Former Juneau resident Joe Burmester died, Nov. 16, 2000, in Russia. He was traveling in St. Petersburg, Russia, when he contracted a fatal strain of meningitis.
He was born June 15, 1977, in Louisville, Ky., where he grew up. He lived in Sitka for a year after he graduated from high school, then returned to Louisville for a year before moving to Juneau to attend the University of Alaska Southeast. He graduated from UAS in 1999.
He began to fish to support his travel habits. He worked for UAS while he was a student.
His friends wrote he was a student, fisherman, friend, crazy driver, washer of old people's hair, Rolling Stones fan, basketball player, pyromaniac, instigator and a bad and good influence. He was a free spirit in the truest sense. They wrote, "We are certain he had a purpose, but none of us knew its nature 'cause he wasn't the type to use a road map."
He is survived by his parents and sister, Mike, Georgine and Elizabeth Burmester of Louisville, and countless friends.
A service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Auke Rec.
The Rev. William Francis Finn, 56, a priest formerly with the Catholic Diocese of Juneau, died Nov. 30, 2000, at the Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital in Santa Rosa, Calif. He had been hospitalized since Nov. 20 with pneumonia.
He was born in 1944 in Sebastopol, Calif. He studied at Santa Clara University, St. Patrick's Seminary in Menlo Park and Gregorian University in Rome.
He was ordained in 1972, and served in Juneau at both the Cathedral and St. Paul's churches from 1983 to 1986.
He is survived by a brother, sister and seven nieces and nephews.
There will be a memorial service at 7 p.m. Monday at St. Paul's Church.
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