Helen Jean Dewart

Posted: Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Juneau resident Helen Jean Dewart, 71, died July 28, 2004, in Juneau.

She was born Oct. 4, 1932, in Portland, Ore. She moved to Juneau in 1973. She spent many years working for the State of Alaska at the Dept. of Social Services and the Dept. of Administration. She retired in 1988. She spent 20 years living at Harris Harbor in Juneau on her boat along with lifetime companion Bill Schenker, who died in 2002 at St. Ann's Hospital.

They both enjoyed walking their dogs, Misty, Toughy and Whuppers, along trails and beaches and enjoyed the simple life; doing crossword puzzles, reading and discussing the world's issues. She lived in an apartment in the Gastineau Apartments for the last nine years and loved her view of the Gastineau Channel with its boats and float planes. She also enjoyed watching all the activities down on the busy streets below her window.

Her family said she never wanted to leave Alaska. They said she loved it here.

She is survived by her daughters, Terry Ciraulo, Karin Baysinger and Andrea Vick; grandchildren, Kimberlee Lord, Brandon Stephens, Tiffani Baysinger, Tasha Baysinger and Emily Vick; great-grandchildren, Callie Stephens and Amelia Teagan Brody; brothers, George Asvos and Clement Dewart; and sisters, Marilyn Blackrose, Jackie Auchy and Patricia Dewart, and Geri Goodwin.

A memorial service was held Aug. 1 at Thane Beach.

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