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Patrice Sturm Gerster
Patrice Lynne Sturm Gerster, RN, died suddenly Nov. 28, 2007, at Providence Alaska Medical Center. She was 55.
Mrs. Gerster was born Jan. 11, 1952, in Chicago to Paul J. and Patricia C. Sturm. She graduated from Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, Md., in 1970 and from Johns Hopkins School of Nursing in Baltimore in 1973.
While a pediatric nurse at Johns Hopkins, she met and later married John Gerster, who was attending Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. They married in Washington, D.C., in 1978 and later moved to Buffalo, N.Y., where she worked as an emergency room nurse while he completed his residency in internal medicine at the State University Hospital.
The Gersters moved to Anchorage in 1980. Mrs. Gerster worked for many years in prenatal and labor/delivery, the neonatal intensive care unit, and as a pediatric care nurse at Providence Alaska Medical Center.
She also worked at Medical Pathfinders Inc., a nonprofit patient advocacy group in Anchorage. Up until the time of her death, she found great spiritual satisfaction and joy in her employment with Denali Home Health and Hospice, first as a home health nurse and later as a hospice case manager. Denali Home Health and Hospice provides patient- and family-centered care with a passionate commitment to quality of life, emphasizing dignity and respect.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. John W. Gerster.
She is survived by her siblings, Daniel P. Sturm, Lynne A. Sturm, Catherine E. Sturm Johnson; and seven nieces and nephews.
Her family requests in lieu of flowers that any contributions be sent in her name to Denali Home Health and Hospice (www.denalihhh.com).
Anchorage Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements
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