Chugiak resident Mancel “Manny” Pederson, 89, died March 31, 2012 at his home with his son Greg by his side.
Manny was born Nov. 7, 1922 in Grand Marais, Mich., to Alfred E. Pederson and Olive Clark.
He moved to California in his teens, where his family owned a general store. Later he served in the military as an Army MP and was stationed in Los Angeles. While in the Army, Manny met the love of his life, Lola, and married her in June of 1944.
He moved to Alaska in 1968 and began work in the construction industry with his specialty being plastering. He was the owner of Pederson Plastering and Alaska Originals Cultured Marble, where he worked side by side with his sons, Mike and Greg. Manny was known for his attention to detail and incredible craftsmanship, which can be seen throughout the Eagle River/Chugiak community.
Manny loved to spend time at the fish wheel at Chitna. He also had a passion for music and enjoyed singing and playing his guitar with his family and friends. He had a “green thumb” and received great joy from taking care of his yard, which he enhanced with the antiques that he collected from all over Alaska. Family was everything to Manny which included many lifelong friends.
He is survived by his son, Greg Pederson; grandson Justin Pederson and his wife Terez Pederson; granddaughter Heather Davis and her husband Lee Davis; daughter–in–law Mary Pederson; grand step-daughter Jessica Hogan and her husband Levi Hogan; grand step-son Adam Cohen and his wife Susanna Cohen; and great grandchildren Nicholas Cohen, Faviana Cohen, Ava Cohen and Gordon Smith.
He was preceded in death by his wife Lorraine “Lola” Pederson; son, Michael Pederson; daughter-in-law Judi Pederson; sister, Leota Cline; and brothers, Roy Pederson, Alman “Al” Pederson, Glenn Pederson and Owen Pederson
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Resource Agency 1750 Abbott Road, Anchorage, AK 99507 or the Easter Seals 670 W. Fireweed Lane Suite 105, Anchorage, AK 99503.
Arrangements by Janssen’s Evergreen Memorial Chapel; to visit the online memorial and sign the guestbook visit www.janssenfuneralhomes.com.