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In Memoriam: Purita Stonecipher

Jul 11, 2018

Purita Larot Stonecipher, long time resident of Unalaska, passed away on June 16, 2018, in Vacavalley Hospital in California.  She was 67 years old.

Courtesy of Julia Dushkin

The last person born in the traditional village of Kashega has died.

Eva Tcheripanoff grew up in the small Unangax̂ community on Unalaska Island and spent the 1930s hunting foxes, eating dry fish, and playing with homemade stone dolls.

That all changed during World War II, when Kashega was evacuated and never resettled. But as KUCB's Laura Kraegel reports, Tcheripanoff came through the upheaval and lived a long life of 90 years.


TCHERIPANOFF (Unangam Tunuu and English): "I was born in Kashega and I used to play around."

In Memoriam: Alexander Johannesen

Jan 24, 2018

Alexander Johannesen, 30, formerly of Fly Creek, NY, died unexpectedly in Dutch Harbor, AK, on Thursday, Jan. 18. A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 3 at the Louis C. Jones Center at The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown, NY.

In Memoriam: Flora S. Tutiakoff

Aug 18, 2017

Flora Strickland Tutiakoff died on May 26, 2017 at the VNA Respite House in Colchester, Vermont. She was born Flora Beecher Strickland in New Haven, CT on July 14, 1920, to Olive May Mann and Daniel Walter Strickland.  Flora’s father was a Congregational minister who was a chaplain and captain in World War I, became a state senator in Connecticut, and over time had parishes in Yalesville, CT; Fort Myers, FL; and Waitsfield and Franklin, VT. In Flora’s late teens, her family moved to Moretown, VT.

In Memoriam: William R. Gregory

Aug 1, 2017

Long time Alaska resident William R. Gregory passed away peacefully at his home on July 11, 2017 at the age of 89, surrounded by his family.  Bill was born on September 18, 1927 in Indianapolis, Indiana to Ercel and Velma Gregory, he had four sisters:  Jean, Patricia, Elma and June.  Growing up in Indiana, Bill spent summers working on his Uncle’s Terra Haute farm where he learned his strong work ethic and the farming way of life.  Bill graduated from Manual Training High School in 1945 and joined the Navy in December 1945.  Bill served on board the U.S.S.