to live, which yielded many of her life-long memories and adventures. Arriving in Anchorage, Alaska, she immediately went to work at Sealy's Drug Store. At the age of 16, she married Joseph Donahue and followed him to Fairbanks, Alaska, where he was serving in the military. At the age of 18 and pregnant with her first child, they moved to New Jersey, where she was in awe of the big cities and a different pace of life. In addition to her first child, she had three more children while in New Jersey. At the age of 22, she returned to Alaska and homesteaded 140 acres of remote land at Point MacKenzie. At age 24, she had her fifth child and was at the time a single mother working in Anchorage to support her five children. She was 29 years old when she married her life partner, Herman Horst. Together, they worked hard and had many adventures. She opened Mary's Barber Shop and was the favorite barber of many in Anchorage. Retiring from the shop, she helped operate and expand Horst Excavating and Trucking Company. At age 43, Mary and Herman retired from Alaska and began a new life and new adventures full of farming, growing, gardening and selling hay in Sequim. They placed a pivotal role in the community and were an integral part of the farmers market, where they showcased their produce and flowers grown on the farm. Active in the practice and faith of Eckankar, she enjoyed sharing the teachings of love and goodwill. At 79 years of age, Mary moved on from her living body to a new adventure. She is survived by many family and friends who love and admired her very much, too much to mention. Surviving Mary are her husband, Herman Horst; her children and their partners, Larry (Janet) Donahue, Joe Donahue, Kathleen (Michael) Grant, Ken Donahue and Mark (Char) Donahue; her younger siblings, Paul Traxinger and Patty Evina; and many grand- and great-grandchildren, with whom she shared special bonds. Preceding her in death were many close family members, including her parents, siblings and children-in-law. A memorial celebration will be held at the Bayshore Clubhouse, 3131 Amber Bay Loop in Anchorage, on July 7, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. Later, there will be a family gathering at the Goose Bay Homestead on July 12, 2015, at 2 p.m.
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Published in Alaska Dispatch News from June 30 to July 5, 2015
Johnson, Jonathan*  
Jonathan D. Johnson passed away on June 28, 2015. He was 25 years old. Jonathan, born on Sept. 12, 1989, was raised in a military family. First living in Fairbanks, Alaska, then Anchorage, Alaska, since the age of 2. He attended Abbott Loop Elementary, Hansen Middle School and Alaska Military Academy. He is survived by his parents, Joseph and Renee Johnson; brother, Joshua and sister-in-law, Miranda from Georgia; aunt, Pat Woodward, also from Georgia; uncles, Tony and LeRoy Joshua from Tampa, Fla., Kevin and Wanda Johnson from Pennsylvania, Grant and Mary Johnson as well as many other uncles and aunts from Washington D.C.; five nieces; and a multitude of cousins and many, many friends. Jonathan loved helping at Adopt-A-Cat and enjoyed playing basketball, Frisbee and golf. He was employed in the food service industry and had worked for The Alaska Diner Factory, Denny's, Red Robin, Village Inn, TGI Friday's and IHOP. A viewing will be held on July 9, 2015, at 10:45 a.m. at the Shiloh Baptist Church, 855 East 20th Ave. in Anchorage. A service will be held afterwards at 12 p.m. and burial will take place at 1:30 p.m. at the Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery. Arrangements are with Janssen's Evergreen Memorial Chapel, Anchorage.
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Published in Alaska Dispatch News on July 5, 2015
Katzmarek, Nancy K.*  
Nancy Kathleen (Hanks) Katzmarek of Wasilla, Alaska, died on June 25, 2015. Nancy died at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska, from a heart attack, according to her family. Nancy was born in Anchorage on Sept. 29, 1968. Her parents are Don and Kay Hanks of Eagle River, Alaska. She is survived by both of her parents; and brother, Donny Hanks of Chugiak, Alaska; her husband, Clay Martin Katzmarek of Wasilla; her two sons, Clay M. Katzmarek Jr. and Joshua R.Katzmarek, both of Wasilla. Her stepdaughter, Rachel Tomberlin, lives in Anchorage. She is preceded in death by each of her biological grandparents. Nancy held many jobs during her lifetime. In her younger years, she worked for several Southcentral lodges as a waitress. She met her husband while both were working for guide outfitters. She was a horse wrangler and he was a guide. After their marriage in 1990, the pair worked with guide operators and later operated their own guide business. Her final employment was at her parent's store, Boondock Sporting Goods in Eagle River, as a firearms sales person where she developed a following with clients to whom she helped teach shooting sports. She was passionate about teaching women how to properly handle firearms and to improve their shooting skills. Nancy earned the reputation of being a "lucky" hunter because she was able to shoot moose or caribou from her tent. She loved being in the outdoors and spent time with her family on commercial fishing boats on Prince William Sound: one of her favorite places in Alaska. Nancy was most at home in the woods. She enjoyed camping with her husband and sons especially at Paxson Lake. She loved children, horses and dogs. She became certified as a diver and enjoyed diving in Hawaii. She helped her mother become dive certified. One of her favorite escapes was to the family cabin on a lake with her mother. They enjoyed watching and listening to the birds on the lake. Nancy gave names to all of the animals she saw. A memorial service is scheduled for Thursday, July 9, 2015, at 5:30 p.m. at the Peters Creek Christian Center, located at 20640 Chapel Drive in Chugiak. The Hanks family indicates that late-comers are welcome. Fellowship and snacks will be held afterwards in the church gymnasium.
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Published in Alaska Dispatch News on July 5, 2015
Kenworthy, Walter  
Walter Kenworthy, 45, passed away on June 23, 2015, at a local hospital in Anchorage, Alaska. Services will be held at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, July 8, 2015, at Witzleben Chapel, 1707 S Bragaw St. in Anchorage. Interment will be held afterwards at Anchorage Memorial Cemetery.
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Published in Alaska Dispatch News on July 5, 2015
Lamkin, Scotty*  
Michael "Scotty" Lamkin, 64, passed away on May 26, 2015, at his home in Wasilla, Alaska, surrounded by family and friends following a brief illness. Scotty was born on March 24, 1951, in Bloomington, Ill., to Stiles William and Marjorie Bruner Lamkin. After graduating high school in 1969, from Meade County High in Kentucky, Scotty attended the University of Kentucky. He was proud to be a Kentucky Colonel. Scotty moved to Alaska in January 1979, and became a Big Game hunting and fishing guide as well as the author of the book "Chance is the Providence of Adventures." He will also appear in the National Geographic Show Yukon River Run, airing on July 20, 2015, at 9 p.m., his last adventure on Earth. As an artist, Scotty painted many logos on gym floors throughout Alaska and for TV and computer commercials. His many hobbies included taking care of his nine hole par three golf course, hunting, fishing, flying and spending time with his grandkids. A brilliant, wonderful, loving caring man, he will be missed by all who had the chance to meet him and our family will never be the same. He is survived by his wife, Sherry Lamkin of Wasilla; daughter, Britni (Donnie) Eller of Wasilla; son, Tim Lamkin of Juneau, Alaska; mother, Marjorie Bruner Lamkin; brother, James (Mary) Lamkin; sister, Pat Lamkin Wilson, all of Brandenburg, Ky.; grandsons, Oliver, Ayden and Bryson; granddaughter, Karmen Mari; numerous nieces and nephews and many friends he loved as family. He is preceded in death by his father, Stiles William Lamkin; and grandparents, Homer J. Bruner and Alex F. Lamkin. Celebration of Life took place at the Lamkin Homestead in Wasilla on May 26, 2015, and was attended by many friends near and far. "A man practices the Art of Adventure when he breaks the chain of mundane routine." Arrangements were entrusted to Valley Funeral Home and Crematory in Wasilla.
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Published in Alaska Dispatch News on July 5, 2015
McHenry, Catherine "Kay"  
Catherine "Kay" McHenry was born on Jan. 14, 1931, and passed away on May 19, 2015. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Patrick's Catholic Church at 2111 Muldoon Road in Anchorage, Alaska, at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 6, 2015, with a reception at the church afterwards. Military burial of both husband Edwin's and Catherine's ashes will take place at 1:30 p.m. at Ft. Richardson National Cemetery; friends are welcome to attend.
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Published in Alaska Dispatch News from June 28 to July 5, 2015
Myers, Richard*  
Richard "Rusty" Myers passed away doing what he loved most, running on June 28, 2015, in Washington D.C. Rusty was born in Detroit, Mich., to Richard and Deanna Myers and was the second of four sons. He graduated from Avon Lake High School (Ohio) in 1969, where he met his sweetheart, Christine (Grellinger) Myers, in chemistry class. After graduating from Toledo University in 1974 with a degree in chemical engineering, he and Christine wed, packed up their Ford pickup and headed up the Alcan to Alaska. He earned his master's in oceanography from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 1977. After three frozen years, the two decided to head for warmer weather and relocated to sunny Florida. Rusty pursued his doctorate in science education at Florida Institute of Technology and graduated in 1980. He and Chris once again felt the "call of the wild" and the two headed back north. He became a professor at Alaska Pacific University, where he has taught for the last 35 years. Rusty's teaching reached beyond the halls of APU: he dedicated much of his time to the community and his students. He was a spiritual man and volunteered for organizations like Habitat for Humanity, Chemists Without Borders and his church community. Whenever anyone needed help or assistance, Rusty was there to answer the call. Rusty lived his life to the fullest but his favorite activity was hitting the trails for a run. He entered many local races, as well as competing in both the Boston and New York City Marathons. He was happiest with his wife, hiking the many trails of the Chugach and traveling to far-flung places. When at home he enjoyed playing with his children and grandchildren, often pulling out the giant bubbles or getting on the floor for any type of game. He is survived by his wife, Christine; his daughter, Catalina and her husband, Bart Dengel; his son, Miguel; his granddaughter, Natali; his brothers, Ray, Randy and his wife, Saunia Calloway and Ralph Myers and his wife, Jane Courtney Myers; and many nieces, nephews and extended family. A celebration of life will take place on Thursday, July 9, 2015, at 6 p.m. at St. Patrick's Catholic Church. A reception will be held immediately afterwards. In lieu of flowers, a scholarship fund has been set up in his name at APU, 4101 University Dr., Anchorage, AK 99508. You may also make donations to Holy Spirit Retreat House, 10980 Hillside Drive, Anchorage, AK 99507 and Habitat for Humanity, 500 W International Airport Road, Anchorage, AK 99518. Arrangements entrusted to Legacy Funeral Home, Heritage Chapel at Angelus. To share condolences with the family please visit www.legacyalaska.com .
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Published in Alaska Dispatch News on July 5, 2015
Nelsen, Jerry D.  
Jerry D. Nelsen, 77, passed away on June 9, 2015, at his home in Wasilla, Alaska. He previously lived in Houston, Alaska. He was laid to rest in Kahoka, Mo., with full military rites in the St. Paul Cemetery on June 15, 2015. Arrangements were with Janssen's Funeral Homes in Alaska, and Wilson Funeral Home in Kahoka, Mo. Memorials are requested to be sent to Wilson Funeral Home, 975 E Main, Kahoka, MO 63445, for either the Bethlehem, St. Paul or Kahoka Cemeteries.
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Published in Alaska Dispatch News on July 5, 2015
Nelson, Lori C.*  
Lori Charlene Nelson, 56, passed away on June 26, 2015, at home in Anchorage, Alaska, from pancreatic cancer. A funeral will be held at 1 p.m. on July 10, 2015, at Legacy Funeral Home, Heritage Chapel at Angelus, 440 E Klatt Rd. in Anchorage. A visitation with refreshments will take place immediately after the service. Lori was born on April 14, 1959, in Bethel, Alaska. Her family said, "Being the oldest in our family, Lori took her role seriously. She was a big sister who led her siblings thru many adventures (and a few misadventures). Lori's great passion in life was animals of all types. She had a special way with them, almost mystical. She will be missed greatly by her loved ones, but her spirit lives on in every one of us who were fortunate enough to have had her touch our lives." She is survived by her mother, Doris E. Kompkoff; sisters, Patty Alexander, Barbara Combs, June Benedix, Jackie Totemoff and Fran Kompkoff; brother, Fred M. Kompkoff III; and brothers-in-law, Tom Alexander and Rich Combs. Arrangements entrusted to Legacy Funeral Home, Heritage Chapel at Angelus. To share condolences with the family please visit www.legacyalaska.com .
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Published in Alaska Dispatch News on July 5, 2015
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