PUBLISHED: 4:24 PM on Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Ruth Kasko

  Mrs. Ruth Margaret Kasko
Ruth Margaret Kasko of Klukwan died Saturday, July 8, 2006, at Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau surrounded by her family and friends following a lengthy illness.

She was born August 18, 1928, to Daniel and Margaret Katzeek in Klukwan. She carried the names Kadaay kalut and Yikdatoo of the Kootis Hit (Looking Out House) of the Gaanaax tei di clan of Klukwan.

Mrs. Kasko attended Sheldon Jackson through grade eight and received her GED. On February 8, 1950, she married Edwin Kasko of Klukwan. Together they worked for more than two decades to promote Edwin as a pre-eminent Tlingit carver and silversmith.

Her family said "Ruth was totally dedicated to her family and Tlingit traditional values. She was a dedicated mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and Aunty to her entire family."

She was a skilled weaver of Chilkat and Ravenstail blankets, as well as cedar baskets, and an accomplished skin sewer. She took a leadership position in 1998 as a prime promoter of Keet Gooshi Tours, one of the first all-village based cultural tours to be led by Tlingit guides. Ruth was an avid supporter and cultural advisor to the Bald Eagle Foundation of Haines."

She was preceded in death by her parents Daniel and Margaret Katzeek; by her sisters Alice and Marian; and by her brothers George, James, Frank, Watson and Tom.

Mrs. Kasko is survived by her brother Smith Katzeek Sr. and her daughters Alice Morris, Lorraine Kasko and Marjorie McWhorter; grandchildren Denise and Dennis (DJ) Morris; Cortes and Jessica McWhorter; her great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial Services were planned in Klukwan at the ANS Hall on Saturday, July 15, 2006.

Memorial donations may be made in Ruth Kasko's name to the Chilkaat Kwaan Cultural Heritage Center, care of the Chilkat Indian Village, P.O. Box 210, Haines, AK 99827.