"Celebration of Life" and dinner scheduled to remember Bernice Joseph

Members of the Fairbanks community have been mourning the loss of well-known Native Leader and Education advocate Bernice Joseph.

Joseph died yesterday morning at her home in Fairbanks after fighting pancreatic cancer.

Friends and Family celebrated today with a Spaghetti Lunch Fundraiser at the David Salmon Tribal Hall and will continue the gathering tonight from 5PM until 11PM.

A "Celebration of Life" is scheduled for Thursday from 11AM until 1PM at the David Salmon Tribal Hall as well.

There has also been a donation account set up for the family of Joseph; Cash donations can be made at Wells Fargo Account 2100311646 for Stewart Joseph.

For information you can also phone Irene Todd at 378-3215 or Robin Renfroe at 328-9260.



January 7, 2014

FAIRBANKS - A well–known Native Leader and Education Advocate has passed away.
Bernice Joseph succumbed to pancreatic cancer this morning according to family and friends.
Bernice travelled from Fairbanks to Seattle for surgery and chemotherapy last year after being diagnosed with the disease.
Family members say that a tentative scheduling of a "celebration of life" has been made for this Thursday, January 9th at Sacred Heart Cathedral. Afterwards Joseph will be flown to her home Nulato for funeral and burial services.
Joseph was well known for her work at the University of Alaska Fairbanks as Executive Dean of the College of Rural and Community Development. She had also worked for the Doyon Foundation and Fairbanks Native Association and was nominated earlier this year as a "Woman of Distinction" with the Farthest North Girl Scouts Council."