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Golda Lee Fitzsimmons - Burnet Bulletin

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Earl Joseph Fitzsimmons in 1944. As the wife of a U.S. Air Force officer and pilot, the family traveled extensively and lived in many places in the United States, including Anchorage, Alaska, and overseas in such places as the Philippines and London, before Earl's retirement.Lee (also affectionately known as Great Mema) was preceded in death by her parents; husband Earl; sisters Arleta Bryson and Bernatta Schnelle; and granddaughter Diana Schachle. She is survived by her daughters; Sherian Schachle and Sandra Fitzsimmons; grandchildren Shireen (Brian) Darbyshire, Debbie (Mark) Dunaway, Vince Schachle, Daniel (Michelle) Schachle, David Schachle, Samantha (Cedric) Villenave, and Chris (Jennifer) Hegeman, 24 great grandchildren, two great, great grandchildren and beloved nephews and nieces.The family held a private viewing in Jackson, Tennessee, at Arrington Funeral Home on Friday, March 24. There will also be a viewing for family and friends from noon to 1 p.m. at Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home in Burnet.It will be followed by a graveside service with burial in Liberty Hill Cemetery under the direction of Arrington Funeral Directors, Jackson, Tennessee.

Julius "JR" Behling

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Thrivent) and a charter member of the Cuming County Historical Society. While in the U.S. Coast Guard he served as a radio operator, First Class and saw ports in Cheboygan, WI, New Orleans and Alaska. While with Cubic Corporationhe was assigned as a civilian to military bases in Canada, Sardinia, Italy, England and the Netherlands from the home base in San Diego, CA.In 1959, Julius and Wynona Lee Foy of Escondido, CA were married in Norwalk, CA . Deciding to help Julius’ father farm, Julius moved his family to the farm for the next 12 years. After that, Escondido, CA became the family home base until Julius’ retirement in 1993 when he and Wynona returned to the family farm – a long time dream fulfilled.The loving and close-knit family Julius left are: Spouse: Wynona (Foy) Behling, daughters:Lana (Mike) Wolford, Diane (Eric) Wright, and son: Robert (Stefani) Behling. Seven grandsons:Michael “M.C.”(Hannah) Wolford; Matthew (Bailey) Wolford; E. Keegan Wright; Caleb Wright, Samuel Wright and Henry Wright; Zachary Behling.Siblings: Ewald (Margaret) Behling; Julie (Behling) Langevin, Lois (Behling) Glade; and Lydia (Behling) Lambrecht. Many nieces, nephews and cousins also remain.Julius was preceded in death by his first-born son, Mark Behling; his parents, brother: Edgar (Esther) Behling and three brothers-in-law: Wyman Glade, Artwin Lambrect and LeRoy Langevin.A memorial service will be held 15 April at 2:00 at the Behling Farm 860 K Rd, Beemer.A private family committal will be held at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, Rural Beemer.“Rest confident in this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Rest in the Lord …and wait patiently for Him” Psalm 27:13,14 -- exactly what Julius did and the Lord rewarded him.

Kalli Thompson - Bismarck Tribune

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Dakota Army National Guard for three years and then served in the United States Army for an additional five years. She was stationed at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas and Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks, Alaska with one deployment.She enjoyed playing volleyball, basketball and running cross country in school because of the opportunities for connecting with people. Kalli was a free spirit who always saw the positive in everyone and in any situation.Kalli had a style and lingo of her own and often would say things like, "It’s been a minute since …" She could deliver more words in one conversation than most people could mentally process in the same time frame.She is survived by one daughter, Aaliyah Nichole; her parents Kim and Mary Thompson; one sister, Kacie Thompson and her son Trey; one brother, Kyle Thompson, Bismarck; one grandmother, Shirley Nelson, Montana; Aaliyah’s father Daniel, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.She is preceded in death by grandparents Wilber and Lucille Thompson, Fort Hale, S.D.; and James Nelson, Montana.In Kalli’s words, "Don’t worry about me, I’ll be fine."

Obituary: John L. Moe - La Crosse Tribune

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Mayo for the kind and compassionate care given to John over the last 11 days of his life.Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, at Coulee Region Cremation Group, 133 Mason St., Onalaska. A prayer service will follow at 7 p.m. Msgr. Kachel will officiate. Private inurnment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery at a later date.In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made in John’s memory to either the Coulee Region Humane Society or Cashton Public Schools.“He was a man, take him for all and all. I shall not look upon his like again.”

Alex Tizon, former Seattle Times reporter who won Pulitzer Prize, dies at 57 - The Seattle Times

Monday, March 27, 2017

United States.He turned to teaching in 2011, but his passion for writing still burned.A year ago, he revived a story he began working on at the Los Angeles Times a decade before, about an Alaskan family whose son had disappeared. People go missing there all the time — about 3,000 a year at one point — but in the remote corner of the world, it garners little attention or news coverage.The family had learned that authorities had found remains that might provide closure to their grief. Mr. Tizon flew to the tiny town to write a lengthy magazine piece for The Atlantic on the family’s struggles and the broader phenomenon of why so many people vanish in that state.Those who worked with Mr. Tizon said the story was emblematic of his career — the way he spent so much time deeply reporting the piece, and the fact that he chose a topic that others in the media likely would have ignored.“He had a real interest in marginal characters and people who had not been in the spotlight,” said his editor on The Atlantic piece, Denise Wills. “He almost became a member of the extended family for these people.”In an interview last year, Mr. Tizon told the Harvard journalism program: “The stories I work on, especially for any length of time, do tend to become personal to me.”Jacqui Banaszynski, a University of Missouri journalism professor who was Mr. Tizon’s editor for two years at The Seattle Times, echoed others who said his death was a loss to the journalism community. She recalled Mr. Tizon as “an almost philosopher essayist” in his approach, and that the paper would send him on stories that were complex and needed to be told at a deeper level than the standard news story.A day after Sept. 11, 2001, for instance, the paper sent Mr. Tizon and photographer Alan Berner out for a series of several lengthy vignettes from various parts of the country that chronicled how communities were coping with the fallout of the terror attacks.“We need more people doing the kind of work he learned how to do, telling those authentic, true stories, rather than just race-and-chase journalism,” Banaszynski said.Mr. Tizon had a profound impact on other reporters, as well.Lisa Heyamoto remembers starting out as a summer intern at The Seattle Times in 2001, sitting at the desk across from Mr. Tizon.“I was just this flush-faced kid and was so hungry to get better and Alex paid attention to my work, and gave me feedback and clarified a lot of things for journalism for me at a time when I was really hungry and really impressionable,” Heyamoto said. “It made a huge impact on me, and I never forgot it.”Heyamoto, who later got full-time reporting jobs at The Seattle Times and The Sacramento Bee and worked alongside Mr. Tizon when the two were instructors at Oregon, said that whenever she got writer’s block she would reread a 2000 story by Mr. Tizon called “Thom Jones and the Cosmic Joke,” about a former school janitor in Lacey who became a celebrated but tortured writer. It turned a fairly simple story into a broader piece about suffering and life choices.“It reminded me of what you can do with a seemingly small story. He can tell this unsung story, and that’s a service to journalism, and a service to humanity,” said Heyamoto. “I modeled myself after him.”As a professor, his colleagues said he ditched the PowerPoint-and-lecture style and simply got up and told stories.He had a deep interest in fight clubs and boxing, and was an avid outdoorsma

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'He belongs to Alaska': Adventurer, wilderness conservationist Ken Leghorn dies at 62 - Juneau Empire (subscription)

Monday, May 01, 2017

Leghorn co-owned Alaska Discovery, advocacy stretched from Audubon Alaska to Alaska Conservation Foundation In the late 1990s, Ken Leghorn and his friend Sam Skaggs sat on a sailboat in a bay near Sitka, ready to turn in for the night. Then Leghorn’s phone rang.At the time, Leghorn was the owner of Alaska Discovery, a company that took people on excursions through the Alaska wilderness. On the other end of that phone call that night, someone informed Leghorn that one of the patrons on an Alaska Discovery trip was dealing with stomach problems.Leghorn wasted no time.“He just called a plane in to our boat,” Skaggs remembers, “jumped on to the plane and went to help his client. That’s just the kind of guy he was.”Friends have been telling similar stories about Leghorn recently, as the adventurer and wilderness conservationist died April 11 at the age of 62 after a seven-month battle with pancreatic cancer.As Leghorn’s daughter Yana Warner described it, Leghorn’s close ties with a multitude of people in t

Marcia Griffith Salmela - Uinta County Herald

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Marcia is survived by her siblings Bruce Griffith, Leslie Griffith Engebretson (d. David); stepchildren­­­­­­ Steve (Marylou) Salmela of Fairbanks, Alaska, Alan (Cheryl) Salmela of Boring, Oregon, and Linda (Mike) Ness of Fairbanks, Alaska; sister-in-law Delila Michaels of Burlington; and seven grandchildren.A memorial for Marcia is planned for 11 a.m. on April 22 at Brookdale Senior Living, 76 S. 500 East, Salt Lake City, Utah 84102. SereniCare Funeral Home of Salt Lake City has been entrusted with the arrangements.In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Marcia Griffith Salmela Scholarship fund, University of Wyoming Foundation, 222 S. 22nd St, Laramie, WY 82070.

OBIT: Alvin Gene Foster - Newton Press Mentor

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Meyer Funeral Home June 24, 1929 – April 5, 2017Alvin Gene Foster, 87, of Effingham, Illinois, and a former resident of Anchorage, Alaska, passed away at 11:05 a.m., Wednesday, April 5, 2017, at Lavender Ridge Memory Care in Effingham, Illinois, while being visited and comforted by family members.Graveside services will be held at 3:00 p.m., Friday, April 7, 2017, at the Bailey Cemetery west of Latona, Illinois, with full military rites by Scott Air Force Honor Guard. In loving memory of Gene, memorials may be made to the HSHS St. Anthony’s Hospice. Arrangements are under the care of the Meyer Funeral Home in Dieterich, Illinois. The obituary can be viewed and condolences left at "Pop" "Papa" Gene Foster, was born June 24, 1929, in North Muddy Township, Jasper County, Illinois, the son of Benjamin and Dean (Wetherholt) Foster. Gene enlisted in the United States Air Force on November 28, 1950, to begin his 22 year career in the service. He met his future wife on his way in to church one Sunday, and married Bessie Maxine Tucker on July 23, 1955; she preceded him in death on December 13, 2010. T

Obituary: Herman Fischer - La Crosse Tribune

Saturday, April 08, 2017

ONALASKA — Herman Fischer, 95, of Onalaska died Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at Hillview Healthcare Center, surrounded by his family.He was born Feb. 28, 1922, in Napoleon, N.D., to Phillip and Barbara (Ebel) Fischer. He grew up in Ashley, N.D., where he attended school while working on the family farm.Herman served with the U.S. Army Infantry in the South Philippines from 1944 until 1946 during World War II. He was awarded the Purple Heart medal for his injuries received during the war. He attended Southwestern Business University in Houston, Texas, where he received his business degree. He also attended the Counter Intelligence School in Maryland, where he received his certificate. Herman married Mildred Mae Manke June 23, 1951, in Norwalk.He worked at Trane Company as a cost accountant for 37 years before retiring. Following his retirement, Herman worked as a driver for Avis Car Rental for another 17 years.Herman enjoyed gardening, woodworking, bowling, fishing, and playing his accordio

Obituary: John Robert Pollack - La Crosse Tribune

Saturday, April 08, 2017

He cooperates and is well-liked by other teachers. He also has a good sense of humor, which one needs to keep up their spirits.”John dedicated his educational career to Onalaska Middle School from 1975 until his retirement in 2007. Amidst his commitment to the Onalaska School District he received his Masters degree in professional development from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (1992) to further himself as an educator.For those who attended Onalaska Middle School, you might remember a project that John fathered called Project Me. It was an 8th grade health project where students created a journal of their entire life; highlighting features spanning from the earliest parts of life to hopes and dreams of the future. Project Me was a much anticipated activity for all 8th graders, and would eventually become a keepsake for many of his students.His impact reached far beyond the classroom as he also left a positive and powerful impression with his coaching and coordination of gymnastics programs within the La Crosse region. He was the head coach of Central High School’s girls gymnastics team from 1975 to 2005. It was during this time that he accomplished one of his greatest coaching achievements; the 1984 WIAA State Championship title. He then continued as the program director of La Crosse’s youth gymnastics held in Wittich Hall at UW-L from 1984 to 1997. It was here that kids received hands on development skills from John’s staff to promote their physical abilities and self confidence.For his committed efforts toward this sport of gymnastics, John was inducted into the Wisconsin Gymnastics Hall of Fame in May of 2005. He was quoted in responding to this prestigious award, “You don’t look for it. If it happens, great…”In his retirement, John volunteered at Mayo Clinic Health System, Franciscan Healthcare from 2008 to 2016. As an escort in patient registration, his fellow staff members observed the many pleasant encounters he had with patients and their families, helping them to alleviate their anxieties for whatever procedure they were going to have that day.At the bottom of John’s personal stationary, the following words have been noted in bold print. “The secret to wisdom is kindness.” John certainly had attained this secret in the way he lived his life. So many peopl