Homer resident Pamela Kay Ramsdell, 66, passed away Saturday, July 26, 2014 at her home from natural causes.
A private family service will take place at a later date.
Pam was born Feb. 14, 1948 in Barstow, Calif. She worked in marketing for a health and fitness company, and moved to Alaska in 2004 and lived in Anchorage and Homer.
Pam enjoyed quilting, cooking and collectibles.
“She was much-loved and adored. She will be missed very much,” her family wrote.
Pam was preceded in death by her father, Ralph Woodruff, her mother, Joyce Creighton, and sisters, Terri Peterson and Cindy Wilson.
She is survived by sons, William Cody Craig and wife, Haley of Bend, Ore., Shane Trey Benya and Toby Adam Benya, both of Homer; brothers, Danny Woodruff of Seattle, Wash. and Andy Woodruff of Anchorage; sisters, Tina Woodruff and Rhonda Marchand both of Homer; and many loving family members and friends.
Arrangements made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
Mrs. Helen Mandzik
Mrs. Helen Mandzik, 92, of Soldotna, and formerly of Anchorage, passed away peacefully after a long illness on July 31, 2014 at Heritage Place.
Helen was born in Connecticut, the eldest of three sisters and two brothers. After graduating high school, she attended Harford Hospital School of Nursing and became a Nurse Anesthetist. She married Peter Mandzik and they had three sons.
Helen left her nursing career and became a full-time, stay-at-home mom and became an active volunteer in many community projects and services.
After her husband passed away, Helen moved to Alaska at the age of 60, and started an exciting new life. She had a passion for gardening, nature, hiking, camping out and exploring all parts of Alaska. She lived in Anchorage and became involved at the Mable T. Caverly Senior Center, later to become Board President and eventually the Executive Director.
Helen joined the “Prospector’s Club,” and began many new friendships with other seniors who loved exploring many different parts of Alaska and eventually some foreign countries overseas.
In the final years of her life, when Helen went for drives in a car or walks around Heritage Place, she would look up at the tall spruce trees in amazement of their size and beauty. Up to the end, she would greet all people with a smile and grasp on their hand. She was compassionate and would console people at Heritage Place who were having a difficult day. She has a warm and positive spirit and always time to listen to other people. How very fortunate we have all been to have shared in Helen’s life!
Helen was preceded in death by husband, Peter Mandzik. She is survived by sons and partners, Mark and Dawn of California, Matt and Donna of Hawaii and Gary Mandzik of Homer; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Arrangements made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
Nancy Ruth Wrocklage
Anchorage resident Nancy Ruth Wrocklage, 66, went home to be with her Lord on July 23, 2014 after a courageous fight with cancer.
Born Nov. 23, 1947, in Quincy, Mass., Nancy traveled with her Navy family all over the states until she was 16. She graduated from Old Dominion College in Norfolk, Va. with a bachelor of science in elementary education and associate’s degree in veterinary science technology from State University of New York.
Nancy’s work with Guiding Eyes for the Blind in New York from 1969 to 1978 garnered her the distinction of being one of the first women to become a guide dog trainer in the country. Her love of dogs filled her life with great joy.
Nancy worked with Dr. James Scott at his veterinary practice when she first lived in Anchorage. She filled out her work life by joining the Library Resources Department for the Anchorage School District, retiring in 2003. An artist, writer, sister, friend, birder, knitter and animal-lover, Nancy’s life was full of lovely, wonderfully like-minded friends and acquaintances.
Nancy then discovered her “special seacoast town” of Homer and fell in love. She lived in Homer many summers, as well as one whole year, and spent many fun-filled days tide-pooling, following baby cranes, ushering at the local theatre, exercising with Strong Women and T’ai Chi, singing in the community chorus, going for walks. She enjoyed fellow birders, artists and gardeners, librarians, teachers and fishermen, Two Sisters Bakery, the Yarn Yurt and Pick and Pay, Jenny Lane Cottage and of course, Flakey the dog.
Nancy’s family wishes to say a heartfelt thank you to Katmai Oncology and the Oncology Rehab Center, as well as to all the physicians, nurses and caregivers at Providence Hospital. She was deeply grateful to have them as her journey partners.
Nancy is survived by her brothers John and Alan of Arizona; Peter and Christopher of Virginia; and sister Judy Blooms of Virginia, Uncle Richard Davies of California, as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Guiding Eyes for the Blind, Inc., 611 Granite Springs Rd., Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
Nancy will be missed by all whose lives she touched.
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