Georgia Mitchell Strunk

Wilsonville, Furnas County, Nebraska, USA
Death 4 Aug 2008 (aged 94)
Alaska, USA
Burial Unknown
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Anchorage Daily News (AK) - Thursday, August 7, 2008

Aug. 16, 1913 ~ Aug. 4, 2008
Pioneer Alaskan Georgia Leota Strunk, 94, died Aug. 4, 2008, at her daughter's home in Nelchina.
A funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Glennallen Chapel. Pastor Kim Heinbaugh will officiate. Pallbears will include David Strunk, Kevin Starnes, Stephyn Strunk, Peter Strunk, Edward Allain and Rowdy Allain
Georgia was born Aug. 16,1913, in Wilsonville, Neb., the daughter of Marion and Laura Mitchell. As a young woman, Georgia was a beautician in Brighton, Colo., where she met her husband, Edward Strunk. They married in Norfolk, Va., in 1942. Georgia's husband was in the Navy and stationed in Alaska during World War II. At the end of the war they moved to Alaska permanently.
Georgia and her husband lived in Anchorage, and at that time there were only four paved streets. The Strunks owned three restaurants: The Diner, The Poke O Gold and The Oyster Loaf. Their vast "Old Alaska" picture collection was always on display. After the Alaska "Good Friday" earthquake of 1964, the family moved to Glennallen, where they started a general store called Pardner's Crackerbarrel, which operated for more than 30 years in downtown Glennallen.
Georgia was known for her many talents including painting, crocheting, sewing, quilting and doll making. She earned ribbons at the Alaska State Fair and Kenny Lake Fair. Georgia was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary of Glennallen, where she served in every office including Western District President. The Copper River Country Journal nominated her as "Women of the Year" in 1991. She was runner-up for the State of Alaska Mother of the Year. She was also a member of the Rebekah Lodge and Eastern Star.
In 1991, she graduated from Prince William Sound Community College with her degree in art. She was recognized as the "oldest graduate" they'd ever had. Her tireless volunteer work in the Copper River Valley earned her special recognition from the governor of Alaska.
For more than 30 years, she donated her time to the Copper Valley Community Library, American Legion Auxiliary, Copper Center Museum and the Glennallen Visitors Center. Georgia brought her talents to the rocking chair of the Copper River EMS Auction. Every Tuesday since the 1970s, her house was open for the Ladies Bible Study.
Her family recalled: "Georgia's love of God and kind heart were an inspiration to her endless number of friends and family. We will remember her for the love and support she gave us all."
She is survived by her sister, Helen Burgess; and sisters-in-laws, Phyllis Mitchell and Odea Mitchell; her daughters, Rebekah Axtell of Washington, Adriana Houghton and son-in-law Stan of Oregon, Drucilla Dickerson and son-in-law Bruce of Nelchina, Daphne Castor and son-in-law Bruce of Utah, and Kris Squire of Anchorage; her sons, Dean Strunk of Anchorage, David Strunk of Texas, Kevin Starnes and daughter in-law Cyndy of Anchorage, Peter Strunk and daughter-in-law Anna of Kenai, and Billy Starnes of Anchorage; her grandchildren are Edward, Levi and Rowdy Allain; Alyssa and Jonathan Castor; Jesse Axtell, Amy Fettig, Michelle Powell, Cheryl Young, Carmen Taylor and Brigitte Olson; Ashley, Jason, Mitchell, Charlotte, Tyler and Gabrielle Strunk; Jaimie and Brenna Starnes, Lorielle Burdick, Tina and Mike Patow; and more than 40 great-grandchildren. Mrs. Strunk was preceded in death by her husband, Edward; her sister, Eloise Arzberger; and her brothers, Clifford and Dean Mitchell.
Her last year was blessed with grandaughter-in-law, Kelly Allain; and 11/2-year-old great-granddaughter, Brooklyn Rae Allain, who kept her endlessly entertained.

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