In Memory

Desa Erica Leslie Jacobsson, 69

Desa Erica Leslie Jacobsson passed away Sept. 21 in Anchorage. Ms. Jacobsson was born Nov. 9, 1947, in Hooper Bay, Alaska. She is survived by her daughters, Teresa Jacobsson and Tracy L. Craig; sisters, Jean Hull and June Jarine; brother, John J. Jacobsson; grandson, Christopher Behrens; and granddaughter, Kara Behrens.

Arlene Kurtti, 81

Arlene Kurtti passed away Oct. 29 at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. Ms. Kurttti was born Jan. 22, 1936, in Anchorage. A lifelong Alaskan, her early summers were spent at fish camp across Cook Inlet. She also enjoyed roller-skate dancing and bowling. Her family remembers her as a woman who enjoyed life to the fullest and worked to instill a sense of love and unity in her three children. She is survived by her husband, Paul Kurtti; brother, Peter McKinnon; daughters, Dolene Simone and Kelly Simon; son, Terry Simon; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Tamara English Pickett, 48

Tamara English Pickett, M.D., passed away Sept. 23 at home in Anchorage. Dr. Pickett was born Nov. 20, 1968, in Seattle. She grew up in Anchorage and graduated from East Anchorage High School, Stanford University and the University of Washington School of Medicine, eventually becoming a primary care physician at Southcentral Foundation, an Alaska Native health care organization. Tammy had many passions, including watching her son Wiley play basketball and, although ambivalent about swimming, she competed in several mother-daughter triathlons with her daughter Greta. She also loved chocolate, tea, her many rescue dogs and to run, hike, race and bike. Dr. Pickett is survived by Jeff Pickett and their children, Margaret (“Gretta”) Claire English Pickett and William (“Wiley”) Peter Pickett; her father, William (“Bill”) Deshay English; mother, Shirley English; sister, Sharon English; and brother, William (“Bill”) Deshay English Jr.


Teresa Margaret Evan Alexie, 77
Pete Edward Blakley, 57
John Theodore Borenin, 67
Wilben Halvor Dahl Sr., 79
Andrew Dolchok, 73
Shirley Ellen Gonnason, 87
Corey Roy Katairoak, 43
Callie Lee Page, 55
James Carroll Robertson, 62