Longtime Alaska resident Katharina "Kitty" E. Steele died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2005, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 78.
Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, at the St. Peters Catholic Church in Ninilchik. Father John Holleman will officiate. A memorial potluck will immediately follow the services at the Clam Shell Lodge.
Mrs. Steele was born May 14, 1926, in Kronach, West Germany. When she was young, she skied to Catholic school every morning. She married Alvin Garnett Steele on Dec. 20, 1957, and they were married for 47 years.
In December 1964, the Steeles moved to Eagle River where they lived until 1984. They moved to Clam Gulch, where they have resided ever since.
Mrs. Steele was a Roman Catholic. She was a homemaker and a beloved companion to her husband. Her hobbies were crocheting, knitting, stitchery, needlework and crafts.
"Katharina had the biggest heart, as big as gold. She would give her coat off her back to anyone in need. She loved her crafts and crocheting, she was quite talented. She loved shopping for her craft wares. She loved to cook her specialties were peanut butter cookies, and she was known for her clam jalapeno dip and salmon dip. She was a great loving companion, friend and loving wife to her husband, Alvin," her family said.
Mrs. Steele was preceded in death by her daughter, Ingrid Hanft.
She is survived by her husband, Alvin Garnett Steele of Clam Gulch.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent in Mrs. Steele's memory to the American Lung Association of Alaska, National Processing Center, P.O. Box 7000, Albert Lea, MN 56007-8000.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
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