Mitchell J. Lonch
Longtime Soldotna resident Mitchell J. Lonch
died Friday, Feb. 11, 2000, at his residence in Soldotna. He was 50.
Memorial Mass will be held Wednesday at noon at
Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Soldotna, with Father Richard Tero officiating.
Following the service, friends and family will gather at the Fimpel residence on
Mackey Lake Road.
Mr. Lonch was born in Oildale, Calif. He drove
up the Alaska Highway with his new wife and brother in 1974. He lived in
Glennallen for five years before moving to Soldotna in 1983.
He was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Catholic Church and enjoyed cabinetry, woodworking and fishing off Deep Creek
and in Resurrection Bay.
According to the family, "Mitchell loved the
Lord and his family with a steady heart. He was an artistic craftsman who always
felt God had given him gifted hands to work with wood, for which he had extreme
pleasure, joy and gratitude. Mitchell was self-reliant and had a small circle of
trusted friends, but would reach out to strangers to offer help. He was a kind
and generous man who was tenacious and industrious. He will be missed by all of
Mr. Lonch was preceded in death by his father,
John Lonch, and his infant sons, John and Anthony Lonch. He is survived by his
wife of eight years, Nancy Lonch of Soldotna; son Matt Lonch of Soldotna;
daughters Kacie Lonch of Soldotna and Lisa Holland of California; birth mother
Esther Lonch of California; mother and father Connie and Vern Jones of Oregon;
sister Christine Boyd of Hawaii; brother John "Andy" Lonch of California;
ex-wife Sandi Jones of Soldotna; and brother in spirit, Bob St. John of
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may
be sent to the crisis intervention center of the donor's choice.
Arrangements are being made by Peninsula
Source: Peninsula Clarion,
February 15, 2000