FIT FOR DUTY – Thirty-seven recruits graduating from the Alaska Department of Public Safety Training Academy's Law Enforcement Training Session 1802 take the oath of office this afternoon at the Sheet'ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi. The audience was told that during the rigorous 16-week session recruits lost a combined 200 pounds of body fat. The graduates will be taking law enforcement positions around the state from the North Slope Borough Police Department to statewide Alaska Wildlife Troopers to the Ketchikan Police Department. Speaker at the ceremony was DPS Deputy Commissioner William Comer, who graduated from the academy in 1985. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Pauline Helfrich

    Former Sitkan Pauline Carter Winegar Helfrich died March 19, 2012, at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, Yakima, Wash., surrounded by her family. Memorial Services will be held at a later date.
    She was born Nov. 19, 1934, in Bend, Ore., to Frank and Ethel Carter. She came from a large family was close to her brothers and sisters.
    She worked as a cook for the school district and also in healthcare as a CNA in Sitka for many years. After retiring, she and Jim returned to Prineville, Ore., which allowed them to spend time with their children and grandchildren. She was happiest when she was surrounded by her family.
    Pauline is survived by her children Charles (Susan) Winegar of Minneapolis, Minn., Carrie (David) Risley of Yakima, Wash., Pamela (Brian) Chinell of Sitka, Sherri (Steve) Strand of Clatskanie, Ore., and Donald Helfrich of Sitka, stepdaughter, Diane (Ron) Gillette of Prineville, Ore., 15 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
    She is also survived by her brothers, Ron Carter and Norman Carter, and sisters, Ruby Erickson and Panzy Hawes.
    She was preceeded in death by her husband James Helfrich and stepson Richard Steven Helfrich and several brothers and sisters.
    In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Alzheimer’s Association 12721 30th Ave NE, Ste 101 Seattle, WA 98125
    Arrangements are in care of Affordable Funeral Care, Yakima, Wash.

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