Chris Quick of Ouzinkie, Alaska, passed away peacefully and unexpectedly on June 24, 2018 at her home. She had recently celebrated her retirement after 25 years at the Ouzinkie Tribal Council.
She was born in Bad Hersfeld, Germany, on Nov. 5, 1943, to Georg and Maria Pfanne Fuchs. She immigrated with her mother to the United States at age 9, and was later adopted by her stepfather, Arthur Kraus, in Oak Park, Illinois.
After earning her Master’s Degree in German from the University of Chicago, Chris became a teacher. She married Tom Quick on June 20, 1970, in Orinoco, Minnesota. They enjoyed motorcycle trips around America and camping together.
In 1978, they drove up the Alcan to move to Kodiak, and soon after fell in love with Ouzinkie. They moved there in 1980 to become the storekeepers for Mark-It-Foods.
Chris relished reading, classical music, and learning new things. She collected folk music, played the recorder and guitar, knitted, and made pottery. She had a big heart, was very funny, and loved to laugh. In recent years, she enjoyed attending the Women’s Retreat on Woody Island. She liked to travel and spend time with her family.
Chris was predeceased by her husband Thomas, and is survived by their three daughters, Michelle, Sonia, and Tanya, sons-in-law Ryan and Ray, and nine grandchildren: Kylan, Laura, Irene, Adriana, Dimitri, Tikhon, Amelia, Melody, and Thomas. She was greatly loved and will be deeply missed by all who knew her.
A memorial service will be held at the Ouzinkie Cultural Center on Saturday, July 7. All are welcome to come and remember Chris.