Longtime Kasilof resident Jeanene M. Dederick died Monday, July 27, 2009, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She was 80.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, 2009, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day-saints at 609 Forest Drive in Kenai. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services. Bishop Robert E. Grant will officiate. A reception will immediately follow services at the church. Pallbearers will be Richard Dederick, Robert Dederick Sr., Dustin Dederick, Robert L.H. Dederick Jr., Jacob Martin and Bill Carlson. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2009, at the Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Mrs. Dederick was born Jan. 27, 1929, to Walter H. and Inez (Aumick) Larabee in Salt Lake City. She was raised there and graduated from high school. Mrs. Dederick worked for the Bell Telephone Co. in Salt Lake City from 1946-48. She then moved to Kasilof in 1952 where she resided until her death. Mrs. Dederick worked as a cook for the Tustumena Elementary School in Kasilof from 1978-94. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day-saints attending the Soldotna Chapel. Mrs. Dederick enjoyed crocheting, sewing, macram, painting and playing the organ and piano. Jeanene also used to crochet and quilt baby blankets and afghans for family and friends and donated doll dresses for The Salvation Army during the Christmas time to donate to children. She made usable bandages for people with leprosy, as well.
"Jeanene was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She generously donated her time and creative talents of crafts and music to family friends and to the community," her family said. "She will always be remembered by her great-grandchildren as 'Grandma Grape.' Jeanene will always be loved and will be forever missed."
Mrs. Dederick was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Maxwell Dederick; sons, Donald and Thomas Dederick; grandson, Casey Dederick; brother, Melvin Howard; and sisters, Leona Vanderstine, Virginia Hunt and Helen Johansen.
She is survived by her brother, Eddie Larabee of Salt Lake City; daughters, Marilyn Rochon of Kenai and Evelyn Miller of Liberty, Mo.; sons, Richard Dederick of Kasilof and Robert Dederick of Soldotna; nine grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made in Jeanene's memory to the Mormon Missionary Program, 333 W. 200 South, Provo, UT 84601.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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