Patricia Wolpert

Posted: Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Former Juneau resident Patricia Wolpert died peacefully on April 1, 2010, in Marysville, Wash. She was 79.

Her family said she lived a full and productive life doing everything from traveling to far off places, to providing health care for those in need, to raising a vibrant family.

Born Aug. 14, 1931, in Kirkland, Wash., she spent her childhood being very active in Girl Scouts and playing music. She excelled at playing the string bass and cello, so much so that she earned college scholarships due to her talents. She graduated in 1949 from Holy Names Academy in Seattle, Wash.

She then graduated from Seattle University in 1954 and became a registered nurse. Her nursing pursuits took her on an adventure to the northern coastline of Alaska where she worked as a nurse in the native villages. This is when she fell in love with Alaska. She worked closely with those on the front line of the Distant Early Warning system.

She eventually went back to Washington State where she got married and started a family. She was a consummate mother, very loving, and she made it her priority in life that her three sons and two daughters were well taken care of, her family said.

In 1978, she moved back to Alaska, this time to Juneau. Once again she fell in love with the lifestyle of many Alaskans. She enjoyed participating in the annual Southeast Alaska Rain Festival and going for long walks in the Basin Road area. She was also involved in the Juneau Symphony for nearly all of her years in Juneau playing her string bass. Music was an integral part of her life, She shared this gift of music with all of her children.

She is survived by her brother, Thomas Downes; daughters, Monika Cornejo, of Palmer, and Katherine Tomlin, of Marysville, Wash.; and sons, Bernhard Wolpert, of Portland, Ore., Kevin Wolpert, of Walla Walla, Wash., and Christopher Wolpert, of Anchorage.

There will be a celebration of her life from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday, April 8, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Marysville, Wash.

In lieu of gifts, please make a donation to a charity of your choice, as Pat was a stewart of giving to charitable causes.

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