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Sitka resident Georgie Dapcevich died the morning of April 22, 2010, in Sitka. She was 54.
Born Georgina Elaine Karras on Jan. 4, 1956, in Sitka, to Pete and Bertha Karras, she graduated from Sitka High School and later from the University of Alaska with a degree in social work.
She began her career with the Tanana Chiefs Conference shortly after she married Randy Kacyon, of Berwick, Pa., whom she met when they were attending Sheldon Jackson College. Their son, Jeremiah, was born in 1981 in Sitka.
Later she did social work for Sitka Native Education Program and Sitka Tribe of Alaska, and in 1987 she began work for the state of Alaska doing adult services in Sitka. In 1989, the family moved to Bethel, where she worked in child protection. Randy was tragically killed in a plane accident the day after Thanksgiving in 1996.
The next year, she moved back to Sitka where she served as the social worker for the Pioneer Home until 2002 when she was appointed administrator by former Gov. Tony Knowles.
In 2000, she married David Dapcevich. No one would disagree he got a far better deal than she, he said. During their 10 years of marriage, they were apart only about 10 days. They were "glued at the hip," one friend observed.
In March 2005, she was diagnosed with breast cancer, which evolved to Stage IV. Over a five-year period treatment included 11 rounds of chemotherapy and four surgeries. After 36 radiation treatments, she celebrated four weeks later by completing her third climb of Mount Edgecumbe.
"She never complained about her problems and shared with anyone who would listen her deep and abiding faith in Jesus Christ," her family said. "Her character epitomized the fruits of the spirit - love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and self control. Look at this list again, check it out against what you've observed in her, and we think you'll agree that you've known an extraordinary woman of God."
She is survived by her husband, David Dapcevich; parents; son, Jeremiah; late husband's father, Henderson Kacyon; five grandchildren, Taylor, Max, Kinsey and Will, of Juneau, and Annabelle, of Seattle, Wash.; sisters, Brenda Megivern, of Pennsylvania, Cass Pook and husband, Stewart, and Pamela Eby and husband, Carter; brothers, Peter Karras, Mike Karras and wife, Cyndy, and Ernie Karras, and their children and grandchildren; step-children, Sam Dapcevich and wife, Leanne, and Sarah Frijlink and husband, Naud; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews and nieces.
A celebration of her life will be held at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 28, at Centennial Hall in Sitka. A potluck will be held there immediately afterward.
Because she loved potlucks, bring your own baggies. Donations in her name may be sent to her favorite charities: Sitka Young Life (sites.younglife.org/sites/sitka/default.aspx) and the Sitka Cancer Survivors Society.