Mignon Diane Lauber

Posted: Sunday, May 09, 2010

Longtime Juneau resident Mignon Diane Lauber died April 27, 2010, at Bartlett Regional Hospital. She was 70.

The oldest child of Charles and Maud Dowaker, she was born Dec. 21, 1939, in Lansing, Mich. She was a graduate of Sweetwater High School in San Diego, Calif. She also attended California State University in Long Beach.

She moved to Ketchikan with her first husband and daughter, Leslie, in 1962. In 1963, she divorced. Then she met and married Richard B. "Rick" Lauber. In 1967, they moved to Juneau, where she has since lived and worked. She owned a travel agency in Ketchikan and worked for the Alaska World Travel Service in Juneau until she began working in 1970 with her husband in their lobbying firm until she retired in 1999.

She was known as an outstanding cook and hostess, often having several dinners a week, especially during legislative sessions.

She also enjoyed writing, especially humorous letters. When her grandchildren were old enough to travel with her, she took them on annual trips to Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm. She later traveled with them to Europe, Asia and Hawaii.

During the past 10 years, her health declined, but even from a wheelchair she continued to plan and cook dinners for 10 or 12 guests, the last only a few weeks ago.

She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Rick Lauber; daugher, Leslie Vianne; four grandchildren, Jessica, Hilary, Kaleb and Isaac Rehfield; and two great-grandchildren, Braeden and Natalie.

No service is planned. There will be a celebration of life to be announced at a later date.

The family may be contacted at 321 Highland Drive, Juneau, AK 99801.

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