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Obituaries

Posted: Tuesday, June 12, 2001

Margaret Jean Mattson

Juneau resident Margaret Jean Mattson, known commonly as Jean, died June 9, 2001, at the Juneau Pioneers' Home.

She was born on Oct. 7, 1920, in Aberdeen, Wash. She grew up there and graduated from Weatherwax High School in 1938. She attended Grays Harbor Junior College and graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor's degree in bacteriology. She joined the Army in 1943 and served for three years as a second lieutenant in the Medical Corps. She was discharged in 1946 and worked as a laboratory technician and bacteriologist in various hospitals and public health departments.

She married Chester "Chet" Mattson on March 22, 1947, in Seattle. Shortly after their wedding, they moved to Oregon City, Ore., where Chet was a fisheries biologist. They moved to Douglas in 1957 where the couple raised their four boys.

She was the Douglas correspondent for the Juneau Empire and also wrote a lively column. She worked as the librarian for the U.S. Bureau of Mines until she retired in 1982. She was a member of the Douglas Community Methodist Church, PEO, Sons of Norway, Pioneers of Alaska and the Alaska Librarians Association. She also volunteered many years of service to the Cub Scouts, Douglas Library, Alaska State Museum, Juneau Visitors Center and the Golden North Salmon Derby. She and Chet were grand marshals of the 1995 Douglas Fourth of July Parade. She enjoyed traveling, playing bridge, genealogy and spending time with her family and many friends.

She is survived by her brother Dow Watkins and his wife Ruth of Sonora, Calif.; her sister-in-laws Marianne Watkins of Wenatchee, Wash. and Shirley Sansborn of Seattle; her sons Rich Mattson and wife Peggy, Ken Mattson and wife Ann, and Bob Mattson and wife Maria, all of Juneau, and Dr. Mike Mattson and wife Rilla of Puyallup, Wash; and her 10 grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at Douglas United Methodist Church on Friday, June 15, at 11 a.m. Contributions can be made in her name to the Juneau Pioneers' Resident Council, The Bridge Adult Day Center or to a charity of your choice.

Carl F. Hagerup

Lifelong Juneau resident Carl Ferdinand Hagerup died June 7, 2001, at his home in Thane.

He was born Oct. 4, 1913, in Juneau to parents Trygve and Hulda Hagerup. Several months later, the family moved to Thane and then to Douglas, where he began his schooling. He graduated from Juneau High School in 1933.

He learned the carpenter trade, working for local contractors until his retirement in 1978.

During the depression years, he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps and then worked for the Forest Service, making direction signs for the Territory of Alaska. During this time he carved the Mendenhall Glacier ice limit signs that are still visible today.

He enlisted in the Army on April 22, 1942, serving in the 10th Air Force Emergency Rescue Boat Squadron, the 924th Boat Company in Kodiak. As the war moved westward, he served in Adak and Attu on the Aleutian Chain. During his Army days, he taught evening classes in navigation on a volunteer basis.

He received his first furlough in August 1945, and while flying back to Adak, heard the radio announcement for Japanese surrender. He was honorably discharged as a staff sergeant on Dec. 12, 1945.

He married Agnes Erlandson in Juneau on Aug. 14, 1949. The family moved to Thane in 1954. On a homesite he had obtained in 1950, he built a home and where he lived until his death.

After his retirement, he spent a dozen years as a volunteer in Juneau's elementary schools, teaching geometric concepts to the children using a device he invented called the "radii." He thoroughly enjoyed these years with the children, his family wrote.

He was a member of Igloo No. 6, Pioneers of Alaska and Carpenters Union No. 2247.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Ray.

He is survived by his wife Agnes and his son Ron, both of Juneau; his daughters Marjorie Hagerup of Indianola, Wash., and Karen Haines of Morongo Valley, Calif.; his grandchildren Molly Butters of Portland, Ore., Dwijen Buckendorf of Indianola, Wash., and Rose and Lily Hagerup of Juneau; his great-granddaughter Sage Johnson of Portland, Ore.; his sisters Dagny Chandler of Issaquah, Wash., and Annabelle Eylar of Soldotna; his brother Ervin Hagerup of Renton, Wash.; and his many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, June 15, at the Juneau Senior Center. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his memory to Hospice and Home Care of Juneau, 3200 Hospital Drive, or to a charity of choice.



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