Longtime Fairbanks resident Joyce C. Wegner passed away on July 9, 2013. She had just recently moved to Nevada to reside nearer her children.
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She was born April 7, 1932, to Bernell and Louise Andrews, in Boston, N.Y., and lived in Springville, N.Y., where she owned a restaurant, The Dairy Bar. After meeting her husband-to-be, Larry, she and her four children moved to Conroe, Texas. She obtained her cosmetology license there and worked as a hairdresser.
In the summer of 1974, she left Texas and drove up the Alcan with two of her children, Mike and Toni. She was following her husband, Larry, whom she sent up to Fairbanks earlier that summer. She worked many years as a waitress at the Sunset Strip and Ivory Jacks, and bartended at the Fox Roadhouse back in the late '70s and early '80s. She loved crafts – especially painting, ceramics and sewing.
She was preceded in death by her grandsons, Robert (Robbie) Burrow and Seth White.
Surviving to cherish her memory are her husband, Larry, and four children, Maggie (Doug) Carnes, Liz (Kraig) Rhow, Mike (Lana) Wegner and Toni (Ward) Isaacs; six grandchildren, David Burrow, Aaren Porteur, Jeremy, Cassie and Tara Wegner, and Amanda Krause; seven great-grandchildren, and five brothers.
She is deeply missed. Donations can be made in her name to the National Parkinson's Foundation (parkinsons.org).
Published in Daily News-Miner on Aug. 24, 2013