TESTIMONY – Subsistence harvester Harvey Kitka leads off oral public comment Tuesday night at Harrigan Centennial Hall during a subsistence hearing held as part of the USDA Forest Service Alaska specific Roadless Rule change proposals. About 100 Sitkans attended an information meeting and question-and-answer session about the Roadless Rule-making process held prior to the subsistence hearing. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Joni Mae Jackson

Joni Mae Jackson


Services for Joni Mae Jackson are scheduled noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, at Sheet’ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi community house. A potluck will be held after the service; Joni’s daughter, Valerie Meunier, at 747-8408, is coordinating the food donations.

Joni died Aug. 19 at Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage, after a lengthy illness. She was 55.

She was born July 16, 1962, at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital, the daughter of Gerald and Mary (Keene) Jackson. Although not involved in her culture, she was proud of her Raven, Dog Salmon, moiety. She grew up in Klawock, and had lived in Sitka for more than 30 years.

A homemaker, her pride and joy were her grandchildren. On one of her last few days, she told her family, “When I come home I am taking the kids shopping and no one will stop me!”

Among Joni’s other favorite things were her pet cat and favorite companion Kelly; collecting trinkets; jewelry; and stuffed animals.

Joni was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Jackson; her brothers, James Peter Jackson, Laurence Allen Jackson and Gerald Jackson Jr.; an infant son, Jeremy Richard; and a grandson, Augustus Meunier.

Surviving loved ones are her daughter and son-in-law Valerie and Richard Meunier of Enfield, Conn.; daughter Mary Jensen of Ketchikan; grandchildren Shayla and Gwen Muenier, and Michael, Chris, Lily, Rachel and Catrina Jensen of Ketchikan; and her father, Gerald Jackson Sr., sisters Helen Jackson and Luanna Bergeron, and brothers Robert Jackson and Harry Jackson Sr., all of Prince of Wales Island.

“Mom will be sorely missed,” her family said.

Pallbearers will be Richard Meunier, Delbert Kanosh, Darrell John, Delmer McIntyre, Chad Titell and Darrell John Jr.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made through her daughter, Valerie Meunier, at (860) 962-0097, or (907) 747-8408.








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