Posted: Sunday, April 17, 2011

Lorraine D. Kivi

Nikiski resident Lorraine D. Kivi, 67, passed away peacefully at home, with her family at her side on April 10, 2011.

A Funeral Mass will be held in her honor at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 20, 2011, at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church, 225 South Spruce St., in Kenai, with a reception to follow.

Lorraine was born Dec. 14, 1943, in Lewiston, Maine, to Charlie and Claire Gagnon. She moved to Nikiski with her three sisters and one brother in 1955. She married her loving husband of 46 years, Kenneth S. Kivi in 1964, and they raised five beautiful daughters.

Lorraine was an educator at Nikiski Elementary School from 1979 - 1989. She attained a bachelors degree in Psychology from Kenai Peninsula Community College and worked as a counselor for the Women's Resource Center from 1996-2001.

Lorraine generously volunteered her time and talents to many community organizations including, CPGH Volunteer Program, Prayer Services at Heritage Place, Kenai Peninsula Run for Women, Hosting Foreign Exchange Students, Coaching Gymnastics, Peninsula Community Theater, Peninsula Dancers and caring for numerous foster children. Her hobbies included music, reading, four wheeling, snow machining, spending time at her cabin with family and showing horses with her daughters and husband at the Soldotna Equestrian Association.

Lorraine's family wrote: "She had the strongest faith of anyone we have ever known. She had a tremendous love and compassion and touched the heart of everyone she came in contact with. She was always thoughtful and had a sparkling smile, quick wit and infectious sense of humor. She epitomized the saying that, 'What you are, is God's gift to you. What you become is your gift to God.' She is a precious gift from God that we will cherish in our hearts forever."

Mrs. Kivi was preceded in death by her parents, Charlie and Claire Gagnon; stepmother, June Gagnon; and uncle and aunt, Art and Margie Kivi.

Lorraine is survived by her husband, Kenneth S. Kivi; daughters, Mary V. Kivi, of Kenai; Terry C. Kivi, of Monmouth, Ore.; Debbie L. Kivi, of Anchorage; daughters and sons-in law, Marie and John Parker, of Kenai; Joy and Carl Schwartz, of Nikiski; sisters, Terrie Schilling and family; Lucy Wilson and family, of Nikiski; Connie Kjelstad and family, of Washington; brother, Robert Gagnon and family, of Nikiski; and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Donations may be sent to Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church, 225 Spruce St., Kenai, Alaska 99611.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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