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 Douglas E. Gibson, 70, of Eagle River, died unexpectedly on Dec. 24, 2011. He is survived by his wife, Isolde, of Eagle River; children, Christian and Erin; grandchildren, Kegan, Eryx, Taylor and Annika Gibson, all of Sahuarita, Ariz.; and all his friends.

“He is forever in our hearts,” his family said.

 Robert Meyer, 18, became an Eagle Scout on Oct. 4, 2011. Meyer, a member of Troop 27, repaired the fence at Turner Park for his Eagle project. He is the son of Tanya and Scott Meyer of Eagle River.

 Eagle River’s Steven Puterbaugh, 17, received his Eagle Scout award on Dec. 20, 2011. Puterbaugh is the son of Steve and Katie Puterbugh and is a member of Troop 219. For his Eagle project, Puterbaugh installed a new foundation to a swing set at Mirror Lake Park.

 Sebastien Troy Izatt was born on Nov. 29, 2011 at Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage. He weighed five pounds, one ounce and is the son of Melissa and Troy Izatt of Chugiak.
 

Holly Thomas, of Chicago, Ill., will marry Matt Cerney of Chicago on Oct. 1, 2011 at Willow Harbor Vineyards in Three Oaks, Michigan.

The bride is the daughter of Sharon and Larry Thomas, past owners of the Eagle River Car Wash/Duck Pond. The family now lives in Wasilla.

Tabitha McCain, of Birchwood, will marryVyacheslav (Slava) Kalashnikov in September. The couple met on Slava’s birthday four years ago. They enjoy snowmachinging, four-wheeling, camping, fishing, dogs, travel and very big Dodge pick-ups.

The bride is the daughter of Randy and Gail McCain of Birchwood. The groom is the son of Alexandr Georgevich Kalashnikov and Tatyana Wert.

The couple lives in Anchorage.

Kairi K. Berg and Alexander V. Matson, of Eagle River, were each named to the Dean’s list at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus for the 2011 spring semester. In order to make the list, students must have completed at least 12 credits with a minumum 3.66 grade point average.

John E. Smelcer, of Chugiak, graduated from the Harpur College of Arts and Scicnes at Binghamton University in New York with a PHD in English. Binghamton is one of the four university centers of the State University of New York system.

Longtime Eagle River resident Patricia Opheen Redmond, 55, died unexpectedly Aug. 18, 2011, at Alaska Regional Hospital.

Known as “Trish” by her friends and co-workers and “Patti” by her family, she was born in 1955 in Sunnyvale, California and raised in Minnetonka, Minnesota. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering in 1978. Trish earned a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Alaska in 1990, and was a registered professional civil engineer.

Christy Newlon and CJ Elliott will wed September 10, 2011 at Beach Lake Lodge in Chugiak.

Christy is the daughter of David and Becky Newlon of Wasilla. CJ is the son of April Moulds-Elliott and Carl Elliott of Whitehall, Mich.

The couple enjoyed an adventure-filled courtship of hiking, biking, boating and snowmachining after first meeting in 2008.

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