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Ernestine Delores Kuc, 62, died June 11, 2013, of natural causes at her residence in Ketchikan.
She was born on Sept. 24, 1950, to Frank W. Jones and Mae E. Jones in Ketchikan.
She graduated from Hood Community College with an Associates Degree in English and worked as a legal secretary and in many other positions of service in Washington state and Alaska.
"Ernestine positively impacted many lives with her blessed personality, love of life and kind-heartedness," her family writes. "In the latter part of her life, she devoted herself to volunteering at Ketchikan Senior Center, Rendezvous Senior Day Services, KIC Respected Elder lunches and dinners, and the Salvation Army soup kitchen. It brought her great joy to brighten people’s lives. Ernie was always thinking of others, giving to others, in any way she could. She was a very inspirational woman who shared her strength, knowledge and love through her humor and deeds to all who crossed her path."
Ms. Kuc was "proud of her Haida and Tshimpsian heritage," her family writes. She was a member of Sealaska Corp., Ketchikan Indian Community Healing Hearts and Helping Hands group, and Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Tribes of Alaska.
Ms.?Kuc also was an active member of St. John’s Episcopal Church, and "she loved her many friends in St. John’s congregation, whom she considered family," her family writes.
She loved her family very much, and was a loving mother and grandmother, her family writes.
Ms. Kuc was preceded in death by her mother, Mae E. Tracy; stepfather, Donald A. Tracy; and grandmother, Selina Peratrovich.
She is survived by her sons, Raymond Kuc, William Kuc and Christian Kuc; three grandsons; one granddaughter; brothers, Frank L. Jones and Alfred P. Jones; sisters, Rosalyn Oliver and Montell Elliott; aunts, Delores Churchill, Jane Kristovich and Geraldine Kennedy; and many cousins, including April Churchill, Evelyn Vanderhoop, Holly Burns, Lisa Telford, Gary Bader, Ole Bader, Judy Needham, Joe Bader, Joanna Hendricks, Arlene Kennedy, Susan Kennedy and Robert Kennedy.
After cremation, Ms. Kuc’s ashes will be placed next to her mother in Oregon.
A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. July 1, 2013, at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Ketchikan.
Memorials to honor Ernestine Kuc may be made to St. John’s Episcopal Church.