Marie was born to John and Martha (Simon) Koss on the family farm in Lincoln, Wisconsin. As a young woman she worked at Harold Paques store in Rio Creek, Wisconsin before meeting and marrying the love of her life, Lee M. Fett on June 27, 1940. Together they had 9 children.
In the spring of 1961, the family moved to Alaska where Marie had cousins, John & Rita Weidner. When school was out on June 10th Marie loaded up a station wagon, trailer with household belongings and six of the kids to head up the highway where Lee and two of their sons were waiting. She arrived on June 16th. The family homesteaded at Mile 1417 of the Alaska Highway. It was there her adventure began and challenges arose. Shortly after arriving the family moved into a quonset on the Richardson hwy. That winter her pioneer spirit was born with the thermometer reading 84 degrees below 0.
The summer of 1962 brought new excitement. The house on the homestead was being built and the school bus Lee came up with became her kitchen, make shift beds were set up in the house and the first Christmas was spent in the home she loved for the past 54 years.
After being raised on a farm, the idea of not having fresh eggs in Alaska inspired her and Lee to purchase some chicks to begin the farming business known as Mountain View Farms. It soon became a full-blown egg production, eventually supplying fresh eggs locally and then to the Fairbanks market. Over the years the farm grew and so did Marie’s interests.
With the beautiful Alaska summers and fast growing season, came the huge garden and greenhouse. After all her table was always set for her large family and then whoever dropped in at mealtime. Beauty was everywhere with the flowers she loved to grow. It wasn’t unusual for strangers coming up the Alcan to pull in their driveway thinking it was a botanical garden or park of some sort.
Marie took an active roll in The Woman’s Community Club, The Alaska Pioneers; was a member of The Red Hatters; participated at the Senior Center; gave of her time as a Foster Grandparent at Delta Elementary School; was inducted into the Delta Trailblazers by the Delta High School Booster Club for her contributions into the community and schools. Some of her most enjoyable time was spent greeting those visitors at the Sullivan Roadhouse where she was always happy to volunteer.
For fun she loved bowling and traveling with the team to tournaments around Alaska and the lower 48. At 73, she was the Senior Tournament Champion of the Midnight Sun Women’s Bowling Association. She continued bowling until her mid-80’s but gave it up reluctantly.
She was a note taker; a photographer recording her life in pictures; loved poetry; music; playing card games and especially scrabble and when the right band played was ready to get up and dance. When asked once if she had a dream to do something more in her life, she said she’d like to have a bakery. That didn’t happen, but she never stopped baking and shared her most requested “lemon bars” whenever the call came for a donation. She was an excellent cook and baker.
Marie was a very kind and gentle soul with a loving and generous heart and was always giving to others. She had lovely friends and was a dedicated friend. She was dedicated to her husband and family, but Marie’s greatest personal dedication was to God, Jesus and his Blessed Mother. She lived her life fully through joy and sorrow relying on the love of God. She was one of His finest servants. We are blessed to have known this very special lady.
Marie leaves her loving memories to be cherished by her sister, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Marie was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Lee, and her son Larry.
Funeral Services are pending and final arrangements will be published at a later date.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Marie Fett Memorial account set up at Mt. McKinley Bank towards the beautification project of the Sullivan Roadhouse.
Miss Me But Let Me Go
When I come to the end of the road
And the sun has set for me
I want no rites in a gloom filled room
Why cry for a soul set free?
Miss me a little- But not too long
And not with your head bowed low
Remember the love that we once shared
Miss me-But let me go
For this is a journey that we all must take
And each must go alone
It’s all part of our Father’s plan
A step on the road to home.
When you are lonely and sick at heart
Go the friends we know
And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds
Miss me-But let me go.