Life-long Alaska resident MaryAnn Wentz died Sept. 6, 2002, at her home.
An Inupiaq Eskimo, she was born May 8, 1932, to Ed and Mary Walker in White Mountain. In 1952, she began school at Mt. Edgecumbe in Sitka where she excelled in her studies and was certified as a practical nurse. She married Henry E. Wentz on Oct. 28, 1955, and worked at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital until she moved to Juneau in 1960.
A Goldbelt, Shee-Atika, and Sealaska Shareholder, Wentz was a life-long member of Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp No. 2, a member of the Salvation Army and a volunteer with the Senior National Service Corps. Her hobbies included berry picking, reading, watching wrestling on TV with her husband and boys, knitting and crocheting, visiting friends and relatives and traveling. She was adopted into the Eagle-Killer Whale Clan of the Tlingit Nation by Flora Huntington and Stella Martin as a sister.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry E. Wentz, daughter Maureen Lee Wentz, parents Ed and Mary Walker, brother Fred Walker and sister Isabel Walker.
She is survived by her sons, Michael, Frederick, Cecil and Henry of Chugiak; daughter Jennifer Harrison, Sacramento, Calif.; brothers Edward Walker, Anchorage, Eli Walker, Nome and sister Laura Langstrom, Anchorage. She is also survived by numerous grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews, cousins.
Services will be held in Juneau at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12, at the ANB Hall. Wentz will be laid to rest with her husband in the Sitka National Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers are Michael, Fred, Cecil, Hank, Jennifer Wentz, and Edward Walker.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to: The Raymond Paddock Jr. Medical Emergency Fund, 320 West Willoughby, Suite 300, Juneau AK 99801.