John Andrew Fratis, 25
John Andrew Fratis passed away March 30 at home in Ogallala, Neb. Mr. Fratis was born Dec. 9, 1991. He is survived by his father, Leonty Guy Fratis I; grandmother, Susie Ondola; brothers, Christopher Ondola, Darrell Miller and Leonty Fratis II; aunts, Marianne and Marlene Ondola; and uncles, Walter Ondola and David Fratis.
Grace Marie Hill, 63
Grace Marie Hill passed away Feb. 3 at Mat-Su Regional Medical Center in Palmer, Alaska. Ms. Hill was born Sept. 4, 1953, in Nome, Alaska. She is survived by her husband, Donald Joseph Hill Sr.; son, Travis E. Hill (Michelle); grandsons, Robert, Michael, Nathaniel and Caden; mother, Edna Senungetuk; mother-in-law, Dorothy Hill; brother, Curtis Nayokpuk (Sheryl); and sisters, Barbara Beebe (Rocky), Gloria Walluk (Russell), Sarah Jack, Joann Fugatt, Helenmarie Bessi Sinnok (Warren) and Sharlene Beck (Gary).
Samuel Leonard Komakhuk, 57
Samuel Leonard Komakhuk passed away April 10 at Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage. Mr. Komakhuk was born June 16, 1959, in Nome, Alaska. He is survived by his sister, Starlett Komakhuk; brothers, Roy and Douglas Komakhuk; nieces, Danielle Del Real and Kristel and Tanya Komakhuk; great-nephews, Diego, Antonio and Daniel Del Real and Alex Stiles; uncles, Kenny, Sammy, Eddie and Jonathon Komakhuk; and aunts, Molly Judd, Clara Beckman, Carol Elvas and Myrtle Sabatis.
Kenneth L. Pitts, 57
Kenneth L. Pitts passed away May 1 at home in Chugiak, Alaska. Mr. Pitts was born Feb. 3, 1960, in Anchorage. He is survived by his father, Lee Pitts; stepmother, Alice Pitts; sisters, Fran Anderson, Jane McCafferty, Sharon Pitts Andrews and Madeline Walter; brother, Rodger Pitts; nieces and nephews, Patrick Paul, Andrea Anderson, Sonya Anderson, Gary Kaloke, Jen Ben, Ellis Kaloke, Heather Pitts, Mathew Pitts, Shannon Madruga, Emma Gunn, Jeff Andrews, Strother Pitzke, Forrest Pitzke and Paula Childers; 15 great-nieces and -nephews; and partner Pamela Anderson.
Leo Clate Pletnikoff, 49
Leo Clate Pletnikoff passed away March 20 at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage. Mr. Pletnikoff was born Sept. 11, 1967, in Anchorage. He is survived by his brother, Leonard Pletnikoff; son, Randy Pletnikoff; and grandsons, Roman and Joel Pletnikoff.
Louise Marie Proctor, 60
Louise Marie Proctor passed away May 5 at home in Anchorage. Ms. Proctor was born Feb. 19, 1957, in Newport Beach, Calif. She is survived by her daughter, Jessica Irene Proctor; granddaughters, Kya, Natalee and Victoria; sister, Karen Enstice; brother-in-law, Eugene; and nieces and nephews.
Christopher Louis Smith, 26
CIRI descendant Christopher Louis Smith passed away April 4 at home in Indian Trail, N.C. Mr. Smith was born June 7, 1990, in Greenville, S.C. He is survived by his father, Richard L. Smith; mother, CIRI shareholder Theresa Dodson Smith; sister, Stephanie Renee Smith; grandfather, Calvin Smith; grandmothers, Judy Smith and Dorothy Dodson; uncles, Robert Smith, Geddes Lindsay and Stephen Dodson; aunts, Bobbie Green, Dawn Kyle and Debbie Chenowith; and lots of cousins.
Robert Michael Spellens, 41
CIRI descendant Robert Michael Spellens passed away April 20 at home in Anchorage. Mr. Spellens was born Dec. 20, 1975, in Concord, N.H. He worked for many years as a cook at the Lucky Wishbone restaurant in Anchorage; in his free time, he enjoyed visiting with his mother and sisters in Nanwalek, Alaska, and fishing. Mr. Spellens is remembered by his family as a man with a contagious smile who would light up a room with his laughter and kindness to all. He is survived by his mother, CIRI shareholder Eugenia Moonin; stepfather, Charles Moonin; and sisters, Kilann Tanape and Samantha and Amanda Moonin.
Velma Emily Leonard (Svendgard), 89
Velma Emily Leonard (Svendgard) passed away Dec. 24, 2016, in Clackamas, Ore. Ms. Leonard (Svendgard) was born Oct. 12, 1927, in Takotna, Alaska. She is survived by her daughters, Ramona and Lori Svendgard.
Steven (Stephen) George Tepp, 67
Steven (Stephen) George Tepp passed away Feb. 2 at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas. Mr. Tepp was born Dec. 6, 1949, in Kenai, Alaska. He is survived by his children, Tammy and Steven Tepp Jr.; brother, Robert Tepp; and sisters, Donna and Denise Tepp.
Carl Curtis Edelman, 87
Joan Elsie Evan, 52
Mary Elizabeth Lake-Kleinkauf, 78
Karen Lou Moto, 54
Martina R. Phillips, 75
David Lee Segura Sr., 70
Mae Annette Sharp, 85
Michael Edward Thomas, 49