From the Frontiersman, Friday, April 21, 2000, page A7
Charles Dale Karella
Wasilla resident and longtime Alaskan Charles Dale Karella, 71, died April 17, 2000, at Alaska Regional Hospital after a three-month battle to overcome Guillain-Barre syndrome.
The funeral will be held at 4 p.m., Tuesady, April 25, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Wasilla.Charlie's wish is that this service be a joyous occasion.
Born Jan. 24, 1929, he was the son of Ambrose J. "Rusty" and Delora L. (Holt) Karella.He graduated from Sacred Heart High School in Norfolk, Neb.He attended Norfolk Junior College and earned a civil engineering degree.
Charlie's first experience in Alaska was with the Air Force, where he served at Ladd Field from 1946 to 1948.He returned to Fairbanks with his family in 1959.
He was employed as an engineer by the Bureau of Public Roads and later with the Alaska Department of Transportation.He supervised the design section until he moved to Juneau in 1974.His most personally satisfying work was administration of the Local Service Roads and Trails program.He retired in 1986.
Charlie married Pat Borden in Juneau in 1988 and fulfilled a lifelong dream in 1993 by earning his private pilot's license.
He is survived by his mother, of Norfolk, Neb.; his wife, Pat, of Wasilla; his mother-in-law, Mary Lou Borden of Wasilla; his ex-wife Charlene, of Kenai; five sons, and their wives, Don and Cheryl, of Fairbanks, Kenneth and Rita, of Sequim, Wash., Roger and Denise, Lawrence and Richard, of Kenai; daughter and her husband, BarBara and Mitch Sayegh, of Grass Valley, Calif., three sisters and their husbands, Florence and Roy Larson, of Norfolk, Marcella and Alvin Frauendorfer and Mildred and Frederick Ridder, all of Madison, Neb.; brother and his wife, Jerome "Pete" and Betty, of Spring Hill, Fla.; 13 grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and many close friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, father-in-law Theron F. "Ted" Borden, and brothers, Ambrose, of Fairbanks, nd Lloyd, of Norfolk.
His family said, "Charlie's family will remember him for his strong faith in God and the Blessed Virgin and the love for his extended family and many close friends.
His wonderful sense of humor will remain with us always and we will never play a game of cards or see a small airplane without thinking of him.He loved Alaska and all that it entails - hunting, fishing, flying his Cessna 172, watching sunsets from the porch of his Lake Louise cabin and Finger Lake home.He never lost his sense of joy in living here."
The family requests that no flowers be sent.Memorials may be directed to Sacred Heart Church (choir fund) or to a favorite charity.