|Birth: ||Dec. 8, 1914|
|Death: ||Jun. 4, 1994|
Lot 154, Space 3.
Anchorage Daily News June 12, 1994
Anchorage homemaker Elaine Estelle Austermuhl , 79, died June 7 at the Anchorage Pioneers'Home. Her health had been failing since suffering the last of many strokes a year ago. A funeral will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Evergreen Memorial Chapel, downtown. Honorary pallbearers include Don Storm, Harry Knupple and her grandsons. Burial will be next to her husband of 54 years, G. Harve Austermuhl , at Angelus Memorial Park.
Mrs. Austermuhl was born Dec. 8, 1914, in Tacoma, Wash., to Bruce and Maude Russell Hume. She was married Aug. 8, 1936, and came to Alaska in 1949 while Mr. Austermuhl finished a construction project here. They ended up staying and returned south only for visits. An accomplished artist, she worked for Ward W. Wells Photography Studios in Anchorage. She photographed, hand-tinted and oil-colored portraits before color prints were out and had worked for the Anchorage Post Office. She was a founding member of the Elauret, homemakers named by Ebba Hamm meaning Little Friends, now a branch of the Anchorage Homemakers Club. An avid golfer, she was president of the Alaska Women's Golf Association in 1974 and 1986. She was a longtime member of Pioneers of Alaska, Auxiliary #4, and enjoyed Fur Rondy. Other interests were space exploration, camping with family, and traveling worldwide with her husband. Her family said: "She will be greatly missed by her family and many friends. Those who knew her will never forget her. With her passing, the family has lost its matriarch. She was a loving mother, family historian, gracious hostess, wife, homemaker, friend and an unending source of love and support to all who came in contact with her. She was a rare person with no enemies, who always put others before herself."
Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Dave. She is survived by three sons, Larry, Don and Lynn, and their wives and children, all of Anchorage; many great-grandchildren; and brothers, Graydon and Ron Hume of Tacoma. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Hospice of Anchorage, 3605 Arctic Blvd., #555, Anchorage 99503.
Angelus Memorial Park
Plot: Last Supper Garden, Angelus Park.
Created by: Chuck Crabaugh
Record added: Sep 06, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 21384518