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Gail J. Auka


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Gail J. Gail' Auka August 21, 1945 - January 22, 2018 San Diego, CA Gail J. Auka passed away peacefully on January 22, 2018 at her home after a lengthy battle with cancer. She was born in Devil's Lake, ND, to Joe and Lavina Auka and grew up in Bisbee, ND, until the family moved to Mesa, AZ, in 1958. She graduated from Northern Arizona University in 1967 and then moved to San Diego where she began her teaching career with SDUCS. She taught elementary at Sandburg and Whitman for the next 35 years. Gail enjoyed being an active member of the South Mission Beach Community and was proud of winning the "Caneasy" Women's Division OTL championship in 2003. For more than 10 years Gail was a volunteer for the Board of SD County Psychiatric Hospital Auxiliary. Gail had a beautiful voice and sang with friends she met at the Pacificaires Chorus for many years. She loved to travel and visited many countries around the world. She was preceded in death by her parents, Joe and Lavina, two brothers Jense and Tony, and her longtime partner, George "Jeep" Hatch. She is survived and will be greatly missed by her older brother Douglas and wife Nancy, cousin Regan and daughter Casey Rose as well as many dear friends and relatives. A Memorial service will be held at Merkley-Mitchell Mortuary on Friday, February 16th at 2:00 PM. In lieu of lowers, the family suggest donations to the "Breast Cancer Research Foundation" located at BCRF, 60 East 56th St., 8th floor, New York, NY 10022, or online at "give.bcrf.org."
Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Feb. 11, 2018
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