Patricia Dicraiker (1938 - 2017)

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Patricia Ann Dicraiker, 79, died on Oct. 23, 2017, in the oncology ward of Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska. A local celebration of life will be held on Oct. 31, 2017, at 10 a.m., at Witzleben Chapel, 1707 South Bragaw in Anchorage. Interment will follow immediately thereafter at Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery, 535 East 9th Avenue in Anchorage.
Patricia was born on April 23, 1938, in University City, Mo., to Louis Samuel and Mirian Kirsch Samuel.
Patricia spent her school years in Beverly Hills, Calif. Elizabeth Taylor was a notable upper classmate. As a young woman, Patricia dated some of the most well known men in acting circles and regaled friends with stories of dating famous and talented celebrities.
She was greatly respected in equestrian circles, having managed the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank, Calif., for many years. In the late 1970s, she was invited to Palmer, Alaska, to judge a horse show. Struck by the intense, grand beauty of Alaska, she made Alaska her home.
In 1997, trading on her court reporting training, she landed a job as a medical transcriptionist with Providence Alaska Medical Center. This was her dream job and she worked until ill health forced her retirement.
Throughout life, Patricia had an avid interest in politics. She campaigned for and hobnobbed with well-known national and local figures.
Travel was an ongoing passion. Two items remained on her bucket list: driving the Haul Road to Prudhoe Bay and retracing the entire original Orient Express route, Paris to Istanbul.
She is survived by two sisters, Sharon Samuels of Santa Fe, N.M., and Jane Schaad of Los Angeles, Calif.; three nieces, Jennifer Berz of Brookline, Mass., Rosie Green of Los Angeles, Calif., and Meredith Michaels Beerbaum of Germany; a nephew, Broch Bender of Seattle, Wash.; a grandson, Noah Samuel Berz; and a grandniece, Sara Hannah Berz. Patricia was married to Michael Heaman, then Sydney Dicraiker.
Last weekend, her life was celebrated at the Chabad Jewish Center in Santa Fe, N.M.
Patricia was a woman of faith and we trust she is in the arms of her Lord.
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Published in Anchorage Daily News on Oct. 29, 2017