Jeanette Mann died June 17, 2004, in Seattle at the age of 76.
Dennis Katzeek and the Harborview Medical Center chaplain provided services at the time of her passing. Services were in English and Tlingit, with all six of her children, two grandchildren, one great-grandchild and one of her sisters present. Juneau services were held on June 22.
Jeanette Mann, whose Tlingit name was Kawduskei', was Eagle, Thunderbird, Shangukeidi' from The House That Was Lowered from the Sun in Klukwan. She was born Jan. 9, 1928, in Haines.
She became independent at a young age. In her late teens and early 20s, she worked as a waitress and a nightclub singer in Skagway and Juneau. She sang live on a local Juneau AM radio station. Many remarked she had an incredible voice similar to Lena Horne or Judy Garland, her family said.
At age 21, she purchased the home in Juneau where she would raise her children. During the early 1950s, she opened a restaurant in downtown Juneau. It was significant for that time, considering she was young, a single mother and Tlingit.
Throughout life she enjoyed several hobbies: sportfishing, crocheting, cooking, baking, picking berries, making jam and jellies, smoking and canning salmon, picnicking, singing, dancing and, of course, playing bingo. When she retired, she enjoyed extensive travels with her children. Her travels took her throughout the United States, Mexico, Alaska and Canada.
Jeanette Lena Mann would want to be remembered as a fun, adventurous and independent woman, totally devoted to her children, her family said.
"She had a generous and caring spirit for strangers in need. She often shared her home to those that were new to Alaska and desperately needed a place to stay. When the house was full with her children and those in need, she would allow others to camp in the yard," the family said.
She donated her body to the University of Washington Medical Center in anticipation that medical research would help others.
She is survived by her children, Victoria, Christie, Michael, Jo-Ann, Brenda and Rhonda; grandchildren, Angie, Cory, Isaac, Kevin and Sierra; great-grandchild, Jordan; sisters and brothers, Clara, Mary, Helen, George, Tom and Charlie.
It is with much pride that her children submit this information.
"Jeanette provided well for her children. In return, she would want all to recognize that we have the power to do well, and live with vigor and hope," the family said.
Her 40-day party is scheduled for 7 p.m. July 27 at the Salvation Army building downtown.