Posted: Wednesday, January 24, 2001

Mamie Jensen

Longtime Juneau resident and Alaskan pioneer Mamie Feusi Jensen, 94, died Jan. 19, 2001, at her Fritz Cove home, of cancer. She was surrounded by family members.

She was born on Dec. 2, 1906, in Douglas, the daughter of John Feusi and Mary Ott. Her father immigrated to Alaska from Switzerland and her mother from Germany. In Douglas, they met, married, and owned and operated a general store.

Jensen grew up in Douglas and attended Douglas High School and business school in Tacoma, Wash. Returning to Juneau, she worked as head bookkeeper for the Juneau Cold Storage. At an Elks Club dance she met Marcus Jensen, and in December 1933 they married. Their son John was born in 1935.

Jensen spent many years helping to run the family store. In her free time, she enjoyed music and friends, and improvised on the piano as background for silent movies. She and her sister taught many young Douglas boys to dance. She was active in the Douglas Island Women's Club and helped start the Douglas Public Library. In the 1950s she was named "Mother of the Year." In 1978, she was an original cast member in the Perseverance Theatre's production, "Pure Gold." She was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America, Soroptomists, Beta Sigma Phi, Toastmasters and PEO.

Jensen was famous for her hospitality, entertaining countless guests with her warm and gracious manner and delicious cooking. Her family said she was well-known for her venison roast dinners and sourdough waffle brunches.

She is survived by her husband Marcus Jensen; son John Jensen; grandchildren Aleria and Solan Jensen, all of Juneau, and niece Elaine MacDonald of College Park, Wash.

A PEO service will be held at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 9 at the Alaskan Memorial Park Chapel, followed by a rosary and visitation, until 8:30 p.m.

Mass and memorial services will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 10 at St. Paul's Catholic Church, followed by a reception at the parish hall. Those who wish to will have the opportunity to share their memories of her.

In lieu of flowers, donations are asked to be made to PEO-Chapter G for "The Mamie Jensen Memorial Scholarship Fund." Send to Karla Donaghey, president, P.O. Box 34513, Juneau AK 99803.

Dorothy Duncan

Juneau resident Dorothy Duncan, 80, died Jan. 21, 2001, at her son's home in Juneau.

She was born Jan. 1, 1921, in Walnut Ridge, Ark. She grew up in Galveston and Belton, Texas She lived most of her life in Tucson, Ariz.

She and her husband, Melvin, were active members of the Desert Foothills Baptist Church and the Arizona Romers, an RV club.

She was preceded in death by her husband Mel in 1993. She is survived by her sons Mike Duncan of Switzerland and Craig Duncan (and wife Millie) of Juneau, and stepson Dee Cady (and wife Sherry) of Orange, Calif. Her grandchildren include Brad Duncan, Susan (and husband Wade) Bryson and Beth FitzGerald, all of Juneau; Doug Duncan (and wife Leslie) of Hayden, Idaho and Michael Pacuilla of Tucson, Ariz. Her siblings are Mildred Homolya of Berlin Heights, Ohio, Ann Sudomier of Farmington Hills, Mich., Francis Shaw and Bill Walker of La Marque Texas, and Jack Walker of Houston, Texas.

Services will be held at a future date in Hitchcock, Texas. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Hospice and Home Care of Juneau, 3200 Hospital Drive, Suite 100, Juneau, AK, 99801.

Valeri Vincent Trambitas

Longtime Juneau resident Valeri Vincent "Larry" Trambitas died Dec. 30, 2000, 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 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 broke out he rejoined the Army, serving in the Aleutians and what 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 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.

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