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Chugiak resident Lawrence “Larry” Wayne Rutter died Sunday, March 11, 2012 in Anchorage. He was 61.

Rutter was born on Aug. 27, 1950 in Redding, Calif. He was a graduate of Central Valley High School in Central Valley, Calif. He arrived in Alaska in June of 1989 after retiring from work at a cement plant. In 1991, he began working on the Alyeska Pipeline, where he worked until he retired in 2008.

Nathanial Sebastian “Nate” Willeck, of Eagle River, died unexpectedly on Sunday, March 4, 2012. He was 25.

He was born February 9, 1987 at Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio. He traveled across the U.S. with his father’s Air Force career, and attended schools in Dayton, Las Vegas, and Eagle River. He graduated from Chugiak High School in 2005, where he played soccer. He attended college in Reno, Nev. and Tempe, Ariz. At the time of his death he was working on a mathematics degree for teaching at UAA.

 Eagle River residents Brittney Seavey and David Cannamore were engaged to be married on Jan. 11, 2012 in Juneau. The couple will wed on Aug. 18, 2012 in Eagle River.

The bride is the daughter of Jim and Nathalie Steffens. She is a 2009 graduate of Chugiak High School and is currently attending the University of Alaska Southeast studying geography and environmental science. She enjoys kayaking, knitting, good coffee (Kaladi) and hiking.

Derek Cash, a 2008 graduate of Chugiak High, is among 28 Linfield College (McMinnville, Ore.) students participating this spring in a Linfield study abroad program.

Cash, a senior majoring in anthropology and history, is studying at the Hong Kong Baptist University in Hong Kong, China, and living in student residence halls. In Hong Kong, students can take advantage of the international trading, powerful manufacturing bases and one of the world’s largest financial centers while learning about Hong Kong and the Chinese culture.

James Stanley Rosin, of Chugiak, died on Feb. 22, 2012 at Alaska Regional in Anchorage. He was 58.

A graveside service was held at Fort Richardson National Cemetery on Friday March 2, with a celebration of life and potluck held afterward at American Legion Post 33 in Peters Creek.

Nicole O’Hara, of Chugiak, has been named to the Fort Lewis College (Durango, Colo.) Dean’s List for the Fall 2011 semester. O’Hara’s major is Cellular and Molecular Biology.

To be eligible for the Dean’s List, a student must carry a semester GPA of 3.6 or better in no fewer than 15 credit hours of graded college level work and have completed all work for which they are registered by the end of the semester.

 Kasey Tikalsky, of Eagle River, was named to the fall semester 2011 Dean’s List at the University of Montana in Missoula, Mont. To be named to the list, students must be undergraduates, earn a semester GPA of 3.5 or higher and receive grades of A or B in at least nine credit hours. She is a 2011 graduate of Chugiak High School and the daughter of Al and Krystal Tikalsky of Eagle River.

Eagle River’s Robert Martin won “Best of Show” in both the adult color and adult black and white (creative) categories in the 77th Annual Fur Rendezvous Juried Amateur Photography Contest, held in the Mall at Sears in Anchorage.

Entries were accepted in two divisions: junior and adult, in both black and white and color with 9 different categories: Portrait, Scenic, Wildlife, Pets, Sports, Flowers, Creative, Fur Rondy and Unclassified.

Michael “Max” Brandon Pickens, 26, died unexpectedly on Friday, February 17, 2012.

He was born Dec. 9, 1985 in Anchorage and attended Peters Creek Christian School, Anchorage Christian School and Chugiak High School. He graduated from high school in Anchorage. He also was trained as a welder.

At the time of his death, he was employed by Orso Restaurant as a cook. He had also worked at the Sullivan Arena, and spent one season as the Anchorage Aces’ mascot, “Boomer.”

Longtime Eagle River resident Deanna Nicolard died at her home on Feb. 24, 2012 after a lengthy battle with ovarian cancer. She was 73.

Services will be held Sunday, March 4 at 4 p.m. at Kings Way Ministry Center in Eagle River.

Mrs. Nicolard was born on April 9, 1938 in Tacoma, Wash. She first came to Alaska in 1962 to visit her sister and brother-in-law, who were stationed at Fort Richardson. There she met her future husband, Pete Nicolard.

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