Longtime Alaskan and Soldotna area resident June M. Mallette, 76, died Sunday, July 18, 2010 at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna.
Memorial services will be 6 p.m. Friday, July 23, at the Kenai Bible Church. Pastor Vance Wonser will officiate. Honorary pallbearers will be her sons, Edmond, Douglas and Wayne Mallette and grandsons, Daniel Rouggly, Nathan, Sean, and Bradley Mallette.
Mrs. Mallette was born Aug. 29, 1933 in New York City, New York. She grew up in New York City and attended the University of Rochester. She married in 1954, when along with her husband and parents, they decided to take a journey to the Last Frontier which was still a territory in 1956. She traveled with her 63 year old grandmother, developmentally disabled brother and 6 month old son. She encountered many unique challenges along the road to her beloved homestead six miles south of Soldotna.
Along with her parents, she opened and ran Midville Grocery (now known as TJ Seggy's) in the mid 1960s. She also worked for the Cheechako News and Woodfords Clothing. In 1970, she worked for Carrs Grocery Store. In 1975, she began working for the Kenai Peninsula Borough and worked as an auditor until retiring from the Borough in 1987. She was recognized in 1987 for organizing and beginning Soldotna Little League with her father, Frank Char. She enjoyed reading, playing and visiting with grandchildren, bingo and putting puzzles together.
"After making Soldotna her home, she became active in many local organizations, including the Eagle's Club, Soldotna Little League, and driving school bus from Tustumena to Ninilchik. Her favorite times were when she had her family close by, playing games, visiting and cheering loudly for her kids during sporting events. She was known to hide behind her hands at wrestling matches, and is remember countless long road trips to baseball and softball tournaments. She retired to spend time with her grandchildren and to pursue other hobbies. She cherished her memories of grandkids hugs and kisses along with school programs and the music they sang brought joy to her life and smiles to her face. Her favorite saying was, 'I love you a bushel and a peck,'" her family said.
Mrs. Mallette was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Frances Char; brother, Frankie Char; and grandson, Douglas Mallette II.
She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Edmond Mallette of Soldotna, Douglas and Holly Mallette of Logan, Utah, and Wayne and Dawn Mallette of Soldotna; daughters, Stacie Mallette and Laura Sherwood, both of Soldotna; grandchildren, Daniel Rouggly II and wife, Jessica of Soldotna, SSG Nathan Mallette and wife, Adrienne of Irmo, S.C., Sean Mallette of Logan, Utah, PFC Bradley Mallette of Honolulu, Hawaii, Kristy Mallette of Logan, Utah, and Sarah Mallette of Soldotna; great-grandchildren, Tristan and Taryn Mallette, Lily Buffington and Daniel Rouggly III.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Samaritan's Purse, P.O. Box 1227, Soldotna, AK 99669.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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