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Obituaries

Posted: Thursday, October 26, 2000

David F. Weaver

Longtime Juneau resident David F. Weaver died Oct. 22, 2000, in Juneau following a long illness.

He was born in Platte, S.D., on Oct. 30, 1916, and grew up in Missouri. He graduated from the University of Missouri in Columbia before moving to Washington, D.C. in 1940 to work in the Navy Department. There he met and married Nancy Steitz on Dec. 7, 1942, before joining the Signal Corps in World War II and serving in Shemya, Alaska.

Following the war, he continued his career in personnel for the federal government, working for several agencies in Maryland, Virginia and Georgia. He moved to Juneau in 1955 to join the Alaska Native Health Service. When Alaska became a state in 1959, he led a team that designed the state's job classification system. He retired in 1971 after serving as personnel officer for the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

After retirement he and his wife sailed throughout Southeast and to Seattle and San Francisco where he attended the universities of Berkeley and Washington and studied neurology and reading disabilities. When he returned to Juneau, he helped many children with learning disabilities learn how to read. Until his death, he took college courses in calculus, music theory and genetics.

Throughout his life he had a love for life and insatiable love of learning and doing new things, his family wrote. A tournament bridge player and chess champion, he also taught himself how to keep bees, make pottery, build a house, cabin and sailboat, and compose music. He loved art, music, literature, hunting, fishing, good food and being with his family.

He is survived by his wife Nancy, daughter Patty Judson and daughter and son-in-law Mary and David Watson of Juneau, and his grandchildren Erin Schlichting of Anchorage, Sally Schlichting and Susan Watson of Juneau, and Natalie Watson of Boston.

A celebration of his life will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, in Suite One of the Mendenhall Mall Annex

Memorials may be made to Hospice and Home Care of Juneau, 3200 Hospital Dr., Juneau, AK 99801.

Elmer Nelson

Former Juneau resident Elmer Wesley Nelson died Oct. 21, 2000, in Washington.

He was born Oct. 30, 1920, to Henry and Leephe Nelson in Mount Vernon, Wash. He graduated from Burlington High School in 1938. After graduation, he worked as a mechanic and machinist, and also worked in the local slaughterhouse. He served his country in the U.S. Coast Guard as a motor machinist mate 3rd class during World War II from 1942 to his honorable discharge in 1945.

On Dec. 1, 1944, he married Francis Katherine Roundtree. They made their home in Kodiak, Petersburg and Juneau. He and his wife relocated back to Mount Vernon after his retirement from National Marine Fisheries as a heavy equipment operator.

Nelson was an avid fisherman and hunter. He was also fond of gardening in later years, always sharing from his vegetable garden with neighbors and friends. He was also a member of Lodge No. 420 BPOE Juneau.

He was preceded in death by his wife in 1996, and sons Michael Nelson in 1985, and Loran Nelson in 1989.

He is survived by his son Patrick Nelson and his companion Lisa of Mount Vernon; his son Ronald Nelson and his wife Thea of Juneau; daughters Rita Barclay and Laurie Hann and her husband Larry, all of Bothell, Wash.; grandchildren Tracy Kubley, Wes Davis, Anthony and Andrew Nelson all of Juneau, Cherise Nelson, Rita Nelson, Nicole and Rochelle Hann of Washington, Michael and Anne Nelson, and seven great-grandchildren.

Services are today in Mount Vernon, Wash.

Memorials may be made in his name to The Muscular Dystrophy March of Dimes, 255 E. Fireweed Lane, Suite 102, Anchorage, AK 99503.

Josephina Stotz

Former Juneau resident Josephina Derat Hernandez Stotz died Sept. 1, 2000, in Corvallis, Ore.

She was born March 17, 1919, in Parral Chihuahua, Mexico, the youngest of seven children. In 1958 she married Albert Stotz and moved to Fairbanks. They later moved to Sitka, where their first child, Jean, was born. She moved to Juneau in 1960, where her children Ivonne and Helen were born. She left Juneau in 1976.

Her family wrote that she loved children and music, and she loved to dance and sing. She strived for excellence and when she earned her teaching degree, she had a four-point grade average. She taught school, and in later years, became a principal.

She was preceded in death by her daughter Jeanie.

She is survived by her brother and sister, Vicente and Raquel, her ex-husband Albert Stotz, her children Wendell and Helen Shrader, and Ron and Ivonne Weller, and her grandchildren, Christina Ivonne Weller, Brandon Albert Darling, Michelle Ronae Weller, Eric Scott Darling, and Crystal Jo Darling, all of Oregon.

She was buried in a private service Oct. 24 in Juneau next to her daughter.

Frances Stitt

Juneau resident Frances Hancock Stitt died Oct. 20, 2000, in Juneau. She was 92.

She was born Aug. 3, 1908, in Marietta, Ohio, to Mr. and Mrs. W.S. Hancock. She graduated from Columbus School for Girls in 1926 and attended Randolph Macon Woman's College in Lynchburg, Va. She received a bachelor of arts degree from Marietta College where she was a member of Alpha Xi Delta, a bachelor of science degree from Simmons College in Boston, and a master's degree from Northwestern University in Chicago.

She taught in Cincinnati and Cleveland, Ohio, and was a Navy WAVE during World War II, serving as a lieutenant, senior grade. On Nov. 24, 1949, she married C. Edward Stitt of Bridgeport, Ohio. They lived in Cincinnati, Largo and Marietta. In April of 1998, she and Edward moved to Juneau to live with their daughter, Barbara Campbell and her family.

She is preceded in death by her husband and sister. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and McKie Campbell and her granddaughter Mary Campbell, all of Juneau; her brother and sister-in-law, Dr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Hancock of Washington Courthouse, Ohio; and nieces and nephews in Ohio, Georgia and Florida.

Memorial services will be held Nov. 24 in Marietta. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Hospice and Home Care of Juneau, 3200 Hospital Drive, Suite 100, Juneau, AK 99801.



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