Longtime Soldotna resident Toni DePietro died Friday, Feb. 18, 2000, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna after a year-long illness. She was 72.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday at noon at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Soldotna. Father Richard Tero will officiate. Pallbearers will be Cory Shane, Andrew Shane, Jerry Chadwick, Steve Foy, Dean Eichholz and John Bonk.
Mrs. DePietro was born June 18, 1927, in St. Louis, Mo. In 1954, she moved to Alaska. She worked as a waitress for many years at the Red Ram and Sabre Jet. Toni and her husband, Frank, owned and operated the former Ridgeway Trailer Court for seven years, retiring in 1984.
For many years they shared their time between Sun City, Ariz. and Kenai. They returned to Soldotna in 1994 to Funny River Road to reside year round.
She loved fishing, painting, hand crafts and cooking for others.
"Toni is best remembered by family and friends by her hospitality. She never knew a stranger. She was always caring and giving, full of laughter, and fun to be around," her family wrote.
She is survived by her husband, Frank, of 44 years, her children, Linda Shane of Hayden, Idaho, and Jay Vienup of Tumwater, Wash., six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, four brothers, four sisters and many friends.
Memorial donations may be sent to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 222 West Redoubt Avenue, Soldotna, AK, 99669.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapels.
Howard W. White
Howard W. White died Feb. 6, 2000. He was 40.
White was born April 14, 1959, in Casper, Wyo. He graduated from Capitol Hill High School in Oklahoma City, Okla., in 1977.
He worked in the oil field service industry all his life.
In December 1993, White moved to the Soldotna area, where he was part owner of Alaska Pipe Recovery Services with Billy Applewhite.
He was preceded in death by his father, Herschel, and his daughter, Cassandra.
He is survived by his loving wife, Annette, and their two children, Derek and Amanda.
A memorial of White's life will be held at College Heights Baptist Church on Kalifornsky Beach Road Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.
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