Births & Obituaries




Lorrinea Fern Burke, 91
Former Seward resident Lorrienea Fern Burke, 91, died June 18, 2009, in The Dalles, Ore.
Funeral services were held June 24 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Sandy, Ore.
Burke was born Aug. 8, 1917, to Dell and Mary Jadwin in Bull Run, Ore. She married Harry Edwin Burke on Aug. 8, 1938, in Gresham, Ore. She completed cosmetology school and also worked as a teacher’s aide.
Burke spent over 30 years in Alaska, primarily in Seward, and survived the 1964 earthquake with her family. She was active in quilting and other charities related to her church. She enjoyed airplane activities with her husband, along with boating, hunting and fishing trips. She was an experienced gardener and planted the long line of birch trees along Marathon Drive in Seward.
Her family said: “She was tough as nails. She first arrived in Seward by steamship. Everyone else was seasick, and she was the only one eating in the dining hall one evening. She loved teaching and helping young children, and many of them remember her as being like a mother to them, even today.”
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband and sisters-in-law, Blanch Burke and Fern Burke, of Seward.
She is survived by her son, Paul Burke and wife Sally, of Wamic, Ore.; daughter, Jeanne Hayes and Jack, of Kenai; grandchildren, Jeremy Hayes and wife Kristin of Valdez, Jesse Hayes and wife Sasha of Anchorage, Jodena Hayes of Denver, and Jian GuoXiaoLei Hayes of Kenai; and great-grandchildren Sienna, Aislinn and Xander, of Valdez.
Memorials can be sent to Immanuel Lutheran Church, Youth Group, P.O. Box 686, Sandy, OR 97055.

Dean E. Reddington, 70
Former Seward resident Dean E. Reddington, 70, died July 4, 2009, at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle, Wash. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Reddington was born June 9, 1939, in Salida, Colo., to Raymond E. and Lillie Reddington. He attended schools in both Colorado and Oregon and graduated from Canyon City High School. He served in the U.S. Navy and was honorably discharged.
Reddington moved to Alaska 40 years ago and lived in both Anchorage and Seward.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting, dancing and spending time on his boat.
Reddington is survived by his sister, Loretta Reddington; brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Donna Reddington; many nieces and nephews living in Oregon, Arizona, Florida and Minnesota; and best friends Jake Hess and Myone Hui of Anchorage.
Those who wish may make a contribution to the American Cancer Society.


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