Longtime Kenai resident Muriel "Ruth" Lofstedt died peacefully Sunday, April 13, 2003, in the arms of her loving husband of 56 years at their home in Kenai. She was 76.
Viewing will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday at Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai and a graveside service will be held at 4 p.m. Friday at the Kenai City Cemetery. A memorial service will follow at 6 p.m. at the Kenai Bible Church with Pastors Edward Perry and Vance Wonser officiating. Refreshments and fellowship will follow the memorial service.
Pallbearers will be Les Anderson, Lee VanSickle, John Rheuby, Robert Tachick Sr., Robert O'Connell and Fredrick Macvie.
Mrs. Lofstedt was born July 10, 1926, in Sandy, Ore., where she remained with her family and graduated from Sandy High School. Shortly after, she married in Oregon, she and her husband, Bud, drove the Alaska Highway to build their new home in Anchorage in 1947. Together, they began several small businesses in Anchorage, including a drugstore and Northway Cab.
The couple moved to Kenai permanently in the early 1950s, where they commercially fished and owned a service station. Eventually, they founded air services in Alaska, Hawaii and Arizona.
In 1992, she and her husband were honored with the Pioneer Award presented by the Alaska Legislature. Mrs. Lofstedt was a member of the Kenai Bible Church for the past 50 years. She loved her family, grandchildren and the Lord, and she truly enjoyed taking time to help those who were in need.
"As stated in Proverbs 31:28, 'Her children arise up, and call her blessed: her husband also, and he praiseth her.' Her greatest joy was loving and serving the Lord, and her life was evidence of that," her family said.
"Although she will be deeply missed by everyone, her family takes great comfort in knowing she is at home with the Lord."
Mrs. Lofstedt was preceded in death by a brother, Frank Christensen, and a granddaughter, Lenne Grace Wonser.
She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Vernon L. "Bud" Lofstedt; sons and daughters-in-law, Vernon L. and Diana Lofstedt and Craig R. and Kimi L. Lofstedt; daughters and sons-in-law, Christy R. and Cornelius O. Johnson and Vicki and Vance Wonser; grandchildren, Sharane L. Dorrah and her husband, Brian, Trever L Lofstedt and his wife, Elizabeth, Travis R. Lofstedt and his fiancee, Ashley Stone, Micah B.L. Johnson, Curry R. Freeman and her husband, Troy, April L. Lofstedt, Chloe and Abbi Wonser, a grandchild due in August; great-granddaughter, Alexis Lofstedt; sister, Phyllis Calhoon; and brother, John Christensen.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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