Maralyn Hartley (1922 - 2018)

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Palmer, Alaska, colonist Maralyn Hartley, 95, passed away on Jan. 23, 2018, at her farm home surrounded by sorrowful family. The service and potluck will be held on March 3, 2018, at 3 p.m. at Janssen's Mat-Su Funeral Home on East Blue Lupine Drive next to Hartley Motors Honda Shop.
Maralyn was born on July 13, 1922, in Duluth, Minn., to Lawrence Sulo and Inga Helen (Hallback) Vasanoja. She started first grade at age 5 in Woodland, a suburb of Duluth, after having also lived in Cromwell and Eagle Lake. From Sawyer they left for Alaska on April 26, 1935.
She was the only one in 8th grade at Matanuska and graduated from Palmer High School May 10, 1940. She worked with Wimmers for the Valley Settler (now The Frontiersman) when the office was in the creamery building. She worked at the Soda Fountain, which became Stock and Brocks, then owned by The Co-op. In September, Lee came back from the mine at Ophir. They married on Oct. 30, 1940, when Lee was 22, and Maralyn, 18, and bore three daughters. She did the books for Hartley Motors while it was their Ford dealership for many years, and then the current Honda Shop. Their happiest memories in later years were motor home trips bringing the grandkids.
Maralyn loved dancing, pretty dishes, photography, knitting and providing delicious and memorable meals from her beautiful garden. A good and faithful wife, she was efficient, productive, unselfish, very generous, kind, conscientious and fun.
Her daughter, Clare Fischer, died in 2011.
Survivors include Signe (Mike) Wellman; Brenda Valley; grandchildren, Denise (Jeff) Nelson, Randy Moffitt, Andrea Dunnigan, Grant (Susie) Dunnigan, Krystal Moffitt, Eric Moffitt, Alice Mobley, Trina Arthur, Jamie Davis and Grace Valley; 28 great-grandchildren; and 21 great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by siblings, Lawrence Vasanoja, Pearl Jensen and Marcella Hartley. Sister, Dorothy Hildre, passed in 2013.
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Janssen’s Mat-Su Funeral Home
6901 E. Blue Lupine Drive
Wasilla, AK 99654
(907) 745-5477
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Published in Anchorage Daily News from Feb. 21 to Feb. 25, 2018