In Memory

Phyllis K. Gregory, 64

Phyllis K. Gregory passed away Oct. 15, 2020, at home in Holy Cross, Alaska. Ms. Gregory was born Feb. 11, 1956, in Holy Cross, Alaska. She is survived by her adopted brothers, Joseph and John Paul.

Ruth Peggy Hausman, 82

Ruth Peggy Hausman passed away March 27, 2020, at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage. Ms. Hausman was born March 6, 1938, in Noatak, Alaska. She lived at the Anchorage Pioneer Home in her later years and the family would like to thank the staff for taking such good care of her. She is survived by her sisters, Lena Hanna and Aurora Madsen; children, Deanna Uttke and Nathan Sours; grandchildren, Travis Brandon Warren, Clarice Murray, William Thomas, Ursula Coghill, Russell Hanna, Marcus Sours, Tiffany Sours and Damon Starbuds; and great-grandchildren, Mason Thomas, McKenna Thomas, Maddelyn Thomas, Haly Hanna, Johnnie Starbuds, Rushawn Murray, Rachelle Murray and Damon Starbuck Black.

Paul B. Hofseth, 77

Paul B. Hofseth passed away Dec. 6, 2020, at Providence Hospital in Everett, Wash. Mr. Hofseth was born July 9, 1943, in Anchorage. He is survived by his wife, Mary Margaret Hofseth; sister, Jean Schmidt; half-sister, Deanne Graves; and daughter, Alicia Hofseth.

Bonnie Juliussen-Gibbs, 71

Bonnie Juliussen-Gibbs passed away Feb. 12 at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage. Ms. Juliussen-Gibbs was born Feb. 3, 1950, in Anchorage. A member of the Kenaitze Indian Tribe (KIT), she spent nearly 25 years working for the Tribe and advocating for Kenai Peninsula Elders. In addition to her advocacy work, she served on the KIT Tribal Council for many years. At the time of her passing, Ms. Juliussen-Gibbs was involved with various committees and boards within KIT and the Kenai Native Association. She is survived by her husband, Marlen (Jake) Gibbs; sons, Eugene Juliussen Jr., Jason Juliussen and Scott Juliussen; brother, Ralph Petterson; grandchildren, Jessica Crump, Cheynne Juliussen, Ihupani Juliussen, Gabrielle Juliussen and Dustin Pelekai; and great-grandchildren, Gracelyn Moore, Noah Pearson, Owen Larrick, Alaya Andrews and Sophia Crowder.

Sophie Anna Lee, 98

Sophie Anna Lee passed away Nov 29, 2020, at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage. Ms. Lee was born July 29, 1922, in St. Michael, Alaska. Growing up, she attended the Catholic school in St. Mary’s, Alaska, and later relocated to Alakanuk, Alaska, where her father worked at the cannery. She ultimately settled in Sunshine Bay, Alaska, and spent winters in Emmonak, Alaska.

Jocelyne F. Littlefield, 74

Jocelyne F. Littlefield passed away April 19, 2020, at the Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital in Sugar Land, Texas. Ms. Littlefield was born Feb. 11, 1946, in New Zealand. She is survived by her son, Stephen Ray.

Wayne McCord, 63

Wayne McCord passed away Nov. 14, 2020, in Tyonek, Alaska. Mr. McCord is survived by his siblings, Susanna Tumbleson, Steve Stephan, Ronald McCord Sr., Willard McCord Jr., Kathleen McCord and Janis McCord.

Victor Wilbur Nelson Jr., 65

Victor Wilbur Nelson Jr. passed away Feb. 3 in Anchorage. Mr. Nelson was born Dec. 15, 1955, in Anchorage. He is survived by his siblings, Valerie Corey, Aimee Cutshall and Mark Nelson; and nieces, Tanisha Gleason and Cynthia Muller.

Cora May Ridley, 61

Cora May Ridley passed away Nov 12, 2020, at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage. Ms. Ridley was born Sept. 23, 1958, in Kotzebue, Alaska. She is survived by her husband, Randy; siblings, Isaac, Simon and Bonita; and children, Dawn Stover and Dennis Griffin.

Richard L. Smith Jr., 48

Richard L. Smith Jr. passed away Sept. 16, 2019, at home in Nikiski, Alaska. Mr. Smith was born April 6, 1971, in Anchorage. He is survived by his mother, Delores Jeannie Smith; wife, Melissa Smith; children, Ricky Smith, Skyler Smith and Jasmine Smith; and sisters, Joleen White and Mahle Smith.

Charles “Charlie” Peter Toloff, 99

Charles “Charlie” Peter Toloff passed away March 9 at home in Anchorage. Mr. Toloff was born Sept. 11, 1921, in Fort Gibson, Alaska. As one of Alaska’s pioneers, he had countless adventures and a colorful, humorous story for almost every one of them. He was an avid fisherman, moose hunter and fur trapper; over the course of his career he worked for the Civilian Conservation Corps, herded dairy cattle, caught and sold salmon for mink farms, did a stint on the railroad, and held numerous jobs in the trucking and construction industries. He was proud of his Russian and Athabascan heritage and was recognized in 2018 as CIRI’s Elder of the Year. Mr. Toloff is survived by his children, Lynda Toloff, Kate Toloff and Steve Toloff; grandchildren, Tabetha Toloff (Carl Norman) and Lori Toloff; and numerous great-grandchildren, nephews and nieces.

Sherilee Miller Van Zandt, 49

Sherilee Miller Van Zandt passed away Feb. 5 at the Oregon Health & Science University Hospital in Portland, Ore. Ms. Van Zandt was born Jan. 7, 1972, in Anchorage. She is survived by her husband, Kevin Van Zandt; son, Devin Van Zandt; and siblings, Toni Lomonaco and Robert Miller.