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Ivadell Deane Rapuzzi
June 1923-April 2009

Our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend passed on to eternal life with the lord on April 22, 2009, in Fairbanks, Alaska. She was 85.
Ivadell was born to Harry and Gertrude Oliver in Seattle, Washington on June 7, 1923.
She graduated from West Seattle High School in 1941. After graduation she attended business school and was employed as a secretary in a Seattle business office. She was an active member and volunteer of the USO during World War II.
Ivadell met her future husband, “Bob”, Robert Lee Rapuzzi while ice skating in Seattle. He literally “knocked her off her feet.” When he helped her up off the ice, their courtship began. They were married on January 19, 1952. They lived in Skagway and also kept a home in Bellevue, Washington.
Ivadell and Bob raised two children: a son, Rick Lee, and a daughter, Dellalee Deane.
After the children were raised, Ivadell worked summers at Keller’s Jewlery and Curio store in Skagway. Her expertise was the gold nugget jewelry counter, where she enjoyed selling gold nugget jewelry to the many tourists passing through Skagway. She retired from Keller’s in 2005 after almost 30 years.
Ivadell and Bob became snowbirds in their later years. They kept a winter home in Green Valley, Arizona.
Ivadell was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, where she sang in the choir. She also worked many years on the local election board. She was an active longtime member of Naomi Chapter #9 Order of the Eastern Star. She took great pride in helping to organize the annual Eastern Star Flower Show, where she would display her many beautiful roses and show her doll collection.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Gertrude Oliver, her infant sister, and her husband of 51 years, Bob Rapuzzi.
Ivadell is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Rick Lee and Laurie Rapuzzi of Eagle River; daughter Dellalee Deane Kalberg of Fairbanks. Grandchildren, Ryan and Monique Rapuzzi of Anchorage, Teresa and Carl Richardson of Eagle River, Cory Rapuzzi of Eagle River, Tifiny Kalberg of Anchorage, and John Kalberg Jr. of Las Vegas; and great-granddaughters, Elise Rapuzzi and Riley Richardson.
A memorial service will be held in Skagway at First Presbyterian Church, at 1 p.m. on June 20, 2009. A celebration of Ivadell’s life will be hosted at Skagway Elks Lodge No. 431 at 5 p.m.
Ivadell supported many charities throughout her lifetime. In lieu of flowers please make a donaton to your favorite charity in her memory.
Ivadells’s family would like to thank everyone for your cards, prayers, flowers and support, during these sadest of days.
When the days are sad and lonely,
And everything goes wrong
We seem to hear you whisper,
“Cheer up and carry on.”
Everytime we see your picture,
You smile and seem to say,
“Don’t cry I’m only sleeping,
we’ll meet again someday.”
It broke our hearts to lose you,
But you didn’t go alone.
A part of us went with you
The day God Took you home.
– Submitted by the family

Felicia 'Queenie' Braun
April 1910 – May 2009


Felicia “Queenie” Braun passed away in Freeland, Washington on May 16, 2009. Born April 16, 1910 in Seattle, she was orphaned in 1918 and raised in a Catholic orphanage. In 1934 she married Joe “Brownie” Braun (deceased, 1983), and in 1935 she hopped on a steamship and followed him to Juneau, Alaska, where he had taken a job in the San Francisco bakery.
Felicia adapted to life in Alaska with surprising ease. Her initial home was a small, one-room cabin (no plumbing, no electricity) that Joe had built seven miles outside of Juneau. It was here that their only child, Jay, was conceived in 1938. From there they moved to McKinley Park (another small cabin with outhouse), where Joe had landed a job as a park ranger. Following the McKinley stint, they went on to work in Anchorage, then ran a fur-trading roadhouse in Gakona. The Gakona job netted enough savings to buy a partnership in the bakery business back in Juneau (the “Purity Bakery”) in 1947 where they lived for three years. They then moved to Petersburg, and ran another bakery for three years, not yet ready to settle down somewhere.
Finally, in 1953, they moved to Skagway where they established “Brownie’s Bakery,” and stayed for the next 25 years: Joe and Felicia had finally found a place to call “home.” Their son, Jay, completed high school here, then went off to college, and an eventual academic career in neuroscience.
It was here, in 1958, that Felicia developed her act as “Queenie,” an aging dance hall girl. She went on to establish herself as an entertainment fixture in Skagway, performing the act for about two decades. Felicia totally invented Queenie, both the costume and the personality. She imagined and mimed the experience of having danced with all kinds of men, and all styles of dancers, including “Soapy,” who, in her act, backed her into a spittoon! Other characters held her too tight, too loose, too low, or they were too fresh or poorly coordinated. By herself, in the middle of the main floor of the Eagles Hall, with only piano accompaniment, she held the stage to the delight of thousands of tourists and her fellow performers in the Days of ‘98 show.
In 1978 Joe and Felicia retired to Joe’s boyhood home of Wenatchee, Washington, where Felicia made a whole new life for herself, and made many new friends. She moved to Freeland, Washington 30 years later to be closer to her grandchildren. During her life in Washington, the highlight of her year was often the Skagway Reunion get-together held annually in Bellevue.
Felicia’s many friends and family will miss her wonderful sense of humor, incredible resourcefulness, stories of pioneering life in Alaska, and her warmth and generosity. She is survived by her son, Jay Braun, and his wife, Sara, of Tempe, Arizona; grandchildren, Jodie Philp of Langley, Washington, and Jason Braun of Coupeville, Washington; and by three great grandchildren.
For most of her adult life Felicia eschewed formal religion of any kind. But if asked about her beliefs, she would say, “I belong to the Round Church where the devil can’t get me in a corner.” And so far as anybody can tell, he never did. – Submitted by the family.

Raymond Carder
Jan. 1925 – April 2009
Former homesteader of Lutak Inlet near Haines, Raymond F. Carder died April 24, 2009, at St. Joseph Hospital in Bellingham, Wash. He was born Jan. 25, 1925, in Fort Monroe, Va., to Frank Carder, an American military officer, and Gorgette Madinier, a French immigrant cook.
After withdrawing from 11th grade to serve in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1945, he returned to Hopewell High School in Virginia to graduate. He attended the College of William and Mary almost a year before he withdrew due to a football injury. In 1947, he headed north over the newly constructed Alcan Highway to Haines to become a stockholder of Port Chilkoot Co. Broke and finding no work of sustainment, he moved to Skagway where he drove his own cab, long-shored and was a gandy dancer for the White Pass railroad.
Involving himself in the local culture, he acted in the “Day’s of ‘98,” joined a men’s basketball team and started a private, after-hours home brew parlor. When filmmakers for the Hollywood film “Harpoon” came to town, he landed a small role as an extra harpoon thrower.
Through friendships with the locals, he learned the Alaskan techniques for fishing, hunting and trapping. In Skagway, he met and fell in love with the “Queen of the Yukon,” Viola Sullivan. After a fiery romance, they were married in 1949.
In 1956, he moved his family of five to Haines. He began work as a tanker dock pump operator for the Army Department of Defense Petroleum Distribution Center while homesteading the north end of Lutak Inlet near the Chilkoot River.
In Lutak, he cleared land and built two homes, a summer cabin and a boat moorage. He led a subsistence lifestyle of hunting, fishing, trapping, crabbing, gardening, smoking fish and canning. In the early 1980s he sold out in Lutak to retire in Juneau.
“Raymond always will be remembered for his adventurous stories about his childhood and Alaskan experiences, his kindness and generosity and his love for Alaska - its people, its land, its waters, its spirit,” his family said.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Viola Carder; daughters, Jeanetta Weedman and husband, Walter, and Simone Martin and husband, Bradley; sons, James Carder and wife, Hanh, and Michael Carder; grandsons, Duane and Raymond Weedman, Jimmy Ray Carder and Gregory Carder; granddaughter, Christine Carder; step-granddaughter, Dorothy Baz, husband, Alex, and their children, Alexandria, Alex and Monique; sister, Jeannine Carder, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; brothers-in-law Larry Sullivan, of North Pole, and Michael Sullivan and wife, Patty, of Yuba City, Calif.; and sister-in-law Lola Sullivan, of Pocattello, Idaho.
A memorial service will take place in Alaska this summer. Condolences may be mailed to Viola Carder, 4895 Dory Ct., Blaine, WA. – Juneau Empire