Inez Soldin Knorr
Life-long Skagway resident Inez Soldin Knorr, age 80, passed away Sunday, February 5, 2006 in California while visiting her son Mark and his family.
She was born on November 9, 1925 in Chilkoot Barracks (Haines), Alaska. Her parents were Emitt Lee Thatcher and Mavis Clair Hukill of Skagway.
They were Skagway pioneers. Inezs grandparents, David and Heneritta Hukill , arrived in 1899. David worked on building the White Pass & Yukon Route. Their daughter, Mavis Clair Hukill, was born in 1901. She married Emitt Lee Thatcher who died from complications from mustard gas after serving in World War I. They had two children, Emitt and Inez.
Mavis then married Hans Soldin who adopted both Emitt and Inez and then they had two more children, Irene and Tooky. Hans Soldin worked for the White Pass and while Inez was growing up, she lived at Glacier Section on the railroad. Inez graduated from Skagway Public School and attended college in Tacoma. She worked at the Pullen House as a waitress in her early teens, at the Lockheed factory in California on P38s as a riveter, and at the Alaska Road Commission in Juneau as the secretary in charge of equipment.
Inez met Marvin in Juneau and was married in 1951. They moved to Skagway soon after. In Skagway Inez worked for AP&T and then for White Pass as a coach cleaner starting in 1957 until she retired in 1976. For many years after retiring, Marvin and Inez traveled extensively throughout the continental U.S., Europe, Australia and Southeast Asia. During their last years, they lived quietly in Skagway and often went to their cabin in Carcross or on Lake LaBerge. Inezs husband, Marvin Knorr, Sr., died July 17, 2003 just shy of being 90 years old.
Inez loved Skagway. Throughout her life, she enjoyed hiking, fishing, hunting, painting and gardening. She also got pleasure from music and playing an organ, the piano, the violin, and an accordion. Inez loved decorating for Christmas; one year the tree was done so it looked like it went through the ceiling. Bits and pieces about Inez include: a picture of Inez with Barbara Kalen hiking AB Mountain on the front cover of the Alaska magazine; Marvin and Inez dancing in the Days of 98 Show; Inez teaching classes to anyone interested in knitting, crocheting and reupholstering; and Inez at age 70 hiking the Chilkoot Trail with the Chilkoot Sisters in July, 1995. She was an active volunteer at the Skagway Fire Department and they awarded her a very heavy red bathrobe because shed rush to the Fire Hall on winter mornings. Mushroom gathering, picking blueberries, and hunting pinecones were just a few of the things she taught her grandchildren.
In recent years, Inez enjoyed going to local cafes for coffee in the morning with her friend and pal, Connie Conard. She was also an active member of the Womens Bowling League and Eastern Star Naomi #9. In addition, Inez played cribbage frequently with another friend, Renate Mulvihill. An animal lover, Inez was known to feed biscuits to dogs as she walked around town. She would also stop and provide tourists with directions or just chat with them. Inez remained happy and cheerful throughout her many years of Alzheimers.
Inez is survived by her beloved sons: Bill Hall of Corpus Christi; Marvin Knorr, Jr. of Crescent Springs, Kentucky; Mark Knorr of Folsom, California; Keith Knorr of Skagway; as well as eleven grandchildren and one great granddaughter. Her two sisters, Irene Henricksen of Skagway and Tooky Harlow of Gig Harbor, Washington are also still living.
Inez will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. If you would like to share your favorite memory of Inez, please send an e-mail to Debbie at firstname.lastname@example.org. A memorial service will be held at the Presbyterian Church at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 29, 2006. Submitted by the family
Ruth Margaret Kasko
Ruth Margaret Kasko of Klukwan passed away at Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau on July 8, 2006 surrounded by her family and friends following a lengthy illness.
She was born August 18, 1928 to Daniel and Margaret Katzeek in Klukwan, Alaska. Ruth carried the names Kadaay kalut and Yikdatoo of the Kootis Hit (Looking Out House) of the Gaanaax tei di clan of Klukwan.
Ruth attended Sheldon Jackson through grade eight and received her GED. On February 8, 1950 she married Edwin Kasko of Klukwan. Together they worked for over two decades to promote Edwin as a pre-eminent Tlingit carver and silversmith.
Ruth was totally dedicated to her family and Tlingit traditional values. She was a dedicated mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and Aunty to her entire family. She was a skilled weaver of Chilkat and Ravenstail blankets, as well as cedar baskets, and an accomplished skin sewer. She took a leadership position in 1998 as a prime promoter of Keet Gooshi Tours, one of the first all-village based cultural tours to be led by Tlingit guides. Ruth was an avid supporter and cultural advisor to the Bald Eagle Foundation of Haines, said her family.
She was preceded in death by her parents Daniel and Margaret Katzeek; by her sisters Alice and Marian; and by her brothers George, James, Frank, Watson and Tom.
She was a frequent visitor to Skagway, especially when her mother lived here in the 1980s with her sister Marian and Ernie Kelm.
Ruth is survived by her brother Smith Katzeek Sr. and her daughters Alice Morris, Lorraine Kasko and Marjorie McWhorter; grandchildren Denise and Dennis (DJ) Morris; Cortes and Jessica McWhorter; her great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation in Juneau was held at the chapel at the Alaskan Memorial Park and Mortuary at 6 p.m. Thursday July 13, 2006. Memorial Services were held in Klukwan at the ANS Hall on Saturday, July 15, 2006.
Memorial donations may be made in Ruths name to the Chilkaat Kwaan Cultural Heritage Center, care of the Chilkat Indian Village, P.O. Box 210, Haines, AK 99827.
Stanley A Kowalke
1932 - 2006
Former Skagway resident Stanley A Kowalke, 73, died peacefully in his sleep June 25, 2006 at his Otis, Oregon home after suffering a major stroke in mid-May.
Stan was born December 5, 1932 in Carver County, Minnesota to Stanley G and Lottie Kowalke. He graduated high school in Minnesota, went to Alaska and worked for the Alaska Road Commission during 1952-53. He worked on the Seward Highway before being drafted into the U.S. Army where he served for two years as a demolitions expert.
While stationed in Washington he met and married Alta M Hylton in Shelton, Washington December 7, 1954. After Stan was honorably discharged from the Army they moved to Anchorage, Alaska in early 1955 where he went to work in 1957 for Alaska Airlines as a ramp service agent.
Mr. Kowalke moved his young family to Cordova, Alaska in late 1963 to work for Merle (Mudhole) Smith as station manager for Cordova Airlines. After Cordova Airlines was merged with Alaska Airlines in 1968, Stan continued to work for Alaska Airlines as the Cordova station manager and held that position until his retirement in September 1993.
Stan and Alta then retired to Skagway, a place they had discovered while motor home camping, one of their favorite past times. Stan enjoyed puttering around in his shop as well as motor home camping around the state and Yukon Territory, Canada.
During his retirement years in Skagway, he worked briefly for L.A.B. Flying Service and one summer for White Pass Railroad, shuttling visitors up and down the dock. After his wife Alta died in 1997, Stan continued to live in Skagway until December 2004 when he moved to Otis, Oregon.
Stanley is survived by his three daughters, Terry (& Bob) Bonnell of Cordova, Alaska; Connie Kowalke of Otis, Oregon; and Dorinda (& Paul) Pettit of Lexington, Kentucky; brothers Harry (& Phyllis) Kowalke of Gleneden Beach, Oregon and Bob (& Shelley) Kowalke of Willow, Alaska; as well as 6 grandchildren, Joe & Randy Bonnell; Derinda & Jozie Duncan; and Jessi & Michael Pettit; 2 great-grandchildren Darius Murphy and Leonard Pettit; niece Leann Clawson and nephew Tommy Kowalke.
Stan was preceded in death by his wife, Alta and his parents. Ashes of both Stan and Alta Kowalke will be scattered in White Pass outside of Skagway next spring or early summer. Funeral arrangements were by Virgil T Golden Funeral Service in Salem, Oregon. No services were held per Mr. Kowalkes request. Donations may be made in Stans memory to a Cancer Fund or State Troopers of your choice.