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Sitka resident Esther Lindoff Kaze died March 9, 2010, in Sitka. She was 77.
Born March 27, 1932, in Hoonah, where she lived most of her life, she attended grade school there. She also lived in Tenakee Springs, Wrangell, Sterling and Anchorage. She was a Mount Fairweather Dancer, lifetime member of the Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp 12 and member of the Northern Light Tlingit Gospel Group. She was a store clerk, cannery worker and "great mother," her family said.
She was preceded in death by her father, Otto Lindoff; mother, Mary Lindoff Watson; and step-father, Ben Watson.
She is survived by her brother, John Lindoff; sister-in-laws, Jennie Lindoff and Faye Bison; daughters and their spouses, Mary and Andie Peterson, Susan and Speedy Gonzales and Lindy Kaze; sons and their spouses, Casey and Jaunita Kaze Jr., Gaylord Kaze; grandchildren, Bob Leuband Jr., Leah Kaze-Aronoff, Evan Gonzales, Tracey Morrison, Michael Williams, Kyle Kaze; 10 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Matthew Gonzalez, Anthony Lindoff, Bob Mills, Jerome Abbott, Kamal Lindoff, John Hawkins Jr., Myron Murphy and Gerald Nakamura.
Honorary pallbearers were James Lindoff, George Lindoff, Karl Greenwald Jr., Speedy Gonzalez, Ernie Hillman Sr., Timothy Lindoff, Anita Lafferty, Cecelia Greenwald, Edwina White, Jennie Lindoff and Lily White.
A memorial service was held March 13 and a funeral service was held March 14 at the Hoonah ANB Hall.