Posted: Monday, May 07, 2001

Helen E. Roff

Former Juneau resident Helen E. Roff died March 22, 2001, in Lake Orion, Mich. She was 99.

She was born Dec. 15, 1901, In Lansing, Mich., and came to Juneau in 1926. Her first job was in the office of the Alaska Juneau Gold Mine. After the mine closed she worked for the U.S. Bureau of Mines and later the Bureau of Land Management.

She married Southeast Alaska Bush pilot Adrian "Casey" Roff. They enjoyed the outdoors, especially fishing and hunting ducks on the flats. Her husband preceded her in death in 1944 when his plane crashed at Excursion Inlet.

She enjoyed knitting, crocheting and crewel embroidery with her sewing club friends. She loved to entertain friends in her home in the Assembly Apartments.

She was a member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church and served many years on the Altar Guild. She was a member of Juneau Chapter No. 7 O.E.S. and supported Juneau Assembly No. 3 International Order of Rainbow for Girls and received the Grand Cross of Color for her efforts.

She was a God Mother to Johanna McPhetres, Ann Marie Schoeppe, Susan and Nancy Bayer and John Meek. After her retirement in 1960 she returned to Michigan. She maintained her Juneau friendships through correspondence and visitation.

She is survived by her nephew, Roy Cleland, her sisterinlaw, Beverly Cleland, and her great niece Suzie.

A memorial Eucharist was held March 26, 2001, at St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Clausen, Mich. Her family can be contacted through Roy Cleland, 50 Cambridge Blvd., Pleasant Ridge, MI, 48069.

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