Ronna Engstrom

Ronna Lynn Engstrom

March 16, 1968 ~ January 5, 2019

Ronna Lynn Engstrom passed January 5, 2019 in Seattle, WA.  An adventurer at heart, she could do anything she pursued—snowboarding, sailing and rearing the most amazing daughter Elliott Alyssa Engstrom. 

She was born in Nome, AK on March 16, 1968 and lived there until moving to Seattle, WA to attend the University of Washington.  After graduating with a BA in Political Science, she worked at the watershed of Seattle for many years where she made lifelong friends who mourn her loss.

Upon returning to Nome in 2000, she worked with our Dad Ron at Basin Creek, operating equipment and helping with cleanup and general maintenance. 

She and Ellie returned to Seattle recently to provide a broader life experience for Elliott.

Ronna had no fear, which is evidenced by her month long sailboat journey from San Diego to Figi (the Marquesas) on a friend’s midsize sloop in 1999 and snowboarding Snoqualmie, WA to Prague. 

Once Elliott arrived, they were constant companions to our parents Ron and Lorena Engstrom at the family mine, Basin Creek, where she operated the D9 Cat, helped repair the pontoons on the dredge and kept morale up with her jokes, stories and endearing smile.

Ronna was preceded in death by her mother Lorena Gloria Mills Engstrom, grandparents Herb and Elsie Engstrom and Levi Sr. and Annie Mills, five uncles Clifford, Ray, Levi, Charlie, and Gary Mills, and niece Dana Booth.

She is survived by her darling daughter Elliott Alyssa Engstrom, father Ron Engstrom, aunts June Wardle and Joan Salzwedel, sisters Cheryl Cavota, Linda Koenig (Steven), Janice Bendixen (Ralph), niece Devola Booth, four nephews Dylan Schick, Tio, Tony and Trax Cavota, numerous cousins in Seattle and Alaska, and former husband Arik Requa.

To honor Ronna’s wishes, there will not be a formal service.  Meanwhile, say goodbye to Ronna Roo, our baby sister, remembering her with love and fondness.

The Nome Nugget

PO Box 610
Nome, Alaska 99762

Phone: (907) 443-5235
Fax: (907) 443-5112

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