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Violet Katherine Booth, 86, died June 14, 2018, in Metlakatla. She was born Sept. 24, 1931, in Metlakatla.
Jesse Robert Zaugg, 34, died June 9, 2018, in a vehicle accident on Seward Highway outside of Anchorage. He was born Aug.
Richard Patrick Branda
Richard Patrick Branda

Richard Patrick Branda, 55, died Oct. 6, 2017, in Ketchikan.

He was born on March 14, 1962, in Sitka. He graduated from Ketchikan High School, and attended the Culinary Art Institue in Portland, Oregon.

He resided in Ketchikan until the 1970s, when he moved to Portland. He returned to Southeast Alaska during the 1990s, and resided in Sitka and Ketchikan.

Mr. Branda was a member of the Ketchikan Indian Community and Sealaska Corp.

He was a member of the Russian Orthodox Church and The Salvation Army.

He enjoyed socializing, cooking, reading, computers and fishing.

Mr. Branda was preceded in death by his mother, Virginia (Allard) Branda; grandparents, George and Ada Allard of Sitka, and Pat and Rose Branda of Ketchikan; aunt, Mary Ward of Connecticutt; and uncle, James Branda of Ketchikan.

He is survived by his sisters, Deanna (Raymond) Chase of Coos Bay, Oregon, Melody Lehman of Fairbanks, and Judy Miller of Fairbanks; brothers, Stephen Branda of Coos Bay, and Morris Lehman of Pt. Barrow; aunts, Dorothy (Allard) Johnson of Ketchikan, and Shirley (Allard) Sipe of Bremerton, Washington; niece, Trisha (Gary) Weston of Ketchikan; great-nephews, Jesse R. Weston and Gary L. Weston; and great-niece, Hayden R. Weston; and great-aunt, Jane Hammock of Sitka.

A celebration of life will be from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, at The Salvation Army, officiated by Lt. Sam Fowler.