Anchorage Daily News November 13, 1996
Former Alaskan Ann (Roe) Lange, 87, died Nov. 2, 1996, at Providence Medical Center in Yakima, Wash. A family graveside service was held at Holyrood Cemetery in Seattle.
Mrs. Lange was born Feb. 5, 1909, in Harrison, Idaho, and grew up in the Cataldo and Coeur d'Alene areas. She moved to Alaska in 1937 to teach elementary school, and married Norman G. Lange in 1939. Together they developed their homestead just east of Anchorage, in the area now known as Mountain View. When World War II began, Mr. and Mrs. Lange saw a need for inexpensive lots for the many military families and construction workers at Elmendorf Air Force Base, their family said. They subdivided their homestead and sold small lots on terms of $10 down and $10 per month. They later opened the Mountain View Store. To attract visitors from Anchorage and the Air Force Base, the Langes opened a small museum of Native crafts. This resulted in the purchasing and selling of Alaska products such as parkas, mukluks, ivory carvings and baskets. Working on commission, the Langes also sold oil paintings by local artists including Sydney Laurence. There also was a library of about 600 Alaska books in their museum, many of them rare. Mrs. Lange was postmaster for many years at the post office in their store. She left Alaska for Washington state in 1960. Mrs. Lange was preceded in death by her husband, Norman, in November 1992.
She is survived by her daughter, Ann Gerstenberger of Yakima, Wash., and her son, John of Spokane, Wash.; sister-in-law, Teckla Roe of Anchorage; nieces, Mary Johnstone and Valerie Maxim of Anchorage; nephews, Ernest Roe of Anchorage; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Norman G Lange
Ernest R. Roe
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