Ada Queer

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Pioneer Alaskan Ada Kathleen Adams Queer, 89, died April 30, 2008, at Alaska Regional Hospital.
A visitation will be at 6:30 p.m. today, with a rosary at 7 p.m., at Evergreen Memorial Chapel. A Mass will be at 3 p.m. Friday at St. Anthony's Catholic Church. The family asks that people wear spring colors and remember her love of flowers. Burial will be in the Anchorage Cemetery next to her husband, daughter and four grandchildren.
She was born Oct. 4, 1918, in Johnstown, Pa.
She moved to Anchorage with the military in April 1948, living near what was once Blueberry Lake, on unpaved Fireweed Lane. Their land extended to where BP and Sears are located today.
"She was a strong, independent woman who cast a long shadow, though barely 5 feet tall, she would let her will be known," family recalled. "She could charm everyone around her in seconds.
"She had a will to live like no other. She took great pride in the fact that she lived independently and with a clear mind until the end. She would repeat over and over, 'I have my mind and I want to live.'
"Among her great successes were her children. She raised two strong, independent women. She also raised a son who wisely learned early the value of a strong woman in his life, and he married well. Her other accomplishments in her professional life included being an accountant on the new Fort Richardson in the early days of computers ('50s and '60s). In a different era and time she would have gone on to manage the Permanent Fund as her then-male subordinate did (Dave Rose).
"Her hobbies included playing cards weekly with young and old. She enjoyed corresponding with every charity, veteran or religious group that sent her something in the mail. Her correspondence was quite successful because she continued to be one of their favorite contributors, though she never sent them anything.
"Another area of interest was current events and politics. As part of an oral dementia test that hospitals administer, when asked 'Who is the president?' she answered, 'Well, I hope it will be Hillary!' She had hoped to live from a time of few women's rights to a time of a woman president.
"She owned a large 49th state flag that was carried by all the living governors of Alaska at the 25th anniversary of Alaska statehood. She had also looked forward to being in attendance, with her flag, at all the governor's ceremonies this coming year for the 50th anniversary. She never allowed the flag out of her sight and will be there in spirit with the pioneers and governors that have gone before her."
She was preceded in death by husband, Albert K. Queer; daughter, Jeannine; and grandchildren, Rolanna, Logan, Sarda and Adrianna. Her daughter and grandchildren died in 1966 in what was then Anchorage's largest house fire on record.
She is survived by her daughter, Kathy Luchsinger; son, Chaplain Bert McQueen and his wife, Sandee; grandsons, Adam (Nicole) Luchsinger and Peter Luchsinger, and their father, Carl; granddaughters, Tanya Lehman (Ken), Suki Lewis (Rick and his mother, Carol); Alaska daughter and son, Mona and Kirk Barker; family friends, the Pankos, the Begeils, Nichole Espeland, and Dr. Paul Worrell; sisters, Jeannine, Inez and Mary Grace; caregivers, Marty, Viv and Joy; seven great-grandchildren; and the staff at Alaska Regional Hospital, Providence Alaska Medical Center, St. Elias Specialty Hospital and the Mary Conrad Center.
Published in Anchorage Daily News on May 8, 2008