Dorothy Mae Giersdorf
Longtime Soldotna resident Dorothy Mae Giersdorf died Wednesday, April 12, 2006, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 76.
In honor of her wishes, a private family gathering will be held.
Mrs. Giersdorf was born Nov. 1, 1929, in Junction City, Ore. On Oct. 22, 1949, she married Elton “Al” Giersdorf. She moved to Anchorage in 1961 with her family, where she worked as a nurse’s aid at Providence Hospital. The family moved to Soldotna in 1962 and homesteaded there. She held various jobs throughout the community, including the local greenhouse on Sport Lake and Columbia Ward Cannery.
Mrs. Giersdorf was a member of the Catholic faith and enjoyed camping, hunting, gardening, rock and doll collecting and garage sales.
“Dorothy loved her family and friends. Her favorite time was when she was camping and sitting by the campfire. She will always be remembered for her smile and her positive outlook. Dorothy had an inner strength that will always be admired by all who met her. She was the strongest woman we have ever known and her smile melted many hearts,” her family said.
Mrs. Giersdorf was preceded in death by her parents, six brothers and a sister.
She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Elton Giersdorf of Soldotna; son, Dan Giersdorf of Soldotna; daughters and sons-in-law, Deb Eisele of Sterling, Deanna and Larry Wissing of Anchorage and Darlene and Dean Glick of Soldotna; grandchildren, Danna Hoellering, Misty Merriman, Coleen Suominen, Jeremiah Eisele, Chyanne Borgen, Shawna Borgen, Cole Young, Deana Glick and Clayton Glick; 10 great-grandchildren; sister, Edna Evans of Soldotna and her family; and brother, Dick Lisenbee of Washington and his family.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations be made to the American Cancer Relay for Life in the name of the nursing staff at Heritage Place, 232 Rockwell Ave., Soldotna, AK 99669, or a donation of a perennial plant or tree for a memorial garden on the Giersdorf homestead. Contact Darlene at 262-2986 to make arrangements for perennials.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
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