Juneau resident Elizabeth "Queenie" Nelsen Katasse, 89, died Sept. 15, 2006, in Juneau with her family at her bedside.
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Born Jan. 7, 1917, in Klawock, she was from the Taakwaaneidee clan. Her Tlingit name was Kawch-La-Hat. She graduated from Klawock High School and lived in many communities in Southeast Alaska, such as Klawock, Craig, Juneau, Hoonah, Sitka, Petersburg and Wrangell. She was raised in Scqua-un and married Henry George Katasse Sr. (Naats'itlaanei), of Kake, on Sept. 17, 1935. She was a lifelong member of the Alaska Native Sisterhood and the Salvation Army.
She was preceded in death by her husband; five infant children; son, Henry G. Katasse Jr.; granddaughters, Romona McVay and Valerie Katasse Stipe; and great grandchild, Bradley Abbott-Smith.
She is survived by her two brothers, Oliver Rowan, of Craig, and Jimmy Rowan, of Klawock; birth children, Grace Larsen and her husband, Carl, of Sitka, Henrietta Haberman, of Juneau, Irving Katasse, Mary Katasse-Miller and her husband, Malcolm Miller, of Petersburg, Garfield Katasse, of Albuquerque, N.M., John Katasse and his wife, Carmen Mastromardo-Katasse, of Juneau, James Katasse, of Los Angeles, Charles Katasse, of Juneau, and Jeff Katasse, of Juneau; children she raised, Wilson Nicklie Jr., Janice Nicklie, Tim Katasse, Michelle Beltran and John Katasse Jr., all of Juneau, and Janet Armer, of Sitka; and 29 grandchildren, 41 great grandchildren and 13 great great grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Irving, Garfield, John, Jim, Chuck, Jeff, Tim, Kerry, Tim Jr., Howard and Wilbur Katasse; Wilson Sr. and Rosanna Nicklie; Wilson Carlos; Fred Beltran; Jim Sackett Jr.; Dale Kubik; Olaf, Adam, Andy and William Larsen; and Wyatt Ojala. Honorary pallbearers will be Malcolm Miller; Buzzy Dick; Clarence Jackson; Mike Jackson; John Rowan; Carl Larsen Sr.; Frank, John L. Angelo, Jaysen and Garfield Katasse Jr.; Anthony and Shyann Beltran; Michelle Beltran (Katasse); Dennis Sabadin; Bob Thomas; and Leroy Dabaluz.
A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at The Salvation Army. According to her wishes, the funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Church of God in Petersburg, with a celebration of life to follow at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall.
Contributions may be sent to Evanne Katasse-Roberts, P.O. Box 22469, Juneau, AK, 99802, or call 723-6167.