In Memory

Dorothy Lee Agwiak, 53

Dorothy Lee Agwiak passed away May 3 at Torrance Memorial Medical Center in Torrance, Calif. Ms. Agwiak was born Dec. 4, 1963, in Los Angeles. She is survived by her sister, Zena T. Agwiak; nieces, Tracy V. Nielsen, Ashley R. Nielsen and Brittney M. Kelleher; and nephew, Roger Nielsen Jr.

Judy Ann Burress, 65

Judy Ann Burress passed away June 9 at home in Celina, Tenn. Ms. Burress was born June 24, 1951, in Unalaska, Alaska. She is survived by Samuel J. Burress, John L. Burress and Lee Lindsley.

Fiocla Marie Dolchok-Decker, 77

Fiocla Marie Dolchok-Decker passed away June 10 at home in Clifton, Ariz. Ms. Dolchok-Decker was born Nov. 9, 1939, in Kenai, Alaska. She is survived by her children, Donna Rodriguez, Karen Nichols, Shawn McCurdy, Shane McCurdy and Max McCurdy Jr.; brother, Mack Dolchok; nieces, Emily Marrs, Evelyn Huff and Katrina Jacuk; grandchildren, Steven Rodriguez, David Rodriguez, Eric Rodriguez, Amber Worrell, James Worrell, Mandy Worell, Max Nichols and Lane McCurdy; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Janet Ruth Guerra, 58

Janet Ruth Guerra passed away June 12 at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. Ms. Guerra was born Oct. 11, 1958, in Anchorage. She is survived by her husband, Carlos Guerra; children, Elias Guerra and Caleah Jaeger; granddaughter, Leilani Jaeger; mother, Miriam Stedman; sisters, Carol Kepenach and Karin Leary; and brother, Ted Kepenach.

In Memory_Rose PebenitoRose Marie Pebenito, 46

Rose Marie Pebenito passed away June 24 at home in Wasilla, Alaska. Ms. Pebenito was born Aug. 30, 1970, in Anchorage. She is survived by her children, Justin Toots, Sara Flores, Rico Flores, Jasmine Senquiz and Ana Senquiz; and siblings, Katherine Toots, Leon Toots, Roberta Wetherelt, Nathan Toots and Tuluk Hale.

Connie Sherman-Anderson, 88

In Memory_Connie AndersonConnie Sherman-Anderson passed away July 19 in Homer, Alaska. Ms. Sherman-Anderson was born Sept. 28, 1928, in Omaha, Neb. She attended and graduated from Lathrop High School in Fairbanks, Alaska, and sang for the USO in Fairbanks during World War II and on the local radio station, KFAR, where she was introduced as the “Golden Voice of the Golden Heart City.” Ms. Sherman-Anderson met her husband, John Anderson, at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. They married and together raised six children in Anchorage. She worked as a shareholder liaison for CIRI and as an energy assistance coordinator at Cook Inlet Tribal Council. According to her family, “Connie was an exemplary mother, wife, daughter, sister and human being. She encouraged everyone she met, and was as solid and loyal as a person could ever be.” She is survived by her children and their families; Richard W. Anderson; Amelia and Gerald Cameron; Polly, Joe and Matthew O’Malley; Allen and Shannon Anderson; and Constance “Cea” Anderson. A gathering/ potlatch to honor Ms. Sherman-Anderson will be held at 3 p.m. on Sept. 23 at the Moose Lodge, 4211 Arctic Boulevard in Anchorage. If you have questions, call Cea Anderson at (907) 688-0919.

Lawrence Pettis, 49

Lawrence Pettis passed away Jan. 19 at St. Vincent Medical Center in Los Angeles. Mr. Pettis was born Aug. 17, 1967, in Anchorage. He is survived by his uncle, Julius E. Singleton.

Leonard Franklin Smith, 68

Leonard Franklin Smith passed away June 28 at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage. He is survived by his wife, Marty; daughters, Ponda, Sherry and Leonora; brother, Bill; sisters, Bernice, Jo Anna, Ramona, Sandy and Sharon; nine grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Russell WatsonRussell J. Watson, 57

Russell J. Watson passed away June 20 at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. Mr. Watson was born Jan. 27, 1960, in Anchorage. He is survived by his wife, Sheila Watson; stepson, Hiram Lee Blastervold; son, Russell Ray Watson; daughter, Cassandra Dawn Pena; and grandchildren, Penelope E. Pena, Valori M. Pena, Nathan J. Pena and Kyrie Watson.

Denise C. Winter, 64

Denise C. Winter passed away June 9 at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. Denise was born Sept. 19, 1952, in Kodiak, Alaska. She is survived by her sister, Cynthia K. Smith; brother, Dennis C. Winter; nieces, Chelsa Dorman and Lisa Linton; and uncle and aunt, Chuck and Georgia Anderson.


Richard Duane Adler, 82
Thor Amos Allen, 54
Lloyd Dean Atkinson, 83
Lorna Kay Larsen, 56
Frank Gus Lee, 84
Shawn Kelly Miller, 39
Alberta Maggie Steve, 47
Cleo Alma Swick, 93