In Memory, October 2015

Michael James Curtis Sr., 58

Michael James Curtis Sr. passed away Sept. 17 at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle, Wash. Mr. Curtis was born Dec. 1, 1956, in Anchorage. He is survived by Barbara K. Curtis, Violet E. Wigley, Charity L. Cook, Michael J. Curtis Jr., Genna Curtis, Noel “Manny” Curtis and Jewel Kate Curtis.

Ruth Amelia Daniels, 102

Ruth Amelia Daniels passed away Sept. 8 at home in Clarkston, Mich. Ms. Daniels was born Feb. 14, 1913, in Circle, Alaska. She is survived by her daughters, Beverly J. Vargas, Charlene J. Esralian and Joy M. May; son, Jerrold E. Daniels; sister, Josephine Johnson; granddaughters, Cathleen Collins, Carol Esralian and Sarah Gibbs; grandsons, Lee Collins, Robert Vail, John Esralian and Maxx May; and eight great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.

Francis Ray DeFrates, 60

Francis Ray DeFrates passed away Sept. 26, at home in Anchorage. Ms. DeFrates was born Feb. 5, 1955, in Tyonek, Alaska. She is survived by her husband, Raymun W.E. DeFrates; and children, Michele Lynn Rider, Joseph H. Rider and Robin Ray.

Patricia Pickett, 80

Patricia Pickett passed away Sept. 12, at home in Anchorage. Ms. Pickett was born Oct. 30, 1934, in Gambell, Alaska. She is survived by her husband, John Pickett Sr.; and children Allan O. Pickett, Wayne D. Pickett, John Pickett Jr. and Peter Pickett II.

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Clara Mamie Varieur passed away Sept. 11, at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage. Ms. Varieur was born Dec. 29, 1951, in Deering, Alaska. Her pride in her cultural heritage was expressed in her lifelong gathering of food through hunting, fishing, berrypicking, gardening and canning. Ms. Varieur retired from her administrative career with the federal government and enjoyed baking for her family. She is survived by her husband, Thom Varieur; children, Roberta and Darren Richardson, Darrell Suzuki and Lisa Long, and Lydia and Donny Beals Jr.; grandchildren, Derrick and Joni Baker, Natily Beals, Ninia Beals and Gabriel Suzuki; great grandchild, Cruz Baker; stepsons, Victor and Shane Varieur; sisters, Loretta Cox, Peggy Turner and Martha Parker; and several nieces and nephews in the Outwater family.

Pauline K. Waisanen, 99

Pauline K. Waisanen passed away Sept. 1, at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage. Ms. Waisanen was born Nov. 24, 1915, in Tanana, Alaska. She is survived by her daughter, Mary Fort; sons, Ron, Arvid and John Waisanen; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


Collen Helen Clark, 53
Adelaide Hamilton, 84
Nick Melvin Kelly Jr., 74
Monica Barbara Larsen, 71
Janet Beatrice Lee, 91
Daniel James Pickett, 50
Martin Deen Rupp, 49
Carol Louise Vallee, 54