SEWARD, Alaska – Kathy Jo Cristiani-Gillespie-McMaster, 54, passed away unexpectedly at her home in Seward, Alaska, on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015.

A celebration of her life will be held on Monday, Aug. 31, at Castle Cove, Lowell Point at 1 p.m. in Seward. Kathy Jo was born on May 26, 1961, in Great Falls where she attended Hellgate High School in Missoula. She moved to Alaska in 1982, where over the years she lived in Kodiak, Anchorage and in 1992 made her home in Seward. She was a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians in Belcourt, North Dakota, and was passionate about all things outdoors.

Her family wrote, “Kathy was born at home in Great Falls. She was blessed with wonderful foster parents, Jeff and Nancy Birnbaum, in Missoula. Kathy was an avid outdoors person in both Montana and Alaska. She was the light of our lives and in the lives of many friends. Kathy is now with john, the love of her life, happy forever. We want to thank all of you who touched her life and helped form the wonderful person she became.”

Kathy was preceded in death by her husband, John Gillespie; grandmother Josephine LaFromboise; mother Ramona LaFromboise and her father John McMaster.

She is survived by her brother Ray Crain of Big Lake, Alaska; brother Anthony Crisitiani-LaFromboise and Becky from Dunseith, North Dakota; sister Margie Cristiani-Johnson and Paul from Great Falls; brother Dean Cristiani and Mary from Dublin, Ohio; brother Gary McMaster and Lynn from Conroe, Texas; brother Jeff McMaster and Marcy from Provo, Utah, and her foster parents Jeff and Nancy Birnbaum from Missoula.

In lieu of flowers the family has request that a donation in Kathy’s name be made to the charity of your choice.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Anchorage Funeral Home & Crematory, you are invited to visit Kathy’s online obituary and guest book at alaskanfuneral.com.

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