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Arlene Wanda Nelson, 77, died Dec. 11, 2018, in Ketchikan. She was born Arlene Wanda Charles on Oct. 29, 1941, in Ketchikan.
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Geraldine ‘Geri’ Falconer
Geraldine ‘Geri’ Falconer


Geraldine “Geri” Falconer, 97, died peacefully from a stroke on Aug. 27, 2018, in Anchorage.

She was born Geraldine Sullivan on April 23, 1921, in Seattle. Her parents were Christopher John Sullivan and Olga Sophia Lian Sullivan, Irish and Norwegian immigrants who met in Juneau.

Her father was a U.S. deputy marshall in Haines, Skagway and Tenakee, where she was educated through the ninth grade.

She resided in Haines, Skagway, Tenakee, Juneau, Ketchikan, Juneau, Petersburg, Wasilla and Anchorage, in addition to McMinnville, Oregon; and Sequim, Washington. She resided in Ketchikan from 1951 to 1983.

She was married to Alexander C. “Bud” Blanchard II from 1938 to 1948 in Skagway; to Donivan “Don” Lorentzen (owner of City Builders) from 1950 to 1981 in Ketchikan; and John “Jack” Falconer from 1983 to 2006 in Ketchikan and Anchorage.

She was a homemaker, and was the head desk clerk at the Marine View Hotel during the early 1970s.

She was an artist, crafter, knitter, gardener, and an animal and people lover.

“She never knew a stranger and was everyone’s mom or grandma,” her family writes.

Mrs. Falconer was preceded in death by her parents, Christopher John Sullivan and Olga Sophia Lian; sister, Arlene Sullivan Borup; son, Gordon S. Blanchard; grandson, Christopher Blanchard; and husband, John ”Jack” Falconer.

She is survived by her children, Alexander C. Blanchard III of Healy, George L. Blanchard of Cantwell, Helen Blanchard Graham of Anchorage, and Donna Lorentzen Marks of Lake Havasu City, Arizona; step-daughter, Kristina Falconer O’Connor of Anchorage; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandsons.

No services are planned, at her request.

Mrs. Falconer’s remains were cremated, and her ashes will be spread in Southeast Alaska along with the ashes of her husband, Jack, and those of her beloved pet dogs.