Obituary from the Fairbanks, Alaska "Daily News-Miner" newspaper, dated Saturday, April 10, 2010, page B-2:
Longtime Fairbanks resident Jean Flanagan Carlo, 55, passed away at Denali Center on April 8, 2010, after a long illness. Jean was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on July 15, 1954, to Edward and Virginia Flanagan and grew up in Wantagh, N.Y. An accomplished photographer, Jean graduated from the State University of New York at Stony Brook with a degree in fine arts in 1978. After working as an assistant curator at museums in Stony Brook and East Hampton, she came to Fairbanks for a two-week visit in 1979 and never left.
Jean's long and distinguished career in the arts in Alaska began almost immediately. She worked as a program coordinator at the Fairbanks Arts Association and a photography instructor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks before taking a job as secretary at the Institute of Alaska Native Arts in 1981. By 1984, Jean was executive director of IANA, and in that position - and for the rest of her life - she was a tireless advocate for the presentation and appreciation of Alaska Native culture, art and artists. Her proudest achievement was the organization of the first Athabascan Fiddlers Festival in 1982, an annual tradition that has presented and re-energized the rich and unique musical heritage of Interior Alaska Natives.
In 1983, Jean met her beloved husband, Glenn "Manny" Carlo. Jean and Manny were married at Immaculate Conception Church on Aug. 24, 1984. Their marriage - which was celebrated in a joyous fiddle reception at the Eagles Hall - joined Jean and Manny in a loving, lifelong union and has enriched the lives of both the extended Flanagan and Carlo families. Jean and Manny were further blessed by the birth of their daughter, Elena, in 1992. Her many years of "practice" as a doting aunt to her many nieces and nephews barely prepared Jean for the love and delight she found in Elena and in motherhood.
Jean and Manny made their home in Fairbanks and opened that home, their cabin in Rampart and their camp on the Yukon to countless family members, friends, artists and friends of friends throughout Alaska and beyond. Their door always was open, and Jean's incredible hospitality and versatile culinary skills were legendary.
Jean's passion and advocacy for the arts continued throughout her life - as a leader in the statewide Arts Alliance, a longtime supporter of the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival and as a member of the Fairbanks Bed Tax Committee for more than 20 years. In the early '90s, Jean curated the acclaimed Smithsonian exhibition "Crossroads of the Continents," which explored connections between Siberian and Alaskan Native Art. As coordinator and assistant professor at the UAF Native Arts Center, Jean loved working with the next generation of Alaska Native artists and particularly enjoyed bringing them together with elders and artists of prior generations. Jean was an outspoken proponent of the fact that Native art had not only a rich and gloried past but also a vibrant and exciting present and future, as exemplified by the great work of the students she worked with at the Native Arts Center. In May, Jean's many contributions to the arts were recognized by the Interior mayors when they awarded her their first Lifetime Achievement Award for the Arts.
Jean is survived by her devoted husband and daughter, Manny and Elena Carlo; her mother, Virginia Flanagan; mother-in-law, Poldine Carlo; sister, Carol Moore; brothers, Ed Flanagan and Tim Flanagan; sisters-in-law, Kathleen Carlo, Cindy Spanyers, Dorothy Hertlein, Gail Carlo, Helena Carlo, Judy Carlo and Kathy MacLeod; brothers-in-law, Tom Moore, Ken Carlo, Wally Carlo, William "Pongie" Carlo, Jimmy Whigham, Mike Chumley and Dennis Kendall; nieces and nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews, literally too numerous to mention, but each of whom - as they well know - was dear to her heart and a source of continuing joy and delight.
Jean was preceded in death by her father, Edward Flanagan; father-in-law, Bill Carlo; and beloved sister-in-law, Lucy Ann Carlo.
A scholarship fund for Elena Maria Carlo has been established at Wells Fargo Bank. Visitation will be at 10:30 a.m., today, Saturday, April 10, at Immaculate Conception Church. The funeral will begin at 11 a.m. The Rev. Merik Woznica will be the celebrant. She will then be laid to rest at Birch Hill Cemetery. A potlatch will follow at Chief David Salmon Tribal Hall. Arrangements were by Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home.
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