Anita Marie Barnes (1931 - 2016)

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Anita Marie Barnes passed away peacefully on Friday,
October 14, 2016 in Juneau, Alaska.
Anita was born in Massillon, OH on December 28, 1931
to Helen and Albert Bonk. She grew up in Massillon and
upon graduating from Central Catholic High School, moved
to Washington, D.C. While living in Washington, D.C., Anita
worked for the Department of the Navy as a Clerk-Typist
and worked her way up to an Accounting Clerk. Shortly after
arriving in Washington D.C., Anita met her husband, Don. Anita
and Don were married on December 29, 1951 at St. Mary's Church
in Massillon, OH. After the wedding, they moved to California. One
of Anita's fondest memories was driving across the United States and
seeing the Pacifc Ocean for the frst time. They eventually settled in San Francisco.
In 1971 the family moved to Juneau. When Anita wasn't caring for her family, she enjoyed
volunteering within her community at the Governor's annual Christmas Open Houses during the Jay
Hammond years, at St. Vincent de Paul's, St. Paul's Catholic Church and the Juneau Garden Club.
In the late 80's, Anita drove a school bus for children with special needs and thoroughly enjoyed
seeing each child every day.
Some of Anita's favorite things were gardening, meeting with her book club, swimming, listening
and attending the opera or symphony.
Anita and Don traveled extensively throughout Europe and the United States with Elderhostel.
Anita loved learning about other cultures and the history of the places she visited. A highlight in
their travels, was when they traveled with Bishop Michael Kenny.
Anita is survived by her daughter Gretchen, son David and wife Edie, son Paul and wife Melissa,
daughter Heather Kahklen and son Matthew. Anita leaves behind her grandchildren, Alyssa Perry
and fancé Nik Reis, Audrey and Turner Pahl, Michael and Anna Kahklen.
A celebration of Anita's life will take place on Saturday, November 26th at The Shrine of St.
Therese. A mass will begin at 1:00 pm in the chapel with a reception to follow in The Shrine main
lodge. All friends of Anita and the family are welcome to attend. Anita will be laid to rest at The
Shrine of St. Therese Columbarium alongside her husband Don.
In lieu of fowers, please consider making a donation to either of these organizations that Anita
The Juneau Garden Club -
Juneau Jazz & Classics -
The Juneau Symphony -
Published in The Juneau Empire from Nov. 21 to Dec. 21, 2016
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