Lorene Paul (1923 - 2014)

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Lorene Paul, age 91, passed away on November 14, 2014 at the Juneau Pioneers Home. Lorene, the seventh of nine sisters and brothers, was born at home in Buhl, Idaho on February 16, 1923 to Swiss immigrants Anna Marie and Emil Maag, Sr.

In 1942, Lorene entered nurses' training at Saint Alphonsus Hospital in Boise, Idaho, where five of her sisters had also graduated as nurses. At age 21, she was President of her graduating class. Her first nursing job as an RN was in Winnemucca, Nevada where she worked for one year. After being offered a nursing job in Juneau in 1945, she and her roommate from Saint Alphonsus, LaDell Saxton, boarded the S.S. Princess Louise in Seattle and headed north to Juneau. Adventuresome as they were, Lorene and LaDell secured jobs in Nome, Alaska, but LaDell went alone as Lorene, who met Specks in Juneau in the spring of 1946, got married, and Juneau became her home for the rest of her life.

Lorene's nursing career in Juneau began at St. Ann's Hospital and included numerous clinical nursing positions with Dr. Whitehead, Dr. Dalton, Dr. Riederer, and Dr. Ray.

Memorable adventures with Specks included motorhome traveling throughout the United States and Canada, summers at their cabin on the Taku River with friends and family and entertaining many friends and family at their Lena Cove cabin. She and Specks took many trips to Hawk Inlet and Funter Bay to spend time with close friends, and also spent two summers in Elfin Cove managing Ernie Swanson's store. Lorene, truly an Alaskan Pioneer, was a member of the Pioneers of Alaska.

Many years ago, Lorene was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease. She exemplified courage and grace while living with the disease and never complained. And to all Lorene's compassionate caregivers at the Juneau Pioneers Home, we extend, with grateful hearts, a sincere thank you.

Lorene was preceded in death by her parents; husband Sam (Specks); sisters Alice, Lillie, and Marie; and brothers Emil, Warner, and Benny.

She is survived by her children Vickie and Vic Baer of Anchorage, Cherie and Ken Rudolph, and Gary and Robin Paul of Juneau; grandchildren Lynette and her husband Richie Van Eaton in Colorado, Heidi and her husband Todd Robinson in Colorado and Garrett, Austin, and Carson Paul all in Alaska; great grandchildren Alec and Abby Van Eaton and Cole, Emma, and Kade Robinson; sisters Clara Stenbakken and Helen French and extended family in Seattle, Washington, Jamieson and Vale, Oregon and South Carolina.

In honor of Lorene's wishes, no formal service will be held. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that any contributions be made to the Juneau Pioneers Home (JPH) Foundation – memo line "Residents Outings", 4675 Glacier Highway, Juneau, AK 99801. The family can be contacted at PO Box 240489, Douglas AK 99824.
Published in The Juneau Empire on Nov. 24, 2014