Blossom Bettie (Luhrsen) Nelson, 94, passed away peacefully at her home in Anchorage on March 4, 2013. She was born in St. Louis, Mo., on Sept. 24, 1918, to Gustav and Minnie Luhrsen. On April 8, 1939, she married George Nelson and from there the five Nelson girls were born.
Longtime Homer resident Mrs. Marjorie Joan Mangimelli, 90, died Saturday, March 2, 2013, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer. A service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 15, 2013, at South Peninsula Long Term Care.
Homer and Anchorage resident Dorothy "Dori" Marie Olson, 70, died Jan. 25, 2013, suddenly at her vacation home in Tacna, Ariz. She was cremated by Yuma Mortuary and Crematory and her ashes returned with her husband to Alaska.
A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. March 16, 2013, at Bayshore Club House, Anchorage, with a potluck to follow.
Jeanne Ashment See, 60, of Homer died Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013.
She had resided in Homer for 17 years and was co-owner/operator of The Sport Shed and the charter boat Lucky Lady for many years.
Survivors include her husband, Tabor Ashment, of Homer; her mother, Joy Cundiff of Wenatchee, Wash.; her father, Norman See, of Sandpoint, Idaho; and her brother, Michael See of Bridgeport, Wash.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Arrangements are by Jones & Jones-Betts Funeral Home, Wenatchee, Wash.
Madeline, "Nana" Austin, 88, died Feb. 16, 2013, at South Peninsula Hospital. A funeral is today at 2 p.m. Feb. 21, 2013, at St. John's Catholic Church, 255 Open Lane, Homer, AK 99603, with Father Bob officiating the Mass. Internment will be held at the Hickerson Cemetery on Diamond Ridge Road in Homer following the Mass.
Seldovia resident Marlin Thomas "Mike" Williamson, 86, died Feb. 11, 2013, in Pittsburgh, Pa. He is survived by his son Zon "Tsuri," grandchildren Rochel, Miriam, Sara, Betsalel and Yosef; and great-grandchildren Chaya, Chanie, Shayna, Yossi, Dovid, Malka, Brocha and Channa.
Carl Frederick "Fred" Bannick Jr., 62, passed away in his home on Nov. 20, 2012, after a lengthy battle with diabetes and a blood disorder. He rarely let his late-in-life disability slow him down and was known for his determination and will to live life on his terms.
Frank H. Gardner Jr., 76, died Feb. 8, 2013, in Uganda. A memorial service is at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, at Glacierview Baptist Church.
He was born Sept. 25, 1936, to Frank and Beatrice Gardner in Virginia. He was married to Adelaide Adella for almost 53 years until her passing in 2010 in Homer.
Mrs. Mary Edna Scholes, 82, went to be with her Lord on Jan.11, 2013. A private burial was held Jan. 17, 2013, at Hickerson Memorial Cemetery in Homer. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, at the Christian Community Church on Bartlett Street in Homer. Pastors Floyd Seekins and Vince Porte will officiate. Flowers are welcome at the service. Memorial donations are to be made to Homer Hospice in memory of dear Mary.
Marjorie Nyman, former resident of Anchor Point, went to be with her Jesus on Jan. 26, 2013, at her home in Salem, Ore.
Marge was a caregiver for Alice Eason, who homesteaded in Anchor Point in 1945-1950 and resided there for many years.
"Marge was a go-getter who accomplished much and was not afraid to take any job, either doing it herself or seeing that it was done," said her friend Beryl Myhill.
Longtime Homer resident Ordell Christianson, 65, passed away on Jan. 16, 2013, in a South Carolina hospital. Ordell was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer on Dec. 31, 2012. He traveled to South Carolina soon after to visit his brother, Vernon, and sister-in-law, Connie Christianson, and to receive medical treatment. His children Ryjil, Zefren and Selven Christianson were at his bedside when Ordell took his final breath. A Celebration of Life will take place at the Down East Salon on March 10, 2013. Ordell was born Oct. 29, 1947, in Greenbush, Minn.
Raymond Ray Deitz, 85, died Jan. 5, 2013, at his home in Anchor Point. Ray was born Oct. 27, 1927, in Seldovia and was raised on the family homestead in Homer. Ray s father, Jack Deitz Sr., started the family homestead on the bench lands of Kachemak Bay in 1922 after marrying Gladys Cooper of Ninilchik. Gladys Cooper s father was Joseph Cooper, who started gold mining in what is now called Cooper Landing. The Coopers were known as one of the first families of Ninilchik.
Betty L. Snow, 91, died Dec. 27, 2012, at the Friendship Terrace in Homer. The family held a private memorial to scatter her ashes in Kachemak Bay. The extended family will gather in August.
Anchor Point resident Claude "Larry" Dixon Jr., 71, died Dec. 21, 2012, at South Peninsula Hospital, Homer. A 35-year Alaska resident, Larry was born Jan. 28, 1941, in Blackshear, Ga., to Claude and Vera (Hunter) Dixon. He grew up in Thunderbolt and Savannah, Ga. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force at age 19, and served four years. His last duty station was Patrick Air Force Base in Florida. He met his wife there and they settled in Melbourne, Fla., and all four of his children were born there.
Laurence Michael Chadwick also known as "Larry," "Chad" and "Mike," a resident of Homer, passed away on Jan. 14, 2013, at the age of 74. A celebration of his life will take place this spring with the time and place to be announced.
He was born on Dec. 21, 1938, in Kent, Wash. He migrated to Anchorage in 1964 after receiving an honorable discharge from the U.S. Army and found his way to Homer in the 1980s.
Michael Anderson Bennett, 19, of Homer, passed away at home on Jan. 9, 2013, surrounded by his loved ones -- family and caregivers -- with "Over the Rainbow" and the sound of the ocean surf playing in the background.
Michael was born Dec. 5, 1993, in Homer. In early 1994, Michael developed a rare neurological disorder, Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome, resulting from a reaction to an immunization.
Paula Setterquist, 58, lost her battle with cancer on the morning of Jan. 6, 2013, in her home, surrounded by loved ones.
Paula was beloved by her family, friends and the community as a whole. Her creativity and character were shown in her many contributions and volunteer services throughout Homer, a town she loved dearly. She was devoted and dedicated in everything she did, and put her heart into enriching the lives of everyone she met.
Homer resident Linda Kay Jandt, 65, passed away quietly Dec. 30, 2012, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer. Memorial services are at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at Saint John's Catholic Church. Memorial donations may be made to Saint John's Catholic Church.
Linda was born in Lawton, Okla. She met Kenney Jandt in Nevada. He brought her back to Homer and they were married in September 1981. They spent many happy years on the homestead between Homer and Anchor Point before Kenney's health began to fail. Thereafter, they spent many more years living near and in Homer.
Surrounded by his family, Larry Nathan Van Sandt was taken home to the Lord on Dec. 30, 2012, after a hard-fought battle with lung cancer. He was born Larry Nathan Van Valkenburgh in Maryland, N.Y., on March 2, 1958, and was adopted by Dale M. Van Sandt when he was 14. He moved to Homer with his family in 1973. He was a big football fan and was instrumental in getting a petition signed in Homer to push for a football field at the high school.