In memory of
Lucy Gaetke passed away peacefully on Sept. 5, 2018, at Alaska Native Medical Center with her family by her side. Lucy was a lifelong resident of Alaska. Lucy's birth parents resided in Noatak, Alaska and lived a nomadic lifestyle. Lucy was born on the Coleville River in the spring time. Lucy's parents died when she was an infant and she was adopted into the Adams family of Utqiagvik (Barrow), Alaska. She grew up in Noatak and Barrow where she enjoyed speaking the Inupiat language, the people, culture and food. During a trip to Anchorage, Alaska, to meet one of her good friends, Lucy was introduced to her lifelong husband, Harold, and they married in December 1963. The couple was married for 42 years and was blessed with two children. Lucy enjoyed spending quality time with her family at the lake cabin, boating, picking berries and trout fishing. Lucy was a petite and soft spoken lady. She was a stay-at-home mother who loved to take care of her family. She was an excellent baker and in her spare time, she enjoyed puzzles, knitting and reading. Lucy occasionally returned to Barrow where her family and friends spoiled her. Lucy loved to travel and she looked forward to her annual vacation to the warm beaches of the Hawaiian Islands. Her highlighted trip was a Caribbean cruise, in addition, many road trips and overnight camping trips across Alaska. Lucy is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Harold; her parents, John Quincy and Ada Sheldon Adams; Harry and Lucy Sekeagrook; and numerous brothers and sisters. Lucy leaves behind her son, John Gaetke; daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and James Grotha; grandchildren, Augustus "Gus" Gaetke and Elana Grotha; many nieces, nephews and cousins, too numerous to name, but loving just the same. It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to Lucy. Her family and friends, near and far, take comfort in the many, many memories that will keep her alive in our hearts. A memorial service for Lucy Gaetke will be held on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, at 1:30 p.m. with visitation from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at First Covenant Church, 1145 C Street in Anchorage. Pastor Criss Mitchell will officiate. Arrangements are with Evergreen Memorial Chapel.
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