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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 us."

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 Soldotna.

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 Memorial Chapel.

Source: Peninsula Clarion, February 15, 2000



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