READY FOR HIBERNATION – Matthew Brechl wears a bear suit and pushes a jogger as he races in last weekend's 10 K WhaleFest Run on Sawmill Creek Road. More than 100 runners turned out for the event. The annual WhaleFest included a well-attended marine science symposium with participants from the University of Alaska, Penninsula College and Fort Lewis College, a film festival, an art show, a whale watching tour, a market, a banquet, a concert and a variety show. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Donna A. Grota

Donna A. Grota

Wasilla resident Donna A. Grota, 58, passed away after a decade-long battle with dementia on June 2, 2017, at Providence Hospital in Anchorage.

Donna was born Nov. 21, 1958, in New Bedford, Mass., the daughter of Nancy (Porter) and Daniel Grota Sr.

She lived life to the fullest each and every day until she passed.  She was an accomplished master gardener and talented photographer, who lived the Alaskan dream, hunting, trapping and fishing, living for a time on a floathouse.

Donna loved nature, and her knowledge of gardening earned her an award from the U.S. National Parks Dept. for planting and maintaining the Russian Bishop’s House Garden in Sitka, in 2001. 

She came to Alaska in 1983, and during her years here, until moving to Wasilla in 2001, she worked at Ben Franklin and Spenard Building Supply.

She was also a ship’s cook out of Petersburg for a spell.  At one time she even worked as a medical records tech in Wasilla.

Donna was preceded in death by her father, Daniel D. Grota and her loving husband, Frank Brown.  She joins them both in eternity.

She is survived by her mother, Nancy P. Grota, of Wasilla; sister Debbi A. Smith, of Livermore, Calif.; and a brother, Daniel D. Grota, Wasilla.


A celebration of life gathering in her memory will be held noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 24, in the main dining room of the Mat-Su Senior Services Center, 1132 S. Church Street in Palmer.

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