ON GUARD – Staff Sgt. George Kendall of the Alaska National Guard in Anchorage, left, helps attendees at the Sitka Armory open house dress up in military police riot gear Wednesday night. The open house included information on the Guard's Explorer after-school program, which teaches leadership skills. The free program is open to high school students between the ages of 14 and 20. (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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