Benjamin Howard “Hoopiiaina” Brown, 46

Benjamin Howard “Hoopiiaina” Brown died Nov. 22, 2009, after a long, courageous battle with cancer. Ben was born Oct. 15, 1963, in Tacoma, Wash., and was a shareholder of the Tyonek Native Corp. and CIRI. He received degrees in the culinary arts and was most recently employed at Southcentral Foundation (SCF). At SCF, Ben worked in a variety of programs, including Procurement and Information Technology. Ben was also an active volunteer at SCF and CIRI events. His commitment to the community began early in life. As a young man, he was a leader in the local Boy Scouts and then, through service and dedication, went on to earn the prestigious distinction of Eagle Scout. He was also a strong supporter of SCF’s Family Wellness Warriors Initiative. Ben was preceded in death by his father, Lloyd Edwin Brown Sr., and brother, Lloyd Brown Jr. He is survived by his mother, Bernice Agnes Brown; brother, James Andrew Brown; daughter, Mercedes Alexandra “Makaala” Brown; son, Benjamin Howard “Hoopiiaina” Brown; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. Ben will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

Martha (Marty) J. Hickel, 67

Martha (Marty) J. Hickel died April 4 at home in Palmer, Alaska. Ms. Hickel was born Jan. 26, 1943, in Juneau, Alaska. She was of the Raven moiety. Ms. Hickel moved to Houston, Texas, with her family in 1972 and later lived in Singapore for several years. She returned to her beloved Alaska with her family in 1979, working at the Palmer Senior Center until retiring. She loved to crochet and made many Afghans for her family and friends. Ms. Hickel also enjoyed beadwork and working with quills. She is survived by her daughter, Cheryl (Robert) Evjen; sons, William Woodbury, Edward (Doreen) Woodbury, DJ Hickel, Randall (Cathy) Hickel, Darin (Kayla) Hickel and Allen (Rebecca) Hickel; sisters, Shirley Haynes and Lori (Edward) Dummler; brother, Arnold Hawkins; 14 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and special friend, John Otcheck.

Peter (Pete) Komakhuk Jr., 62

Peter (Pete) Komakhuk Jr. died April 12 at home in Anchorage. Mr. Komakhuk is survived by his brothers, Charlie and Reggie Komakhuk.

Gilbert J. Konrad, 90

Gilbert J. Konrad died April 8 at home in Thornton, Colo. Mr. Konrad was born Feb. 10, 1920, in Lacona, Iowa. He is survived by his wife, Winifred Konrad; daughters, Kathy (Mike) Styes and Diane (Gene) Brown; sons, Dale and Stuart Konrad; granddaughters, Melissa Brown and Christine Durnen; and great granddaughters, Alexia and Rayna Durnen.

Lillian E. Mooney (a.k.a. Ost-Mooney), 68

Lillian E. Ost-Mooney died Mar. 22 in Tacoma, Wash. Ms. Ost-Mooney was born Jan. 25, 1942, in Council, Alaska, the child of John and Mary Lou Ost. She attended school in Council, Homer, Tacoma and the University of Alaska. According to her family, she was a kind, loving and generous person, often doing spur-of-the-moment fun activities. She is survived by her daughters, Elizabeth, Kristina and Michelle; son, Leon; grandchildren, Zsaklyn, Zsivon, Zsoelle, Nathan, Chelsea, Melissa, Kierene, Dakota, Joseph, Isaiah and Lavonte; sisters, Lola Austerman, Clara James and Lois Marsden; brothers, Donald, Emory and John Ost; and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.


Irene Peglas Hartwig, 75