Nancy Marie Pederson

Nancy Marie Pederson, 71, of Soldotna, Alaska, went to dance with the angels on July 30, 2014. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at noon on Aug. 14, 2014, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help (222 West Redoubt Ave., Soldotna). Friends and family are welcome at the Pederson home following the service.

Nancy was born in Jamestown, N.Y. to Margaret and Fredrick Gustafson. She arrived in Sterling, Alaska, in 1974, and made Alaska her permanent home.

Her family said, “Mom’s whole world was her children, grandchildren and her husband. She loved flowers and her garden. Mom and husband, Pete enjoyed travelling all over the United States. Mom was the former owner of Magpie’s Pizzeria, and a longtime member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. She was a loving mother, grandmother and wife. She was a strong woman and a great friend to many. She was there when needed, day or night. She will be loved and cherished in our memories and hearts.”

Nancy was preceded in death by her mother and father, Margaret and Fredrick Gustafson; son, Fredrick Sean Sager; and grand-daughter, Angelica Sager.

She will be greatly missed by her husband, Orvis “Pete” Pederson; children: Bridget and husband, Matt Matthews, James Besse, Heather and husband, John Schachinger, Tracy Sager, Margaret and husband, Jeffrey Lupton, Rance and wife, Hanna Pederson, Brian and wife, Tracey Pederson and Daryl Pederson; brother, Rick Gustafson; sister, Sue and husband, Neil Boardman; and grandchildren, Brianna Sipes, Tristan Sipes, Thomas Clonts, Victoria Dobbs, Veronica Sager, Varrick Sager, Christian Matthews, Julian Besse, Cody Pederson, Dusty Pederson, Brian Pederson, Makena Pederson, Amara Pederson, Bleu York, Miranda Schachinger and Justin Clonts.

Memorials may be made in Nancy’s name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Please visit Nancy’s online memorial and sign her guestbook at