Abraham Peter Stephen, 90, passed peacefully Thursday, July 12, 2012, in Fairbanks.|
He was born to Sophie Joseph and Timothy Pitka on Feb. 10, 1922, in Stevens Village.
Abraham was an only child. He was orphaned and went to Fort Yukon, with his great aunt Belle Luke in 1927 along with his aunts and uncles, Elijah, Lilly, Louise and Katherine Joseph. He eventually was raised in the household of Belle Alexander and Peter. He was known as Abraham "Miner" Peter.
He returned to Stevens Village as a young adult and added Stephen to his name after his grandfather Stephen Skidaadlostal.
Abraham spoke Gwich'in well and could speak a little in the Koyukon language.
During his life, Abraham was a trapper and hunter and was a lifelong bachelor.
Abraham had an extensive family and developed relationships with as many as he could. Among his family are his aunts, uncles, the Sam Joseph family - Bessie, Angus, Elijah, Lilly, Louise and Katherine - and his father's brothers and sisters, Lucy, Jenny, Edward, Cora, William, Annie, Harry and Kitty Pitka.
He loved his close relatives, Ellie, Herman, Elijah, Shirley Ann, Linda May, Linda Kalkins, Ruth Peterson, Buck and Sam Joseph, Margaret, Steve Ginnis, Wilfred, Kitty Allen, Evelyn, Ann and Sam Pitka, as well as Bessie, Kathy, Steven, Walter and Adeline to name a few.
Abraham was loving and was loved.
Abraham had a special place in his heart for Dorothy Stevens and Angela Smoke, both of whom he thought the world.
Abraham will be laid to rest Monday, July 16, 2012, at Birch Hill Native Cemetery after a service at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church.
Visitation will begin at noon with the service at 1 p.m. A potluck dinner will follow at 5 p.m. at St. Matthew's.
Arrangements were entrusted to Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home.
Published in Daily News-Miner on July 14, 2012