Soldotna resident June Lorraine Lindgren Gagnon died Monday, Nov. 11, 2002, of complications from surgery at Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage. She was 74.
A Panakhida service will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Holy Assumption Russian Orthodox Church in Kenai. Father Michael Trefon will officiate. A celebration of life will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at North Kenai Baptist Church.
Burial will be in the Holy Assumption Russian Orthodox Cemetery in Kenai.
Pallbearers are Gerard Asselin, Royce Oder, Paxton Oder, Hermando Poage, Roger Poage, Dale Segura, David Segura, Kristofer Franke and Kaleb Franke.
Mrs. Gagnon was born April 28, 1928, in Kenai. She worked as a counselor in cultural and Native services. She loved animals, reading and time with family. She had deep interest in Native heritage and was a storyteller.
"June was deeply motivated by her love for creative writing, her heartfelt love for her duty as a keeper of the traditional Native legends and her gift for sharing them in the warmth of the traditional circle," her family said.
She is survived by her brother, Herman and Francis Lindgren; sons, Larry and Smokey Poage and Robert Gagnon; daughters, Alexandra Lindgren, Donna Allen, Stacey Cronin, Michelle Lemaire, Lorraine Kivi, Lucille Wilson and Connie Kjelstad; 24 grandchildren; 74 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be sent to the family at 46220 Birch Lane, Kenai, AK 99611.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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