Kasilof resident Margaret Louise Dutton Hapeman died Thursday, March 13, 2008. She was 79.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. today, Sunday, March 16, at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna. Pastor Randy Parshall will officiate.
Ms. Hapeman was born Oct. 9, 1928, in Germantown, N.Y. She was one of the first nurse practitioners and worked in family practice from 1972 to1992. She then volunteered full-time at a Hospice Care Center for another 10 years as the resident nurse. She was involved in numerous outreach and service programs and vestry board membership throughout her life, which was a clear testament to service and giving.
She arrived in Alaska in April 2006 to live with her youngest daughter, Marty S. Hapeman, and family in Kasilof, after spending 10 years beside her other daughter, Nancy Fedick, and family in Rochester, N.Y.
Her family wrote, "She was an exceptional woman who will be missed greatly and remembered with deep love by so many whose lives she touched. When visited by the attending minister at Providence Hospital, she told him, 'I am curious, and a little excited' about the afterlife.
"We will love you always, Weezie!"
Ms. Hapeman was preceded in death by her parents, Magdelena and Theodore Dutton, and uncle George Holsten in Germantown N.Y., and younger brother Theodore Dutton of Connecticut.
She is survived by sister Dorothy Scott of Wisconsin; numerous nieces and nephews; son Dale D. Hapeman; daughters Nancy Fedick and her husband, Andy, and Marty Hapeman and her husband, Dyer VanDevere; and grandchildren Russell Bacon, Matt Fedick, Elizabeth Bacon, Christine Fedick, Jessica Hapeman, Julie Fedick and Douglas Hapeman.
Arrangements were made by Anchorage Funeral Home and Crematory.
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