Sarah 'Ann' Gensel
Longtime Alaskan and Soldotna resident Sarah “Ann” Gensel died Thursday, May 11, 2006 at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 84.
At her request, no services are planned.
Mrs. Gensel was born Feb. 22, 1922 in West Virginia and grew up in Tennessee. She served during World War II in the U.S. Air Force from 1944 through 1945.
“Sarah Ann, an Alaska pioneer, lovingly known as Ann by family and friends, ventured to Alaska with her husband, John R. ‘Jack’ Gensel, settling first in Anchorage in 1951. They made their home there and started their family with the birth of John Preston in 1954. Ann and family moved to Kenai following the birth of their son Daniel in 1957,” her family said.
“In 1962, their daughter Tina was born and the Gensel family was complete. After a final move in 1964, Ann prepared the family’s permanent home in Soldotna.
“Ann loved her husband and children, adored her grandchildren and cherished a collection of pets throughout the years. Cooking, gardening, maintaining her home and actively participating in the lives of her family all were sources of great pride for Ann. Living in Alaska and enjoying wildlife and outdoors brought Ann joy and contentment. She also had a wild side, expressed through bowling, bingo, the Vegas strip and Lotto tickets,” her family said.
Ann and John recently celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary in Soldotna, where they have made their home for more than 40 years.
“Ann’s greatest memories included caring for her family, remembering friends from the early years in Alaska, camping, hunting and fishing trips, her ties to Soldotna schools through children and grandchildren, visiting with tourists and enjoying the Alaska wildlife. Ann was involved with the PTA and was a school volunteer in the 1960s and ‘70s,” her family said.
Mrs. Gensel is survived by her husband of 61 years, John R. “Jack” Gensel; sons and daughters-in-law, John P. and Karin Gensel and Daniel and Kathy Gensel, all of Soldotna; daughter and son-in-law, Tina and Jon Brindley of Phoenix; grandson, Samuel Gensel of Anchorage; granddaughters, Zoe Gensel of New York and Andrea Frey and her husband, Lee, of Columbus, Ohio; sisters, Joan Vaughn, Lena Danna and Jean Gwozdzik; and brothers, Alfred and Ward Brown, all of Kingsport, Tenn.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
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