Jane Delores Flegel
Longtime Alaska resident Jane Delores Flegel died in Sun City, Ariz., Monday,
Nov. 25, 2002. She was 80.
A celebration of her life will be held later in
Mrs. Flegel was born in Racine, Wis., on Feb.
3, 1922. She was among the original colonists to settle the Matanuska Valley
along with her parents, Joe and Zuleika Lentz, and family. They homesteaded on
Bodenberg Loop Road, also known as the Butte area.
She graduated from Palmer High School and
married Thomas Peterkin of Anchorage. They had a son, Robert, and daughter,
Bonnie. They later divorced and on July 20, 1956, she married her husband of 46
years, Rudy Flegel. In 1967, they sold their home in Anchorage and moved to
She enjoyed oil painting, ceramics, knitting
and crocheting and had a passion for baking bread and rolls. She and Rudy spent
many winters traveling the continental United States, visiting relatives and
friends and making new and lasting friendships.
She was a lifelong member of the Moose and Elks
clubs. Her grandchildren will long remember her stories recalling events from
her childhood. In latter years, she became an avid golfer.
"We will remember her as a loving, caring
person with a beautiful smile and charming personality. She leaves behind many
handmade treasures that she constantly made as gifts for any and all occasions,
which will keep her memory alive for generations to come," her family said.
Mrs. Flegel was preceded in death by her
parents, Joe and Zuleika Lentz of Palmer; brother, Buddy Lentz of Florida; and
first husband, Thomas Peterkin of Soldotna.
She is survived by her husband, Rudy Flegel of
Sun City; son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Bonnie Peterkin; daughter and
son-in-law, Bonnie and Larry Rogers of Kenai; sisters, Ramona Paulk of Soldotna
and JoeAnne Vanover of Eagle River; brothers, Joe Lentz of Palmer and Don Lentz
of Colville, Wash.; 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and several nieces
Source: Peninsula Clarion, January 2, 2003