Virginia Rose Hotch died June 8, 2007, in Juneau. She was 81.
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Born Oct. 15, 1925, in Klukwan, she was a Juneau resident for 22 years.
After going only to the third grade, she was determined to get her high school diploma and received her GED in Juneau in 1984. She received her diploma along with University of Alaska graduates. In preparing for the test, she studied under her daughter Johanna, who was an ABE teacher in Klukwan.
Her children and grandchildren cherish the humor and love their mother-grandmother had. She was a giving and caring person who loved to bless people she knew God inspired her to bless, they said. Her smile touched many people.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William Johnson II and Martha Willard; children, Roy Hotch Sr., Larry Hotch Sr., and Harriet Hotch; sister, Priscilla Johnson; and brothers, William "Chief" Johnson III, Raymer Johnson, Kenneth Johnson and Rudy Willard.
She is survived by her sons, Cliff Hotch, Richard Hotch Jr., and Ronald Hotch, of Juneau, and Jeff Klanott, of Klukwan; daughters, Johanna Hotch and Connie Munro, of Juneau, and Trudy Erhardt, of Kenai; sisters, Rachel Hotch and Arlene Willard, of Klukwan, and Mayme Nickerson, of Klawock; brothers, Lawrence Willard, of Haines, Leonard Willard, of Klukwan, and Marvin Willard Sr., of Juneau; and children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today, June 12, at the Juneau Christian Center.
Pallbearers are Larry Hotch Jr., Levi R. Hotch, Jason Hotch, Travis Hotch, Mike Hotch and Jacob Hotch.
She was a member of Juneau Christian Center and a Lifetime member of the Klukwan Alaska Native Sisterhood.