Posted: Tuesday, February 22, 2000

Lauraine C. Gerhard

Juneau resident Lauraine C. Gerhard died Feb. 19, 2000, at the Juneau Pioneers' Home.

She was born Sept. 29, 1909, in Fond du Lac, Wis., to Herman and Margaret Gerhard.

She worked in Milwaukee, Wis., and Washington, D.C., for many years before moving to Juneau in 1952. She worked as a legal secretary and later retired from the federal government.

She lived at Amalga Harbor, and enjoyed entertaining her many friends. She played bridge, picked berries and gardened. She worked on the regional Catholic newsletter, Inside Passage, and was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America and the Pioneers of Alaska. She also volunteered at the St. Vincent de Paul.

She is survived by friends and cousins throughout the United States and Europe, and her friends in Juneau.

The Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Thursday, and Catholic Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Cathedral of the Nativity. A reception will follow in the Parish Hall.

Burial will be in Wisconsin. Relatives may be contacted through Denis and Violet Schmitz, W. 7103 Rogersville Road, Fond du Lac, WI, 54937. Donations in her memory may be made to a favorite charity.

Jessie May Kilroy

Juneau resident Jessie May Kilroy died Feb. 19, 2000, in Juneau. She was born June 26, 1922, in Wrangell, and spent her childhood in and around Juneau.

She met and married Leray Clements and they had three children. The family lived in Elfin Cove and Juneau, and she worked in retail sales. In 1964 she moved to Haines, and worked at the Food Center. She later moved to Sitka, and in 1982 she married Allan Johnstone, Jr. They managed the Sitka Hotel for many years. In 1991 she moved back to Juneau to be closer to her children and grandchildren. She lived at the Juneau Pioneers' Home.

She enjoyed reading, crafts and bingo. Growing up in Alaska, she also enjoyed camping and fishing.

She is survived by her husband, Allan Johnstone of Sitka, daughters Lillian Inkster (and Bob) of Washington and Sharon Durling (and Gary) of Juneau, son Lee Ray Clements (and Lynne) of Juneau, grandchildren Jimmy Inkster, Patrick Inkster, Linda Inkster of Washington, Dwayne Clements, Michael Clements, Katrina Ward, Debrah Clements and Jessica Durling, all of Juneau, and 13 great grandchildren.

Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at the Juneau Pioneers' Home.

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