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Longtime Alaskan Katherine Flora Hummel, 82, died Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, at Central Peninsula Hospital.

The family is planning a celebration of Kathy's life to be held at the Soldotna Memorial Park during the summer of 2013.

Kathy was born Oct. 18, 1930 in Fairbanks, Alaska. She married Jack in Fairbanks in 1949 and lived in Fairbanks, Big Delta, Yakutat, Kenai, Soldotna, and Anchorage. After retirement, she and Jack spent summers in Alaska and winters in Green Valley, Ariz. She enjoyed spending time with family and traveled the Alaska Highway numerous times with children and grandchildren. During her years in Alaska she worked for the Kenai Peninsula College, Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, and Anchorage School District.

She loved to play tennis and hike in Green Valley, Ariz., as well as travel in Alaska and throughout the lower 48. She enjoyed spending time in her flower gardens and was a superb cook and seamstress. She will always be remembered as an excellent homemaker and hostess to many friends and relatives.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Flora Greimann, and her brother Malcolm.

She is survived by her husband Jack, married for 63 years; daughters, Janis Hummel, Karen Hummel and husband Mick Wykis, and Judy Hummel and husband Robert Kuiper; brothers, Paul Greimann and wife Agnes, Willis Greimann and wife Patty; sister Judy and husband Jim Moore; 11 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial donations may be made to Central Peninsula Health Foundation, 250 Hospital Place, Soldotna, Alaska, 99669.

The family wishes to extend gratitude to Central Peninsula Hospital for their support in her final days.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai, Alaska.

Published in Green Valley News & Sun on Dec. 9, 2012
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