Dorothy Florence Calberg Keating

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - 14:01

Dorothy Florence Calberg Keating died Sept. 11, 2012 at the Providence Hospital in Anchorage from pneumonia. She was 91.

A funeral was held on Tuesday, Sept. 18, at St. John Orthodox Cathedral in Eagle River. Father Marc Dunaway officiated.

Mrs. Keating was born Oct. 6, 1920 in Oakland, Calif. to Leland and Eleanor Calberg. She earned her Bachelor’s degree plus post-graduate credits. She moved to Alaska in January of 1963. She lived in Lower Kalskag (1963-1963), Point Hope (1964-66), Kivalina (1966-68), Elim (1968-70), Hooper Bay (1970-72), Chevak (1972), Kotzebue (1974-75) and Anchorage, from 1975 until her death. Dorothy taught at the BIA schools from 1963-1973; SOS, 1973-1975; Anchorage School District, 1975-1984; and then retired in May of 1984. She was a member of St. John Orthodox Christian Cathedral in Eagle River.

Her family said that as a girl she loved horses and rode often, that she sky dived twice at age 41, and in later years loved traveling (including on the back of her son’s Harley), and reading — including her bible every day.

“‘Nana’ is who she was to the family,” they wrote. “She was a presence in the life of our family that brought sunshine and laughter. She is indelibly imprinted in our hearts and will be missed by all. We are all comforted to know she is singing ‘You Are My Sunshine’ in heaven – she loved that song because our dad always sang it to her. She was a woman of faith, a woman of valor.”

Dorothy is survived by sons, Moshe Zorea (and Rivka) of Anchorage and Lee Wilson (and Lynn) of Spokane, Wash.; daughter, Kathleen Mechali of Logan, Utah; grandsons, Abraham Zorea, Isaac Zorea (and Wendy) of Anchorage, Aharon Zorea (and Deb) of Richland Center, Wisc., Gabriel Zorea of Anchorage, Nathan Zorea (and Mary) of Anchorage; granddaughter, Estee Zorea of Anchorage; great-grandsons, Luke McLaughlin of Los Angeles, Calif., Derek Zorea of Anchorage, Skyler Zorea and Simon Zorea of Anchorage, Jacob Zorea, Jonah Zorea of Wisconsin, Zachary Mechali of Paris, France; and great-granddaughters, Trinity Zorea and Roxanne Zorea of Anchorage.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Eleanor; and two husbands, Barton Wilson and James Keating.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Johns Orthodox Christian Cathedral.

Arrangements by Valley Funeral Home and Crematory. An online guestbook and obituary may be visited at

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