Cheryl Craig

  • "Happy late anniversary from the time we got together..."
    - Mike Craig
  • "Happy Birthday honey. I sure miss you. I still see you..."
    - Mike Craig
  • "Happy Birthday honey. Love you Mike."
  • "Merry Christmas honey. I love you, Mike"
  • "Happy anniversary honey. Mike"

Cheryl Marie Craig, 52, of Anchorage, died July 26, 2010, at Providence Alaska Medical Center, surrounded by her family, after a courageous battle with kidney cancer.

A Mass of Christian burial will be at 6 p.m. Friday at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 2627 Lore Road. A visitation will be held from 4:30 until the time of the Mass. A potluck reception will follow. Pallbearers are Mark Wuitschick, Greg Wuitschick, Doug Wuitschick, John Tisch, Jason Monkelien, and Sam Morin. Burial will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Angelus Memorial Park, 440 E. Klatt Road, Anchorage.

Cheryl was born Jan. 5, 1958, in Boise, Idaho, to Edward and Helen Wuitschick. In September of 1967, they moved to Alaska. She was a lifetime member of the Catholic Church. In 1976, Cheryl graduated from Robert Service High School and went on to attend the University of Alaska Anchorage, studying archaeology.

Cheryl met Harold "Mike" Craig and they began dating in January 1975. They were then wed July 2, 1983, in Anchorage, where they had two beautiful daughters. Cheryl had worked for the State of Alaska, Department of Fish and Game, since 1994 as an administrative assistant. She made many lifelong friends, and enjoyed the work she did every day. She also worked at the Anchorage docks as a casual longshoreman for many years.

Her family said: "She was the second-eldest of seven children and was always there for her family. While growing up, her brothers and sisters always looked up to her. Cheryl was the first to bring the family together for holidays and special events, and the family knew her as the event planner. She was the string who held the family together. She had a strong will, a loving heart, and always greeted everyone with a smile. She was a teacher, mentor and a role model to everyone she knew. Cheryl was a true Alaskan woman, a very lucky fisherwoman, and enjoyed hunting, canning, camping, outdoor cooking, and spending much of her summer at the family property in Sterling. Cheryl taught Dutch oven cooking classes at "Becoming an Outdoor Women" for many years.

She loved being a mother, and was excited about becoming a grandmother. She was very involved in Rabbit Creek Elementary PTA, and volunteered in the schools while her children were growing up. She was a Girl Scout cookie mom for two troops for many years. Cheryl was the best soccer mom and never missed any event her daughters were participating in."

She was preceded in death by her mother, Helen May Wuitschick, on Jan. 6, 2010; and infant sister, Bridget Wuitschick.

She is survived by her husband, Michael Craig of Anchorage; daughters, Sara Craig and fiance Sam Morin of Anchorage, and Jessica Monkelien and husband Jason of Anchorage; father, Edward Wuitschick of Anchorage; sisters, Valery Tisch and husband John of Palmer, and Terese Anderson of Anchorage; brothers, Greg Wuitschick and fiancee Carolyn Woo of Anchorage, Mark Wuitschick and wife Robbie of Palmer, and Doug Wuitschick and wife Wendy of Canyon County, Calif.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial donations may be made to the Craig Family, 13325 Diggins Drive, Anchorage 99515.

Arrangements are with Alaskan Heritage Memorial Chapel, Anchorage:

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Published in Anchorage Daily News from July 29 to July 30, 2010