Obituaries

Grace V. Pinhak

Grace V. Pinhak

Oct. 13, 1920-May 27, 2015

Homer resident Mrs. Grace V. Pinhak, 94, died Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at her home in Homer. No services will be held per her wishes.

Mrs. Pinhak was born Oct. 13, 1920, in Prospect Park, Pa. She graduated from high school in Pennsylvania. She moved to Homer in 2002.

Chris Lopez

Chris Lopez died peacefully at 8:50 a.m., Sunday, May 24, 2015, after a short, intense battle with cancer. His long-time partner, Kate Rich, and sons, Dylan and Simon, were in attendance.

A bonfire in celebration of Chris’s life will be held Saturday, May 30, 2015, at Bishop’s Beach, beginning at 8 p.m., with a short program and tributes to begin at 9 p.m. Friends and family may visit anytime this week at the home of Vickie Rich, 355 Whispering Meadows Ave., Homer, where a table displaying photos of Chris is available.

Walter Johnson

Walter Johnson, 92, respected Dena’ina elder from the Iliamna Lake region, died peacefully on May 23, 2015. Services will be held Saturday, May 30, 2015, with an open casket viewing at 2:30 p.m. and funeral at 3 p.m. at Glacierview Baptist Church, 960 East End Road.

Madeline Sider

Homer resident, Ms. Madeline Sider, 100, died Wednesday, May 13, 2015, at Long Term Care in South Peninsula Hospital in Homer.

A funeral mass was held Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Homer. Father Bob O.M.I. officiated. A reception followed downstairs at the church.

Iva Frances Nelson

Iva Frances Nelson, 83, of Anchor Point died Sunday, May 3, 2015, at her home.

Fran was born Saturday, Sept. 12, 1931, in Goshen, Ill., to Kenneth and Iris (Delcamp) Green.

Fred James Fischer

Fred James Fischer

Fred James Fischer, 55, died May 1, 2015, in Anchorage. Anyone with information on his family or next of kin is asked to contact Legacy Funeral Home Heritage Chapel at Angelus, 907-336-3338.

George L. “Bud” Baker

George L. “Bud” Baker

Feb. 19, 1937-May 11, 2015

George L. “Bud” Baker, 78, of Roseville, Pa, died Monday, May 11, 2015, at home.

He was born Feb. 19, 1937, in Cebolla, N.M., the son of Dwight and Dorothy May Bayne Baker.

Jean Carol Adair

Jean Carol Adair

April 21, 1935-April 7, 2015

Jean Carol Adair, former long-time resident of Homer, died peacefully in her sleep in the early morning of April 7, 2015, in Oceanside, Calif., just two weeks shy of her 80th birthday.

David Leigh Jolly

David Leigh Jolly

Dec. 17, 1942-May 1, 2015

Anchor Point resident David Leigh Jolly, 72, died May 1, 2015, at South Penin- sula Hospital. A memorial service was held at 7 p.m. May 6,
2015, at the Anchor River Inn.

Robert Purpura

Robert Purpura

May 18, 1946 - April 27, 2015

Longtime Kachemak Bay resident Rob- ert Purpura, 68, succumbed to the sea on April 27, 2015, while traveling alone in his skiff from Jakolof Bay to his home in Sel- dovia. When it was discovered he was over- due many of his friends rushed to search the area. His boat was found adrift with the

outboard idling off of MacDonald Spit and his body was found floating some distance away.

William E. “Bill” Carlson

Mr. William Edward “Bill” Carlson, 75, died April 18, 2015, peacefully in his sleep at his home five days after his 75th birthday. He was born April 13, 1940, to Eva Beal and Earnest Carlson of Anaconda, Mont. The family moved to Tanana in 1943 with the U.S. Army’s aircraft lend-lease program during World War II. Bill and his older sister Claire enjoyed a frontier childhood on the banks of the Yukon River among fish traps, dog sleds and stern-wheeled river boats.

Jacqueline Yetive Metzler

Jacqueline Metzler died March 25, 2015, in Elkhart, Ind., with her daughter, Jonnie Sue Banks, and the staff of the Elkhart Hospice House there with her. “She went to be with the Lord,” her family said. 

Jackie Metzler was born in Mishawaka, Ind., on Dec. 20, l937. She grew up running around her grandparent’s golfing range and as a result learned to golf at a very young age. She earned many golf trophies before completing high school. She was a graduate of Mishawka High School.

Tammy Hagerty

Tammy Hagerty’s life started on Jan. 1, 1953, and ended on March 23, 2015 in the rural Bend area of Oregon. She succumbed after a 5-year courageous struggle with cancer. Without regret, she tackled several health challenges from early adulthood on. Her family said she lived according to her life mottos: “Deal with obstacles! Recover! Move forward! Look forward! Enjoy life!”

Alice Mayo Shaw

Alice Mayo Shaw 

Jan. 10, 1950 – March 21, 2015

Part-time Homer resident Alice Mayo Shaw died March 21, 2015, at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. Although based in Sarasota, Fla., the Shaws built a summer home in Homer in 2007, where Alice drew and her husband, Bruce, photographed wildlife.

William “Bill” T. Abbott

Former Homer resident William (Bill) T. Abbott of Georgetown, Texas, died March 30, 2015, with his family by his side. He was 75.

He was born Jan. 1, 1940, at Fort Sill (Lawton), Okla., to  Mose and Mildred Abbott, and was a devoted husband to Ly T. Nguyen, wife of 43 years, and dedicated father to three children. Bill graduated from Lawton High School, earned his bachelor of science from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and his master of business administration from the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Viola A. Hall

Viola A. Hall

Oct. 27, 1929-March 22, 2015

Viola A. Hall, 85, died peacefully at home on Sunday, March 22, 2015, with loved ones by her bedside, after suffering for several years with multiple medical problems.

She was born on Sunday, Oct. 27, 1929, in Montavilla, Ore., to Mac and Ann (Farier) Lear. She was the middle kid with 13 brothers and sisters. Viola graduated from the Montavilla Vestal School and then went on to nurse’s training in Gresham, Ore., and obtained her Licensed Practical Nursing degree in Portland. 

Phillip Jainese

Phillip Jainese

Jan. 15, 1943-March 7, 2105

Anchor Point resident, Mr. Phillip Jainese, 72, died Saturday, March 7, 2015. at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer. No services are planned at this time. 

 Mr. Jainese was born Jan. 15, 1943. to Leslie J. and Barbara Mary (Carry) Jainese in Beaumont, Texas. 

He is survived by his sister, Emma Foux of Texas.  

 Arrangements were made by Homer Funeral Home & Cremation Services.

 

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