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Elizabeth G. Biesiot

October 8, 1920 December 28, 2018
Elizabeth G.  Biesiot
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Obituary for Elizabeth G. Biesiot

Elizabeth Kathleen Gall Biesiot
age 98, of Kenai and Fairbanks, AK and also Shelton, WA passed into Eternal Peace surrounded by loved ones on Friday December 28th in Kenai, AK. Elizabeth is deeply missed already. A memorial was held for the family in Kenai with a separate memorial planned in Shelton in the spring.
Liz was preceded in death by her loving husband of 69 years, Peter Biesiot. She is survived by her sons Gerard Biesiot, John Biesiot, and daughter Hara Hansen, many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Born and raised in Washington, Liz graduated from The Bush School in Seattle, then attended the University of Washington receiving a BA and later an MA in Sculpture and an MA in Art from Cornell University. Liz’s sculptures, statues, paintings, and murals are admired and appreciated for the wonder of life they capture. A life of adventure, beauty and discovery that she herself experienced and lived to the fullest.
Liz and Peter married in 1945. Liz continued to create art and raise three children while living, learning and working in more than a dozen countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America - and visiting many more. Liz has artwork all over the world. Some of her memorable moments include 52 paintings sold through a private gallery showing early in her career in Karachi, Pakistan; award winning abstract sculptures in soapstone and wood; and “The Miner”- a 7’ bronze in Houghton, MI which is on the Smithsonian Art Inventory Sculptures list. Later work in Alaska included “Celebrating Alaskan Women” a 30’ carved spruce pole and the 4 bronze “Turtles” on the University of Alaska campus in Fairbanks. Liz also has 14 Major Art Commissions throughout the State of Alaska including some large low-relief ceramic murals which celebrate the people, the history, and the natural world of different communities including those of Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, Kodiak, Kotzebue, North Pole, Sand Point, Talkeetna and Wasilla. There are also many pieces in private collections.
Liz loved living in Alaska where she helped her husband Peter build a house and studio high on Becker Ridge. They hiked the Chilkoot trail twice - most recently at age 80. Liz was a kind person who was always willing to lend a hand to help a student or those in need. Newcomers were always welcome in her studio. Liz lived life with a zest and passion that, like her artwork, inspired everyone who met her.
Goodbye Elizabeth Biesiot, until we meet again you will be fondly remembered and dearly missed by all of us.
If you would like to share your memories, the family would love to hear from you at or mail to PO Box 8402 Nikiski, AK 99635.


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