Edna Kalvick, circa 1940.
Edna Kalvick, a former Skagway resident who was living in Eagle River, died on Dec. 7, 2001 in the Providence Extended Care Facility in Anchorage after a long fight with cancer. She was 88 years old. Her son and daughter-in-law were at her side.
Edna was born in Roseau, Minn., on June 21, 1923. She moved to Skagway in 1955 and was employed by White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad as a cook. She married Alf Kalvick, WP&YR bridge and building carpenter, that year.
The Kalvicks lived in Skagway and, after retirement, in Dyea Valley. They were well known for their gardening talents Alf for his potatoes and Edna for her touch with every variety of flowers. She was a master gardener.
Alf died in 1988 and Edna moved to Anchorage in 1993 where she first resided in a senior housing development and later in an assisted living facility at Eagle River.
Edna is survived by her daughter, Lorna McDermott of Skagway; son Dennis Lattery of Eagle River; grandson Robert Mahle of Skagway; granddaughters Shannon Ames and Tracy Snyder of Skagway; granddaughter Denise Lattery Trutanic of Anchorage; great-grandsons Justin Moore, Mitchell Snyder and Tyson Ames of Skagway; and great-granddaughters Jaime Bricker, Kelly Snyder and Savannah Ames of Skagway, and Miranda Mahle of Seward.
Ednas ashes will be scattered in Dyea. A memorial service will be held in the spring in Skagway.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests a small donation to the American Cancer Society.
Submitted by the family
Goldie Hukill (right) and friend Bea Lingle stand next to Goldies Taxi in front of the Igloo Bar in the 1950s.
Goldie Hanousek Hukill
Born Goldie Hanousek in Three Forks, Montana on June 5, 1916, she traveled to Skagway in 1938 and worked for the White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad as cook at Glacier Station. Goldie met and married her husband of 57 years, Duncan Perkins Hukill, a life-long resident of Skagway. A 63-year Skagway resident, Goldie had been living with her daughter Frances Rose of Juneau since March 2001. She passed peacefully in her sleep at Juneaus Shattuck Manor on Nov. 14, 2001.
Goldie was a loving and dedicated wife, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother and friend. Beyond that, occupations were secondary and numerous. At a time in the early years, she was Skagways assistant mortician. Goldie owned and operated the little railroad towns only taxi service. In the wee hours of the winter, a call from Moes Frontier Bar or the Igloo Bar would come in. Goldie would be heard to say, Looks like one of the little brothers needs a ride home. In later years, many of Skagways finest have been known to drive tours for Goldies Taxi.
Survivors include daughters Frances Rose and Cindy Herpst; grandchildren Travis and Tyler Rose of Juneau, Hollie Rubin of Enumclaw, Wash., Shellie Cox of Mt. Vernon, Wash., Rocky and Cody Herpst of Portland, Ore.; sister Mary Oman of Seattle; brother Edward Hanousek of Camano Island, Wash.; and great grandchildren Kaleb Cox and Madison Rubin. She was preceded in death by her husband, Duncan.
The Hukills of Skagway can be identified with the family names of Lee, Soldin, Dilge, Berry, Jacquot, Knorr, McVey, Henricksen, Griffin, Fuette, Rose, Herpst, and Hanousek.
As our elderly pass, we that remain more closely identify with the ties that bind us. The family of Goldie and Duncan Hukill thank our family and friends in Skagway for their love, friendship and support.
A memorial service will be held in Skagway on Goldies birthday, June 5, 2002, to celebrate the life and contributions of our beloved Goldie Hanousek Hukill. Submitted by the family