Virginia L. Cundiff memorial service Saturday
Longtime Homer area resident Virginia L. Cundiff, 88, passed away peacefully in her sleep Tuesday, Apr. 2, 2013 at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer.
A celebration of her life will at noon Saturday at the Homer Elks Lodge. Bring a dish and share in a potluck memorial. Her cremated remains will be placed near Mt. Augustine so she can be seen from her dining room window on a clear day.
Virginia was born Mar. 1, 1925. She was raised in Mooresville, Mo., near Chillicothe. Her father was a brick mason and contractor.
She met the love of her life, Evan Cundiff, in California in the early 1950s, while they were both working for Douglas Aircraft. They had three sons, all born in California.
“Virginia really wasn’t the adventurous type but she was proudly willing to go along with Evan’s idea of homesteading at the tip of the lower Kenai Peninsula in Alaska. In May 1958, Evan drove an army truck up the graveled Alcan Highway and claimed of the last homesteads closest to Homer off the Sterling Highway. Virginia flew up a week before Christmas after Evan had built a rough-cut lumber home for the family. She liked to tell the story of how helpful the stewardesses were to her and her three babies.”
“Life was pretty hard on the homestead, so naturally there were a lot of stories to tell as she held down the fort a lot with the three boys while Evan was often absent while off working weeks at a time. Throughout the years, they could never decided who was really the boss.”
“Virginia was a sweetheart and loved by all. She enjoyed sewing and crafted her own clothes and tailored for years. She worked several odd jobs in Homer, most recently for HEA. Virginia was noted for saying, “you get more with honey than you do with vinegar.” She was playful and loving to Evan, their Yorkie Rat Terrier mix ‘T-Dawg’ and her caregivers clear to the end.” Her family said.
She was preceded in death by a son, Doug, who died at sea in 1989, and a brother, Richard.
Virginia is survived by her husband, Evan; son, Jeff and Barry; grandchildren, Sheena, Shanda, Kayla, Alexis, Bryce and Chase; great-grandchild, Mateo Evan; brother, Rodney; and a sister, Linda Kay.
A celebration of life will be Saturday, April 13 at 12 noon with potluck at the Elk’s Club.
String orchestra gives spring concert
The Homer Youth String Orchestra Club is planning its free Spring Concert, open to the public at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Homer Council on the Arts building. There will be a reception and dessert auction in addition to the performance.
HYSOC was formed on the inspiration of Sally Kabisch, a Homer Suzuki violin teacher who has since passed away. Sally believed strongly in the Suzuki method, and admired Dr. Suzuki’s ambition to bring beauty into the world through music, writes Kara Clemens. She recognized the need to offer group playing opportunities for string students in the Homer area since public schools on the Kenai Peninsula do not offer strings instruction. Because of her belief that students playing together was really the goal – the beauty – Kabisch started teaching group lessons.
This year, HYSOC has 17 members playing in three different ability groups: the prelude ensemble has three beginning violin students, the orchestra has 11 intermediate violins, cellos and violas, and the trio has three advanced high school students.
Each year, Conductor Lisa Schallock crafts the groups to best meet the needs of the students participating, some years they have had only two groups. The organization is specifically designed for youth, so there are no adult “members.”
This year, in addition to two, 12-week instructional sessions, students have participated in a three-day Master Class with Carol Ourada, the Link-Up Concert with Kenai Peninsula Orchestra, a holiday concert at Homer Senior Citizens, the Practice-A-Thon and the Spring Concert.
Trouble sleeping? Here are some answers
By request, Cathy Stingley will again present, “This is my Brain on Sleep,” at 6:30 p.m. April 15 in the Homer Senior Center dining room. The HANDLE practitioner at Thoughtful Therapies will talk about the stages of sleep, what can disrupt sleep, the consequences of inadequate sleep and some of the many things that can be done to improve sleep for people of all ages. This is a free presentation.
Looking for climbing champs
Want to know how you stack up in wall climbing or want to give the sport a try? The Homer Climbing Competition is 10 a.m. Saturday at the Bay Club, 2395 Kachemak Drive. The event, hosted by Homer Wilderness Leaders, has now opened registration at its website, www.howlalaska.org. HoWL puts on wilderness camps throughout the year to get teens and young people outdoors for enjoyment, recreation and learning.
The climbing competition is broken into age groups. At 10:30 a.m. is the recreational category for top-rope climbers; 12:30 p.m. is open category for lead climbers and 2:30 p.m. is the fun category for children.
All climbers must arrive at least a half hour before their competition category. There is a registration fee discount for early registers. Contact HoWL for details.
Want to sponsor this event? HoWL will make you a banner and put it on the climbing wall. For more information go to HoWL’s website.
Celebrate the Week of the child
This week, the Week of the Young Child Best Beginnings program features several events. On Sunday is a Little Boppers Dance Class from 10:30-11:15 a.m. for months old-5 year-olds at Off the Wall Studios. For more information call (907) 738-5249
On Monday, Toddler Playgroup meets from 10:30 a.m.-noon at the Boys & Girls Club. It is cosponsored by Community Recreation. Parents and their children 0-5 years old are welcome to run, romp, and play.
On Tuesday, the Sprout Playgroup and Imagination Library Enrollment take place 10 to 11 a.m. for one year-olds, 11-noon for 2-3 year olds and 2-3 p.m. for pre-walking infants at Sprout offices at 3691 Ben Walters Lane, Suite No. 4. For more information, call 235-6044. The activity is playgroups for various ages.
On Wednesday, meet at the Homer Public Library Pre school Story Hour from 10-11 a.m.
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