Kasilof resident, Laura Roseann Harman, 61, died Friday, Dec. 2, 2016 at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage.
Funeral mass will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, 222 W. Redoubt Ave. in Soldotna. Father Roger Bergkamp, OMI will officiate at the mass.Viewing will be held from 9:30-11 a.m. at the church. A reception will follow services. Interment will take place the following day in Ninilchik at the American Legion Cemetery. Pallbearers will include David J. Harman, Thomas J. Harman, Buck Carroll, Alfonso Tagaban, Sam Yoder and Andrew Cox.
Laura was born Nov. 7, 1955 in Juneau, Alaska. She has lived in Alaska her whole life, living in Seward, Anchorage, Fairbanks, Kodiak and finally Kasilof. She was a commercial fisherman in Bristol Bay, Kasilof and Hawaii for many years, and tax accountant and paralegal in Kodiak, Anchorage and Soldotna. Laura was a member of the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. She was a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Kasilof Chapter. She loved long distance bicycling, music, playing the flute, Pinochle and guitar, and karaoke. She was also an avid reader and gardener, and loved baking, beading, embroidering, basket weaving, ice racing, cross country skiing and downhill skiing.
The family wrote, "Laura was a woman of spiritual qualities. She had a strong determination to conquer any difficulty put before her. She had a great sense of humor. She was quick witted, clever and the life of the party. She was a hard worker and adventurous. Life was a gift to her. She knew how to live in the journey and not obsess with the destination. She was a good friend to many and held lifelong friendships. She was a Seeker of Truth. She wondered at the universe and the natural world, constantly searching to know her place in it. She found strength in realizing her own minute size and took comfort in a higher power."
She was preceded in death by her grandmothers, Rosemary Thatcher and Anne C. Keener; and late husband, Dave Vosgien.
She is survived by her mother, Irene (Arthur) Robinson of Soldotna; Father, David (Eloise) Harman of Kent, Washington; sisters, Theresa (Buck) Carroll of Soldotna, Denise (Sid) Cox of Soldotna, Kathleen Harman of Fairbanks and Jacqueline (Alfonso) Tagaban of Juneau; brothers, Jeff (Vickie) Harman of Anchorage, Richard (Angeline) Harman of Soldotna, and Thomas (Elena) Harman of Anchorage; daughter, Rhonda Thompson of Soldotna; son, Samuel Yoder of Kasilof; grandsons, Lucas Sheldahl of Arizona and Parker Thompson of Kenai; granddaughter, Samantha Thompson of Kenai; stepbrothers, Sean Robinson of Washington DC, Aaron Robinson of Florida, and Luis Ray (Georgia) Beltran of Kent, Washington; stepsisters, Teresa (Danny) Kessler of Florida, Cecile (Edwin) Cruz of Anchorage, Delana (Derek) Beltran-Haag of Seattle, Washington, and Karen (Ray) Aguirre of Kent, Washington; 27 nieces and nephews; 14 great-nieces and nephews; and extended family, too numerous to name but greatly loved.
Donations may be made to Irene Robinson at 37938 Rainbow Drive, Soldotna, AK 99669.
Arrangements made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel & Crematory. Please visit or sign her online guestbook at AlaskanFuneral.com.
Peninsula Memorial Chapel
5839 Kenai Spur Hwy.
Kenai, AK 99611
Published in The Peninsula Clarion on Dec. 7, 2016