Katherine Sarah (Mattielli) Buck (1942 - 2017)

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Katherine Sarah Mattielli (Buck), 75, of Juneau, Alaska, passed away on June 2nd, 2017, peacefully with her family and some of her dear friends by her side at Bartlett Memorial Hospital, in Juneau, Alaska.
Katherine was born in Seattle, Washington on May 31st, 1942. She moved to Mercer Island, Washington with her family when she was six. Katherine graduated from Mercer Island High School in 1960.
Shortly thereafter, Katherine married Edward Lee Buck and they moved to Southern California. Two sons were born, Steve in 1961, and Todd in 1963. In 1970 Katherine and Ed separated and divorced. Working as a seamstress for a travel trailer manufacturer, and then in a variety of electronics assembly positions Katherine worked hard to support and raise her two boys. In spite of her financial struggles, she was always 'that one person' in the group that would remember and provide a cake or cookies for a co-workers birthday.
In the early seventies Katherine once again found companionship and support through the love of Fred Bernard Mack. During their life together they enjoyed their mutual passions of all things automotive, particularly classic cars and off-road 'dune buggies', as well as military aviation, and photography. Together, they even worked at checkpoints and road crossings for off-road races such as the Baja 500. Fred's children were already grown but she loved and mothered them as if they were her own. Her relationship with Fred continued for over thirty years until he passed away.
Katherine then moved back North to live with and care for her aging parents who were now living in North Bend, Washington. Katherine was the primary caregiver for her parents for several years until first her mother, and then a little over a year later, her father passed away.
Katherine continued living in North Bend and worked several retail jobs until she once again moved North to begin living with her son and daughter-in-law in Juneau, Alaska in April of 2013. It was in Juneau during the last few years of her life that she seemed to really blossom and enjoy life more than ever before.
Katherine had not been a regular church attender prior to living in Juneau but she began attending and quickly found a wealth of friends and activities she enjoyed participating in. It wasn't too long after she began attending church that she realized that she needed to accept Jesus as her Lord and Savior and to be baptized as a statement of her newfound faith.
Another of her favorite activities was going to Curves to exercise. She would often comment about her "Curves" friends and would occasionally meet them for lunch or other activities.
Katherine continued serving others through the church, helping to prepare dinners at the Juneau Yacht Club, and baking cookies for every opportunity she could find.
Katherine made the most of whatever situation she was in and was always content with what she had. In spite of the fact that she never had much material wealth, she always shared what she had, served those who were in need, and loved without asking for anything in return. Many will miss her friendship, candid honesty, her smile, and the cookies she was so fond of baking.
Katherine is survived by her sister Mary Madeline Mattielli (Aiken); two sons, Steven Paul Buck and Todd Randall Buck; a daughter-in-law, Jodie Marie Lee (Buck); five grandchildren, Angela Marie Buck, Jacob Randall Buck, Hannah Katherine Buck (Mason), Nathaniel Steven Buck, and Anthony Ernest Buck; and eight great grandchildren, Ruth Anna Mason, Daniel Nathan Buck, Isaac Andrew Mason, Kahlen Elizabeth Buck, Esther Veronika Buck, Jedidiah Stephen Mason, Elizabeth Dianna Buck, and Abel John Mason.
Katherine was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest Mattielli and Leona May Mattielli (Lund), and significant other, Fred Bernard Mack.
A Memorial service was held at Glacier Valley Baptist Church in Juneau, Alaska, on June 4th, 2017 and was attended by over one hundred of her family and friends.
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Glacier Valley Baptist Church
3921 Mendenhall Loop Rd
Juneau, AK 99801
(907) 789-7348
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Published in The Juneau Empire from July 2 to Aug. 1, 2017