Posted: Monday, December 11, 2000

Albert Hanson Sr.

Hoonah resident Albert Hanson Sr., 64, died Dec. 3, 2000, at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage from heart failure after a brief illness.

He was born April 12, 1936, in Hoonah and graduated from Mt. Edgecumbe High School. He later served in the Army National Guard. He worked as a commercial fisherman, fuel man and truck driver.

For many years, he was a member of the Presbyterian Church where he served as an elder and sang in the church choir. Most recently he joined the Pentecostal Church. He was an avid basketball fan and player. He was a team player when the Hoonah Fireman Basketball Team won the Gold Medal Basketball Tournament in 1962. In later years, he enjoyed attending the Gold Medal Tournaments.

He is survived by his wife Judith Hanson of Hoonah; sons Albert Hanson Jr. and John Robert Hanson of Anchorage and Lawrence Michael Hanson of Hoonah; daughter Yvonne Michelle Earl of Juneau; grandsons John Gallagher and George Albert Fisher of Hoonah, Jeremy Robert Hanson of Kettle Falls, Wash., Conrad Lawrence Groseclose of Juneau and John Robert Hanson Jr. of Anchorage; granddaughters Tashina Marie Hanson of Kettle Falls, Margery Lillian Knudson of Anchorage, Jesse Michelle Earl, Judith Earl and Montana Von Earl of Juneau; great-granddaughter Amberly Dawn Knudson of Anchorage; sisters Martha James and Virginia Hanson of Juneau and Bernice Johnson of Hoonah; cousins Emily Bezezkoff of Sitka, Starina Johnson, Bill Wilson and Harlena Warford of Hoonah, Pat Szetlach of Sitka, and Nina Dick and Barbara Katasse; aunt Maggie Jimmie; uncle Kelly James; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held Dec. 8th at the Hoonah ANB Hall with Rev. Bob Barton of the Pentecostal Church officiating. Memorial services were also held at the Hoonah ANB Hall with the ANB Camp No. 12 officiating. Pallbearers were Stuart Mills, Pat Mills, Tony Mills, Tom Mills, Wilbur W. James Jr., Thomas K. James, Albert Hanson Jr., and John Robert Hanson Sr. Honorary pallbearers were Bill Wilson, Paul Dybdahl, James Dybdahl, Mary Wilson, Katherine Grant, Tina Martin, Hattie Dalton, John Martin, Ruth James and Harriet Roberts.

Burial was at Graveyard Island in Hoonah.

Emil Buresh

Former Juneau resident Emil Buresh, 83, died Nov. 28, 2000, at his home in Centralia, Wash.

He was born April 2, 1917, in Highmore, S.D., to Charles and Tina (Forman) Buresh. He spent his youth on the West Coast and was trained as a journeyman electrician. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1941 and served in Europe and Italy. He returned to the Pacific Northwest after the war and moved to Juneau in 1953. He lived in Juneau for about 35 years.

He worked for the Alaska Native Service and later for Alaska Coastal Airlines as an electrician and machinist. He worked for AEL&P and retired from there in 1980.

He married Dorothy Pittman in Juneau on April 21, 1966. Following his retirement they moved to Port Angeles and Bremerton, Wash., before moving to Centralia in 1988.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing and flying his airplane while in Juneau. He also enjoyed doing things for other people. He was a member of the Juneau Elks Lodge, and later the Centralia-Chehalis Elks Lodge.

He is survived by his wife Dorothy of Centralia, son Gary Buresh of Juneau and daughter Gail Field of Toole, Utah, plus two sisters and a granddaughter. He was preceded in death by a brother and a sister.

His ashes are being returned to Juneau. He asked that they be scattered on Southeast waters. The family suggests memorials to Hospice of Juneau, 3200 Hospital Drive, Suite 100, Juneau, AK 99801. Mrs. Dorothy Buresh may be contacted at 102 Wm Faulkner Drive, Centralia, WA, 98531.

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