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Woman found injured at Fairbanks homeless camp dies

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Posted: Sunday, July 8, 2012 8:26 pm | Updated: 10:36 am, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

FAIRBANKS - Ellen Florence Juneby Rada, 58, who was found unconscious with serious injuries, June 28 at a Fairbanks homeless camp, died Sunday afternoon at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage.

Her sister, Adeline Juneby Potts, was at her bedside, holding her hand when she passed at approximately 4 p.m.

Because of bleeding from the brain, Rada was taken to Anchorage for specialized care. On Monday, July 2, life support was removed.

The Juneby family, from Eagle Village, lost another family member on July 1, when Isaac Juneby, 71, died in a car crash in Anchorage after spending hours at the hospital at his sister’s side.

Adeline, who traveled to Anchorage from her home in Minnesota, suffered a heart condition during the 10-day hospital vigil, but is recovering well.

Fairbanks Police Lt. Dan Welborn, said the investigation into the circumstances surrounding Rada’s injuries continues.

“It is a sad time,” he said. “We will be in contact with the family, and we will have additional followup information early this week.”

Rada’s body will be taken to the medical examiner’s office for an autopsy.

A Fairbanks memorial service for Isaac and Ellen will be held at 4 p.m. today, Monday July 9, in the Chief David Salmon Tribal Hall. A luncheon fundraiser for the Juneby family precedes the service from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

A funeral service in Eagle for the siblings is slated for 1 p.m. Wednesday followed by burial at Eagle Village Cemetery.

Mary Beth Smetzer can be reached at 459-7546.

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