Dorothy Osborne

Posted: Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Longtime Juneau resident Dorothy Alice Osborne was died April 12, 2010, surrounded by her family in Juneau. She was 87.

Born Nov. 9, 1922, she and her husband, Sam Renhard, drove the Al-Can Highway when they moved to Juneau in the summer of 1951. They lived and raised their children in Douglas. She and Sam divorced in January 1967.

She worked for Foodland for many years and loved telling jokes and making lifelong friends. When she married Tom Osborne on Feb. 21, 1968, she quit working at Foodland to go commercial fishing with him. Then in the fall of 1981, she "jumped ship" and went to work for the Glacier Bay National Park Service. In 1984, she went to work for the Forestry Science Laboratory, retiring from there in June 1985.

She was a member of Resurrection Lutheran Church and could be found helping in many areas, from teaching Sunday school to taking her elderly friends to the church, the store, doctor appointments or just to lunch.

Many will remember her for her wonderful cooking skills, especially at the Sons of Norway events. In addition to her love of cooking, she enjoyed being outdoors hunting, fishing and gardening. In her younger years, she harvested moose and deer from the Taku River and other hunting grounds. She was, along with her husband Tom, a member of the Pioneers of Alaska.

She will be greatly missed by her husband, family and friends, her family said.

She is survived by her husband, Thomas E. Osborne; daughters, Carol Snell, of Warrenton, Ore., and Charlotte Beebe, of Marysville, Wash.; son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Sandy Renhard, of Anchorage; and five grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

A memorial is planned for 2 p.m. Saturday, April 17, at the Juneau Pioneers Home. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to local food banks or to the Juneau Pioneers Home in her name.

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