Catherine Wanda (McSorley) Jolly

Posted: Thursday, April 14, 2011

Sterling resident Catherine Wanda (McSorley) Jolly, 84, died peacefully at home with her family on April 12, 2011.

Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Apr. 16, at the Soldotna Church of Christ. Evangelist Tony Cloud will officiate.

Mrs. Jolly was born in Lynden, Washington, on Feb. 22, 1927. She came to Alaska with her family in 1946, where she met her first husband, Francis Michael Janecek. After moving to Anchorage, she followed in her father's footsteps and became a professional cook and worked in many landmark Anchorage establishments, including Club 25 and Gilman's Bakery, as well as for Northwest Airlines and Providence Hospital.

"A great lover of out of the way places, Catherine lived in many communities around the state, including Big Lake, Wasilla, Moose Pass and Homer, before retiring with her husband to Bull Shoals, Ark. She returned to Alaska to live in Soldotna with her daughters in 2005. Catherine will always be remembered as a kind, vibrant and courageous woman who loved her family with all her heart and for her abiding faith in the Lord. She took great joy in the songbirds outside her window, fishing for anything that would bite a hook, and her dachshund Princess." her family wrote.

She was preceded in death by her father Jerome and mother Gilberta McSorley, her brother Fred McSorley, her daughter Irene Ackerman and her loving husband John Jolly.

Mrs. Jolly is survived by her sister, Irene (Robert) Mitchell and sister-in-law, Leona (Fred) McSorley, of Anchorage; daughters, Nancy (Harold) Black, Catherine (Larry) Call, of Soldotna; son, Michael Janecek, of Palmer; grandchildren, Jackie (Roger) Mouser, who was her primary care-giver, of Soldotna; Frank Ackerman, of Everett, Wash., Eleanor Janecek and Donald McKenzie, of Anchorage; Gary Lee (Vanita) Gibson Jr., of Randlett, Okla., as well as three great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Church of Christ, Soldotna, at 41896 Sterling Highway, Soldotna, AK 99669; Audubon Alaska, 441 West 5th Ave., Ste. 300, Anchorage, AK 99501; or to S.P.C.A of the Kenai Peninsula Inc., P.O. Box 231, Sterling, AK 99672-0231.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.

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