Jean Walsh Stockburger

Posted: Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Homer resident Jean Walsh Stockburger , 57, died Friday, July 9, 2010, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 17, at 3 p.m. at the Stockburger home at the end of Morrison Drive at Mile 18 on East End Road.

Mrs. Stockburger was born March 8, 1953, and raised in Morehead City, N.C. She attended college in Connecticut, where she met her husband, Mike. They moved to Alaska in 1979 where Jean taught school in the Yup'ik community of Tuluksak on the Kuskokwim River. The couple also taught in Russian Mission and Marshall on the Yukon River. Her two children, Amy and Lucas, were born during those years along the Yukon.

In 1998, Jean began teaching at Kachemak Selo, a Russian Old Believer community at the head of Kachemak Bay.

"She loved life on the bay, from her daily commute down the "switchback" to Kachemak Selo, to her walks along the beaches of the Spit. Her summers off included volunteering at Pier One Theater and the Homer Public Library, and assisting with the family business, the Homer Boat Yard. Jean will be missed by everyone she touched," her family said.

Mrs. Stockburger is preceded in death by her grandmother, Ruby; mother, Helen; and sister, Kathy.

She is survived by husband, Mike; daughter, Amy and her husband, Heath; son, Lucas; sisters, Lynne, and her husband, John, and Dawn; brothers, Jeffery and his wife, Missy, and David; and niece, Katie."

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations can be made to the American Cancer Society at

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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