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Anna, Alfred Bloomquist

Obituary

Posted: Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Longtime Juneau resident Anna Viola Bloomquist died on Feb. 13, 2007, and was followed soon thereafter by her husband Alvin Alfred Bloomquist Sr., who died March 25, 2007, at home. Anna was 93. Alvin was 92.

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Anna was born May 29, 1913, in Hoquiam, Wash., to Mary Hill. She grew up in what was then the Finn Town portion of Hoquiam. Her first visit to Juneau was with her mother in 1914, when they came up on a steam ship to visit her uncle, Oscar Harri.

After high school, she attended a business school in Seattle to learn accounting and bookkeeping. However, she had to leave before she finished, because there was insufficient money after her scholarship funds ran out. It was then that she took the opportunity to come to Juneau to cook and do housekeeping for her uncle.

Alvin was born April 1, 1914, in Juneau, to Carl Alfred Bloomquist and Alma Niemi. His mother and younger sister died in the 1918 flu epidemic, and his father, who was a driller in the Alaska-Juneau Mine, raised him alone for a period until he remarried Alma Cronquist.

During high school, Alvin enjoyed playing basketball for the Juneau High School team. He also stayed busy hunting, fishing and hiking with his friends - activities that he enjoyed throughout most of his life.

In 1933, while he was working as a grocery deliveryman for United Food Co., he met Anna. They were married on Feb. 1, 1935, at the Juneau courthouse, and took their honeymoon on a steamship tour of Southeast Alaska a short while later.

Anna and Alvin shared 72 years together and stayed busy with a variety of occupations. Through his life, Alvin's favorite pastime was spending time in the outdoors around Juneau.

He also worked at a variety of different jobs including cab driver, fisherman; bookkeeper, hunting guide, Fish and Game license chief, business co-owner and other occupations.

Anna worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and then retired to focus on her favorite tasks - being a mother, grandmother and head of the household. After Alvin's retirement, they hiked together frequently - almost every day, usually with a dog. They were lifelong dog lovers, said family members.

When walking and hiking became too difficult, they focused on their gardening, which was also a lifelong hobby for both of them.

They were preceded in death by their daughter, Ruth Bloomquist.

They are survived by their son, Alvin Alfred Bloomquist Jr., and his wife, Jane, of Port Angeles, Wash.; her sister, Elinor Pentilla, of Aberdeen, Wash.; grandchildren, Richard Bloomquist, of Juneau, Steven Bloomquist of Issaquah, Wash., Kerry Bloomquist, of Port Angeles, Heather Bloomquist, of Portland, Ore., and Karen Manring, Anna Manring, Mary Bordwell and David Manring, all of California; and five great-grandchildren.

As was their wish, there will be no service. Donations in their memory may be made to Hospice and Home Care of Juneau.



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