Homer resident, Mrs. Sharon Andregg Howerton-Thomas, 70, died Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer.
Per Sharon’s request, no services will be held.
Sharon was born July 30, 1942 in Vallejo, Calif. She graduated from Auburn High School, and in 1966, moved to Alaska where she lived in Eagle River and Chugiak before making Homer her final residence. Sharon worked for the Alaska State Housing Authority for 10 years and volunteered as a dispatcher with the Chugiak Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department from 1975-95. She also worked for the Alaska Court System for 10 years, before finally opening a small tourist shop on the Homer Spit.
Sharon served eight years with the Alaska Commission on Aging. She chaired committees, served as vice chair and received an “Honoring” award from the Alaska State Legislature.
The family wrote, “Sharon is one-of-a-kind. She didn’t consider herself politically correct. She believed the most important things in her life were her friends and family; those who helped her make it through life. Her friends believe it was Sharon who helped them make it through their lives.”
Sharon was preceded in death by her first husband, Clyde; daughter, Lena “LeLe”; father, Norm; mother, Betty; and sister, Liz.
She is survived by her husband, Dan Thomas of Kenai; niece, Angie O’Blenis of Pismo Beach, Calif.; nephew, John Farros of South Lake Tahoe, Calif.; and cousins, Bill McGee and Meme Hurd both of Santa Rosa, Calif.
Memorial donations may be made in memory of Sharon to P.O. Box 1723, Homer, AK, 99603 c/o Dan Thomas.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel and Crematory. Please visit Sharon’s obituary and online guestbook at AlaskanFuneral.com.
Lifelong Alaskan and Clam Gulch resident, Peter John Thomas Janke, 15, died Saturday, July 20, 2013 due to an ATV accident near Clam Gulch.
Peter was born June 3, 1998 to Donald Monzulla and Deanna Dawn Janke of North Pole. Peter spent his life growing up in Fairbank, North Pole and Clam Gulch. He was a high school student entering his nine grade year. Like most young Alaskans, Peter enjoyed being outside. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, wrestling and being with family and friends, but most of all he loved being on his 4-wheeler.
Peter Janke was a young man full of life and vigor. His family states that, “He liked motorcycles and 4-wheelers a lot”, “He was always ready to go do something,” “ He loved spending time with family and friends”, “He loved a challenge!” , “He never gave up”, “He liked ALL outdoor activities”, “The family will never forget his sly little smile, he knew how to up lift a friend or family member when they were down”, “He touched a lot of people and has many stories to be shared from his short life he spent with us. He will be very missed and forever in our hearts”
Peter is preceded in death by his Mother, Deanna Janke and his grandfather Vincent Monzulla.
Peter is survived by his father, Donald Monzulla of North Pole, grandmother, Linda Monzulla of Clam Gulch, grandparents, Albert and Tami Van Vliet of Central, Alaska; grandmother, Deanna Kaiser of Dewey, Ariz.; brother, Jacob Janke of North Pole; sisters, Ciara Janke of North Pole and Kari Monzulla of Washington State; aunts and uncles, Betty Ann Van Vliet Schabel of North Pole; David and Pat Van Vliet of North Pole; Charles and Nagisa Van Vliet of Livermore, Calif., Albert and Christine Van Vliet of Anchorage, Vince Monzulla, Kenny and Hope Monzulla of Clam Gulch, Terry Monzulla; great-aunt, Sandra Brienand; many cousins, nephews and nieces.
Memorial donation may be made in memory of Peter’s c/o Linda Monzulla, P.O. Box 164, Clam Gulch, Alaska 99568.
Arrangements were by the Peninsula Memorial Chapel. Please visit his online guestbook at www.AlaskanFuneral.com.
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