Michael Anderson Bennett, 19, of Homer passed away at home on January 9, 2013 surrounded by his loved ones – family and caregivers – with “Over the Rainbow” and the sound of the ocean surf playing in the background.
Michael was born on December 5, 1993 in Homer, Alaska. In early 1994, Michael developed a rare neurological disorder, Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome, resulting from a reaction to an immunization.
Throughout his short life, Michael touched and changed many lives, inspiring love and compassion. In his silence, Michael spoke more than words could. He taught others the importance and meaning of patience, sacrifice, pride, hope, courage and faith. His spirit was indomitable. Michael loved hugs, music, stories his grandmother read to him every night, and traveling. His favorite trips were driving the Alaskan Highway with his Mom and Dad and attending his cousin Jeanne’s wedding on the Outer Banks in North Carolina.
Michael is survived by his parents, Maren Bennett & Brian Bennett of Homer, Grandmother, Margaret Anderson, of Homer, Uncle Rick Anderson & Aunt Marti Anderson of Homer, Uncle Mike Bennett & Aunt Kate Bennett of Appleton, Wis., and Uncle Peter LaPlaca & Aunt Pat LaPlaca (Bennett) of Pittstown, N.J.
Michael was preceded in death by his Grandfather, Fred Anderson, Grandfather Ralph Bennett, and Grandmother Florence Bennett.
Michael and his family extend thanks and love to all of the doctors, nurses, caregivers, therapists, and other wonderful people who have touched Michael’s life.
There will be a private service. Memorials in Michael’s name may be made to HOPE Community Resources 47202 Princeton Avenue Soldotna, Alaska 99669; orThe Center’s PRIDE Program 3948 Ben Walters Lane Homer, Alaska 99603; or the charity of your choice.
Steve Mitchell died at his home in Anchorage, at age 58, after battling colon cancer for 10 years. Steve was born in Anchorage before Alaska was a state. Raised in Spenard with his four siblings, he enjoyed playing hockey and making pottery as a teen. After graduating from Diamond High he became a carpenter, Iditarod dog handler, and sport fisherman extraordinaire. He spent his last years remodeling a 1950s house into a beautiful modern home. He loved playing and fixing ukuleles and vacationing in Hawaii.
Steve will be missed by his family members and many friends. His great-niece in San Francisco is due to be born on his birthday and will be named Stevie in his honor.
Special thanks go out to all “the beautiful women” who came to help in his last weeks. Eternal thanks to the women of St. Johns who prayed for him the last 10 years. Their prayers accompanied him on his final journey. Steve leaves behind his true love Salli Bergen, brothers Tom and Mike Mitchell of Anchorage, sisters Irene Smith of San Francisco and Suzi Pullen of Homer, and many nieces and nephews.
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