Longtime Alaska resident Jane Delores Flegel died in Sun City, Ariz., Monday, Nov. 25, 2002. She was 80.
A celebration of her life will be held later in Kenai.
Mrs. Flegel was born in Racine, Wis., on Feb. 3, 1922. She was among the original colonists to settle the Matanuska Valley along with her parents, Joe and Zuleika Lentz, and family. They homesteaded on Bodenberg Loop Road, also known as the Butte area.
She graduated from Palmer High School and married Thomas Peterkin of Anchorage. They had a son, Robert, and daughter, Bonnie. They later divorced and on July 20, 1956, she married her husband of 46 years, Rudy Flegel. In 1967, they sold their home in Anchorage and moved to Kenai.
She enjoyed oil painting, ceramics, knitting and crocheting and had a passion for baking bread and rolls. She and Rudy spent many winters traveling the continental United States, visiting relatives and friends and making new and lasting friendships.
She was a lifelong member of the Moose and Elks clubs. Her grandchildren will long remember her stories recalling events from her childhood. In latter years, she became an avid golfer.
"We will remember her as a loving, caring person with a beautiful smile and charming personality. She leaves behind many handmade treasures that she constantly made as gifts for any and all occasions, which will keep her memory alive for generations to come," her family said.
Mrs. Flegel was preceded in death by her parents, Joe and Zuleika Lentz of Palmer; brother, Buddy Lentz of Florida; and first husband, Thomas Peterkin of Soldotna.
She is survived by her husband, Rudy Flegel of Sun City; son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Bonnie Peterkin; daughter and son-in-law, Bonnie and Larry Rogers of Kenai; sisters, Ramona Paulk of Soldotna and JoeAnne Vanover of Eagle River; brothers, Joe Lentz of Palmer and Don Lentz of Colville, Wash.; 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
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