Obituaries

Posted: Friday, September 22, 2000

Sally Ruth Anderson

Former Juneau resident Sally Ruth Anderson, 67, died Sept. 12, 2000, at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Wash., after a brief illness.

She was born Jan. 1, 1933, in Teslin Territory, Canada. She joined the Baha'i faith while living in the Yukon Territory, achieving the distinction of becoming the first female indigenous believer in the Yukon. She remained active in the faith throughout her life, serving on the Local Spiritual Assemblies of Whitehorse, Yukon Territory; Everett, Wash.; and Douglas.

Sally and her husband raised their five kids in the Juneau-Douglas area, where they lived for almost 30 years. She was a retired clerk typist for the state of Alaska.

Sally treasured her rich Tlingit heritage and frequently enjoyed camping, berry picking and the outdoors, reminders of her childhood in Canada with her six brothers and sisters. She was a devoted baseball fan and rarely passed up an opportunity to root for the Mariners.

She was preceded in death by her husband Donald Alan and son Kenneth James.

She is survived by her son Sean and daughter Kaylin of Seattle; daughter Kimi Boal and son-in-law Jimmy of Bothell, Wash.; daughter Carol of Everett, Wash.; sister Mary Joe of Whitehorse; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws.

Her memorial service was held on Sept. 14 in Everett.

Charles 'Chuck' Johnson

Yakutat resident Charles Johnson died Sept. 6, 2000, in Yakutat. He was involved in a boating accident and is presumed dead after a lengthy search.

He was born Feb. 2, 1960, in Jamestown, N.D., to Charles L. Johnson and Mary Nystrom Johnson. He received his elementary education in Windsor, Cleveland and Jamestown, and later received his GED in Haines.

He had jobs that included herding sheep for his father, construction work, working for Excursion Inlet Packing Co., Pacific Coast Roofing and Sitka Sound Seafoods. He spent most of the last 14 years in Yakutat as a commercial fisherman and most recently as a fuel truck driver for Delta Western.

His hobbies were writing poems, cooking, baking, hunting, working on his boat and helping people in the community. He joined the Presbyterian Church on Feb. 27, 2000, and was ordained as an Elder.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Edward and Frances Nystrom, and Lawrence and Mary Johnson.

He is survived by his wife Pauline of Yakutat, father Charles, mother Mary and sisters Sherry Wegner of North Dakota and Teresa Jeff Eyler of Seattle, brother Michael Johnson of Chemult, Ore., nephews Ryan Wegner and Shawn Johnson and niece Ashley Johnson also of North Dakota and numerous relatives and friends.

Memorial services were held in Yakutat at the Presbetarian Church on Sept. 14. To contact Pauline Johnson, write to PO Box 166 Yakutat, AK, 99689.

Pedro Riego Barril

Former Juneau resident Pedro Riego Barril, 76, died Sept. 18, 2000, at the Veterans Hospital in Seattle.

He was born in 1924 in Juneau. He is the son of the late Catalino and Martha Barril, Sr. He was Tlingit, and his name was Crying Raven. He was from the Takdeintaan Hit Clan and the patriarch of the Humpback Whale Family. He was the founder and leader of the Ku-tee-yah Dancers.

He is preceded in death by his brother John, Jr., and Mathew Garcia.

He is survived by his two brothers Antonio and Alfonso Barril, and Ida Barril James, all of Juneau; three brothers, Catalino Jr., George and his wife Ursula, Florentino Barril, his sister Leoneida Shaginaw, and Marsha Garcia, and Marie Garcia Beasley, his adopted son, Ron Alphonse and adopted daughter Margie Morris, all of Seattle; his sister Virginia Norris of Roseburg, Ore.; and his brother Larry of Dunn, N.C., as well as many grandnephews and nieces.

Viewing will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Columbia Funeral Home, 4567 Rainier Ave. S. Seattle. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Columbia Funeral Home with Military Services at 1:30-2 p.m. at Tahoma National Cemetery in Maple Valley, Wash.

Billy G. Berrierr

Former Juneau resident Billy G. Berrier died Sept. 8, 2000, at his home in San Diego, Calif.

Berrier was born Aug. 11, 1928, in Thomasville, N.C. Following military service in Europe he graduated from the University of Washington Law School.

In 1964 he moved to Alaska. He worked in Juneau for 23 years in various legal positions, serving as director of the Division of Legal Services for the Legislative Affairs Agency for 10 years immediately before his 1986 retirement. Before his Legislative Affairs Agency service, Berrier was employed as a lobbyist and municipal attorney for the Greater Juneau Borough, and after unification, for the City and Borough of Juneau.

In a January 1986 interview with the Juneau Empire as he was retiring, Berrier recalled that his decade of service as the Legislature's chief lawyer had placed him in the middle of most of the legislative controversies of that period. Those included, he said, the effort to impeach the governor, the investigation of the activities of an incumbent senator who was expelled from office, and the removal by representatives of the House presiding officer and his replacement by a new speaker. In taking retirement, Berrier said, he expected to return to school to pursue his continuing personal interest in history.

Despite all the legislative controversies, the Empire reporter noted that Berrier had gained the trust and respect of the legislators for whom he worked.

Berrier was preceded in death by his daughter, Renate "Renny" Berrier, and is survived by four nieces and their families. At his request, no services were held.

Mildred W. Sweet

Mildred W. Sweet, formerly of Juneau, died Aug. 28, 2000, in Mt. Vernon, Wash., of natural causes.

She was born Aug. 13, 1907, and had just celebrated her 93rd birthday.

She served alongside her husband, Malcolm S. Sweet, when he was pastor of the Northern Light Presbyterian Church from 1954 to 1962. They were responsible for the present building that houses Northern Light United Church and were active in the Juneau community. They came to Juneau from First Presbyterian in Carbondale, Pa., where they built a new sanctuary. They left Juneau when Sweet was called as the organizing pastor of Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian in Lakewood, Colo.

A family service was held Sept. 3 in Everett, Wash. Burial was at Cypress Lawn Memorial Park in Everett. The family may be contacted through Bonnie Sweet Osterman, 848 Holbeck Dr., Camano Island, WA., 98282; telephone, (360) 387-4453.



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