Michael J. Oberts


Posted: Sunday, March 27, 2005


  Michael J. Oberts

Michael J. Oberts

Longtime Sterling resident Michael J. Oberts died Thursday, March 24, 2005, at the Pioneers Home in Anchorage. He was 80.

Memorial Mass will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Soldotna. Father John Holleman will officiate. A reception will immediately follow the services at O'Neill Hall. Mr. Oberts will be laid to rest next to his wife, Teresa, at the Spruce Grove Memorial Park in Kasilof.

Mr. Oberts was born Nov. 13, 1924, in Washburn, Wis. He entered into the U.S. Marine Corps and served in the South Pacific during World War II until he was honorably discharged Nov. 20, 1945. He came to Alaska with his brother, Leo, in the late 1940s. He homesteaded in Sterling in 1958 and lived in a small log cabin before building the house on the homestead.

He met Teresa while building the Catholic church in Soldotna. He was a laborer with the Laborers Union, Local No. 341 and worked on many jobs, including the White Alice, Wildwood, Swanson River, Colliers, Tesoro, Phillips, Kenai airport, Central Peninsula General Hospital and various road jobs until he retired.

He was a member of the Kenai Elk's Lodge No. 2425 and of the National Rifle Association.

"Mike was a professional chef. He enjoyed cooking for large family holiday gatherings. He also liked to hunt and go for weekend drives," his family said.

Mr. Oberts was preceded in death by his wife, Teresa Oberts in 1987; brother, Dave Oberts; and sisters, Cecilia McNally, Pauline Oberts and Eva Henson.

He is survived by his brother, Leo Oberts of Kenai; sons and daughters-in-law, Ed and Leona Oberts of Soldotna, John and Pam Oberts of Sterling and Gary Oberts and Allene Alexander of Soldotna; grandchildren, Allyson, Victoria, David, Didi and Jerrod; nephews, Steve Oberts of Kenai and Father David Oberts of Rice Lake, Wis.; and great-nephews, Jesse and Nathan Oberts, both of Kenai.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.

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