Alice "Sniggy" (Snigaroff) Petrivelli, 85, of Anchorage, Alaska, passed on Sept. 10, 2015, at home. Alice was born in Atka, Alaska, on Nov. 18, 1929, to Cedor and Agnes (Zaochney) Snigaroff. She had one sister, Vera (Snigaroff) Nevzoroff, and four brothers, Poda, John, George and Gabriel. Alice married Frank Petrivelli in 1956, they were married until his death. In Atka, Alice lived a traditional Aleut life until the 1942 Dutch Harbor bombing, after which her village was relocated to Killisnoo, Alaska. Alice then attended and graduated from Mt. Edgecombe and later Haskell Institute in Kansas. Back in Alaska, she worked in Bethel and met Frank and moved to Boston, Mass., where she worked for WT Grants. She then devoted herself to military family life traveling around the country, until Frank's Army retirement in 1969, when they returned to Alaska. In 1972, she started as receptionist at the Aleut Corporation. In 1976, Alice ran and won election to the Board of Directors. While living in Atka during the '80s, she served as President of Atxam Corporation. At various times on the Aleut Corporation board, she served as Secretary/Treasurer, Vice Chair and Chair; in 1991, she was the CEO/President. She was an advocate for restitution for Aleut WWII relocatees for land and homes lost. Alice's goal was to help Aleuts remember their Unangan traditions and succeed in today's world. She helped form the Aleut Foundation, nurturing its mission to assist Aleuts with educational and cultural goals. Her ultimate goal was always "protecting the land and our culture." Alice was very supportive and provided guidance toward each of her family members' goals. She always said you can achieve anything you put your mind to. She enjoyed bingo and looked forward to her annual Las Vegas, Nev., trip. Alice was an active and devout member of the Russian Orthodox faith in Anchorage and Atka. Alice's family includes daughters, Patricia, Carol Sue and Frances; sons, Joseph, Anthony, Gino and Steven; her stepdaughters, Evelyn Portrait and Lynn Peters; her grandchildren, Michael Jr., Eric and Megan Jenks and Elizabeth Petrivelli; her great-grandchildren, McKial and Liam McCarty; and her nephew, Mark Snigaroff. Alice is preceded in death by her husband; parents; brothers; and sister. The visitation will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and funeral service will be on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, at 11 a.m., at St. Innocent Russian Orthodox Cathedral. Burial will be at the Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery at 1 p.m.
Published in Anchorage Daily News on Sep. 12, 2015.