Longtime Homer resident, Claire Deitz, 80, died Feb. 11, 2015, in Anchorage.
A celebration of Claire’s life will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, at the Anchorage Moose Family Center, 4211 Arctic Blvd. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, at the Hickerson Memorial Park Cemetery in Homer. Officiating the service will be Pastor Lisa Talbott. Pallbearers will include Kenneth Deitz (son), David Deitz (son), Kenneth Deitz (grandson), Ernest Deitz (grandson), William Carlson (brother) and Stanly Griffin (son-in-law.)
Claire was born Oct. 17, 1934, in Anaconda, Mont. She moved to Homer with her family in 1947. She spent her childhood years growing up in Homer where she graduated from Homer High School. She always loved to tell stories of her and her classmates.
In 1954, she married Allen Deitz and they had four children which they raised in Homer (Andy, Kenneth, David and DaKean.) In recent years Claire moved to Anchorage to be closer to all of her family.
Her passions and favorite pastimes included crocheting wonderful gifts for her family as well as any type of flowers and gardening. She also had a huge soft spot and love for any and all animals.
Claire had the ability to make each person in her life feel uniquely special, whether that meant going on an unplanned “adventure” Sunday drive, or bundling up to watch her grandkids hockey games, or a dance recital, a school play or any number of things. Claire loved to be involved and included in all of her family’s lives. You could always count on her to be there and with that she made each grandchild and great-grandchild feel they had a special place in her heart. Claire was so proud of all her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s accomplishments. She had an amazing capacity to care. If you had a story she wanted to hear it, and in turn would share her stories with you. She sincerely cared about everybody that came into her life.
Claire was preceded in death by her brother, Sonney Carlson, and longtime companion Antonio Montesinos.
She is survived by her brother, William Carlson of Ninilchik; children, Allen Deitz Jr. of Boise, Idaho, Kenneth and Kim Deitz, David Deitz, DaKean and Stanly Griffin, all of Anchorage; grandchildren, Kenneth A. Deitz, Chayla Deitz, Chaunna and Alex Steen, Cherilyn Mitchell, Kerri Deitz, Ernest Deitz, Edward Jones, Kristina McDaniel and Kourtney Frazure; great-grandchildren, Haille Rogers, Langdon Rogers, Hazy Deitz, Steven Deitz, Jazmin Deitz and Katlynn Reith, and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Moose Charities, 3321 West 70th Place, Anchorage, AK 99502.
Arrangements were cared for by the Anchorage Funeral Home. Please visit Claire’s obituary and online guestbook at www.AlaskanFuneral.com