Posted: Tuesday, January 11, 2000

Carolyn Burg

Longtime Juneau resident and Alaska pioneer Carolyn Burg, 91, died Jan. 9, 2000, in Juneau after a short illness.

She was born Dec. 6, 1908, to Albert and Sophia Schael and grew up in New London, Wis., where she graduated from high school. She moved to Appleton, Wis., where she married Harry Warren in 1930. They had two children, Thomas and Nancy Warren.

After a divorce, in 1940 she moved to Milwaukee with her children, raising them there through high school. Wanting change and adventure, she applied for a federal job and was hired by the Veteran's Administration in Juneau. She arrived in 1952, her first trip out of the Midwest. The wilderness flavor of Alaska appealed to her pioneering spirit and she made Juneau her home.

In 1958 she married world explorer, photographer and author Amos Burg. She also worked for the federal court system, traveling through Southeast Alaska, and for the state highway department, retiring in 1967.

Along with supporting her husband's activities, she took an active part in local social and environmental projects. In 1960 Gov. Bill Egan honored Burg for spearheading a statewide litter cleanup campaign. In 1966 the Alaska Sportsman Council appointed Burg as Conservationist of the Year. She involved herself in local government, battling on an individual path to keep the state capital in Juneau, and championing other causes.

She was a member of P.E.O. Chapter D, Pioneers of Alaska, Sons of Norway, and an active member of Bethel Christian Center.

She was preceded in death by her sister Gertrude Harding in 1982, her son Thomas of cancer in 1960 and her husband Amos Burg in 1986.

She is survived by her daughter Nancy Warren Ferrell (and Ed Ferrell) of Juneau, grandchildren Patricia and William Ferrell of Seattle, Jeffrey and James Rouse of Wisconsin and great grandchildren Douglas, Cassie, Nina and Dalton Rouse of Wisconsin, and numerous friends in Juneau and the Northwest.

Memorial services will be 1:30 p.m. Friday at Bethel Assembly of God, 8001 Glacier Highway. The P.E.O. will host a reception at 3 p.m. at The Parkshore Condominiums recreation center, 800 F Street, following the memorial service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice and Home Care of Juneau, 3200 Hospital Drive, Juneau, 99801, or the American Cancer Society, 1057 Fireweed Lane, Suite 204, Anchorage, AK, 99503, in Carolyn Burg's name.

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