Beth Ann Mishko (1947 - 2016)

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Beth Ann Mishko died of ALS, in the South Peninsula Hospital at Homer, Alaska, in the first hour of Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016. Beth was born Beth Ann Gill on Oct. 18, 1947, in the elevator in Mercy Hospital in Auburn, N.Y. Her family were in dairy farming as tenant farmers in five central New York counties. She moved from Solvay, N.Y. in April 1990 to Kalifornsky Beach, Alaska, near the Kenai River, to join her husband, John Mishko. They developed a second and final home on Old East End Road, outside Homer. She continued in her nursing occupation from New York, working at the Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna, Alaska, during the weeks her husband worked on the North Slope. She is survived by her husband, John B. Mishko; son, Alex with his wife, Lisa and granddaughter, Hannah; son, Bryan with his wife, Holly and granddaughters, Misha and Pippa; daughter, Rebeka, with her husband, Storm Heames, granddaughter, Isis Holcombe and grandsons, River and Atticus Heames; brother, Paul F. Gill Jr. and his wife Eleanor; stepsister, Deborah Beckley; stepmother, Phyllis Gill; stepfather, Joseph Milano; and many more sisters, stepbrother, nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her father, Paul Francis Gill Sr.; her mother, Marion (Delano) Milano (born Cora Mildred Rosecrans); and grandparents, John and Mary (Ryan) Gill and Kearney and Mary (Smith) Rosecrans. She received her education from West Genesee High in Camillus, N.Y.; Mohawk Valley Community College in New York; BOCES Nursing School Onondaga County in New York; and Kenai Peninsula Community College in Alaska. Beth was member of many organizations, including: Phi Theta Kappa honor society, Kenai Peninsula Botanical Society, past President Kenai Peninsula Retriever Association, Officer in CNY competitive marksmanship programs and Onondaga Historical Society, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts. Her interests and hobbies ranged from Mushrooming, Native Botany, Ornamental Landscape Gardening, raising pheasants and chickens, to painting and sculpture all aspects of art, family genealogy, cooking and baking for friends and larger groups, collecting and writing cookbooks. Beth was employed as a Surgical, Post-Op nurse at St. Joseph's Hospital in Syracuse, N.Y. from 1982-90; and psychiatric & Family Recovery and psychiatric at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna, Alaska, from 1990-95. She cooked at the Albatross Restaurant in K-Beach, Alaska, from 1995-2005; worked at the Holiday Inn in Liverpool, N.Y. from 1972-75; with Microfilm and Historical Bookbinding at Hall & McChesney Legal Book Binding from 1968-72; and as a retail department store buyer for E.W. Edwards Inc. from 1965-68. Her special friends include: Pat Komon Vinson, Nick and Jane Varney, Jeanne Sheridan and Ann Halicy. Her husband, John, added: "Beth engaged in drag racing and road rallies, water skiing, ice skating, cycling, kayaking and Girl Scouting as a child and as an adult leader. She loved canoeing and fishing - both in Central New York lakes and rivers and in the Swanson and Kenai rivers in Alaska. She surrounded herself with animals, from dairy cows to pheasants to Peninsula Retrievers. She could cook big on camp fires or indoors for large charity events. She wrote poetry, sculpted, painted and drew. She could shoot, paint a whole house, build a barn and win prizes at the state fair for cooking and canning. She was known to be a knock out in a Paris gown at a formal Military Ball and chew tobacco for a Forester's College spitting contest on a geology field trip the next morning. She could be an understatement or tell an Irish whopper with the best of them. You can love her for 50 years and still be left wanting more." Beth will be buried in a plot near her father in St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Cemetery in Auburn, N.Y., where over 70 other of her relatives are buried. A second identical stone monument will be at her Alaska homestead property at Falcon's Ridge, McNeil Canyon near Homer. She specified two other places where a little of her ashes will be spread; both are places where she spent time with her father, Paul Gill Senior, and with her husband, John Mishko: at Chittenango Falls, N.Y., and on the waters of Kachemak Bay, Alaska. The times will be announced later. Arrangements made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel & Crematory. Please visit or sign her online guestbook at
Published in Anchorage Daily News on Aug. 24, 2016