Note: N113 In Loving Memory
Mary Nickoli Shaginoff passed away from a lung condition she had for years. She was also known as
"Aunt Mary" by many family members.
Mary was born at Old Man Lake, in the Mendelta area. She was the first of three daughters to Frank Nickoli and Mary Stickman Nickoli. She was full blood Athabascan Indian. Her Mother and Father lived the Indian way, all of their life. Grandfather built cabins for his family to keep warm in the winter. When summer came, they went to Fish Camp in Anchorage, Drill Lake at Chickaloon, or Glenallan. The family had many relatives from Anchorage to Copper Center. There were no roads or vehicles, they walked when they moved camp. From Copper Center to Anchorage is about 140 miles.
Mary was a good hunter, she shot a bear when she was a teenager, and shot a moose after her first son, Paul was born. She also trapped mink and muskrat. She fished, made mittens and moccans out of moose hide for her sons.
She first married John Goodlataw of Chinta. To this union a son was born, Paul Goodlataw. Her husband John worked at the Jonesville Coal Mine in Sutton. He took very ill and passed away in a coal car at the mine. Paul was 8 years old.
Two years later Mary married John Shaginoff, to this union four sons were born. Burt, Donald, Jim and Llyod.
John and Mary lived at Chickaloon, along the Chickaloon River in a cabin John had built for the family. Grandfather lived with them also. As time went on, Grandfather took ill, the state nurse said it was T.B. of the bone. They took him away when Burt was only 7 years old, and the family never saw him again, or know what happened to him. Mary also took ill, the state nurse said it was T.B. She had to wait for two years for an opening at the hospital, in 1949 they came and took Mary away. It scared the family to death, because of what happened to Grandfather. Mary was in the hospital in Anchorage, Seward and Sika. Mary returned home in 1956, she was gone for 7 years. Her strong will and love for her family brought her home. She moved in with her niece Katie Wade and lived there for over 20 years in her own little cabin Katie and Tiny had bought and put up for her. About six years before Mary passed away, she moved into Palmer, in a new and modern apartment. She was close to her doctor and the hospital.
Mary took ill in January 1983, stayed in the hospital for three months, until she got better. Mary was at this time unable to live alone. She moved in with her niece Katie Wade of Moose Creek. She lived with Katie until her death in July. Mary passed very peacefully surrounded by her family.
Mary is survived by her four sons, Paul Goodlataw of San Francisco, California, Burt, Don and Llyod
Shaginoff of Sutton. And son Jim Shaginoff of Kenai. Grandchildren Tim, Sondra, and Kari Shaginoff of Kenai. Daughters-in-law, Karen Shaginoff, and Sandra Shaginoff. A very special niece Katie Wade of Moose Creek, many many relitives and friends.