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Jean Rose Mahoney

August 12, 1938 - June 18, 2010


Jean Rose Mahoney

Jean Rose Mahoney, 71, a longtime Alaskan and Anchorage resident, died peacefully at the Eagle River home of her son, Tim, on June 18, 2010, surrounded by her four children, grandchildren and extended family. Her spirit and humor were alive and well until the last week of her well-lived life.

Jean was born August 12, 1938, in Burlington, Wisc., to Helen and Lloyd Wilfert. She moved to Alaska at 18 to marry the man who would be her husband of 23 years, Pat Mahoney. After settling in Eagle River briefly, the couple homesteaded on Fish Creek in the Big Lake area in 1960. The family relocated to Eagle River in 1963 and has maintained their Big Lake homestead over the past 50 years. Jean retired from the Federal Aviation Administration Regional Counsel Division in 2002 after 29 years of service and after having attained her associate degree in law science and working as a paralegal for many years. Jean's enthusiasm, faith in Christ, spirit and endless energy were dominant characteristics as she was active in her home parish, Our Lady of Guadalupe, volunteering weekly in their thrift store, church choir and as a member of the Sweet Adeline's Barbershop Chorus, recently named the Alaska Sound Celebration. You could find Jean every year in the Fur Rendezvous Melodrama laughing and singing with all of Anchorage in the winter celebration. Her abounding energy, compassion for others, her Catholic faith, and her children and grandchildren have been focal points in a life that was taken all too soon from esophageal cancer.

Jean is survived by her four children and their spouses, Shannon and Henry Mahoney-Irish of Valdez, Tim and Kim Mahoney of Eagle River, Patti and Joe Holden of Arlington, Wash., and Mike and Lora Mahoney of Wasilla and her loving grandchildren, Colin and Bridget Irish, Charlie and Whitney Holden, Jake and Claire Mahoney, and Ashlee Ronning. She is survived by her sister Lorayne Conrad and brother Earl Wilfert of Burlington, Wisc. She is also survived by sisters-in-law Delores Spitzer and Romaine Wilfert of Burlington, Wisc., Nora Satathite of Nikiski, her former husband Pat Mahoney of Eagle River, and a multitude of nieces and nephews. Jean was preceded in death by her parents, brother Dick, and sisters Joyce and Jeannette.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jean's name to Our Lady of Guadalupe's One More Time Thrift Store Fund (3900 Wisconsin St, Anchorage AK 99517), the Sweet Adeline's Chorus - Alaska Sound Celebration (P.O. Box 91749, Anchorage, AK 99509) or Amedisys Hospice of Anchorage (3909 Arctic Blvd., Suite 102, Anchorage, AK 99503).

Funeral services are scheduled for 4 p.m. Monday, June 28 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. A Rosary will be held at 3 p.m. prior to the memorial service and a reception will follow the service.

This article published in The Alaska Star on Wednesday, June 23, 2010.