Cheryl B. Hull


Posted: Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Juneau resident Cheryl B. Hull, 59, died May 27, 2005, in Juneau.

She was born Nov. 24, 1945, in Lander, Wyo. She grew up in Riverton, Wyo., and attended the University of Wyoming in Laramie, where she met her husband, David. They lived in Wyoming and Nebraska before they moved to Juneau in 1986.

She worked as a regional correspondent and human-interest columnist for the North Platte Telegraph. She was a radio dispatcher for the Perkins County Sheriff's Office and the Keith County Regional Communications Center in Ogallala, where she dispatched for the Nebraska State Troopers and police, fire and ambulance services in eight counties.

After moving to Juneau, she was employed at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, where she worked for the divisions of Sport Fish and Boards before working in the Publications Section. She had the distinction of serving as the editor for the last two issues of the departmental publication, Alaska's Wildlife. While employed by the state, she was active in the General Government Bargaining Unit and served as treasurer for the union.

Most recently, she worked for Southeast Alaska Independent Living (SAIL). While there, she was an advocate for people with disabilities, especially those who are visually impaired. She also served as a member of the SAIL Board, and as the assistant director for SAIL.

She testified before the Alaska Legislature on several occasions on behalf of disabled persons. She also was a tireless advocate for a dialysis center in Juneau.

She worked with her husband to help prepare young couples for marriage in the Catholic church and in presenting Weekends for Worldwide Marriage Encounter in Nebraska, Alaska and Washington.

She was preceded in death by her son, Michael Hull.

She is survived by her husband of nearly 40 years, David; parents, Frank and Alice Blumenshine of Eastsound, Wash.; daughters, Heidi (Tim) Skelcher and Kelli Hull; son, Patrick Hull of Kirkland, Wash.; grandchildren, Brittany and Hailey of Kirkland, Wash., and Natasha and Nikolai, of Juneau; sisters, Connie Widman of Tucson, Ariz., Toni O'Brien of Eastsound, Wash., and Jana (Mark) Heard of Juneau; brothers, Dennis Blumenshine of Laramie, Wyo.; Thomas (Anne) Blumenshine; Bruce (Kathi) Blumenshine of Billings, Mon., David (Susan) Blumenshine of Juneau, Kirk (Samm) Blumenshine of Atlanta, Ga., Mark (Susan) Blumenshine of Greely, Colo.; and numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, at Saint Paul the Apostle Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Southeast Alaskans for Independent Living.

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