Lorraine Mary Blake


Posted: Thursday, June 28, 2007



Longtime Kasilof resident Lorraine Mary Blake died Tuesday, June 26, 2007, at her home. She was 77.

A graveside service will be held at noon Saturday, June 30, at the Spruce Grove Memorial Park in Kasilof. Pallbearers will include Jennifer Bartolowits, Anna Blake, Ashley Bartolowits, Melissa Blake, LaRae Bartolowits, and Bill Blake. Father Bill Hanrahan will officiate. A gathering will immediately follow the graveside service at the Blake residence.

Mrs. Blake was born Oct. 6, 1929, to Matthew and Mary Gutenkauf in Crosby, Minn., where she graduated high school and received nurses training.

She moved to Alaska and became a resident of Kasilof in 1960. She owned and operated Tustumena Enterprises, an upholstery business ran from her home. She loved sewing, knitting and berry picking.

“Lorraine was a multi-talented, strong willed woman who came to Alaska in 1960 and married Francis R. Blake. She raised her family on food that was harvested on the homestead by hunting moose and gardening,” her family said.

She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Ray Blake; sister, Jean Seiter of Minnesota; son, Bill Blake of Kasilof; daughter-in-law, Lynda Blake of Kasilof; daughter, LaRae Bartolowits of Clam Gulch; son-in-law, Paul Bartolowits of Clam Gulch; grandchildren, Anna Blake of Kasilof, Ashley Bartolowits of Clam Gulch, Melissa Blake of Kasilof and Michelle Bartolowits and Matthew Bartolowits of Clam Gulch.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be sent to the Alzheimer’s Resource Of Alaska, 1750 Abbot Road, Anchorage, Alaska 99507.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel. Kenai.

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