Einar W. Hagberg

Alaskan Eskimo, 65Einar W. Hagberg, 65, of Astoria and Fairbanks, died Friday, Nov. 1, 2002, in Astoria, from complications relating to cancer.

Mr. Hagberg was born Aug. 23, 1937, in Nome, Alaska, to John and Laura "Muv" Hagberg. He grew up in Fairbanks, Alaska and graduated from Fairbanks High School.

In January 1972, he married Betty May Josephson in Fairbanks. They later separated but remained companions.

Mr. Hagberg worked at various occupations in Alaska, including owning and operating The Gaslight Lounge and Hallea Lodge in Wasilla, Alaska. He was also a member of the teamsters union since 1967.

Mr. Hagberg was a member of the Elks, Eagles, Alaska Yukon Pioneers, and a former member of the Moose. He enjoyed playing golf, bowling, curling, cards and cribbage. Family members say he was proud of his Alaskan Eskimo heritage and will be remembered as a grand storyteller with a remarkable memory, his ability to dance and sing, and for his integrity.

He is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Ross and Susan Hagberg; a daughter and son-in-law, Charlene "Sis" and Jerry Sanford; longtime companion, Betty May Hagberg; three step-sons and a daughter-in-law, Dayne and Juany Kornfeind, and David and Drew Kornfeind; three sisters and a brother-in-law, Babe and Steve Stephens, Tekla Becker and Muriel Carmer; 13 grandchildren, Kristen, Kyle and Katie-Ann Hagberg, Alexa and Lauren Sanford, Ashley, Linsey, Andrea, Rose, Douglas, Allison, Daniel and Kalen Kornfeind; a great-granddaughter, Bayley Jewel; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Private services will be held later.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 0330 S.W. Curry, Portland, OR 97201.

Caldwell's Luce-Layton Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

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