Long-time Skagway resident Robert Bob Rapuzzi died early in the morning of March 8 at his winter home in Arizona. Rapuzzi had been in declining health for a couple weeks after suffering a heart attack.
Rapuzzi, 82, was born in Skagway, helped build the Alaska Highway as a soldier in World War Two, and then worked many years as a longshoreman on the Skagway waterfront.
His ashes will be brought back to Skagway for burial, as he wished. The family is planning a memorial service in June.
Ivadell Rapuzzi, Bobs wife of more than 50 years, will be living with their daughter in Fairbanks until she returns to Skagway this summer.
A complete obituary will follow at a later date.
Laura Cecilia Sasha Selmer-Hughes
Anchorage resident Laura Cecilia Sasha Selmer-Hughes, 71, died Dec. 23, at Providence Alaska Medical Center.
No services were held. Her ashes will be spread later across the Chilkoot Trail.
Ms. Selmer was born July 13, 1931, in Independence, Miss., to Osborne and Elizabeth Selmer. She came to Alaska shortly after birth and was raised in Skagway. She also lived in Juneau and Sitka.
Ms. Selmer is survived by her brother, Eric Selmer; son and daughter-in-law, David and Jody Knapp; and grandchildren, Taylor and Fischer Knapp.
Arrangements were by Witzleben Family Funeral Homes & Crematory. Jeff Brady & Anchorage Daily News