Harry T. Brensdal


Posted: Sunday, August 27, 2006

Juneau resident Harry T. Brensdal, 75, died Aug. 22, 2006, in Juneau.

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He was born on Oct. 13, 1930, in Juneau. Raised by Olaf and Anna Brensdal, he graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School and attended the University of Alaska Southeast for studies in small engine repair. He was Deishtaan of Angoon, Raven Beaver.

He was a retired commercial fisherman who fished the Aleutian Islands and throughout Southeast Alaska.

According to his family "he was a bartender extraordinaire and chief family cook." They said he loved to attend and watch baseball games, travel by train, cooking, fishing, spending time with family and especially playing Santa Claus for his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Ralph Bardi; sister, Sally Williams; and son, Vance E. Webster Jr.

He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Johanna M. Brensdal; sisters, Gloria Blevins, of Las Vegas, Stina Barrans and her husband, Leo, of Juneau, and Virginia Murphy and her husband, Frank, of Florida; brother, William Brensdal, of Seattle; brother-in-laws, Cyrus Peck Jr., of Juneau, and Raymond Peck, of Angoon; daughters, Dorothy Vaune Webster and her partner, Willie Sportel, and Elena Rae and her husband, Ramon Isturis; grandchildren, Ryan Gomez, Jolee Marie and Cyrus Joseph-Manuel Isturis, Vance Richard and Raymond Michael Webster, all of Juneau; and numerous nieces and nephews throughout the United States.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Aug. 26 at the Alaskan Memorial Park and Mortuary. A family wake will follow at his daughter's residence, 1005 Fritz Cove Road.

The family requests that donations be made to the Alaska Native Veterans.

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