Rosenda 'Rudy' A. Govina

Posted: Friday, August 04, 2006

Juneau resident Rosenda "Rudy" A. Govina, 95, died Aug. 1, 2006, in Juneau.

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He was born on May 1, 1910, in Manila, Philippines. At 14 years old, he hopped a ship to America, landed in Seattle and went on to high school to learn English. During the Depression, he came to Alaska, holding many jobs as a cook, cannery worker and janitor. In 1939, he went to Anchorage and worked at the medical center. In 1942, he joined the Second Filipino Infantry Regiment in the U.S. Army Medical Corps. He served in the South Pacific and was able to visit his family and relatives in Manila. He was honorably discharged in 1946, acquiring his U.S. citizenship.

He returned to Juneau in 1950 and worked for Coastal Ellis Airlines. Later, he worked for the U.S. Postal Service, retiring in the late 60s. He married Elizabeth in 1960, and they had two daughters.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father; and daughter, Veronica Adams.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Govina, of Juneau; daughter, Mary Almedia and her husband, Tony, of Palmer; granddaughters, Kim Moberg, of Maine, Kelly Branscomb, of New Jersey, Pamela Roberts of New York, and Cheryl Adams; and grandchildren, Rachel Moberg, Jacob Almedia and Benjamin Almedia; nephew Daniel Govina of Hawaii; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial services were held on Aug. 3 at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall. Mass will be at noon on Aug. 4 at the Church of the Nativity.

Contributions may be made to Elizabeth Govina, 213 Harris St., Juneau, AK, 99801, or the Hospice and Home Care in Juneau.

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