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Town comes together to remember local centenarian


January 10, 2019

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Lawrence Bahovec (right) and his niece Lisa Messmer (left) at a celebration marking his achievement of reaching "centenarian" status last May. Bahovec received a personalized commendation from Governor Bill Walker for being one of the few people in Alaska to reach a century in age.

Lawrence Bahovec was a longtime resident of Wrangell, one of the oldest on the island. He was born on Jan. 4, 1917 in the city of Chicago, Illinois, but his family moved to Wrangell early in his life. He passed away on Dec. 6, 2018, at the age of 101. Relatives of Bahovec, friends, and other city residents came together at the Nolan Center last Friday for a memorial service, on what would have been his 102nd birthday.

Bahovec was born to a Yugoslavian baron and a Tlingit princess from the Sumdum tribe, according to the eulogy given at his memorial service. He and his younger sisters were sp...

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