Edith R. Mihelich


Posted: Sunday, September 28, 2003

Former Juneau resident Edith R. Mihelich, 100, died Sept. 21, 2003, in Seattle of Parkinson's disease.

She was born in Sandon, British Columbia, and moved to Mullan, Idaho, as a child. She graduated from the University of Idaho with a B.S. in education in 1928 and did postgraduate work at the University of Washington and the University of California.

She was a teacher until her marriage to Miro Mihelich, also of Mullan. She came to Alaska with her husband and their two children on the Alaska steamship SS Baranof when Miro found employment with the Federal Bureau of Mines in Douglas. In 1954, she re-entered the work force as a clerk stenographer for the Alaska Department of Labor. She retired in 1969 as supervisor of manpower training and development programs throughout the state. She served two terms as a statewide officer for the Alaska State Employees Association.

During the 1960s, she also taught typing and business courses at night school. She found special satisfaction in helping women who were displaced homemakers develop skills and confidence necessary to find employment, her family said. Upon retirement, she lived with her sister at Lake Sammamish outside Seattle. She volunteered as a reader producing tapes for the permanent collection of the State Library for the Blind and at Bellevue Community College reading directly to blind students.

She maintained her membership in Chapter D (Juneau) of the P.E.O. Sisterhood until her death.

She is survived by her daughters, Mary Hutton of Kirkland, Wash., and Mira (Jeff) Schoening of Seattle, Wash.; and granddaughters, Kathryn Hutton of Emeryville, Calif., and Juliana (Greg) McMickle of Portland, Ore.

At her request, no memorial services will be held. The family invites your memorials of effort or money to the public-spirited Juneau event, organization, or institution of your own choosing.

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