Elizabeth “Betty” Herpst, 1927-2005

Long-time Skagway resident Betty Herpst died peacefully in her sleep at the Life Care Center of Puyallup in Washington on January 1, 2005 at the age of 77.
Christened Elizabeth Leona Newhall, she was born on April 15, 1927 in Montpelier, VT to her parents, Alvah and Laura Newhall. She attended schools in Middlesex, VT until World War II when her family moved to New Britain, CT to work in the factories as part of the war effort. It was there she met Joseph Herpst. They were married on June 24, 1944. At the end of the war she was reunited with her husband and they moved to Middlesex, VT where they resided until the fall of 1958 when they moved to Marshfield, VT.
She worked at National Life Insurance Company for 15 years and Betty and Joe opened and operated a restaurant, “The Lonely Bull”, in Plainfield, VT for a couple of years before moving their family to Skagway in 1968.
In Skagway she was employed by Cy Coyne and then Gene McNamara at Chilkoot Agencies. She also worked for the Department of Motor Vehicles selling auto license plates and titles for the State of Alaska.
Before arthritis crippled her hands, she was an avid knitter making sweaters for all of her family and friends. She also won many blue ribbons at the Southeast Alaska State Fair with her crocheting.
She was a 50-year member of the Methodist Church in Middlesex, VT.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Dirce and Dennis Spurrier of Skagway, AK; her daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and Ron Brown of St. James City, FL; her daughter , Peggy Campbell and her partner, Larry Gotcher of Spanaway, WA; her son Peter Herpst and his partner , Tom Oswald, of Tacoma, WA; her brother and sister-in-law, Fred and Merriam Newhall of Berlin, VT; one niece, two nephews, ten grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Herpst, in 1992 and her son, Stan Herpst, in 1990 both in Skagway.
A memorial service is planned for June 24, 2005 in Skagway. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Skagway EMS in her memory. – Submitted by the family.

Charles ‘Chuck’ Rapuzzi, 1918-2004
Former resident Charles Rapuzzi, 86, died peacefully Nov. 3, at his Seattle home. Rapuzzi was born Sept. 17, 1918, in Skagway. While a young man, he worked as an apprentice machinist on the White Pass and Yukon Route Railway.
In 1939 he moved to Seattle to join Boeing, working as a machinist by day and pursuing an engineering degree at night at the Univ. of Washington. At Boeing, he met Arlein Poier of Snohomish, and they were married March 23, 1951. They had two children. He worked at Boeing for 48 years, retiring as a senior executive in 1987.
Survivors are his wife, Arlein; sons, Charles Robert Rapuzzi of Lake Forest Park, Wash., and George Richard Rapuzzi of Anchorage; daughters-in-law, Jenny and Martha; grandchildren, Elizabeth, Robin, Jennifer, James and William; and sister, Betty Johannes of Wasilla. He was preceded in death by his brother, Robert Lee Rapuzzi, of Skagway. – courtesy Anchorage Daily News

Bernice H. Meroney, 1908-2004
Former Skagway resident Bernice H. Meroney went home to be with the Lord at Sallisaw Memorial Hospital in Oklahoma on Dec. 18, 2004
She was born at Prineville, Ore. on Jan. 17, 1908 to Christopher and Marie Ehret. She was married to Ed Meroney in Pomona, Calif. in 1930. They moved to Montana in 1944 and their union brought four children.
Bernice enjoyed volunteering at Beartooth Manor, reading, gardening, puzzles and painting. She was a faithful member of the Columbus, Mont. Assembly of God as a Sunday School teacher, women’s ministry worker, organist, and pianist.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ed; son Don, and son-in-law Eugene Barger. Bernice will be greatly missed by her son, Gilbert and wife Mildred Meroney of Skagway and Columbus; daughters Marilyn Barger of Oklahoma, and Beverly Kisser of Nevada; daughter in-law Beverly Dyck of Montana; 12 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren; a brother Leonard Ehret of California; a nephew; two nieces; cousins; and a host of loving friends in Montana, Alaska and Oklahoma.
Funeral services were held Dec. 23, 2004 at Smith Funeral Chapel in Columbus, and interment followed at Mountainview Cemetery. Submitted by family