Virginia Mae Cullers, 75
Virginia Mae Cullers passed away Dec. 16, 2012, in Willow, Alaska. Ms. Cullers was born Dec. 10, 1937, in Talkeetna, Alaska. She is survived by her daughters, Rosalie Johnson, Carolann Miller, Karen Ostby, Debra Bissett and Karen Rousseau; sister, Donna Schweitzer; brother, Billy Nicoli; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Darryl Lee Essman, 45
Darryl Lee Essman passed away April 2 in Portland, Ore. Mr. Essman was born Feb. 10, 1968, in Anchorage. He is survived by his father, David Spear; mother, Alice Skookum; sisters, Vera Bossenberry and Shirley Craig; brothers, Ed Skookum, Allen Skookum and Douglas Spear; many nieces and nephews, cousins and friends in the Yukon Territory, Canada, throughout Alaska and Portland, Ore.
Anna Mae Knigge, 90
Anna Mae Knigge passed away April 5 at Osprey Court Memory Care Community in McMinnville, Ore. Ms. Knigge was born July 17, 1922, in Kenai, Alaska. She is survived by her daughter, Patricia Vanderger, and son, Finis Bassham Jr.
Malcolm McKinnon Jr., 78
Malcolm McKinnon Jr. passed away Jan. 6 at the Kanakanak Hospital in Dillingham, Alaska. Mr. McKinnon is survived by his wife, Oleanna McKinnon; son, Larry McKinnon; sister, Arlene Kurty; brother, Peter McKinnon; stepdaughters, Tatiana Gust and Sophie Hansen; stepsons, John Hansen Jr., Nick Hansen and Gusty Hansen; granddaughter, Theresa Yako; grandsons, Trefon Yako and Herman Hansen; and great-granddaughter, Bessie Hanson.
Kayleen Mulligan, 42
Kayleen Mulligan passed away March 4 at Providence St. Vincent Hospital in Portland, Ore. Ms. Mulligan was born Nov. 22, 1970 in Anchorage. She travelled to many states and was a devoted mother who will be missed by her family and friends. She is survived by her daughter, Anais Mulligan; mother, Tanya Panko; father, Andrew Mulligan; and brother, Shane Mulligan.
William R. Petaja, 73
William R. Petaja passed away April 19 at Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau, Alaska. Mr. Petaja was born Sept. 25, 1939, in Anchorage. While playing high school basketball in Anchorage, the announcer nicknamed him “The Flying Finn” since he could jump higher than the rest and was the shortest man on the court. The name stuck as he carried that name into his flying business. Mr. Petaja was a well-known Southeast Alaska aviation mechanic and bush pilot, finishing his career as a pilot for the Department of Fish and Game. He is survived by his wife, Karin Petaja; daughter, Brenda Petaja; and sons, William J. and Brandon Petaja.
Louise Lydia Kaye, 87
Gerald Dean Peavy, 66
Anastasia Ritter, 75
Robert T. Swanson Sr., 56
Walter Wesley Jr., 69
Wilbur Kenneth Westcoast, 54