Wilda (Rodman) Laughlin

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Wilda (Rodman) Laughlin of Juneau Alaska passed away recently at the age of 53 after a long illness. She was born in West Palm Beach Florida and grew up in Ellington, Connecticut where she developed a great love for adventure and travel. She attended St. Michael's College in Winooski Vermont and finished her degree in journalism at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Her travels took her all over the world, but she always returned to her beloved Alaska where she lived most of her adult life. She worked many years for the State of Alaska in several different roles, including Special Assistant to the Commissioner of the Department of Health & Social Services, Senate Minority Press Officer with the Alaska Legislature, legislative aide, and Information Officer for the Senate.

Some of her many adventures included riding her unicycle in parades; jumping out of a perfectly good airplane in Ellington CT; kayaking class 5 rapids on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon; boating with the whales in Alaska; surfing in Nicaragua; ski joering in Denali National Park; and doing headstands and other yoga poses all over the world, including the Dolomite Mountains in Italy. She loved to ski at Eaglecrest Ski Area and ice-skate with her friends in the Juneau Skating club and the Juneau Adult Hockey Association. Wilda will long be remembered with great fondness for her exuberance for life, her love of so many activities, her determination and perseverance when mastering new and challenging skills, her unique sparkle, and her love for giving gifts. Wilda did not hesitate to express her love for people and the amazing life experiences she shared with them.

Wilda was preceded in death by her mother, Frances Rodman. She is survived by her father, Edmund Rodman of Frankfort, KY; her sisters Kitty Walker (Daniel) of Ellington, CT and Maria Jaminet (Mike) of Frankfort, KY; her 9 nieces Elizabeth Mettetal (Jay), Maria Walker, Katie Walker, Bernadette Jaminet, Veronica Jaminet, Theresa Jaminet, Lily Jaminet, Eleanor Jaminet and Mercy Jaminet; and many friends whom she loved very much.
Wilda's friends and family will gather for a Memorial service in Juneau Alaska on December 7 (6:30 -900 pm at the Rockwell Ballroom) and on December 17 in Frankfort, Kentucky. Her family wishes to express their heartfelt thanks to all of her wonderful friends in Juneau for all their love and support for Wilda and for us.
Published in The Juneau Empire from Nov. 30 to Dec. 30, 2016