Dorothy June Vavalis-Enbusk


Posted: Monday, January 06, 2003

Lifetime Juneau resident Dorothy "Lulu" June Vavalis-Enbusk, 56, died Jan. 2, 2003, at her home in Juneau.

Enbusk was born April 26, 1946, to John and Alice Vavalis Sr. She received her first holy communion in the Catholic Church in the late 1950s, and graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School in 1965. She was employed as a cartographer with the Department of Transportation during the late 1960s. She married Steve Enbusk in 1970 and became a devoted homemaker.

She was Lukaax.adi clan family, Raven/Sockeye, and was a shareholder of Sealaska and Goldbelt corporations, a member of Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp No. 2 and a member of the Tlingit and Haida Central Council. Friends and family knew her as Lulu. Her hobbies included sewing, crocheting and baking.

She was preceded in death by her father, John George Vavalis Sr.; her grandfather, James Jackson; and her longtime companion George Mercado. She is survived by her mother Alice Vavalis; brother John George Vavalis Jr.; sisters Shirley Ramsdell, Jean Vavalis, Madeline Morris, Loretta Vavalis, Geri Anderson, Bernice Cranston, Sharon Olsen and Christine Vavalis, all of Juneau, Lee Hoffmann of Seattle, Catherine Moore of Sierra Vista, Ariz., and Helen Russell of Spokane, Wash.; her sons, Christopher Mercado and Kevin Enbusk; her grandchildren, Darion Parker Enbusk and Kelsie Lu (Little Lulu) Enbusk; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, at the Cathedral of the Nativity, 416 Fifth St. downtown. A reception will follow at Parrish Hall. Pallbearers are James Mason, Michael Ramsdell, Ron Vavalis, Chuck Gordon, Rick Vavalis, Frank Saranovich, James Vavalis and Jason Murdoch. Honorary pallbearers are John Vavalis Jr., Wayne Hoffmann, Jerry Moore, Mike Ramsdell, Jim Russell, Bill Morris, Bob Anderson, Erling Olsen, Tom Paddock Jr., Jerry VanGysel and Ted Wieting.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to the Glory Hole, 247 S. Franklin St.

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