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Frank Joseph Libal

Frank Joseph Libal

Long-time Alaskan resident, Frank Joseph Libal, passed away peacefully on January 3, 2014, at the age of 70, after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was born to Joseph and Vernette (Magnuson) Libal of Two Harbors, Minnesota, on January 15, 1943. He attended area schools and graduated from Two Harbors High School in 1961.

Frank married Donna Leigh Pagenkopf of Knife River on April 4, 1964. After graduating from the University of Minnesota, Duluth with a teaching degree, Frank and Donna moved to Hoonah, Alaska in 1968. Six years later they moved again to Homer, Alaska, where they made their home for the past 40 years.

Frank was employed as a science teacher and basketball coach at Homer High School until he retired in 1991. Upon retiring, he began his second career as a charter boat captain and assistant hunting guide until 2002 when he could no longer work due to long-term effects of cancer. Throughout the following decade, Frank's perseverance while enduring multiple treatments was inspirational to many who knew him. He was a teacher both in profession and in life, and was known to his family as a caring husband, parent, son and brother. He took great joy in spending time with his family in the wilderness, camping, fishing and hunting.

Frank was preceded in death by his parents, step-father Phil Hill and brother-in-law Merv Hanson. He is survived by his wife, Donna; his three children and their spouses, Kathryn Libal and Scott Harding of West Hartford, Connecticut; Joseph and Rebecca Libal, and John and Angela Libal, all of Anchorage, Alaska; and five grandchildren. He is also survived by three brothers, John (Cheryl), Robert (Emmy), Gary (Sharon) all of Two Harbors, and step-brother Harold (Marlene) Hill of Plymouth; two sisters, Sandra (Joe) Roberts of Duluth, Rose (Erless) Burgess of Homer, Alaska, and step-sister Shirley Hanson of Seattle, Washington.

Frank was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Homer where he served as both an Elder and Trustee. Memorial services and a beach-side Celebration of Life will be conducted in Homer this spring, and another service in Two Harbors during the fall. Frank requested that his ashes be spread on his favorite fishing and hunting areas in Alaska and Minnesota.