Dorothy Thelma Brady

Posted: Sunday, July 04, 2010

Dorothy Thelma Brady died June 19, 2010 at the Juneau Pioneers' Home. She was 93.

She was born to Norwegian immigrant parents of Petersburg, Alaska on July 17, 1916, in Seattle. Her mother had traveled to Seattle for her birth because of the lack of a doctor in Petersburg at that time. She was two months old when she came home to Petersburg and grew up, married and had her three children there.

Dorothy was loved at the Pioneers' Home and before that in her homes in Wrangell and Douglas for her ready sense of humor and her unfailing friendliness. She was always creative with crafts, needlework, and gardening, and won awards at the State Fair for her creations. She lived in Douglas from 1960 through 1979, working for many years across the street from her home at the Highways Building, now the Department of Transportation, while her husband Mel barbered at the Sportsman's Barber Shop on Seward Street and at his own barber shop on Franklin Street.

During her 30 years in Wrangell, she was actively involved in community affairs, contributing her time to improving senior benefits to those in need.

She was preceded in death by her husband Melvin Brady, her son David Israelson, and her first husband Arnold Israelson.

She is survived by her son Norman Israelson of Sterling, Alaska and her daughter Sylvia Geraghty of Juneau; her grandchildren Jim (Sharon) Geraghty of Juneau, Michelle Bonnet of Juneau, Lisa (Dan) Baldwin of Palmer, Glenn Israelson of Yakutat, Michelle (Sean) Fabry of Anchorage, and Stephanie Broadway of North Carolina. She had 13 great-grandchildren.

Services will be held in the fall of 2010 to allow family members to attend. The family can be contacted at

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