Katherine Mathis Obituary

Katherine Evelyn Mathis
Katherine Evelyn Mathis

November 4, 1932 - October 28, 2017
Born in Hopper Bay, Alaska
Resided in Anchorage, Alaska


Katherine 'Kathy' Katagalria Mathis, 84, returned to her heavenly home on October 28, 2017 after a valiant battle with long illness. Her devotion to her family and her firm belief in God eased her struggle and ultimately gave her peace.
Kathy was born on November 4, 1932 to Tom and Erma Tomaganuk in Hooper Bay, Alaska. The family moved to Anchorage in 1973 and resided until the time of Gods calling. She was raised in a Christian household; that would be a lifelong support from an early age. She was employed by various places throughout her life as a resource teacher and a basket weaver for the Anchorage School District.
Kathy was blessed with a large and loving family. Her Christian faith encouraged many. Though she resided in the city, she continued to follow her traditional lifestyle.
Kathy was an avid basket weaver, also weaving beautiful dance fans and mats. She enjoyed attending church and sharing choruses as testimony, berry picking, grass picking for weaving, and making her special soups known as "Grandma's soup" for her family. She is dearly missed by her family and friends. We honorably accept the fact that she is at peace with her Creator.
Kathy is survived by her sons, Wilfred Hoelscher (3), Murphy Hoelscher (9), Nicky Hoelscher (4) of Hooper Bay, Howard Hoelscher (1) of Anchorage; daughters, Marilyn Hoelscher (7), Virginia Hoelscher (9) of Hooper Bay, Carol Hoelscher (8), MaryAnn Hoelscher (5), Kimberly Hoelscher (5), Marla Hoelscher (7), Eleanor Tomaganuk (9) and Charlene Mathis (2) of Anchorage, Linda Peter (5) of Fairbanks, Kathy Hoelscher-Johnson Jr.,(4) of Eagle River; brothers, Titus Tomaganuk of Hooper Bay, Noel Tomaganuk of Fairbanks, Franklin Tomaganuk of Anchorage; Sisters, Pauline Williford of Palmer, Mary Tomaganuk of Bethel, Mildred Metcalf of Hooper Bay, Shirley Tomaganuk of Anchorage and Abigail Mesak of Chevak; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by parents, Tom and Erma Tomaganuk; her husbands, Pius Hoelscher and Scott Mathis; son, Namen Hoelscher; brothers, sister, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Services will be held at 2:00pm, November 16, 2017 at First Evangelical Covenant Church, 1145 C Street, Anchorage; please bring a dish to share as there will be a potluck. A service followed by burial will be help in Hopper Bay, Alaska at a later date.




Funeral Home
Cremation Society of Alaska
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Anchorage, AK United States 99507