The Wahto family and many cherished friends and co-workers are overwhelmed with sadness by the unexpected passing of Julie Marie Wahto on December 1, 2012.
In her cottage, surrounded by a new blanket of snow and with her golden retriever Lyla Grace by her side, she slipped away peacefully in her sleep. Those who knew Julie know she liked to keep in the background and tip toe around…We think she tip toed out the same way….peacefully and quietly.
She was preceded in death by her parents Douglas T. Wahto and Doris C. (Balog) Wahto, both who were lifelong residents of Douglas. Julie carried her love for Douglas Island until her dying day… her Douglas connections provided her with a great sense of peacefulness and happiness in her life. One of her favorite things to do through the years was fish with her brother Denny and her Dad and she loved to spend time on the water.
She received her 25 year service pin for service to the State of Alaska in August, 2011. Honest, dedicated, polite, and thorough, Julie was recognized for many such qualities in her evaluations and letters of thanks and recommendation.
She graduated from Juneau Douglas High School in 1981. She was an awesome softball player, and one heck of a goalie during her soccer years, diving for the balls in the snow and rain. In her earlier days, she hiked the hills above Douglas and knew them like the back of her hand and spent winters snow machining with her Douglas friends.
Julie struggled with pain practically her whole life but like her own beloved mother, she never thought about giving up. She also had the gift in her heart of always feeling for people or animals instead of herself and her pain. A truly patriotic Alaskan, Julie will be missed and carried in the hearts of many people who ended up on her trail of life.
Julie will be considered "the baby" of the family forever… of 6 children, Julie is survived by her brothers, Doug (Patty deLaBruere) Wahto, Denny (Linda) Wahto, and sisters Janice (David) Kutz, Jeannie (Joe) Smith, Joannie Wahto Atkinson. She was also loved and survived by her nieces and nephews and many close relatives. We will forever miss her, and are comforted with the knowledge that she is at peace and will be with her beloved mom and dad.
Donations, in memory of Julie Marie Wahto may be made to the Gastineau Humane Society, 7705 Glacier Highway, Juneau, Alaska 99801 (phone 907-789-0260) / or to the
We will be holding a tribute – celebration in the spring. Cards may be sent to the family c/o Jeannie Wahto Smith, Box 34353, Juneau, Alaska 99803. We will keep the campfire burning for our sister Julie forever.
Published in The Juneau Empire on Jan. 13, 2013