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Louettie Amanda "Tootie" Kochendorfer

Louettie Amanda "Tootie" Kochendorfer


Louettie Amanda "Tootie" Kochendorfer

Oct. 24, 1924- Sept. 14, 2010

Louettie Amanda Kochendorfer, 85, known as "Tootie" to family and friends, died Sept. 14, 2010, at Alaska Regional Hospital after a sudden illness.

Kochendorfer was born Oct. 24, 1924, in Balsam Lake, Wis. She was raised in Minnesota where she met and married Philip Kochendorfer in 1946. They had seven children.

The family relocated to Fairbanks in 1952 and after 10 years returned to Minnesota. Following the death of her husband in 1979, Tootie returned to Alaska and was employed by the State of Alaska. After her retirement in 1991, she bought her home in Eagle River, where she resided with her family nearby, until her passing.

Her family wrote: "Tootie was a wealth of knowledge, a pillar of strength and the matriarch of the family. She was headstrong and lived life 'her way.' She enjoyed all Alaska had to offer. Some of our fondest memories of her are from the many family barbecues and clamming and fishing trips on the (Kenai) Peninsula. She could always be found with a deck of cards in hand ready for a game of poker, cribbage or pinochle. She was loved and will be sorely missed."

Tootie's favorite pastimes included fishing, berry picking, making jams, playing cards, reading, knitting and embroidery.

Kochendorfer is survived by her children and their spouses: sons, Michael Kochendorfer of Chugiak; Kelly and Cathy Kochendorfer of Eagle River; Patrick and Denise Kochendorfer of Wis.; Alfred Kochendorfer (missing since 2000); daughters, Colleen and Terry Tafs of Anchorage and Kathaleen and Mark Kastens of Chugiak. She also leaves behind sister and brother-in-law, Jane and Roman Weis of Minn.; nieces, Chris and Scott Moore of Anchorage and Amanda Weis; nephew Nickolas Weis; 19 grandchildren; 21-plus great-grandchildren and beloved companion, Slim.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Philip, brother, Bud, son John and grandson Mikie.

In accordance to her wishes, she will be cremated and interred in the Angelus Memorial Park Columbarium near her grandson, Mikie Kochendorfer. Family is planning a celebration of life to take place this spring on the Peninsula.

Arrangements are with Alaskan Heritage Memorial Chapel.

This article published in The Alaska Star on Wednesday, September 22, 2010.