Edwina (Teddie) O’Malley passed away in her sleep on Nov. 4 at South Peninsula Hospital Long Term Care.
She was born in Toledo, Ore. on March 21, 1946 to parents Edward (Ted) Kilian and Jessie (Jake) Kilian, also of Toledo. Teddie and her sister Elva grew up in Toledo with their cousin, Karen Kilian, who was like a sister.
In 1964, Teddie graduated from Toledo High School. She was fortunate to be raised in a relatively small community where people knew each other. Her family had a small farm, where she learned a lot about canning and processing meat and being able to do a lot of things most people take for granted. Her father worked in the saw mill for years and was a great provider. They all loved being outside and gardening as a family.
In 1964, the Kilian Family moved to Waldport, Ore., and on Sept. 9, 1967, Teddie married Michael Dennis O’Malley. The couple lived in Waldport. Together they had two sons, Craig (Joe) O’Malley and Michael Patrick O’Malley.
Teddie worked in the community of Waldport doing various jobs. One of the jobs she enjoyed the most was being a school nurse at Waldport Elementary School. She was also a certified EMT.
In May 1985, Teddie and her family moved to Homer. She was a stay-at-home mom until 1997, when she went to work for McDonalds in Homer. She worked the morning shift, and enjoyed working with and seeing all of her regular customers and friends. Her hobbies included making jewelry, looming with yarn, baking, reading and various types of arts and crafts activities.
Teddie never knew a stranger and had many friends over the period of her lifetime. She had a heart of gold, an infectious sense of humor and a smile that could light up the darkest of days. She had a unique way of reading people and an intuitive sense of understanding. Even when she was faced with enormous challenges, she would keep on smiling and praying, and would stay happy. This was probably her most endearing trait.
Teddie had a wonderful sense of humor and brought joy, laughter and jokes to all she met. She is preceded in death by her father Edward Kilian, her mother Jessie Kilian, sister Elva Johnson and daughter Wendy Marie O’Malley. She is survived by sons Craig and Michael Patrick; daughters-in-law, Polly Anderson-O’Malley and Ajka O’Malley; husband Mike O’Malley; grandchildren Matthew, Maggie and Matthew John O’Malley, and many other cousins, nieces, nephews and relatives in Oregon, Washington, Kansas and Arizona.
Teddie loved her grandchildren and family with all her heart and was extremely proud of them. She touched many peoples’ lives and will be greatly missed by all who knew this loving lady.
Our family would like to express our sincerest special thanks to the South Peninsula Hospital LTC doctors, staff and residents for all their tremendous wonderful care, love and support.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held Saturday, Nov. 16 at 1 p.m. at the New Life Tabernacle Church, 55577 East End Rd., Fritz Creek. Pastor John Springer will officiate.
Linda Richardson passed away peacefully on Nov. 5, 2013, in Homer, Alaska.
She was born Dec. 5, 1947, in Aurora, Ill., the second child of Marjorie L. and James G. Richardson. Soon thereafter, the family moved to Dubuque, Iowa, where five additional children were born and raised until 1963 when the family moved to Florida.
Linda’s years in Iowa were filled with fun, horseback riding, water skiing on the Mississippi River and getting into mischief with friends and all of her cousins. Linda finished high school in Miami, attended the University of Missouri and completed her education with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, Calif.
Linda was an artist through and through, and used her artistic eye to guide her in the antique business in Petaluma, Calif. She eventually relocated to Fairbanks in 1985, and moved to Homer in 1987, where she settled into her serious creative painting activities.
Linda’s works have been shown in many galleries across Alaska and elsewhere, and collected by many. Like Linda, her work was full of color, action, life and was often unconventional. But it always made an impression. Linda was a force to be reckoned with and didn’t let anything get in her way.
Linda is survived by her mother, Marjorie L. Richardson; her three children, Danielle Aurora Richardson, Christopher Richardson and Audrey Richardson Tomasini; her grandchild, Keana Alani Tomasini; three sisters: Geraldine R. Brinton, Marjorie Richardson, Barbara R. Carpenter; her brother J. Dennis Richardson and a niece and six nephews.
Her infectious smile, sense of humor, enthusiasm for life and the fun she created around her will always be remembered by her family and many, many friends.
Arrangements were made by Homer Funeral Home and Cremation Services. Please visit Linda’s obituary and online guestbook at AlaskanFuneral.com.
Longtime Homer resident, Peter C. Roberts, 70, died unexpectedly in November 2013 in Homer.
A “celebration of life” potluck and memorial will be held at 3 p.m., Nov. 30 at The Down East Saloon in Homer. All are welcome to attend and encouraged to bring a “Pete Story.”
Roberts was born in November 1943 in New York City, N.Y. In 1961, he joined the U.S. Army, where he attained the rank of Sergeant before being honorably discharged in 1964. After leaving the service, he moved to Colorado, where he worked as a surveyor, running trail crews in Rocky Mountain National Park, and studying geology at the University of Colorado.
In June of 1972, Pete moved to Alaska, where he lived and worked in Denali National Park and Fairbanks, before relocating to Homer in 1973. In Homer, he established and operated a cattle and sheep ranch near Ohlson Mountain, and also worked as both a log and frame builder in Homer. Later, he completed a degree in house design at the University of Alaska Anchorage and designed and built numerous houses in the area.
Pete was involved with many organizations in Homer, including the Kenai Peninsula Farm Bureau Chapter, Homer Soil and Water Conservation District, Fox River Cattleman’s Association, Concerned Citizens Against Annexation and Kachemak Emergency Services Area. He also ski-patrolled, coached Little League, was a lifetime NRA member, volunteered at Homer Hospice and ran trail crews in Kachemak Bay State Park.
The family wrote, “Pete loved the outdoors of the American West and Alaska, where he had an adventurous life riding horses, hunting and just seeing the country. He had a passion for craftsman-style, fine woodworking, was a ready mentor to anyone in need of advice and always made time for a good story. We’ll miss him and his memory will always bring a smile to our faces.”
Pete is survived by wife Madrene René Hoyt of Homer; son Luke Roberts and partner Nicole Kinsman of California and Fairbanks; Luke’s mother, Francie Roberts of Homer; family, David, Rosemary and Rachel, all of Brunswick, Maine, and many cousins and in-laws.
Donations may be made in memory of Pete to Hospice of Homer, P.O. Box 4174, or Friends of Kachemak Bay State Park, 95 Sterling Hwy Ste. 2. Contact Luke Roberts at (719) 660-2561 for more info. about the celebration of life event.
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