Anna Ruth (Sweet) Tachick


Posted: Sunday, January 23, 2005


  Anna Ruth (Sweet) Tachick

Anna Ruth (Sweet) Tachick

Soldotna resident Anna Ruth (Sweet) Tachick died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2005, at her home surrounded by her family. She was 93.

Visitation will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Jan. 24, at Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25, at Peninsula Grace Brethren Church on Kalifornsky Beach Road in Soldotna. Pastor Tim Tiffner will officiate. A reception immediately will follow the services. Burial will be next to her husband at Spruce Grove Memorial Park in Kasilof.

Mrs. Tachick was born Nov. 14, 1911, to Oscar and Minnie Sweet in Shelby, Iowa. In 1915, she moved to Athelstine, Wis. She married her childhood friend Paul Tachick on Oct. 29, 1929. She also lived in Kennewick, Wash., before traveling the Alaska Highway with her family.

They arrived in Soldotna on Nov. 1, 1951, toting a treadle machine, a wood burning stove, several houseplants and two yellow canaries. Mrs. Tachick lived on the family's original homestead, which her husband and sons built just south of the Kenai River bridge, until 1977 when she moved to her present home two miles up river.

Mrs. Tachick was one of the original founders of the Soldotna Baptist Church. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, embroidery, quilting, crocheting and bestowing her handiwork on family and friends. She also gave away many potted Christmas cacti, which came from an original start given to her in 1952 by a Seward gold miner.

"Anna was a real pioneer and loved sharing stories about the good old days. She was a Christian and a devoted mother and grandmother with a unique gift of making each family member feel special and unconditionally loved," her family wrote.

Mrs. Tachick was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Tachick; great-grandson, Scott Tachick; brothers, Virgil, Walt and Jack Sweet; and sister, Georgia Volling.

She is survived by her brothers, Andrew, Ed and Roy Sweet; sisters, Charlotte Baughman, JoAnn Jones and Christina Black; sons and daughters-in-law, Charles and Donna Tachick, Robert and Sue Tachick, Melvin and Faye Tachick, Roger Tachick and Marie Weller, and Wayne and Erlene Tachick; daughters and sons-in-law, Shirley and Gary Kosto and Arlene Tachick and Nick Hansen; grandchildren, Steven and Sally Tachick, Duane and Cheryl Tachick, Elizabeth and Chris Hayes, Brenda and Chris McLay, Robert and Trina Tachick, Melody and William Newberry, Shirley and David Shryack, Ruth and Rick Johnson, Allison and David Darsey, John and Letha Tachick, Wendy and Mark Winans, Paul and Leah Kosto, Jaques and Lisa Kosto, Andrea Kosto and Erika Danven; great-grandchildren, Shane and Spencer Tachick, Christina and Vicky Tachick, Crystal and Colton Hayes, Andrew and Alena McLay, Kelsey, Kailyn and Caleb Tachick, William, AdriAnna, Travis and Sarah Newberry, Kayleigh, Meghan and Zoe Shryack, Ryan and Brittany Johnson, Jessica and Elliot LaChapelle, Jack Darsey, Stephanie and Alyssa Tachick, Josiah and Emily Winans, Sydney Peterson Kosto and Jacey Kosto; and 13 step-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent in memory of Mrs. Tachick to Soldotna Baptist Church, 223 E. Redoubt Ave., Soldotna, AK 99669.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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