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Bergman, Thomas Alan  
Thomas Alan Bergman, 69, passed away July 18, 2016, in Palmer. Tom was born and raised in Spokane, Washington. He graduated from University High School in 1965 and went on to attend Spokane Community College and later was a member of the Air National Guard. Early interests in his life included basketball and Go-Kart racing, which evolved into a love for driving dragsters and legend cars. Inspired by his father, Kermit, Tom became a carpenter at an early age. His love of building brought him to Alaska in 1980 by way of the North Slope. Shortly after, Tom worked in Anchorage as a contractor for several years before working statewide with Osborne Construction. In 1999, Tom continued his love for contracting and working in the communities throughout the state of Alaska by forming his own company, TBI Construction. At work and at home, Tom's generosity and kindness touched many people over the years. The adoration he held for his family was unmatched and the love he gave them all will truly be missed. Devoted husband, father and grandfather, Tom is survived by his beloved wife, Vicki, of 40 years; sons Brad (Jennifer), of Seattle; Jason (Stefanie), of Wasilla; daughter Caty, of Roy, Utah; brother James (Donna), of Cheney, Washington; and four grandchildren, Kade, Ryen, Jake and Owen. He is preceded in death by his parents, Kermit and Arlene Bergman. A celebration of Tom's life will be held at a later date in Wasilla and Spokane, Washington. Please email info@tbi-construction.com with any questions and for information about the celebration of life.
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Published in Daily News-Miner on July 24, 2016
Burch, Rosalie Mary  
Rosalie Mary (Coffield) Burch, 97, of North Pole, passed away July 10, 2016, at the Fairbanks Pioneers' Home, where she had been residing for the past six years. She was born Aug. 29, 1918, in Russia, Ohio, the daughter of Marion and Lena (Francis) Coffield. Rosalie is survived by her daughter, Joyce Outten, of North Pole; her son, Randy Burch (Brenda), of Seal Beach, California; her grandchildren, Nathan (Brandi) Outten, of Peyton, Colorado; Eddie Outten, of Nashville, Tennessee; Kymee and Kely Burch, both of Seal Beach, California; one great-granddaughter, Melanie Outten, of Peyton, Colorado; her former son-in-law, Allen Earl Outten, of Illinois; one brother, Marion Coffield, of Rancho Cucamonga, California; and many nieces and nephews residing in Ohio and Indiana. Rosalie also leaves behind special friends Irene Silvers, of Holiday Heights; Patricia Roberts, of Fairbanks; and Ruth Lerian and Olga Lauriano, of Lakewood, California, her friends for more than 60 years in their suburban neighborhood. Rosalie was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, four sisters and four brothers. Rosalie lived a full and adventurous life. She grew up in a family of four other sisters and five brothers. In her late teens when she asked her mother if she could borrow the family car, her mother said she couldn't because she didn't have a driver's license. So, Rosalie walked to the town's post office and told the clerk that she needed a driver's license. Within a few minutes the clerk had filled out her license and handed it to her through the postal window. Rosalie walked back home, showed her mother her license and was then able to borrow the car. During the second Great War, Rosalie worked at a factory, making guns for our troops. Somehow her equipment kept breaking down, and soon after the war ended, she married the maintenance man. Larry and Rosalie decided to drive out to Southern California from Ohio for their honeymoon and never did return to Ohio. In 1952, their first child arrived, Joyce Ann, and two years later in 1954, their son, Randall Lee, arrived. At this point, they had been living in a travel trailer and Rosalie told Larry that it was time to get a real house. So, in 1954, they moved into their ranch, 3-bedroom suburban house in Lakewood, California. Rosalie enjoyed being a wife and mother for many years. But in 1967, everything changed when her husband passed away from a car accident. In a matter of minutes, Rosalie became the sole support of the family. After raising her two children, she decided to retire, and moved into her next phase of life - crafting, traveling and playing bingo around the world, which she did with gusto. In 1977, Rosalie visited her daughter and son-in-law in Guam, and in 1981, along with her sister, Lillian "Nin," and her husband, Richard "Dick," toured Europe, sampling the local wines and foods. In 1982, she began the first of many visits to Alaska, and, with her son-in-law's help in driving her to nightly Bingo games in -54 winter weather, it was not hard to convince her to move permanently to North Pole in 1998 since the bingo halls "paid out a lot more in Fairbanks than in California." Rosalie lived for 10 years at Holiday Heights in North Pole, during which time she made many friends by becoming a member of the 17-Mile Homemakers and the North Pole Senior Center. In 2010, she reluctantly moved into the Fairbanks Pioneers' Home because of health issues and was pleasantly surprised to find that bingo was offered just 40 feet from her room. Life just got better after that. Her family would like to endlessly thank the nurses, aides and all the staff at the Fairbanks Pioneers' Home for making the last few years of her life meaningful, pleasant and full of gusto. Her personal doctor for her entire Alaska experience, Dr. Jean Tsigonis, and her staff are also warmly included in the family's heartfelt thanks. A celebration of Rosalie's life will be held in August with her final resting place at Northern Lights Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to the Fairbanks Pioneers' Home in her name. Rosalie will be missed greatly but she left many of us with memories that will last our entire lifetimes.
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Published in Daily News-Miner on July 24, 2016
Carpenter, Dawn Elissa  
On Sept. 22, 1960, at 4:55 a.m., a beautiful 6 lb. 12 oz. baby was born to Charlotte and Wesley Carpenter at the U.S. Army Hospital, Camp Leroy Johnson, New Orleans. Her name was Dawn Elissa Carpenter. She was welcomed with much love from her family.  Born into a military family, she and her siblings began a journey. They went to Fouras, France, and she learned a well-placed squeal got instant attention from mommy, but onto Fort Eustis, Virginia, and she was willing to give up that scream as it brought trouble and the wrong attention. And it was here a baby sister, Leslie, entered the family and received Dawn's love, evident from that early age. Next onto Yorktown, Virginia. Her daddy went to Vietnam; and leaning on the comfort and mischievous doings of siblings became the cement that made her who she would become. After a short year in Nuremburg, Germany, where she did well in school, the family moved to Phoenix, Arizona, where she and her siblings graduated from Madrid Elementary and West Phoenix High schools. In 1988, she continued her journey, helping her brother get his family to Fairbanks. Dawn lived a full, busy life which included helping to raise her brother's twins, Samantha (Bissue) and Joshua. Dawn chose not to have children but was a stand-in for many by giving advice and demonstrating they can better themselves. She felt their pain and sorrows and gave a lot of love along the way. She believed in helping others, enjoying life and finding humor in the everyday work load. Her job on the North Slope began as a temporary one when Fairbanks Co-op and Drug purchased the store and post office from the Childs, and she was tasked with relocating the store. This began the decade of Dawn and the North Slope, and set the stage for her. With knowledge from the Slope, she assisted her parent's move from Phoenix to Two Rivers in 1995. From proper attire to vehicles and driving and living in the cold, she made their transition a memorable and joyous one. She made many friends while working in Prudhoe Bay and continued to be close to many up until her passing. She worked as a store clerk at Prudhoe Bay General Store and took on incredibly challenging work at the Deadhorse/Prudhoe Bay post office, the busiest contract branch in the western U.S. and the only post office in the entire oilfield. She became clerk in charge, which is equivalent to postmistress, of the biggest little post office in America. She flourished as she worked 12 hours per day, 7 days per week, getting mail in and out, delivering letters and love to oilfield workers, sending birthday cards and business mailings, being the oilfield workers' lifeline of communication before cellphones and internet came to Prudhoe. Dawn never changed jobs in the oilfield but lived in the old Childs' Camp, South Lake Inn, Nana Camp and VECO Camp. She forged lifetime friendships with people across the spectrum of oilfield workers. She attracted engineers and laborers, all eager to relax after work with conversation and a moment away from the demands of the job. She was a great listener. She would share your dreams. Enthuse over photos of your children. Enjoy your stories and tell some of her own. That was our Dawn. She dared bring Sassy, a chocolate cocker, and Sammy, her beloved niece, to the oilfield, where each thrived in what could have been a hostile environment. But have no fear, Dawn was here. Dawn's job came to a stop when she got injured on the job and her doctor never gave approval for her to return to her job.  Once healed, she took a part-time bookkeeping job for Todd Krier, owner of Totem Chevron. That job lasted 12 years. She became a full-time employee and an asset to her boss. She went back to University of Alaska Fairbanks to become qualified as a service writer. She ran the business while her boss was absent for awhile, always accepting the help of Todd's father, Jerry Krier. With Todd's return, she found out she was fighting a battle against inoperative, stage four pancreatic cancer, and the doctors told her she had around six months to live. Her battle was fought bravely with help from family and friends, especially her older sister, Ginny Abnett, who was given power of attorney. Ginny was unwavering at her sister's side, putting Dawn's needs first as they traveled to Seattle for doctor appointments and making it possible to say some goodbyes along the way. In the care of the hospice team in Fairbanks, Dawn lost her battle within four months of diagnoses, and on July 11, 2016, said her final goodbye to her mom and Ginny with the words "I love you guys," and at 2:06 a.m., she went to the light and when he called, she entered Jesus' arms. She was preceded in death by her daddy, Wesley Carpenter; grandparents, great-grandparents, nieces, nephews and cousins. She is survived by her mom, Charlotte Carpenter, of Fairbanks; older brother Joseph Carpenter, of Two Rivers; older sister Virginia Carpenter (Abnett), of Fairbanks; and younger sister Leslie Carpenter (Hoffman), of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; aunts Opal Rush, of Tomball, Texas; Bernetta Swietnicki, of Phoenix; and Pearl Sole, of Rayland, Ohio; and many nieces, nephews and cousins too many to mention. The friendships Dawn made lasted forever, until her dying day, which is why we will gather one last time to celebrate our friend who always celebrated us. Her ashes will be laid to rest in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery on Friday evening with a small group of family and friends. A potluck memorial service will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 30, at the Pleasant Valley Community Center, in Two Rivers behind the General Store.  Please bring your favorite dish to share and happy memories of our loving Dawn, who was always trying to give others the best she had to give. She will be missed by many, many people. Please visit www.legacy.com/obituaries/newsminer to sign an online guest book.
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Published in Daily News-Miner on July 27, 2016
Christensen, Ronald Michael Gordon  
Former Fairbanks resident Ronald Michael Gordon Christensen died suddenly Thursday, July 21, 2016, in Pocatello, Idaho. He was born Oct. 7, 1984, in Boise, Idaho, and lived nearly 20 years in Fairbanks. Services are pending through Dakan Funeral Home in Caldwell, Idaho. A full obituary will be published later. Memorial Services will also be held at Immaculate Conception Church in Fairbanks at a later date.
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Published in Daily News-Miner on July 27, 2016
Cowell, Juanita  
Juanita Cowell, a 92-year-old Alaska transplant from Bowling Green, Kentucky, entered the pearly gates of heaven on July 18, 2016, of natural causes in Denali Center surrounded by loved ones. She was lovingly known as Big Gma. Big Gma was born April 24, 1924, to James and Stella Wingfield. Big Gma was the fifth child born out of eight children, and the baby girl. She was raised on a farm living a simple happy life with three brothers, James, Floyd and Truman, and four sisters, Virgie, Christine, Chloe (Toad) and Nelda. Juanita married Elmer Bullard and had three children: Henry Earl (Hank), Bobby Ray, and Patricia. After her divorce, her good friend, Helen, called and asked Big Gma to move to Alaska. Juanita married her second and last husband, Merlin Cowell, after arriving in Fairbanks. Juanita worked at University of Alaska Fairbanks for many years as a cook at Lola Tilly Commons and the Wood Center. After retiring in 1988, she adopted her three granddaughters, Cloyie, Martha and Lisa, born to her son, Bobby, and his wife, RuthAnn Bullard. During her retirement, Big Gma became a licensed foster parent. Juanita adopted Annie Effie Numnik in 1993 and changed her name to Annie Lorraine Cowell. Big Gma settled down adjusting to parenting four teenage daughters. Juanita was selfless and loved everybody. Her life passions were: music (anything Elvis sang), Gold Kings then Ice Dogs hockey, playing Skip Bo/Uno, square dancing, visiting with loved ones and attending academic/athletic events. Big Gma was our biggest cheerleader. She was affectionately known as "hot rod granny" for her fast driving. Her driving skills were honored in September 1990, when Yolanda Gay, adopted family and our favorite neighbor, named her newborn daughter Jalanda Anita for getting her to the hospital fast and safe. In April 2010, Juanita joined the Denali Center following health complications. Big Gma was welcomed and supported by staff members and volunteers. She joined the patient advocate group and participated in all activities especially loving the Goldpanner baseball outings and birthday celebrations. Juanita is survived by her sister, Nelda Doyle, of Kentucky; five daughters: Pat Uhl, Cloyie Edwards (husband David), Martha White, Lisa Grace and Annie Deel; grandchildren Tammy Bullard, Billy Jones, Tammy Porter, Tony Cooper, Bobby Cooper, George Bullard, Kalila Matheson, Kiana Edwards, Kenya Edwards, David Edwards III, Jacob Cowell, Jadon White, Derrick and Jessica and Marcus and Alexus Armantrout, and Spencer Deel, many great-grandchildren, too numerous to name, and several great-great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, James and Stella Wingfield; her sisters, Virgie Irene Wingfield Sullivan, Christine Wingfield Vincent and Chloe Wingfield Vincent; her Wingfield brothers, James, Floyd and Truman; two sons, Bobby Ray Bullard and Henry Earl Bullard; and grandchildren John Cooper, Earl Devon Jones, and Samantha Bullard. Many thanks for all the positive thoughts and prayers. A special thank you to the Denali Center patients, volunteers and staff including Big Gma's favorite Don Thibedeau and Louella Lindhag who quickly became a part of the family and played an important role in her happiness. A celebration of life was held at 1 p.m., with viewing at noon, Saturday, July 23, at Legacy Funeral Home, 415 Illinois Street. Paul Lindhag officiated and the service was open to all friends and family.
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Published in Daily News-Miner on July 24, 2016
Darby, Leticia "Letty"  
Longtime North Pole resident Letty passed away July 12, 2016, in Seattle. A Mass will take place at 12:10 p.m. Friday, July 29, at Immaculate Conception Church, located at 2 Doyon Place, in Fairbanks. For more information, please email MDarbySr@gmail.com .
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Published in Daily News-Miner on July 28, 2016
Davis, Glenda Carol  
Glenda Carol (Sloane) Davis, age 77, passed away Tuesday, July 19, 2016, in her home on Chena Hot Springs Road in Fairbanks. She was surrounded by love and family. Glenda was born Dec. 23, 1938, in Claysville, Pennsylvania, to William and Marjorie (Montgomery) Sloane. She has three siblings: Jim Sloane, Lorraine Puida and Bill Sloane. She graduated from Claysville High Scool in 1956, Penn Commercial College in 1958, and attended Waynesburg University. Glenda married Thomas "Buddy" Davis, Jr. in 1959 in Claysville. They had four boys: Thomas Davis, Earnest Victor Davis, Kevin Davis and Shaun Davis. Glenda was born with a glint in her eye and lived to experience the most of life. Their family was stationed around the U.S. with the United States Army for 20 years. Glenda was an avid reader, a phenomenal cook and an outdoor adventuress. She enjoyed camping trips with her family in the Alaska wilderness. She worked for Fish and Game and DOT in Alaska from 1980-1993. When Tom retired from the Alaska State Troopers, they traveled all around the U.S. and cared for both of their mothers until their deaths. Finally returning home to Alaska in 2015, she loved to sit and watch the Sandhill cranes, foxes and moose through the window over her breakfast nook. Glenda is survived by her three siblings, husband, four sons, and seven grandchildren. Viewing will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., with memorial service at 1 p.m., followed by graveside service, Saturday, July 30, at the Claysville United Methodist Church Memorial in Pennsylvania.
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Published in Daily News-Miner on July 24, 2016
Dobson, LaVonne  
LaVonne (Bonnet) Dobson, born April 5, 1948, passed June 20, 2016, at her home with family at her side, from cancer. She was born in Snohomish, Washington. She lived in North Pole for 20 years and Fairbanks for 15 years. She was married to Steve Dobson for 48 years or so. She worked at North Pole Safeway, on the trans-Alaska oil pipeline, and at a fishing resort on Lake Wenatchee in Washington. She loved hunting, fishing and gardening, as well as doing art. LaVonne grew up with six sisters and six brothers. Some have gone and some remain. She will be missed always by the ones who loved her. Live in our memories always. Peace be with you. She is survived by her sons, Larry Dobson, Ephon Dobson and Von M. Dobson; her sisters, Lavetta Newell, Rosemary Whaley, Irene Gunderson; her brothers, Fred Sevier Jr., Bud Gunderson and Leroy Gunderson; granddaughter James Burroughs, close cousins Michael and Judi Moss and many more cousins and friends to mention. She was preceded in death by her father, Leroy F. Sevier; her mother, Vera (Wheeler) Sevier; her husband, Steve Dobson; and her three brothers, Leo, Lars and David.
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Published in Daily News-Miner on July 24, 2016
Eastman, Jerald  
Jerry Eastman went to be with the Lord on July 15, 2016. He passed away unexpectedly at Providence Hospital in Anchorage. He was born Jan. 8, 1942, in Rice Lake, Wisconsin, where he grew up. He served in the U.S. Air Force and later became a carpenter for the rest of his life until he retired. He was survived by his beloved wife and best friend, Marie, of 55 years, as well as his three children, Vance, Tammie and Vaughn and their spouses; 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He also is survived by his siblings, Nancy, Chester, Betty and Gywn and their spouses, and many other family members and friends. His parents and older brother, Richard, are deceased.  Jerry loved hunting. In Wisconsin, he taught his sons to hunt and shoot. In 1983, we moved to Fairbanks  to live and work. He was able to hunt here and later, taught his grandson to shoot and hunt, which they enjoyed doing together. He always made sure to help provide for his family, while at the same time enjoying doing what he loved. He will be dearly loved and missed by his family. There will be a small service at McGrath Road Baptist Church in the near future.
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Published in Daily News-Miner on July 24, 2016
Flynn, Carmella Elizabeth  
Carmella Elizabeth Flynn departed this earthly realm Monday, July 18, 2016, with her friend, Theresa Runfiola, by her side in a tragic automobile accident 156 miles from her Fairbanks home, while returning from a fishing and camping trip in Valdez with her family. There seems to be nothing more tragic than parents having to bury their child, but we are deeply grateful for the 18 years she shared with us. She is a gift from God that will always be cherished. Carmella's desire to make this world a better place was matched by her need to enjoy her time on this planet. Her constant consideration of everyone around her, including friends, family and people she just met, serves as a model of inspiration to those left behind. She came raging into this world on Sept. 5, 1998, ushered in by a full moon and left as her 203rd full moon shone brightly upon us. We pray and wish for the souls of our daughter, Carmella, and her friend, Theresa, to have a swift journey to a beautiful place. We thank them both with great love for enriching our lives and feeding our minds and hearts. The essence of their being radiates through our hearts and leaves a reminder that all lives are precious. Carmella leaves behind a large and diverse family and an enormous group of kind, creative friends. She is survived by her sisters, Nastasia and Jacy; her mother, Marlene; her grandmothers, Lucy Peterson and Jane Magrino; along with her spiritual grandmother, Linda Hulbert; her father, John Jr., her grandfathers, John Sr., Anthony Magrino and the late Willie Peterson; and her Godparents, Doreen Rearden and Joseph Tancredi (Catholic), and her Orthodox Godmother, Joella Keber. Also left behind are numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins from Long Island to the Lower Yukon, and schoolmates, work mates (thank you, Riverboat Discovery staff), caring teachers and numerous friends near and far, including Sidney Carlo, Chanel and Randy Simon, Kiana Wood, Jamie Milles, Jack Matherely, Garrison Poland and Gabriel Ritter, to name just a few. She loved us all with sweet breaths of contentment and contagious, persistent smiles. Farewell sweet Carmella and Theresa; you are always with us in our hearts, our minds, and our endless memories. Our loving daughter will be laid to rest at Northern Lights Memorial Park. So long, Carmella Elizabeth, and we will endeavor to spread the peace that you wished to instill in this amazing world. Please visit www.legacy.com/obituaries/newsminer to sign an online guest book.
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Published in Daily News-Miner on July 26, 2016
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