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)

Services Set Saturday for Shirley Joyce Winters, 79

    Services for Shirley Joyce Winters have been scheduled 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at the United Methodist Church, 303 Kimsham St.
    Officiating will be the Rev. Robert Hattle, the Rev. Charles Bovee, and the Methodist pastor the Rev. Ferdinand Llenado.
    A celebration of Shirley’s life will follow at Swan Lake Senior Center.
    Shirley, a Sitka resident since 1964, died Sept. 4 at the Sitka Pioneers Home. She was 79.
    She was born May 23, 1933, in Banida, Idaho, the daughter of Carlile and Elizabeth Campbell Casperson. In 1943 the family moved to Gustavus, and then to Juneau, where Shirley graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School. She attended secretarial school.
    Shirley lived in Ketchikan before moving with her then-husband, Richard Winters, to Sitka in 1964, where they opened Richard’s Interiors furniture store on Sawmill Creek Road. In the 1970s it was named Alaska’s Small Business of the Year.
    Shirley began her active life of giving and sharing when she was a child in the Girl Scouts. She continued on to help many organizations throughout the community, an adept and faithful volunteer. She was an active member of the Pioneers of Alaska, Beta Sigma Phi, the Alaska Native Sisterhood, the Republican Party and Brave Heart Volunteers, holding offices and serving on boards.
    She was extremely active in the First Presbyterian Church, where she was a lay pastor, deacon, elder, church secretary and moderator of Presbyterian Women of Sitka.
    She enjoyed knitting,  baking cakes and pies, sewing and spending time with her family, friends and her organizations. She made a special effort to form a strong bond with each of  her grandchildren.
    She was preceded in death by her parents, Carlile and Elizabeth Campbell Casperson; siblings Jeannette Trevarthen, Dallas Casperson and Bruce Casperson; a niece, Helen; a great-nephew Devon; a son, David Winters; and a son-in-law, Ken Mahoskey.
    She is survived by a son, Jon Winters of Marble, N.D.; and daughters Carla Mahoskey of Sitka, Karen Dhillon of Santa Clarita, Calif., and Colleen Palmer of Las Vegas, Nev.; 17 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
    Honorary pallbearers are Kevin Casperson, Jerome Mahoskey, Dylan Mahoskey, Conner Mahoskey, Marcia Mahoskey and Jheryn Lewis.
    The family suggests that in lieu of flowers contributions be made to the Alaska Native Sisterhood, 235 Katlian St., Sitka; or Brave Heart Volunteers, P.O. Box 6336, Sitka.


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