Obituaries

Mary Margaret Bush

Mary Margaret Bush, 46, of Ormond Beach, Fla., died unexpectedly of natural causes on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014.
     A native of Ohio, Mary recently returned to Ormond Beach from Homer, where she had lived for the past 12 years. Mary had a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Central Florida and was a Certified Nursing Assistant.  She took great joy in caring for her patients.

Kayla Rodasti

Kayla Rodasti, 29, died Nov. 25, 2014. “She left this world for the next one,” her family said. A celebration of her life is at noon Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, at the Peanut Farm in Anchorage. Another celebration of life was held on Dec. 2, 2014, in Homer. Her family said they were touched and humbled by the outpouring of love and affection that night. They were shown things about her through others that they never before saw.

Judith Ann Nester

Judith Ann Nester 

March 14, 1946-Nov. 21, 2014

Judith Ann Nester (nee Katski), 68, died at the Big Bend Hospice in Tallahassee, Fla., on Nov. 21, 2014, after a long struggle with breast cancer.

Steve Faller Jr.

Steve Faller Jr.

Jan. 24, 1930 – Nov. 12, 2014

Longtime Alaskan and Homer resident, Steve Sauter Faller Jr., 84, died at his home on Nov. 12, 2014.

Born in Detroit, Mich., Steve learned his skills as a finish carpenter from his father, Steve Faller Sr., an immigrant from Austria.

Shortly after returning from service with the U.S. Army in Germany, Steve met and married the love of his life, Geri.

James E. Graham Jr.

James E. Graham Jr.

March 1, 1943-Sept. 27, 2014

James Edward Graham Jr. of Homer, 71, died surrounded by family at Alaska Native Medical Center on Sept. 27, 2014, in Anchorage. 

“To the best man we’ve ever known. How do you sum up an amazing life in a few short paragraphs? Simply impossible. We are sure going to try, Dad,” his family said.

Jeffrey Allen Geiser

Jeffrey Allen “Ponytail” Geiser, 60, died suddenly at his home in Anchor Point on Aug. 11, 2014. Memorial services were held Aug. 15 and 16, 2014, at his North Fork riverside home.

Vada Moore

Vada Lucille Moore of Anchor Point, 76, died Oct. 23, 2014, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer.

A celebration of Vada’s life is at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, at the Chapman School gym in Anchor Point. Her urn will be scattered with her husband, Stanley’s, next summer.

Vada was born Wednesday, Oct.19, 1938, in Bakersfield, Calif., to Albert Squires and Ruth (Buttles) Squires, where she went on to finish her education at Lee Vining High School in 1956 and Bakersfield Junior College in 1957.

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Bud Deitz  

Nov. 1, 1929–Oct. 16, 2014

Bud Deitz was born Nov. 1, 1929, in Seldovia and died Oct. 16, 2014, in Sequim, Wash.

He was born to Jack Deitz and Gladys Cooper. He grew up with his four brothers and two sisters on his parents’ homestead ranch in Homer.

Keith Roger Pierce

Keith Roger Pierce entered this world Sept. 9, 2004 as stubborn, tough and handsome as he was the day he left. Born to Mandy (Drake), who grew up in Homer, and Preston Pierce Sr. and older brother Preston Jr., Keith challenged and entertained his family from the very second he took his first breath.  

Virginia Mae Marks

Virginia Mae Marx, 90, died Sept. 30, 2014, at South Peninsula Hospital. 

A celebration of life was held Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, in the Art Shop Gallery on Pioneer Avenue. Her ashes were scattered at Bishop’s Beach.

Virginia came to Homer in 1977. She worked at the Pratt Museum from 1978-2007 and served on the South Peninsula Hospital Board. She loved cooking and collecting cook books.

Virginia Marx

Virginia Marx, 90, died Sept. 30, 2014, at South Peninsula Hospital.

A gathering with coffee and cookies to honor and remember her is from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, upstairs in the Art Shop Gallery on Pioneer Avenue. Please use the back door. 

A full obituary will follow in a later edition of the Homer News.

Gay J. Walters

Gay J. Walters, 76, died Sept. 20, 2014. He was born Oct. 12, 1937, in Saginaw, Mich., to the late George and Pearl (Allore) Walters. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his stepdaughter, Patti Lynn Cowlishaw, and five siblings.

Jocelyn DeShong Rohde

Jocelyn “Jocie” DeShong Rohde, 81, died peacefully on Sept, 20, 2014, at South Peninsula Hospital with her family at her side. The cause of death was cancer of the pancreas.

A memorial service was held 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, at St. Augustines’ Episcopal Church. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to El Hogar Ministries, 70 Church Street, Winchester, MA 01890; or St. Augustines’ Episcopal Church, P. O. Box 4274, Homer, AK 99603-4274.

Frank J. Vondersaar

Longtime Homer resident, Mr. Frank J. Vondersaar, 63, died Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, at Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage. 

Visitation was held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept.18, 2014, at the Homer Funeral Home on Diamond Ridge Road. Funeral Services were at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Homer. Frank was buried following the services at the Hickerson Cemetery on Diamond Ridge Road. A potluck followed the services at the Salvation Army Church on the Sterling Highwa. 

Jerry Scholes

Jerry Scholes, a longtime Homer resident, died July 14, 2014. “He joined his parents and his beloved wife and dance partner, Mary, in Heaven,” his family said.

A memorial service is at 1 p.m. Oct. 19, 2014, at Grace Bible Church (Kachemak Community Center) at the corner of East End Road and Bear Creek Drive.

“In lieu of flowers, a contribution to your favorite charity in Jerry’s honor is a wonderful way to commemorate his life,” his family said.

A full obituary was published in the July 31, 2014, Homer News.

Frank Vondersaar

Frank Vondersaar

Frank Vondersaar
Oct. 4, 1950-Sept. 12, 2014
Longtime Homer resident, Mr. Frank J. Vondersaar, 63, died Friday, September 12, 2014, at Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage. Frank was born Oct. 4, 1950, in Kokomo, Ind.

Sheldon “Tom” Hallett

Sheldon “Tom” Hallett

Sheldon “Tom” Hallett
July 27, 1964 – Aug. 17, 2014
Former Homer resident Sheldon “Tom” Hallett died Aug. 17, 2014, in St. Paul, Minn., after a long illness. Tom was born July 27, 1964, and moved to Homer in 1969 with his parents and his sister Tracy. He was an accomplished writer and interviewer of many musicians in multiple genres. He loved music and had an extensive collection of CDs, DVDs, tapes and vinyl records. He was part of a duo of music loving brothers in Indiana and hosted his own radio show featuring music of all times and kinds.

Colin Leonard Lott

Colin Leonard Lott
March 26, 1943-Sept. 7, 2014
Colin Leonard Lott, 71, died Sept. 7, 2014, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer. A celebration of life is 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, at the Lott residence, 55513 East End Road. Come share stories and memories.

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