OBITUARIES


Alice Story Selmer
1913-2008

Alice Selmer, 95 passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on June 10, 2008. Alice touched many lives. She always had an open door welcoming visitors with tea and homemade treats. She was her happiest when she was helping and giving to others. Her favorite things were gardening, cooking, decorating, reading, fashion & spending time with family & friends.
Alice was born to Anna Martin and Fred Story in Petersburg on January 30, 1913. The Story family was originally from Boston, where Alice had many wonderful memories of her loving aunts and uncles.
Alice cherished her years in Skagway with her brothers Dean and Fred who always treated her so special. There she met her first husband, Louis Selmer Sr., who preceded her in death in 1959. They treasured their family time with their only son Louis Selmer Jr. In Skagway she worked in the post office as a post mistress, and later had a career in fashion which she had a passion for throughout her life.
Her grandchildren Dean Selmer, Michelle Hogg and Lisa Steilen affectionately nicknamed her “Goose”. She had 40 memorable years on Bainbridge Island, Wash. with family and her second husband Robert Selmer, who preceded her in death in 2003. They enjoyed the simple things in life, like picnics on the beach, playing in the park, swinging with the kids, and taking walks. Highlights were Disneyland trips with the grandkids.
Alice lived on the Eastside, in Kirkland-Bothell for 16 years, to be close to family. She lived independently until she was 94. Alice treated her daughters-in-laws and “grand” sons/daughters-in-laws as her own children. Alice also was very close to her six great grandchildren: Beck, Bret, Marissa, Kayla, Courtney, and Kendall. Alice had many close friends in her life that she thought of as family.
Thank you to the staff at Cascade Vista in Redmond for their kindness and care of Alice the last year.
No service per Alice’s request. Please bring your whole family for a picnic at Juanita Beach on Sept. 7, “Grandparents Day,” at 11 a.m. to celebrate her life. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Diabetes Association. Memories can be shared at www.alice-selmer.last-memories.com – Submitted by the family

Mae R. Heidelberger
1917-2008
Mae R. Heidelberger, 91, a long-time resident of Skagway, passed away on June 20, 2008 in Blaine, Wash. Mae died in her sleep at the Stafholt nursing home, where she had been a resident for a short time.
Mae was born on May 7, 1917 in Leeds, North Dakota and arrived in Skagway in October 1945. She married William B. Heidelberger of Skagway in 1947.
Mae was active in the American Legion Auxiliary and was a Past Madam President of the Eagles Auxiliary. Mae and Bill operated Mae’s Snack Shack on Broadway.
She was preceded in death by her husband. She is survived by five sisters as well as her son, Wallace D. McCracken.
Mae requested that her ashes be returned to Skagway. She did not want any memorial services. – Submitted by the family

Tom Caposey
1952-2008
Lou Caposey’s son, Tom, has lost his fight with cancer. He died on the evening of June 25 at the age of 56.
He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Lynett; a daughter, Rachel; and a son, Mike; his father and mother, Lou and Noreen of Skagway; with sisters Eileen, Denise, and brothers Bob, Jim and John; two grandchildren, Landon and Dillon.
God has him now and he is in a good place. May he rest in peace.
The Caposey family would like to thank all the good people of Skagway for their prayers and concern. Thank you, Skagway, thank you.
– Lou Caposey and family