Lifelong Skagway resident Anne Lingle died on March 7, surrounded by her loving family at Matsu Regional Hospital in Wasilla, Alaska; she was 95.
Anne was born to German immigrants August and Caroline Kramps and grew up in a large Catholic family on a wheat farm in Alberta, Canada. During WW II she moved north with a girlfriend and worked for several years along the Alaska Highway and then moved to Whitehorse where she met her future husband, Gus Lingle. Gus and Anne were married in Skagway and had their family there. Anne worked at the Skagway museum in the summers and then for many years at Dedman’s.
From her birth to her death, Anne nurtured people with her love and kindness. Anne’s life was centered around her family where everyone was welcome and grandchildren had a second home. Her home was the gathering place for holidays, celebrations and fun of all kinds. For many years her friends met weekly for game and card nights. For the past five years, Anne resided at Primrose Retirement Community in Wasilla.
A memorial mass and reception was held at Primrose on March 10th so all of Anne’s friends who reside there could attend.
Left to honor Anne’s memory are her three daughters, Carol (Richard) Kinney, Denise (Paul) Taylor, Beryl (Ray) Hosford, 10 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.