Barbara Carolyn (Grove) Hulk (1917 - 2011)

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Barbara Grove Hulk
April 29, 1917 – September 10, 2011

Barbara Carolyn Grove was born in Chicago, Illinois to F. Raymond and Emma Putney Grove on April 29, 2011. After High School she attended secretarial school and in 1938 she moved to Pasadena, California. While in Pasadena she worked for the Equitable Life Assurance Society of US.

In 1946 she moved to Juneau with some dear friends from Pasadena, Gerri (Whiting) and Agnes (Hagerup). In Juneau she worked briefly for Alaska Coastal Airlines; two years for Pan American Airways; eleven years for the Juneau Clinic; two years for Dr. Harrison Leer; one session of the 1963 Legislature as Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives; and finally sixteen years with Robertson, Monagle and Eastaugh until her retirement in January, 1979.

Shortly after moving to Juneau Barbara met Bernard E. Hulk whom she married on February 20, 1947.

Barbara was predeceased by her husband Bernie in 1998 as well as her parents and brother Ray Grove of Clearwater, Florida. She is survived by her nephew John R. Grove (Pat) and their three sons, Jeff, Matt and Brian Grove and their families.

Although Barbara and Bernie did not have children of their own they had quite a "surrogate family." In 1952 they met a family who lived next door to their cabin at Mile 24 Glacier Highway- the Gitkovs. Soon the two families became very close and Barbara and Bernie became second parents to the kids who survived her, they are: John (Jane Hawkins) Gitkov, Juneau; Liz (Harry) Pritchard, Fox Island, Wa; Catherine (Mark Burger) Gitkov, Juneau; Margaret (Lee) Myers, Jacksonville, Or; Ellen Summers, Richland, Mo. and Irene Kent, Las Vegas, Nev.

Liz lived with Barbara and Bernie during her senior year of high school and for awhile after and feels that Barbara was the best mother one could have. She even named her daughter "Barbie" after her. While Barbie and her brother David grew up, Barbara would fly down to Washington to take care of them while their folks traveled. Both feel she was the "Best Grandma Ever". Barbara had many friends and loved going out to lunch with them. She looked forward to her birthdays and celebrated them in a big way.

Barbara's "family" would like thank all her friends who helped her out while she lived in her condo. Also we give special thanks to the staff at the Juneau Pioneer's Home for the excellent care they provided. She will be greatly missed by all of us.

At her request no service will be held.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her name can be made to the Juneau Pioneer Home Foundation, 4675 Glacier Hwy., Juneau, Alaska 99801
Published in The Juneau Empire from Sept. 14 to Sept. 21, 2011