Grace Putkuk Vallee, 87
Grace Putkuk Vallee passed away June 8 in Anchorage. Ms. Vallee was born May 18, 1926, in Point Hope, Alaska. She graduated from Haskell Institute in Lawrence, Kansas in 1948. Ms. Vallee returned to Alaska in 1954. She worked for the original Alaska Native Service Hospital located in Anchorage for 15 years before retiring and working with her husband in the private sector. She enjoyed camping and fishing throughout Alaska, and going to the whaling festivals in Barrow, Alaska. She is survived by her children, Arthur Bruce, Lawrence, William, Harold and Carol Vallee; and grandchildren, Katharine Bruce, Corrine Bruce-Benken, Dr. Melissa Vallee Shein, and Christopher, James and Heather Vallee.
Roger Charles Canfield Jr., 45
Roger Charles Canfield Jr. passed away May 27 at Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose, Calif. Mr. Canfield was born Oct. 14, 1967, in Anchorage. He is survived by his sisters, Desiree Madsen and Elma E. Carboni, who was like a mother to Roger; brother-in-law, Kevin Madsen; and nieces and nephews.
Thomas Oliver Christiansen, 75
Thomas Oliver Christiansen passed away August 17 at St. Elias Hospital in Anchorage. Mr. Christiansen was born Dec. 17, 1937, in Anchorage. He was a pipefitter with the Local 367 for more than 50 years. Thomas is survived by his wife of 35 years, Suzanne Marie Christiansen; and daughters, Teresa Oppegaard, Vanessa Rodman and Darlene and Karen Christiansen.
Emma Lois Colburn, 93
Emma Lois Colburn passed away August 19 at St. Lawrence Assisted Living Home in Anchorage. Ms. Colburn was born Oct. 25, 1919, in Lazy Bay, Alaska. She enjoyed gardening, walking and biking. Her caring heart touched many. Ms. Colburn is survived by her daughter, Sylvia L. Pond; and sons, Jack C. King and Stuart C. Colburn.
Caron Davis, 61
Caron Davis passed away August 9 at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage. Ms. Davis was born in Nome, Alaska. She was a proud member of Operating Engineers Local 302 and enjoyed fishing, hunting, beadwork, berry picking, carpentry and travelling. Ms. Davis is survived by her husband, Paul Davis; daughter, Sherry Graves; grandchildren, Wyatt and Trinity; and sisters, Bertie Gerdes, Darlyn Hill, Kim Scarlett, Lynn Merrick and Bea Pierce.
Kathy Rae Hartnett, 63
Kathy Rae Hartnett passed away July 9 at home in Ojai, Calif. Ms. Hartnett was born July 6, 1950, in Bellingham, Wash. She is survived by her sons, Travis Severson and Nathaniel Hartnett; daughter, Danielle Hartnett; and sisters, Kim Froedge and Kristi LaMonte.
Harry Hogenson, 78
Harry Hogenson passed away July 14 at home in Ketchikan, Alaska. Mr. Hogenson was born Aug. 20, 1934, in Seldovia, Alaska.
Richard C. Larson Sr., 71
Richard C. Larson Sr. passed away June 28, 2012, at home in Anchorage. Mr. Larson was born Oct. 29, 1940, in Dillingham, Alaska. He is survived by his wife, Agnes M. Larson; daughters, Sophie Larson, Christina Larson-Dike and Tamara Larson-Benedicto; sons, Dwayne, Richard Jr., Emil and Boris Larson; and many grandchildren.
Eddie Lee Oldaker, 65
Eddie Lee Oldaker passed away April 17 in Las Vegas, Nev. Mr. Oldaker was born May 26, 1947. He is survived by his wife, Helen Rose Oldaker; and daughters, Samantha Barber, Brenda Rice and April Ceniseros.
Gilbert Ollestad, 89
Gilbert Ollestad passed away August 10 at Providence Seward Mountain Haven in Seward, Alaska. Mr. Ollestad was born Dec. 27, 1923, on Yukon Island outside of Seldovia, Alaska. He was a life-long fisherman in Cook Inlet and also fished in Kodiak, the Bering Sea and Bristol Bay. Mr. Ollestad is survived by sons, Burt, Jeff and Tollak Ollestad; daughter, Onnolee Ollestad; sister, Thelma Patton; five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Gerald Lars-Monroe Soosuk, 59
Gerald Lars-Monroe Soosuk passed away August 17 at Mercy Medical Center in Redding, Calif. Mr. Soosuk was born June 27, 1954, in Fairbanks, Alaska. He is survived by his sisters, Lena, Ruth, Betty, Rose and Annelle; and brothers, Grant and Myles.
Harold A. Woods, 49
Harold A. Woods passed away on July 25 at home in Fairbanks, Alaska. He is survived by his brothers, Jerry Woods and Paul Woods Jr.; and sisters, Jeanne Woods and Margaret Taylor.
Ruth A. Burnell, 86
Clyde John Eben, 76
Marie Norma Shepard, 94
William H. Wilson Jr., 70