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Longtime Juneau resident Dony Mallare Corpuz Sr., 96, died peacefully March 4, 2002.
He was born March 3, 1906, in Bauang, Philippines. He came to the United States in 1926, where he lived and worked in Stockton, Calif. In 1950, he moved to Alaska, where he worked in various canneries before moving to Juneau. In 1955, he returned to the Philippines and married Eduvigis Floresca. They made their home in Juneau and raised their four children here. He worked at Columbia Sawmill until it was shut down. He later worked at the Baranof Hotel as a janitor and then at the City Cafe and Airport Restaurant until his retirement in 1968.
His family said he enjoyed playing bingo and gathering with his friends. He was one of the few remaining Filipino pioneers. They said he was a loving brother, husband, father and grandfather, and will be missed by everyone who knew him.
He was preceded in death by both parents; his sister Teria Dumo; and brothers Andy, Mauro and Peping Corpuz.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Eduvigis (Sofia) Corpuz; sons Dony Corpuz Sr., San Francisco, and Fritz Corpuz, Anchorage; daughters Edna Mueca and her husband Remigio, Juneau, and Judy Hughes and her husband Tim, Oceanside, Calif.; grandsons Julius Mendoza, Virginia, Jed Mendoza, Oceanside, Calif., and Roland, Reynaldo and Randall Mueca, Juneau; sisters Soling Maling and Adoracion Corpuz, Philippines; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A viewing will be held at the Alaskan Mortuary from 5-9 p.m. on Friday, March 8, 2002. A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the Cathedral of the Nativity at 1 p.m., Saturday, March 9, 2002. A reception will follow at the Filipino Community.