Catherine ‘Katy’ Louise (McFarland) Feulner


Posted: Wednesday, March 15, 2006


  Catherine 'Katy' Louise (McFarland) Feulner

Catherine 'Katy' Louise (McFarland) Feulner

Former Kenai Peninsula resident Catherine “Katy” Louise (McFarland) Feulner died Saturday, March 11, 2006, in Apache Junction, Ariz. She was 79.

A memorial service was held in Apache Junction on Monday, March 13.

Mrs. Feulner was born May 4, 1926, in Marshalltown, Iowa, to Lucille (Patterson) and Alfred McFarland. She attended college at the University of Iowa in Iowa City and graduated with bachelor and master degrees.

She married Alvin J. Feulner on June 25, 1948.

Mrs. Feulner worked for the U.S. Geological Survey in Iowa, while Alvin completed his education. They moved to Anchorage in June 1959, where she was active in politics, serving on the Anchorage Human Rights Commission and the League of Women Voters. She served on the Alaska State Fair board for several years in the 1960s.

She went to work for the Alaska State Housing Authority after the 1964 earthquake and was integral in the rebuilding. The Feulners also were part of the group that built the First Congregational Church on Northern Lights Boulevard. Mrs. Feulner also worked for the Chugach Council Camp Fire/Camp Fire USA Alaska Council from the ’70s through the ’90s.

The Feulners moved to Homer in 1981, after Alvin retired from the USGS. Mrs. Feulner worked for the Homer Senior Citizens Center and was part of the group that planned the building of senior housing and assisted living.

Mrs. Feulner moved to Kenai in 1998 to be closer to family, but had been traveling in her motor home since 1991. She wintered in Arizona until October 2000, when her health prevented her from returning to Alaska.

She became a full-time resident of The Pueblo in Apache Junction, working on various boards until the time of her death.

“Katy always loved gardening and always had beautiful gardens. She was involved with the Anchorage Garden Club for many years and won many awards. She also loved spending time with her companion for the last five years, her dog Dena,” her family said.

Mrs. Feulner was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

She is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Shirley McFarland of Estes Park, Colo.; daughter and son-in-law, Alison and Aaron Williams of Nikiski; grandchildren, Cassandra Williams and Russell Williams, both of Kenai; nieces and nephew, Sandy, Patricia and Bob McFarland and their families, all of Iowa; and special friends, Rose Beck and Claudia Ehli, both of Billings, Mont.

Memorials may be made to Pueblo HOA (Memorial Fund), 201 E. Southern Ave., Apache Junction, AZ 85219, or to the Camp Fire USA Alaska Council, 3745 Community Park Loop, Anchorage, AK 99508.

Arrangements were made by A Caring Touch in Apache Junction and Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.

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