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Brown, Virginia  
Virginia Faye Brown, 49, of Fairbanks, died July 27, 2015, at Bassett Army Community Hospital, Fort Wainwright, with her family by her side. Arrangements are entrusted to Fairbanks Funeral Home.
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Published in Daily News-Miner on July 28, 2015
Callender, Lena  
Lena Watts Callender, of Tyler, Texas, formerly of Fairbanks, passed into heaven on July 9, 2015, in Tyler. She was attended by her sisters, Betty Totten and Joan Davidson. She was the daughter of Ordie A. and Maude Watts. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 61 years, Charles Callender; two brothers and two nephews. Survivors include a daughter, Linda Callender, of Fairbanks; a son, Don Callender, of Colorado Springs; five grandchildren, two great-grandsons, three sisters, and one brother, of Arkansas. She was of Baptist faith and cremated. Services will be held in Tyler at a later date.
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Published in Daily News-Miner on July 22, 2015
Cole, Sue  
A celebration of life for Sue Cole, who was a member of multiple arts organizations in Fairbanks, and involved in painting, handmade books, fabric art, teaching, dance and multiple crafts, and who passed away May 28, 2015, will be held from 5-8 p.m. Friday, July 31, at the Pioneer Park Dance Hall. Come and share your memories.
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Published in Daily News-Miner on July 26, 2015
Cunningham Jr., Alfred  
Alfred "Al" Cunningham Jr. passed away July 7, 2015, after a brief illness. He was born in Mexico, Maine on March 5, 1940, the son of Alfred "Fred" and Narissa Brown Cunningham. He attended public schools in Mexico, Maine, graduating from Mexico High School in 1958. He enlisted in the Air Force and was stationed in Germany in the Canine Corp. After his discharge, and attending Eastern New Mexico University for a year, he met and married Barbara Fournier of Livermore Falls, Maine. They moved to Fairbanks, where Al went to the University of Alaska, graduating in 1968. They bought land and built a home on a hill overlooking the Alaska Range and raised their two children, Dain Eric and Erin Lynn. After having various jobs, including being employed as a hunting guide by Master Guide Lynn Castle, Al worked for the Bureau of Land Management as maintenance manager for Alaska's northern district until he retired. After he and Barbara were no longer together, he built a small log home near Delta, where he lived his final days. He is survived by his mother, Narissa Cunningham, of Gorham, Maine; brothers, Bruce Cunningham and wife Susan, of Fairbanks, and Wayne Cunningham and wife Denise, of Oakland, Maine; son, Dain Cunningham and wife Caroline, of Parker, Colorado; daughter Erin Dueber and husband John, of San Francisco; twin grandsons Conor and Liam Cunningham, granddaughters Natalie and Daphne Dueber, and numerous nieces and nephews.  Al's ashes will be spread in Alaska, the land he so loved.  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, 2015
Feistner, Bonnie  
This past month, children and grandchildren had traveled to Alaska to spend their last times with Bonnie Jean Douglas Feistner. She had been surrounded by her family at home as she gave her final breaths on July 22, 2015. Bonnie was the oldest of six children born to John and Ida Douglas on May 18, 1928. She married Robert "Bob" Feistner on March 25, 1951, and they had eight children together. There were 20 years difference between the oldest and youngest, so the first time the family was all together was in 2002 when her kids from outside traveled to Alaska for a family reunion. In their early married years, they moved around as Bob worked in the oil fields of Nebraska, Colorado and Wyoming. They bought a dairy farm in Montana before Bob went back to driving truck. Bob was an owner operator truck driver and came to work in Alaska in 1974. Bonnie came to visit him and fell in love with Alaska; they literally sold the farm in Montana to call Alaska their final home. Bonnie loved to travel and had taken numerous trips with Bob and Juaqui or Linda traveling to see different family members or being tourists. She loved being spoiled by her children and grandchildren on her trips. Bonnie and Bob became members of the Tundra Rollers Good Sam Club and enjoyed camping with their friends throughout the state. She was an active member in the club, holding several offices. They were entertained being the King and Queen for one of the State Samborees. They both also had been members of the Fox Lions Club for numerous years. For years, you could find them at the Elks on Thursday afternoons, playing pinochle. She also loved "going to work" playing Bingo. She had been quite lucky the past month, which made her even more excited going. One of her last words in her sleep was calling out "BINGO!" She loved the family gatherings and playing dominoes and Skip Bo with everyone. While she did win a lot, the family would accuse her of cheating and called her "Punkin." She also earned the nickname Grambo after Bob passed away from her actions when he had his heart attack. In lieu of flowers, please send donations for Dogs For the Deaf to Tundra Rollers Good Sam Club C/O Leslie Dunehew, 1358 Leslie St., North Pole, AK 99705. There will be a potluck memorial service at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 26, at the Fairbanks Moose Lodge.  She was preceded in death by Bob, her husband of 57 years; son Richard, daughter Mary, her parents and four siblings. She is survived by her children, Joe (Lynda), of Littleton, Colorado; Laura (Tom) Mutchler, of Selisia, Montana; daughters Juaqui Franklin, Linda (Craig) Capoun and Bobby (Randy) LaSalle and son Doug (Sadie, of Fairbanks/North Pole, and her brother, Chuck (Martha) Douglas, of Aurora, Colorado; 28 grandchildren, 51 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.  Arrangements entrusted to Fairbanks Funeral Home. Please visit www.legacy.com/obituaries/newsminer to sign an online guest book.
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Published in Daily News-Miner on July 24, 2015
Fields Sr., Chester  
Chester Clifton Fields Sr., left us unexpectedly July 19, 2015. A short service will be held in Fairbanks with visitation at 11 a.m., followed by service from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. July 24 at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church. Then he will be taken home to his final resting place, with a drive to Circle City and to Fort Yukon by boat; one last ride on the Yukon, where he loved to be the most. A service will be held in Fort Yukon, with visitation at 1 p.m., and service at 2 p.m. July 25 at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, followed by a potlatch.  A full obituary will be published at a later date.
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Published in Daily News-Miner on July 23, 2015
Fleming, Eleanor  
Eleanor Fleming passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 21, 2015. She was 92 and fortunate to have been a resident at Denali Center in Fairbank, for the last 8 years. Her family will be forever grateful of the loving staff that provided her professional full-time care, patience, understanding and dedication to her well-being. Born Aug. 12, 1922, in Lewiston, Idaho, to Stanley and Goldie Chase, the oldest of five children, she grew up in Stites, Idaho.  Eleanor was a daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She married Theodore Fleming in June 1945. Their daughter, Andrea, was born five years later, and shortly thereafter they moved to Phoenix, Arizona, where they lived for 10 years before moving to Seaside, Oregon. They also lived in Red Bluff, California, for a few years where they built, owned and operated the EI-Andrea motel. In 1972, she and Ted moved to Fairbanks to be closer to their daughter and son-in-law.  Eleanor frequently could be found helping Ted with his latest house building projects, playing the piano or enjoying time with her family. They were involved in every church they attended and their open hearts and love of God were the center of their lives. "For God giveth to a man that is good in his sight wisdom, and knowledge and joy." (Eccl. 2:26). After Ted passed away in 1984, she moved to Clarkston, Washington, where she resided until 2001 when she moved back to Alaska to live with daughter Andrea and son-in-law Skip. She especially enjoyed teasing Skip, knowing she could always get a loving comeback from him.  She was always happy; we will miss her laughter, her joking, and that feeling of joy that always surrounded you when with her. Her heart was filled with pride and love for her family left behind: daughter Andrea and spouse Skip Scott, granddaughter Angela and spouse Jason Sakalaskas, her great-grandson, Talon, and numerous nieces and nephews. She will be laid to rest beside her husband in Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens in Lewiston, Idaho.  Please visit www.legacy.com/obituaries/newsminer to sign an online guest book.
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Published in Daily News-Miner on July 24, 2015
Johnson, Stuart "Stu"  
Stuart Richard Johnson passed away peacefully July 22, 2015, after a short but hard fought battle with pancreatic cancer. Surrounded by love, he departed with his wife, Jolene, daughter Amanda, and both grandkids, Tallulah, 7, and Sadie, 5 1/2, by his side. Stu was born Feb. 19, 1956, in Owosso, Michigan, to Beth and Richard Johnson. Stu was the firstborn of five children. He loved the outdoors and spent most of his time fishing and hunting. Stu arrived in Fairbanks while serving in the U.S. Army and fell in love with Alaska. He retired after serving 22 years. After working a few different jobs, he landed his dream job as a park ranger at Chena Recreation area. He started working summers at the park and winters at Birch Ski Hill until a couple years ago when he went year 'round at the park. Stu was a wonderfully good man who loved the friends and family left behind, who include wife Jolene, daughter Amand, grandkids Tallulah and Sadie, his mom, Beth; and siblings Joel, Steven, Jody and Gretchen, aunt Joy and cousin Al, and all their families, and too many friends to mention.  There will be a celebration of life potluck from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2, at the Badger Den.  Please visit www.legacy.com/obituaries/newsminer to sign an online guest book.
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Published in Daily News-Miner on July 25, 2015
Lee, Julia  
Beloved wife, mother and grandmother Julia Lucy Todhunter Lee, 86, died surrounded by family on July 20, 2015. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Robert E. Lee; sons Gary (Shirley) Lee, Wayne Lee and Richard Lee; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, all of whom she cherished greatly. She is predeceased by son, Robert "Bobby" Lee.  Services will be July 23, 2015, at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, with visitation from 1-2 p.m. and service at 2 p.m. A reception will immediately follow in the Parish Hall.  A full obituary will be published at a later date.
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Published in Daily News-Miner on July 22, 2015
Miller, Alexander  
Alexander Christopher Miller went to be with the Lord in the early morning hours of July 2, 2015. He was born Sept. 4, 1991, to Yurii and Elise (Whisenhant) Miller in Faribanks. In his youth, he was a fun loving and adventurous young man who enjoyed pirates and pretending he was Santa Claus. He accepted Jesus as his personal savior at age 6 and was enthusiastic about sharing his love of the Lord with anyone who would listen. Alex attended Fairhill Christian School, Cyberlynx Home School, Tanana Middle School, Lathrop High School and the University of Alaska Fairbanks where he studied criminal justice. Throughout his life, Alex participated in sports such as soccer, taekwondo, wrestling and swimming. He enjoyed camping and fishing, especially enjoying the arctic survival element of Alaska camping. He was a part of the Lathrop High School swim team and enjoyed swimming into his later life, becoming a lifeguard and water safety instructor. He received his CDL in 2012 and drove school buses for First Student. He enjoyed all the students he transported and always had a joke or funny story to share with them. Most recently Alex drove motor coaches for Premier Alaska Tours. He was an amazingly funny person and could bring a smile to anyone's face. Alex loved to rescue boxer dogs and spent many hours loving on the two dogs he had throughout his lifetime, Bender and Bane. He was a loving son, brother, grandson, cousin, nephew and friend and he will be greatly missed. A celebration of life was held July 18 at First Baptist Church in Fairbanks.  He is preceeded in death by his uncle, James Jarrett "The Fanman" Miller and his grandpa, James Lawrence Whisenhant. He is survived by his parents, Yurii and Elise Miller; sister Kristina Biceroglu and brother-in-law Huseyin Biceroglu, grandmother Elizabeth Whisenhant, of Fairbanks; "nana" Connie Friend, of Tok, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins from all over Alaska and the United States. He is also survived by his best friend forever, Nolan Johnson, of Dallas, Texas, and "adopted sister" Victoria Graham, of Fairbanks. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations and "Alex" stories to: inmemoryofalex.mydagsite.com.
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Published in Daily News-Miner on July 26, 2015
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