Obituaries

I have been writing obituaries for the Chilkat Valley News (the Haines weekly newspaper, and the best small newspaper in Alaska according to the Alaska Press Club), since about 1996. 

The editor uses AP style, and a traditional obituary format, which I must follow. Also, there is usually another edit or two by the time they are in print. All of these except Glenn Frick’s and Rene Walker’s, which were paid obits in the Juneau Empire that I wrote for friends, have been previously published (more or less) in the Chilkat Valley News.

I will be adding them here a few at a time, mostly starting with the most recent and eventually including them all, or at least the ones I still have in my files. There are a lot of good lives in these obituaries. It’s a privilege to write them.



  There will be a memorial service for longtime resident Lowell “Knute” Knutson today (Thursday) at 1:00 pm at the Presbyterian Church. He died Nov. 7 at his Officer’s Row home. He was 91 and had... Read More...
    There will be a memorial service for Leo John Jacobs, 62, at the ANB/ANS Hall Saturday at 1:00pm with a potluck reception to follow. Jacobs died February 18th in Anchorage at the St. Elias... Read More...
    Friends and family celebrated the life of Catherine E. “Kitty” Brooks Friday at the Haines ANB/ANS Hall. Brooks, 73, died at her home here on February 16th after a long illness, daughter... Read More...
There will be a memorial service Sunday at 11 at the Covenant Life Center tabernacle for Evelyn Arbuckle. Tim Maust said his mother died at his home of natural causes. She was 94 and had been... Read More...
  A cross section of Haines, Klukwan and Skagway residents filled the ANB Hall for Art Jess’s memorial service Saturday, led by his son Tim and daughter Margo Clayton, who eulogized her father as a... Read More...
  There will be a celebration of “J” J A Tate’s life at the Presbyterian Church Friday at 2 O’clock. The longtime Rainbow Glacier church camp maintenance man died Friday May 9 at his home among... Read More...
   There will be memorial service June 9th at 4pm at the Haines ANB for Haines Salvation Army founder and eldercare advocate Charles DeWitt, 82, who died May 15 at Wildflower Court nursing home in... Read More...
  Judi Broste, 68, died peacefully at home May 20 of colon cancer. Her husband Bill was at her side.   She loved designing and building their retirement home and garden, her two Rag Doll cats,... Read More...
  Helen Streu, a matriarch of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, died at home Monday July 21, of lung cancer. She was 81. Deacon Vince Hansen eulogized Streu as faithful, loving and strong to the... Read More...
  Jerry Fabrizio   The Tibetan Buddhist monks of Seattle’s Sakya Monastery are holding prayer vigils for Jerry Fabrizio this week. The reclusive gold miner who practiced  Tibetan Buddhism for... Read More...
  George Edwards Friends, family and acquaintances are grieving the sudden death on August 19 of George Edwards, 51.  He apparently took his own life. The friendly mechanic with a contagious smile... Read More...
  Former resident Constance Foster Griffith, 90, died from progressive supra-nuclear palsy on Sept. 2, 2014, at Good Samaritan Adult Family Home Care in Reno, Nevada with Mendelssohn’s, "Calm Sea... Read More...
Teacher Rene Pisel Walker, 49, died April 1 at home in North Douglas of metastatic breast cancer that was first diagnosed in 2005. Rene had been in hospice about two weeks and had typically left... Read More...
Friends of Glenn Frick are invited to celebrate his life on Saturday June 21 at Eaglecrest Lodge beginning at 1:00pm with a friendly walk. The ceremony is at 4:00 with a potluck and music until,... Read More...

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