Announcements on births and deaths

Brennan Paul Steen, a baby boy weighing, 7-pounds, 1-ounce, was born at 11:26 p.m. on Aug. 21, 2008 to Katie and Mike Steen of Homer. Grandparents are Linda and the late Paul Steen Bloomington, Mont., Doug and Irene Dillon, and Agnes Litfin-Dillon of Stockton Calif.
Lukas Renner, a baby boy weighing, 8-pounds, 8-ounces, was born at 8:43 p.m. on Aug. 24, 2008 to Heather and Martin Renner. His older sister is Frida Reener.

Ernest J. Lucas
Kenai resident Ernest J. Lucas died Thursday, Apr. 17, 2008 at his home in Kenai.  He was 65. Memorial services will be 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29, at the V.F.W. Post 10221 in Anchor Point.  Jim Dress will officiate at the service.  Military honors will be provided by the V.F.W. Post 10221.  Honor guard will be Mike Youngman, Bill Hagerty, Ray Rozak, Lynn Schmidt and Andy Boyle.
Mr. Lucas was born Nov. 11, 1942 in Solano County, Calif.  He graduated from high school and had also taken many military and civil service specialty courses.
He served in the U.S. Army from Nov. 1964 to July 1967.  He was awarded the Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, VietNam Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal and RVN Campaign Medal with three stars.  He had worked at Mare Island Naval Base for the Civil Service from 1970 until retiring in 1992.  He moved to Alaska in May 1993 and lived in Kasilof, Anchor Point and Kenai.
He was a member of the Brethren Church in Soldotna and enjoyed fishing, motorcycles and hot rods.
Mr. Lucas was preceded in death by two wives. He is survived by his daughter, Rhonda Lucas of Seattle, Wash.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

Cecil Demidoff
Lifelong Alaskan, Mr. Cecil Demidoff, 82, died peacefully Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2008 at South Peninsula Hospital Long Term Care in Homer.
Funeral services were held 2 p.m. Saturday, August 23, at the Holy Transfiguration of our Lord Russian Orthodox Church in Ninilchik. Burial followed at the church cemetery.  A reception followed the burial at the family’s home.
Cecil was born Dec. 26, 1925 to Alex and Effie Demidoff. He enjoyed doing many things in life.  Cecil was a devout member of the Russian Orthodox Church, and throughout time he was appointed as a Starosta and reader.  He also loved building, commercial fishing, and doing projects outside.
The family wrote, “Cecil was a compassionate family man and a fisherman at heart.  He was loving, strong in character, and sensitive to the needs of other. Cecil shared his many thoughtful ways of caring through his joy of sharing good times with his friends, his love for his church, and dedication to his family.  He is remembered by his family for the many ways he enjoyed expressing love and devotion to his wife, best friend, and childhood sweetheart. Their special relationship together took them on many adventures through life.”
The family would like to express sincere appreciation and gratitude to his caregivers of eleven years at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, for their wonderful care, accommodations, and friendships that developed over the years.
Demidoff was preceded in death by his son, Adam Michael Demidoff. He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Mae Demidoff; daughters and their spouses, Mary and Peter Stokes, Cecilia and Shane Blattler, Effie and Kip Taeschner; son, Rueben Demidoff; grandchildren, Sarah Stokes, Luke Stokes, Laura Paul, Zachary and Alexandra Liszka, Jade Blattler, Emelie and Ivan Demidoff, Natalia, Sophia and Adam Taeschner; and six great -grandchildren.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

Juliana and Benjamin Joseph
Fr. Paul and Kh. Thekla Jaroslaw of Homer are blessed to announce the engagement of their daughter Juliana Jan to Benjamin Joseph, son of Lt. Colonel Joseph and Lynn Streff of Chugiak.
Juliana is a 2003 home school graduate and is a photographer with Lifetouch National School Studios in Anchorage. Benjamin is a 2001 graduate of Chugiak High School. He works for the Alaska Railroad, and is a hockey coach for the Eagle River Glacier Bears.
The couple’s wedding and reception will be held in Anchorage, October 2008. The couple plan to make their home in Eagle River, while Benjamin finishes at the University of Anchorage.

Sascha Peterson and Liz Rohlich
Sascha Petersen and Liz Rohlich married in Seattle on July 5. Sascha’s cousin, Jake Bell was best man and Lauren Bell a bridesmaid. Liz’s brothers, Jug and John Rohlich were groomsmen and her sister-in-law, Jamie Rohlich and best friend, Nicole Dieterichs were her maids of honor.  Her nieces, Kaya and Rylan, were flower girls and her nephew, Addison, was ring bearer.
Liz is the daughter of Bernice and Gerry Rohlich of McKinney, Texas, and the granddaughter of Mrs. Mary Rohlich.  Sascha’s parents are Lance and Barb Petersen and he is the grandson of Jean McMaster and the nephew of MaryLou Kelsey & Bill Bell, all of Homer.
Sascha graduated from Homer High in ‘94; Pomona College in California in ‘98; and in 2007 he received his Masters at UW in Marine Affairs and Policy. He is now working in the newly created Climate Protection Program for the City of Austin.  
Liz graduated from Sherman High School in 1994 in Sherman, Texas, from University of Texas (UT Austin) in 1994.  She spent two years in the Peace Corps in Bolivia.  She is a highly qualified bi-lingual elementary school teacher.  She is now in her final year of graduate school in nursing for her degree as a Clinical Specialist at UT. They are presently living in Austin, Texas.
There will be a celebration of Sasch and Liz’s marriage on Labor Day, Sept. 1, from 2-5 p.m. at the Petersen home on Ocean Drive Loop, (start at Beluga Lake Lodge and follow the balloons.) No gifts. There will be snacks and drinks. Call 235-7333 for more information.
Joshua Brow and Danielle Johnson
Joshua Patrick Brow, previously of Homer, and Danielle Ester Victoria Johnson of Anchorage were united in marriage on Aug. 8, 2008 in the herb garden at the Anchorage Botanical Gardens. The ceremony was officiated by long-time family friend, Zack Wilcox, previously of Homer. A reception followed directly at the Lone Star Saloon and Restaurant.
Josh is the son of Pamela and Richard Baltzer of Homer and Samuel Brow and Kathy Becher of Sterling. Danielle is the daughter of Robert and Patricia Johnson and Debbie and Dave DesChene of Lake Havasu, Ariz.
Josh currently is a shop foreman and stone fabricator at Glacier Granite and Marble. Danielle is an Administrative Assistant with the State of Alaska. They live in Anchorage with their 2-year-old son Caleb.
Josh and Dani will honeymoon the first two weeks in September in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

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