Joanne Lorene Hartley


Posted: Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Longtime Alaska and former Kenai resident Joanne Lorene Hartley died Sunday, June, 12, 2005, at Valley Hospital in Palmer after an extended illness. She was 74.

Memorial services were held Saturday, June 18, at the United Protestant Presbyterian Church in Palmer.

She was born Feb. 26, 1931, in Detroit and arrived in May of 1935 in Palmer as a member of the Darrell Frank family, who were original Matanuska Valley Colonists. She attended Palmer Territorial Schools and in 1949 was marred to James N. Hartley.

In the early 1950s, the couple moved to Kenai, where they raised their family. Mrs. Hartley helped her husband run the Hartley Department Store and car dealership in Kenai. The family also spent time commercial fishing at Kalgin Island and Silver Salmon Creek. In the mid 1960s, the family returned to their present day home on Finger Lake.

"She enjoyed homemaking, gardening and visiting with her many relatives and friends," her family said.

Mrs. Hartley was proceeded in death by her husband, James N. Hartley; brother, Randall Frank; and grandsons, Mark O. Moffitt, Kaleb Hartley and Spencer Hodsdon.

She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Katherine Hartley, Joni Hartley and Fritz Caulkins of Palmer and Karen and Jim Bielefeld of Kenai; son, James A. and Susan Hartley; daughter-in-law, Alena Bodeman of Chugiak; sister, Nancy Colbeth of Palmer; brothers, David Frank of Ohio and Darrell and Sandi Frank of Hawaii; sisters and brothers-in-law, Sharon Frank, Lee and Maralyn Hartley and Bob and Marcella Hartley, all of Palmer; grandchildren and their families, Tammy Hodson, Scott Briggs, Jessica Marden, Jennifer Sholly, Jim Stephens, Justin Hermens, Alan Hartley and Kristina Hartley; great-grandchildren, Morgan, Thomas, Julia, Austin and Colton; and many nieces and nephews.

Arrangements were made by Kehl's Palmer Mortuary.

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