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Gilbert Dementi Sr
Lifelong Alaskan Gilbert Dementi Sr., 63, died April 16, 2007, at Alaska Native Medical Center.
Visitation will be at 1 p.m., with a service at 2 p.m., Thursday at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 2222 E. Tudor Road. The Rev. Michael Burke will officiate. A second service will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Cantwell Community Center with Pastor Martin Moffat officiating. Pallbearers will include Ronnie Winkleman, Danny Winkleman, Grant Rebne, Roy Jake Tansey Jr., Alec Tansy John and Monson Nicklie Jr. Honorary pallbearers will include Monson Nicklie Sr., David Nicklie, Roy Tansy Sr., Gary Folger, Archie Nicklie, Bernard John and Richard Winkleman.
Mr. Dementi was born March 22, 1944, in Shageluk to Charlie and Lena Dementi. In 1964, he graduated from Mt. Edgecumbe High School and went on to serve in the U.S. Army from 1964 to 1965. He worked for the National Park Service and retired in 1994; he later retired from the Laborers' Union in 2004.
A lifelong Alaskan, he was raised in Shageluk and moved to Cantwell after he married.
Gilbert loved to go hunting and fishing and had been a good teacher to his son, nephews and nieces, teaching them about living a subsistence lifestyle. He also liked working with wood and doing carpentry.
He was a member of the Southcentral Federal Subsistence Board.
"Gilbert was a very loving person and very special to all his family," his family wrote. "He always put others before himself and he was devoted to his family and his friends. We will miss him."
Survivors include his wife, Eleanor Dementi; sons, Darrel Dementi and Gilbert Dementi Jr.; daughter, Tammany Straughn; grandsons, Jeremy Straughn and Joshua Straughn; and granddaughter, Lena Margie Layland, all of Cantwell; Gilbert Jr.'s wife, Debra Pleasant; grandson, Carter Dementi; granddaughter, Allison Dementi; sister and brother-in-law, Richard and Louise Winkleman, all of Anchorage; brother and sister-in-law, James and Jeanette Dementi; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his sisters, Susan and Katherine.
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