Dorothy Coronell (1935 - 2016)

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Dorothy Coronell passed away August 8, 2016 after a long illness. She was born February 3, 1935 to Gertrude (Young) Peters and Willie Peters. Her Tlingit name was Kaach.gei. She belonged to the Eagle/Wolf Yanyeidi clan and was the great-great-granddaughter of Chief Anatlahash of the T'aaku Kwaan and Chief Kowee of the Aak'w Kwaan tribe.
In the spring of 1953 she met the love of her life, Samuel B. Coronell when he was visiting Juneau while taking a break from work at a fish cannery in Petersburg. They married in 1954. Samuel passed away May 3, 1988. Dorothy found love again through a longtime family friend Gilbert James Sr. They married December 26, 2003. Gilbert passed away after fighting cancer on March 7, 2005
Dorothy worked at Excursion Inlet fish cannery during the summer months. In the winters, Dorothy worked serving lunch at Capital Elementary school and she worked as a housekeeper at local hotels. She found permanent employment at Bartlett Memorial Hospital, doing housekeeping and retired after 17 years.
Dorothy had a strong religion in the Russian Orthodox Church and was a member of the Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp #2 since childhood. Dorothy served on the Douglas Indian Association Council for several terms. On Feb 1st 2012 DIA recognized her with a lifetime achievement award and bestowed on her the title of DIA Council Emeritus. She was also a shareholder with Sealaska and Goldbelt Corporations. Dorothy's greatest love was her family and she was a very proud Yanyeidi. She spoke for the Yanyeidi clan at numerous cultural events. She always spoke of pride, honor, and respect of the land, the tribe, and of others. She loved family and friends, her culture and rich history. Sam and Dorothy were among the early organizers of the Juneau Filipino Community Association, hosting meetings in their home, along with other couples doing the same, until they acquired a meeting hall.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents Gertrude and Willie Peters; former spouses Sam Coronell and Gilbert James; Son Robert Coronell; Brothers William, Phillip, Frank, James, Roy, and Robert Peters; Sisters Elizabeth Peters, Lena Lillian Laiti, Alice Nelson, and Marie Gertrude Peters; and cousins Irene Roberts, Florence Eddy and Andrew and Lloyd Sutton.
Dorothy is survived by her daughters Lillian (Steve) Petershoare and Nita Coronell, her sons Chris, Ben (Penny), Frank (Sheri), Ray, Joe (Linette), nieces Evelyn Myers and her daughter Dyanne, Judy Franklet, and Angie Howard; nephews Carl (Gala) Nelson, Ron Laiti, Butch (Andrea) Laiti, Allan Peters, Roy Peters, Ed (Janice) Hotch and Daniel Peters; and members of the Roberts, Eddy, and Sutton families. Dorothy has 14 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.
Dorothy cherished her cousins Flossie Eddy and Irene Roberts and was very fond of their children and all the Suttons, Eddys, and Roberts.
Memorial and funeral services will be held September 1, 2016 at the Tlingit-Haida Community Center, 5:00 pm. Family may be contacted at 957-6122
Published in The Juneau Empire from Aug. 23 to Sept. 21, 2016