Dolores Roguszka

Longtime Alaska resident Dolores Roguszka passed away peacefully in her home on August 23, 2013, with her loving family at her side. She was 83 years old.

Dolores Dobroski was born July 31, 1930 in West Frankfort, Illinois. Her father and mother were Walter Dobroski and Hazel Sharp (Dobroski). She graduated from high school at the age of 16, and later left for Alaska in 1953.

Dolores was an active supporter of Alaskan statehood and participated in organizations which pursued statehood for Alaska. She was a legislative aide for the House of Representatives of the Alaska Territorial Legislature in 1955 and then Clerk of the House during the 1957 legislative session. She also served as the Assistant Clerk of the Alaska Constitutional Convention during their meeting in Fairbanks in late 1955 and early 1956.

Dolores was a professional freelance photographer with a career that spanned forty years and photo credits in many publications including the National Geographic, Audubon, New York Times and Alaskan Sportsman. While teaching photography Dolores authored the book,"Amphoto Guide to SLR Photography". Dolores' photographs also appear in the book "The Day Trees Bent to the Ground", a collection of personal essays by Alaskans who experienced the 1964 earthquake, compiled by Janet Boylan and edited by Dolores.

Dolores was passionate about fiber arts; she loved spinning, weaving and knitting. She enjoyed sharing her knowledge with others, frequently demonstrating how to spin wool and teaching various weaving classes. During the period of time when she lived in Southern California her love of fibers also encompassed raising and exhibiting sheep. One of her cherished memories of that time is when she and her granddaughter Niki took a baby lamb from Dolores' ranch to Niki's kindergarten class for show and tell. In addition to her many projects Dolores enjoyed participating in various fiber demonstrations at the Alaska State Fair.

As an active member of the Anchorage Spinners and Weavers Guild, Dolores served on the board of directors, a term as President and most recently on the Scholarship committee. Dolores was a driving force behind the Chemo Cap project which delivered over 5,400 hand-knitted chemo caps to local hospitals and clinics.

Her family would like to express their sincere thanks and gratitude to her many friends for their kindness, support, and generosity.

Dolores is survived by her loving husband, Eugene "Gene" Roguszka of Anchorage; sister, Nancy Dobroski of Heber Springs, Arkansas; daughter, Denise Gault and husband, Michael of Houston, Texas; granddaughter, Nicole Ufondu of Arlington, Texas; daughter, Maureen Brown Sechrengost and husband, Dan of Lakehead, California; granddaughter, Kelly Riggs of Oregon; and many great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 14th at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Huffman Road, Anchorage, Alaska.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Anchorage Weavers and Spinners Guild Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 244055, Anchorage, AK 99524.

Published in Alaska Dispatch News from Sept. 12 to Sept. 13, 2013