ANCHORAGE -

A small Anchorage funeral home was barely big enough to accommodate dozens of mourners who paid respects to Richard and Rose Polty.

The couple was heading home after Thanksgiving on Hageland Aviation Flight 1453.

"The last time I talked with him was at the post office, and he mentioned that he was going to get his wife Thanksgiving, that his wife was doing a lot better, and he was really looking forward to that," said James Bryan, a Mountain Village resident.

The Cessna 208 took off from Bethel and was bound for St. Mary's when it crashed Friday a few miles from Mountain Village, killing four of 10 people on board.

In a sign of just how interconnected the small Yukon-Delta town of 800 is, Bryan's stepson Garrette Moses was also on the plane.

Moses spoke to KTUU from his hospital bed Monday.

Moses was released from jail right before the crash, and his step-dad says he looks at his survival as a chance to make amends with his family

"Mom forgive me, mom I love you, I got a second chance I believe and I want to make things better," Moses said.

Gloria Fitka also planned on being at the viewing Wednesday night.

Her daughter is the god mother of 5-month-old Wyatt Coffee, the youngest victim of the crash.

"When people are sick, you're OK about when they have to leave, when they die, but for something like this it's more than that feeling."

Mountain Village residents said the tragedy is bringing them together.

"There is not a word to describe it, there is just a spirit there that is amazing," said Bryan.

A funeral for the Poltys will take place in Mountain Village, but no date has been set.

City Manager Brenda Brown said donations for the couple can be made in name of Rainee Polty at any Alaska USA Federal Credit Union bank.

Donations for urvivors are being accepted at any Wells Fargo branch under the Yukon Crash Victims Account.