Lorraine Lopez (1944 - 2017)

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Lorraine Lopez, age 73, a long-time Alaskan, passed away peacefully on Dec. 2, 2017, at the Alaska Native Medical Center. She was born on Jan. 23, 1944, in Ketchikan, Alaska, to Leonard and Winifred Charles. She is the granddaughter of John Wallace, and great-granddaughter of Dwight Wallace, both great Haida Chiefs and renowned Totem Pole carvers whose Totem Poles can be enjoyed and admired in Ketchikan and Juneau, Alaska, and Seattle, Wash.
Lorraine grew up in Hydaburg, Alaska. She graduated from Mt. Edgecumbe High School in Sitka, Alaska, and went on to attend the Haskell Institute in Kansas. Lorraine settled in Seattle, where she met and married her husband, Manuel, in 1968, and started a family. She received her bachelor's degree in counseling from Seattle University in 1976. She worked for Charles Willis Jr., President and CEO of Alaska Airlines. She began working at East High School as a student counselor for Indian education after moving to Alaska in 1976, while she studied for her teacher's certification. She received her teacher certification from Alaska Pacific University, and she received her master's degree in Education from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 1992. She taught elementary school at Huffman Elementary, Nunaka Valley Elementary and Orion Elementary, primarily. Second graders were her favorite.
In 1993, Lorraine and Manuel moved to Colorado, where she worked at Fort Lewis College as a counselor for American Indian and Alaska Native students. In 1996, the couple moved to western Washington settling in Silverdale, where she taught at Suquamish Elementary in Suquamish, and Wolfle Elementary in Kingston. They moved back to Alaska, to be closer to her children and grandchildren, in 2003.
Lorraine enjoyed fishing, running, skiing, participating in church activities at Holy Family and Holy Cross, and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.
Lorraine was preceded in death by mother, Winifred Bartlett; her father, Leonard Charles; and her sister, Evelyn Wayne.
Lorraine is survived by her husband of 49 years, Manuel Lopez of Anchorage, Alaska; her brothers, Wally Charles and Ron Bartlett of Anchorage; her son, Stephen Lopez (Lenora Lopez); and daughter, Deborah Brollini, both of Anchorage; her grandchildren, Lyndsey Brollini, Venanzio Brollini, Tiger Lopez, Michael Lopez and Jacob Lopez all of Anchorage; and many nieces and nephews and other relatives.
A memorial service will be held at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 2627 Lore Road in Anchorage, at 2 p.m. A reception will follow the memorial service.
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Published in Anchorage Daily News on Dec. 12, 2017