Bridget Marie Petaja

Posted: Monday, March 14, 2011

Bridget Marie Petaja died March 7, 2011 at Bartlett Regional Hospital after a long fight with cancer. She was 49 years old.

Bridget was born April 30, 1961 in Juneau.

Bridget was preceded in death by her grandparents Karl and Ida Noreen and John and Sally Petaja, nephew William Petaja Jr. and cousins Kathy and Aundrea Isberg.

She is survived by her parents Willie and Karin Petaja; her sister Brenda Petaja; brothers Billy and Brandon Petaja; aunts and uncles Ruth (Dennis) Cunningham, Sune (Patricia) Noreen, Gunnar (Mary) Noreen, Sally Berlin, Maureena Petaja, Barbara Turner, Wythel Gershmel and Rufus Hildonen; nephews Hans and Kristian Elliott Petaja; niece Adele Miyasata Petaja; cousins Tyron Cunningham, Tony Cunningham, Troy Cunningham, Travis Cunningham, Trent Cunningham, Bernadine Kirkpatrick, Kristine Washburn, Rosa Noreen, Bragita Noreen, Sven Noreen, Liv Noreen, Matthew Noreen, Kathryn Noreen and Julia Noreen and her family in Fairbanks, Wasilla, Anchorage, Olympia, Wash., Berney, Calif and Sweden.

Brandon Petaja wrote of his sister that she “led an active and varied life with no shortage of personal drama. There was such a loving soul in that woman. We all love our Bridgie.

“There’s too much to write about my love’s life to fully explain her. Anyone that ever knew her loved her. She was surely blessed.”

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Alaskan Memorial Park. Her cremated remains will be scattered at a later date in the Southeast Alaska area she loved and enjoyed while she was living.

Donations in Bridget’s name can be made to Catholic Community Service’s Care-A-Van or Hospice and Home Care programs, 419 Sixth Street, Juneau, AK 99801.

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