Caroline Alice Toloff

 

November 23, 2017 | View PDF

Lifelong Alaskan and Seward resident Caroline Alice Toloff, 88, passed away peacefully Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, at Providence Seward Medical Center, with her family by her side.

Memorial services will be 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 27, at Resurrection Lutheran Church in Seward. Pastor Ben Bohart will officiate. Honorary pallbearers will be Dan Sieminski, Tony Sieminski, Evan Toloff, Garrett Berg and Clint Draper.

Mrs. Toloff was born Sept. 21, 1929, in Seward. She attended elementary school in Seward and Seldovia. In the early 1970s, she obtained her business and accounting certification at AVTEC, after receiving her GED.

She moved to Anchorage in 1944 and worked at Maude's Boarding House and in 1945 she worked for a year at The North Pole Bakery in Anchorage. In 1947, she married James Toloff and focused on raising a family and being a homemaker for several years. She also did seasonal work for the Seward Bakery in the 1960s. In 1974, she began working for AVTEC (formerly Skill Center) and worked there until her retirement from the Accounts Payable Department in 1989.

In the late 1970s, she met her partner, Gilbert Ollestad. Their mutual love of travel took them all over the world for 30 years until his passing in 2013.

Caroline Toloff was a member of the Resurrection Lutheran Church in Seward, American Legion Auxiliary, where she was President in 1968, Chugach Alaska Corporation, Qutekcak Tribe of Seward and was a charter member of the Hotel and Restaurant Union in 1946. She was also the President of the Mt. Marathon Native Association in 1980.

She liked all types of music, dancing, reading and writing, and growing flowers.  She was also active in walking, berry picking, jarring, smoking, pickling and canning salmon. She also enjoyed cooking healthy meals for family and fun family games.

Her family wrote, "She was an example of hard work and a positive attitude, who never complained. She valued family, community and preserving the beauty of her hometown, Seward. For instance, she played a central role in bringing back Christmas lights in the Seward downtown park. She seldom slowed down and wrote/published a book about her unique youth and life in Alaska in the 1940s. Her book titled, "Going Home" was dedicated to her family."

Mrs. Toloff was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Catherine Curtis, her husband, James Toloff, her partner, Gilbert Ollestad, and daughters, Terri Toloff and Marilyn Sieminski.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Toni and Michael Koob of Kenai; son and daughter-in-law, Peter and Jodi Toloff of Seward; sisters, Christine Werner of Seward and Washington, and Claudette Curtis of Juneau; grandchildren and their spouses, Dan and Kristen Sieminski, Tony and Anne Sieminski, Terri and Clint Draper, Evan Toloff, Garrett Berg and Allie Toloff; five great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Condolences may be sent to her family at P.O. Box 882, Seward, AK 99664.

Arrangements were by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

 

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