Posted: Sunday, January 14, 2001

Dorothy White

Former Juneau resident Dorothy White, 82, died Dec. 27, 2000, in Sublimity, Ore.

She was born Dec. 14, 1918, in Portland, Ore. She grew up in Tillamook County on the North Oregon Coast. She married her husband Martin in 1936, and she and her family moved to Southeast Alaska in 1948.

They lived in Juneau, Douglas, Skagway and Tenakee until 1971, when she and her husband moved to Stayton, Ore. She moved to Sublimity in 1998.

She was a homemaker and raised four children. Her daughter said she was proud to be the great-grandmother to 24 children, and was especially proud that just a few days before she died, she was able to hold her latest great-grandchild.

She enjoyed crocheting, shopping at garage sales and selling her garage-sale acquisitions at flea markets.

She was preceded in death by her husband Martin in 1978. She is survived by her daughters Barbara Bell of Douglas and Margie Thynes of Ketchikan, her son James White of Ketchikan, her sister Vera Baumgartner of Sublimity, 13 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.

Services were held in December in Oregon.


Albert Warren Hunt

Former Juneau resident Albert Warren Hunt, 69, died Jan. 10, 2001, at Hillcrest Nursing Home in Sunnyside, Wash.

He was born April 5, 1931, to Albert Warren and Turie Sally (Wolf) Hunt, in Meeker, Colo. He served as a radio operator during the Korean War. He and his wife Ellen (Curtis) Hunt lived in Juneau from 1959 to 1987. He worked as a carpenter and also worked on the Alaska Pipeline.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, his sisters Alice Artlip and Edith Green and his brother Cecil Hunt.

He is survived by his daughter Patsy Hunt of Aberdeen, Wash., his sisters Edna Caldwell of Juneau, Frances Minor of Sunnyside, Wash., Alberta Warfield of Prosser, Wash., his brothers Brownie Hunt of Juneau and Frank Hunt of Grandview, Wash. and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services will be held Jan. 16 in Grandview, Wash. Internment will be at the Grandview Cemetery. The family suggest that memorials be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 21836, Juneau, AK, 99802.


Valeri Vincent Trambitas

Longtime former Juneau resident Valeri Vincent "Larry" Trambitas died Dec. 30, 2000, at his home in Rancho Mirage, Calif. He was 79.

He was born June 22, 1921, to Valeri and Elizabeth Finley Trambitas in Portland, Ore. He came to Juneau as a boy with his family in 1935. His first job was selling newspapers for the Juneau Empire. During the depression years he also worked as a professional boxer and as a laborer in the Alaska Juneau Gold Mine.

He joined the Army before World War II and served with honor. After his discharge he returned to Juneau and worked as a mate on a boat. When World War II erupted he rejoined the Army, serving in the Aleutians and that part of India that is now Pakistan. He was assigned to the force scheduled for the invasion of Japan when the war ended.

After the war he fished commercially, saving to invest in a business. He went on to own and operate several movie theaters. He eventually left the theater business and returned to a career in fishing, and fished commercially out of Juneau aboard his vessel The Ivory Gull.

His family wrote that he never lost his love for Alaska, that he always had a twinkle in his eye, was ready with a quick joke and had a heart of gold. He was a lifetime member of the Juneau chapters of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and The Elks Club, and the service organizations Variety Club International, People Helping People and The City of Hope.

He is survived by his wife Vesta, his brother Jack of Juneau, daughter Galene Axelson of Oregon, son Larry of Washington, stepson C.R. "Bud" Marsh of California, and stepdaughter Kathleen Voorhees of Washington, nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

The family asks that remembrances be made as donations to Eisenhower Hospice, 42-201 Beacon Hill, Suite B, Palm Desert, CA, 92211.

Robert Leroy Mell

Former Juneau resident Robert Leroy Mell died Jan. 4, 2001, in British Columbia following a long fight against cancer.

He was born March 5, 1924, in Wichita, Kan. After graduating from high school he served with the Army during World War II in the Pacific Theater. He attended electronic technical training in Portland, Ore., and then worked for the Federal Aviation Administration on Annette Island in 1948, moving to Juneau in 1951.

He met and married his wife Alleyne in Juneau where they raised their family. In 1981 he retired from the FAA and worked as a seasonal employee with the state of Alaska for several years. They moved to Shawnigan Lake, B.C., in June 1986.

He continued an interest in ham radio through out his life, (VE7-TVL & KL7TV), and was a member of the Juneau and the Victoria, B.C. clubs. His family and friends appreciated his capable loving ways, unique technical abilities and sense of humor.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Alleyne, and his mother Bessie Arnt of Vancouver, Wash., his two daughters, Katherine Mell, and three grandsons of Juneau, Jean (Jim) Russo, and grandchildren Adam and Sarah Hughes of Eagle River.

Donations may be made to the Cancer Society, P.O. Box 21836, Juneau, AK, 99802; the American Diabetes Association, 801 West Fireweed Lane, No. 103, Anchorage, AK, 99503; or a charity of choice.

Funeral services were held Jan. 10, 2001, in Colwood, B.C.

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