Obituaries

William Brantley Edens

William Brantley Edens died Nov. 23, 2013, in Homer at the age of 81. He was born July 10, 1932, to Richard W. Edens Sr. and Helen Carns Edens, in Sequim, Wash. In April 1939, his parents moved to Homer along with children Dick Jr., Brantley and Gwen.

A celebration of life service is 4 p.m. Dec. 4, 2013, at the Christian Community Church, 3838 Bartlett St. in Homer.

Dorothy “Dotty” Webster

Dorothy “Dotty” Webster, 77, of Homer died Nov. 20, 2013, at South Peninsula Hospital with her niece, Susannah Webster, at her side.

Dotty was born Aug. 19, 1936, in Conway, N.H. and grew up in Medfield, Mass., and East Conway, N.H., with her two sisters, Jean and Patricia, and her brother,  David.  She graduated from Kennett High School in Conway, N.H., and got her registered nurse degree from Mary Hitchcock Hospital in Dartmouth, N.H.

Robert Drennan

Robert “Harley Bob” Drennan, 66, died peacefully at his Ninilchik home on Nov. 10, 2013. Bob was born May 18, 1947. 

A military graveside service is at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, at the Ninilchik Cemetery. Pallbearers are James Painter, Bill and Ian Steik, Sheridan Crawford and Michael Hicks. Honorary pallbearers are Grant Yacobucci, and Robert McGinnis, special friends, Sharon Deiman, and the Bock and Painter families. A memorial finger-food potluck follows at 4 p.m. at Carol Bock Hall.  

Pete C. Roberts

Longtime Homer resident, Peter C. Roberts, 70, died unexpectedly in November 2013 in Homer.

A celebration of life potluck and memorial is 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, at The Down East Saloon in Homer. All are welcome to attend and are encouraged to bring a “Pete Story.” 

Linda Richardson

Linda Richardson, 65, died peacefully on Nov. 5, 2013, in Homer. She was born on Dec. 5, 1947, in Aurora, Ill., the second child of Marjorie L. Richardson and James G. Richardson. Soon thereafter, the family moved to Dubuque, Iowa, where five additional children were born and raised. In 1963 the family moved to Florida. Her years in Iowa were filled with fun, horseback riding, water skiing on the Mississippi River, and getting into mischief with friends and all of her cousins.

Edwina “Teddie” O’Malley

Edwina “Teddie” O’Malley, 67, died in her sleep on Nov. 4, 2013, at South Peninsula Hospital Long Term Care. A celebration of life service is at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, at the New Life Tabernacle Church, 55577 East End Road. Pastor John Springer will be officiating.

She was born March 21, 1946, in Toledo, Ore., to Edward “Ted” Kilian and Jessie “Jake” Kilian. Teddie and her sister Elva grew up in Toledo along with her cousin, Karen Kilian, who was like a sister to her. In 1964 Teddie graduated from Toledo High School.

Carol Ann Dickerson

Palmer resident and former Homer resident Carol Ann Dickerson, 62, died peacefully in her home Oct. 18, 2013. 

Carol was inspired by Alaska’s natural beauty. Her richly detailed, hand-drawn posters identified Alaska wildflowers, wildlife, and wild berries. She worked with acrylic paints in a watercolor style with delicate brush strokes and attention to detail. Carol’s originals and limited edition prints now hang in countless homes in Alaska, the Alaska Governor’s Mansion in Juneau, across the Pacific Northwest and around the world. 

Rachel Evelyn Gannaway

Rachel Evelyn Gannaway, 75, formerly of Homer, died Nov. 3, 2013, in Anchorage with her family at her side.

Rachel was born April 26, 1938, in Pomeroy, Wash., to Warren and Wilma McCann. She graduated from McLaughlin High School in Milton-Freewater, Ore., and completed her nurse’s training at Deaconess in Spokane, Wash. Rachel married the love of her life, Leroy, in 1962 and they moved to Alaska in 1969. She agreed to move for three years. After six years they sold their cherry orchard in Oregon and when they finally moved, 35 years later, it was to Wasilla.

Beulah Jane “BJ” Johnson

Former Homer resident Beulah Jane “BJ” (Falter) Johnson, 80, died Oct. 22, 2013, at Ray Hickey Hospice in Vancouver, Wash.

She was born Dec. 8, 1932, in Fordville, N.D., to Percy Kenneth Falter and Irene Elizabeth Walsh. She was the oldest of four children. 

Lloyd Abeldgaard

Former Homer resident Lloyd Abeldgaard, 73, died on Oct. 9, 2013, after a short battle with lung cancer. He was born Sept. 24, 1940, in McIntosh, Minn.

“Lloyd was known for his kind heart, his ability to fix just about anything, his love for his family and his talent at playing the guitar. He will be missed dearly by all who knew him,” his family said. 

Danielle Nagle

Homer resident Danielle (Danièle Vuilleumier) Nagle, 52, died on Oct. 12, 2013, in Homer after a long battle with cancer.

Private services were held on Monday, Oct. 15, 2013, at Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.

Danielle was born July 9, 1961, and raised in Beaumont Bienne, Bern, Switzerland. She lived in a variety of places in Europe and the United States, but eventually settled in Homer to raise a family.

Nikki Marie Geragotelis (Fry)

Nikki Geragotelis, 30, died unexpectedly on Oct. 10, 2013, at her home in Homer.  

Nikki was born at South Peninsula Hospital on May 19, 1983, to Bill and Dorothy Fry. 

“She was a wonderful mother, wife, daughter, sister and friend,” her family said.

A service is at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, at the Bear Creek Bottling Plant, 60473 Bear Creek Drive, just up the road from the Bear Creek Winery. All who knew and loved Nikki are welcome. 

Douglas Blossom

Ninilchik Alaskan Pioneer, Mr. Doug Blossom, 74, died from an aneurism on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, in Anchorage with his family by his side. 

A memorial service will be held 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, at Carol Bock Hall inside the Ninilchik Fairgrounds.  Pastor Ray Leonard will officiate.  Everyone is invited.  Pallbearers will include his grandsons, Brian, Brad, Boomer, David, Grant and Cody Blossom and Billy and Jared Duncan.  

Harvey Haynes

Former Ninilchik resident and charter captain Harvey Haynes, 78, died Oct. 4, 2013, from complications from spinal cancer surgery. His family said he died at home, where he wanted to be.

“Though the last month was rough, he felt comfort being surrounded by those he loved,” his family said.

A celebration of life is 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, at Valley Funeral Home, 151 E. Herning Ave., Wasilla.

Harvey Haynes was born Feb. 27, 1935, in Alabama to Jack and Flossie Haynes.

George Raymond Evarts

George Raymond Evarts, known as “Papa Ray” to his family and friends, died Sept. 24, 2013, in Medford, Ore., where he lived the past two years. His family said he passed away peacefully.

Evarts was born Jan. 19, 1929, in Salmon, Idaho. He moved to Oregon, found and married his life-long mate  of 64 years, Patricia Lorraine Randolph. 

Janet Dolores Hines Castle

Janet Dolores Hines Castle, 56, of Wasilla, died Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, at home. A celebration of life was held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, at the Wasilla Assembly of God, 125 W. Riley off Knik Goose Bay Road. Dr. Lattis Campbell officiated.

A service also will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, at the Oak Lake Baptist Church in Sugarland, Texas.

Leda Evanovna (Shadura Schmidt) Taradonova

Leda Evanovna (Shadura Schmidt) Taradonova 

March 14, 1920 - Sept. 14, 2013

Longtime Kenai resident Leda Evanovna Shadura Schmidt Taradonova, passed away Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She was 93.

A panikhida service was at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, at Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai. Funeral services will be held in Seattle, Wash. and she will be buried at Evergreen-Washelli Cemetery in Seattle.

Robert Hyde Moss

Robert Hyde Moss

Nov. 23, 1922 – Sept. 17, 2013

Longtime Homer resident Robert (Bob) Moss died Sept. 17, 2013, in Homer.  He was 90.

There will be a Celebration of Life for Bob and his wife, Carol, who preceded him in death, on Sunday, Sept. 29 in the basement of the Bidarka Inn from 4-6 p.m. The family invites you all to come, peel a shrimp, have a bite and share a memory.

Albert Koepfli

Albert Koepfli

Oct. 8, 1930-May 4, 2013

Albert Koepfli died in his sleep on May 4, 2013, in Helena, Mont.

Al was born in Seattle, Wash., (King County) in the Swedish Hospital on Oct. 8, 1930. He lived in Bellingham, Wash., raising horses. In 1973, Al moved to Homer and his first place of residence was at the historical Tandoo cabin. He later moved and lived in Larry Slavins’ two-story log cabin with Hobo Jim and Annie Vogel.

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