Oddny 'Didi' R. Sigurdsson

Posted: Sunday, July 25, 2010

Longtime Alaskan resident Oddny "Didi" R. Sigurdsson died Wednesday, July 21, 2010 at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She was 74.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 28, 2010 at the Star of The North Lutheran Church, 216 N. Forrest Drive in Kenai. Burial will follow the services at the Spruce Grove Memorial Park Cemetery in Kasilof. Pastor Corbie Cross will officiate. Pallbearers will include: Sigfus Thomas Sigurdsson, Sigvaldi John Sigurdsson, Scott Hanson, Bryan Hanson, Wally Smith, Bob Buch and Steve Hammarstrom.

Mrs. Sigurdsson was born Feb. 20, 1936 to Jon Sigfusson and Halldora Gunnlaugsdottir in Aerlaekur, Iceland. She graduated high school and furthered her education by attending two years of economics classes. Didi moved to Alaska in November of 1972, first living in Anchorage before moving to Soldotna. She was a homemaker, worked in retail sales, was a real estate agent, but was best at being a mother. Didi loved reading, fishing, cooking, traveling and flowers. She also loved the water and swimming, but most of all she loved being a mom and an Amma.

Her family wrote, "Mom loved life and lived it to the fullest. She proved it every day, when she'd awake and be ready to meet its challenges. Her legacies are her children, grandchildren, and the friends she surrounded herself with. She was born on a sheep farm in Northeastern Iceland in February 1936. She met and married the love of her life, Jonas Sigurdsson, in December 1956 in Reykjavik, Iceland. They moved to America in 1964 and Alaska in 1972. She hated the winters, but she had her family. Her strength was always her love of life and her family. No matter what kind of day she was having, she met it with a smile. Her love and compassion is remembered by those who knew her. She leaves a big hole in our hearts, but she goes in peace. We will miss our Mamma."

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jonas Sigurdsson; parents; and her brother, Sigfus Jonsson.

She is survived by her daughter, Halldora Katrin Sigurdsson-Hanson of Anchorage; sons, Sigfus Thomas Sigurdsson of Soldotna and Sigvaldi John Sigurdsson of Anchorage; son in-law, Scott Hanson of Anchorage; daughter in-law, Claire Sigurdsson of Anchorage; and grandchildren, Erica Sigurdsson and Bryan Hanson, both of Anchorage, Alaska.

Donations may be made in memory of Didi Sigurdsson to the Kenai Watershed Forum by phone, 907-260-5449.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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