Ida Hopkins Kadashan

Posted: Wednesday, March 05, 2003

Juneau resident Ida Hopkins Kadashan, 95, died March 3, 2002, at Bartlett Regional Hospital.

She was born in Hoonah on May 22, 1906, to Pete and Mary Hopkins, the youngest of six children. Her Tlingit name was Kaashtinaa and her nickname was Soonjeekoosa. She was the eldest Eagle-Thunderbird of a five-generation family.

Her first husband and father of her children, Luke Osborne, disappeared in a boating accident in 1940. His "clan brother" David P. Kadashan married her and helped raise her children.

She worked in the fish cannery in Hoonah the year it opened in 1912, and at Excursion Inlet, and the crab cannery in Hoonah. She worked making spruce root basket weaving at the Mount Roberts Tram and at the Nakahidi Theatre. In her earlier days she ran the movie theater in Hoonah and had a garden in Icy Straits.

She was involved in raising money for the Alaska Native Brotherhood and Alaska Native Sisterhood, ANSCA efforts and for the Hoonah ANB Hall. She was a lifetime member of ANS in Hoonah and served as secretary and treasurer and grand emeritus. Ida and David Kadashan held the ANS/ANB and junior meetings at their home before the hall was built in Hoonah.

She was a deacon and elder at the Presbyterian Church in Hoonah where she was also a lifetime member. She was a Huna Totem and Sealaska shareholder. She taught in Hoonah, Sitka and Juneau. She taught Native culture at the Hoonah school, volunteered at the Alaska State Museum in Juneau, and won numerous ribbons for her exhibits at the state fair at Haines.

Her family said she loved her Tlingit way of life, preparing food, doing beadwork and was a master spruce root basket weaver. They said in all the important ways of her life she never hesitated to be involved in her cultural ways. They said she devoted her life to her family.

She is preceded in death by husbands Luke Osborne and David Kadashan, sons Paul Osborne, Benjamin L. See, Frank See, Harry See, George See, Tom See; daughter Laura Montero; sister Jenny Panamarkoff; grandchildren Dorian (Garrison) Webster; Janet and Chris Austin; sister Augie See; brothers Sam Hopkins, Frank Hopkins, John Hopkins; and great-great-grandchild Haley Sheakley.

She is survived by her children Lillian Austin, Anita Lafferty, Marjorie Garrison, Leona Williams, Ben Bailey, Frances See, Margaret Stevens, Marina Miller and Lydia Newlun; niece Emma Olsen; 32 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren and 48 great-great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 6, at Northern Light United Church. A memorial service will follow at the ANB Hall at 6:30 p.m.

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