September 1960 – April 2010
Tim Arnold died on April 10, at 1:20 p.m. in his Skagway home, after a long battle with cancer.
He was born in Santa Cruz, California on September 7, 1960. After moving to Pineville, Oregon with his family he later met his bride, Joann Miller. Together, they moved to Oregon City, where they were married on September 28, 1980.
The Arnolds moved to Skagway in 1981, where they started a family and home.
Tim was the shop foreman at Gray Line of Alaska and could often be seen around town wearing his work blues. He had a love for the outdoors, and enjoyed shooting, fishing and camping.
Tim is survived by his wife of 30 years, Joann, son Brandon, daughter Danielle Authier, son-in-law Tim, and all of his extended family in Skagway.
He is also survived by his sister Kelly Reponen of Redmond, Oregon; sister Tammy Thompson, father Paul Arnold, stepmother Beverly, brother Steve, and several nieces and nephews, all of Prineville; and Kenny Arnold of Portland.
Honey, we love you and you are missed. On behalf of the family, thank you Skagway for your support and love.
– Submitted by the family
December 1924 – April 2010
Pioneer Alaskan Sheila Brena, 85, passed peacefully early Saturday morning, April 10, 2010, at her home in Anchorage while surrounded by family and friends.
Sheila was born in Los Angeles, California on December 24, 1924, and was raised in Peace River, Alberta, Canada. Her mother, Olive (Lay) Simmons, was a life-long school teacher in Alberta. Her father, Lester Simmons, was a stone mason and a craftsman. She had three brothers and one sister: Robert (Bob) Simmons, Harold (Hal) Simmons, Barbara (Simmons) Blakely, and Errol R. Simmons. Sheila was predeceased by her parents and her brothers and sister.
After graduating from college in Alberta, Sheila taught school in a one-room school house in Alberta before moving to Whitehorse, Yukon Territories, Canada, where she met her husband, Camillo “McGee” Brena. McGee was an Italian-American, recently honorably discharged from the U.S. Army, who helped with the Army’s efforts to build the Alaska-Canada Highway. McGee had opened and was operating a barber shop and beauty salon in the Whitehorse Inn, and Sheila was one of his clients.
In the late 1940s, Sheila and McGee moved to Skagway, Alaska, where McGee worked as a barber, cab driver, and bartender for the Pack Train Saloon – a historic saloon with a legacy dating back to the first few days of the gold stampede in 1897. In 1950, Sheila and McGee purchased the Pack Train Saloon and operated it as the oldest operating saloon in Alaska until a few years after McGee passed in 1968. During that time, Sheila became the first female member of the Alaska Bartenders Union. The current Pack Train Saloon was among the first major restorations of historic properties in Skagway. After studying Culinary Arts at Orange Coast College in California, Sheila opened and operated a restaurant in the building until she retired. She had quite a following for her homemade soups and bread pudding.
Sheila is survived by and was a caring and devoted mother to David L. Brena of Skagway, Robin O. Brena (wife Barbara) of Anchorage, and Maureen C. Brena of Eagle River. She was also a loving grandmother and great-grandmother (Nonee) to her grandchildren Davonne (husband Robert), Jeanette (husband Dave), Seth, Dara, and John-Pat, and her great-grandson Nicholas.
Sheila was a kind-hearted, well-educated, generous, and strong-willed woman, with a passion for her family, education, cooking, flowers, trees, poetry, birds, and environmental causes. She was happiest when she was cooking for a family gathering, teaching her grandchildren, tending her flowers, or reciting poetry from memory. She was a truly remarkable woman who will be missed by many.
Donations to the Audubon Society, P.O. Box 101161, Anchorage, AK 99510 in Sheila’s name in lieu of flowers would be appreciated. Condolences may be sent to the Brena family at 1711 South Salem Drive, Anchorage, Alaska 99508-5154. – Submitted by the family
August 1923 – April 2010
Former Skagway resident Edmund “Wally” Robert Enzi, born August 9, 1923 in New Leipzig, North Dakota, passed away April 11, 2010.
Ed graduated from New Leipzig High School and served his country during World War II in the U.S. Army Signal Corps. He married Irmgard Pomsel, who preceded him in death in 1999.
They lived in Skagway from 1959 to 1964. Enzi worked for the old Alaska Communication System in the old RCA/Alascom building. There is an old telephone in the museum that the family donated. He was an avid fisherman who spent weekends fishing in Long Bay and Dyea.
He is survived by his children: Robert (Gayla), Rose, Edmund (Anita), and Susan; grandchildren Richard (Andrea), Rachel, Pascha, Jessica, and Eddie and two great-grandchildren Bryan and Connor. He was preceded in death by his grandchild, Lorelei.
At his request, there will be no funeral. – Submitted by the family