Shelly Key (Patrick) Hohenthaner (1963 - 2013)

  • "I'm Buss niece my mother is Pearl Self Buss sister"
    - Gwen (Self) Welty
  • "I sure miss you babe. 31 1/2 years were supposed to be the..."
    - Andrew Hohenthaner
  • "Shelly, I will miss your infectious smile and warm heart! ..."
    - Laura Sanbei
  • "My thoughts and prayers are with Shelly's family at this..."
    - Marlene Betit
  • "Rest In peace Shelly please watch over us from the heavens..."

Shelly Kay Hohenthaner (Patrick), Alaskan born and raised, passed away on Saturday, August 31, 2013 at OU Medical Center in Oklahoma of complications from Addison's disease. She was 50 years old. Shelly was born in Juneau, AK on February 17, 1963 to Wilford (Buss) and Norma Patrick. The youngest of four girls, Shelly was a spirited tomboy who loved fishing on her dad's gillnetter. Her creative imagination made for the best memories. She loved being with her family more than anything. She found strength in being a Mother to as many children as she could love.
Shelly graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School with the class of 1981. Soon after, Shelly met the love of her life, Andrew Hohenthaner. They met at the Baranof Hotel Lounge during a dance. To prevent trouble, she had to pretend to be his wife during that first encounter, not knowing that they would marry three months later. They were married for 31 1/2 years and were passionately in love. Shelly was mother to seven, foster mom to 19, surrogate mom to many and she welcomed everyone into her home. Shelly and Andrew lived in many places including Alaska, Michigan, Florida, and Oklahoma. Most recently, she was attending Liberty University working towards a degree in Christian Counseling.
Shelly is preceded in death by her father Wilford Patrick and sister Kelly Windom. Shelly is survived by her husband Andrew Hohenthaner, her children Meghan Nelson (Timothy), Jesse (Suzie), Kaleigh, Tearzah, Jamie, and Kenneth; Her Mother Norma Patrick, and Sisters Virginia Waterhouse (Jason) and Deborah Patrick (Tova); and Her Grandchildren Esther, Ruth, and Quinlan Nelson as well as many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. on September 14, 2013 at Alaskan Memorial Park & Mortuary, 3839 Riverside Drive, Juneau, Alaska. As Shelly had requested, there will be a celebration of life and freedom after the service. Please bring a dish or beverage to share. Donations are being accepted at the valley branch of Wells Fargo Bank of Alaska to benefit the children's education fund.
Published in The Juneau Empire on Sept. 11, 2013
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