Jasper Bitterich

Posted: Sunday, November 19, 2000

Nikiski resident Jasper Bitterich died Thursday, Nov. 16, 2000, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. He was 70.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai. The Rev. John Henry will officiate.

Burial will follow the service at the McGahan Cemetery in North Kenai. A reception will follow the burial at the Lighthouse Inn in North Kenai. Kevin Bitterich, Kenny Bitterich, Art Bitterich, Jeffrey Bitterich, Evan Bitterich and Richard Amerine will serve as pallbearers.

Mr. Bitterich was born March 28, 1930, in Dishmond, Wash. He was raised and educated through the ninth grade in Sand Point, Idaho. He served in the U. S. Army during the Korean conflict and was honorably discharged on Jan. 17, 1953. Prior to moving to Alaska, he worked in a sawmill in Idaho. He moved to Nikiski on Aug. 26, 1976. He was an apprentice electrician prior to starting his own business, J.B. Electric. He later worked with A.P.C., retiring in 1982.

Mr. Bitterich was a member of the Gold Prospector's Association. He enjoyed hunting, gold panning, dredging for gold and working in his shop.

"He was a loving husband and father and loved his grandkids with all his heart. He will be deeply missed by all. He enjoyed searching for gold and was always looking for that big nugget," his family said.

Mr. Bitterich is survived by his wife of 38 years, Pat; son, Art and his girlfriend, Sharon, and her family, son, Kenny and his girlfriend, Jackie, and her daughter, Jessica; son, Kevin and his wife, Christy; daughter, Lisa Amerine and her husband, Richard; and grandchildren, Jeffrey, Heather, Evan and Theresa, all of Nikiski, and Stephan, of Germany.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the family, P.O. Box 8514, Nikiski, AK, 99635.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

Elizabeth A. McDowell

Soldotna resident Elizabeth A. McDowell died Friday, Nov. 17, 2000, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 85.

Funeral services and burial will be in Kingfisher, Okla., at Sander's Funeral Service.

She was born in Indian Territory Kingfisher, Okla., to Mr. and Mrs. W.R. McIntosh on April 28, 1915. She married Cleo McDowell on June 8, 1930.

In her lifetime, she modeled, worked as a cashier and also in a furniture factory in Oklahoma. After moving to Alaska in 1966, she and her husband were house parents for drug and alcohol abuse. Later on, they had a restaurant in Anchorage called the "Del Pablo." They retired to Lindsberg, Kan.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1982. Since her husband's death, she has lived on the Kenai Peninsula.

Mrs. McDowell is survived by her daughter, Lila Roberts, and her husband, Tom, of Nikiski; son, Bill McDowell, and his wife, Nan, of Stillwater, Okla.; son, Jack McDowell, and his wife, Fern, of Cushing, Okla.; 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the charity of choice.

Local arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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