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Lifelong Juneau resident Donna Hoepfner died quietly on Dec. 21, 2009, in her home in Anacortes, Wash., with her husband at her side, following a courageous battle with cancer. She was 60.
Born March 18, 1949, she attended St. Ann's School and was a 1967 graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School. She also attended a design school in Seattle following her graduation. She began work at 14 and continued with a career with the state of Alaska. She considered her most important career to be her family.
She loved her garden, her dogs, Daisy, Mick and Max, her sewing, decorating and quiet walks on the beach. She loved the Juneau Fourth of July parade, sand castles on Douglas Beach and a wine and hotdog picnic out Thane Road.
Although she lived in Anacortes briefly, she had her favorite country fairs, flower markets and loved to go to oldies concerts in Seattle. She also loved traveling with her husband in their camper, her favorite place being San Francisco.
"Donna was a dear and loving daughter, wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend, who would make their day better when she could," her family wrote. "She understood that the best things in life were not things; they were her family and friends."
She was very grateful to the Anacortes Hospice and the nurses who cared for her at Island Hospital Cancer Care Center in Anacortes. She also was grateful to her neighbor, Lou Bergeson, who took on the care of Daisy, her favorite little pup, when she no longer could. Donna always had a soft spot for the puppy that spent too much time in the window, her little Daisy with a crooked smile. She was most grateful to lifelong friends Jane MacKinnon, Marcello and Nancy Quinto and Jack and Sue Woods.
She was preceded in death by her father, James G. Richardson; adoptive father, Dale G. Williams; mother, Nadine V. Price; grandfather, Vernon Metcalfe Sr.; uncle, Vern Metcalfe; and dearest grandmother, Hannah Daniels, who Donna unofficially adopted as a young child.
She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Peter Hoepfner; son, Christopher (Heather); grandson Kaiden; brother Jim Williams (Arbe); sisters Janet Rogozinski (Jacques) and Anne Williams; step-father Robert Price; nieces and nephews Kate, Abby and Samantha Williams, Helena, Jaime and Joel Rogozinski; and Metcalfe cousins Vernon Jr. (Mac), Kimberly, Peter, Patrice (Tissie), Kathleen (Teeny), James (Jake), Heather, John, Mark and their families.