Lou Primacio Dies at 76; Service Planned June 26

Lucille “Lou” Marie Primacio


Lucille “Lou” Marie Primacio, a Sitka resident since 1976, passed away April 27 in Anchorage, at the age of 76.

A service is planned June 26 at the Halibut Point Recreation Area, main shelter, from noon to 4 p.m.. An afterhours party is to follow at the Moose Lodge.

Lou was born Jan. 25, 1945, in Sacramento, California, the daughter of Robert and Pauline Poquiz.

She and Robert “Primo” Primacio were married Feb. 12, 1965, in Juneau. In 1967 they moved to Hawaii, where she worked as a tour guide and supervisor at the Kahuku Sugar Mill. After they came to Sitka, in 1967, she worked at Alaska Pulp Co. and at SEARHC hospital, in the warehouse and finance offices.

Both Lou and Primo were cooks, and Lou was well-known for hosting Hawaiian luaus and having booths at the 4th of July celebrations.

Friendly and outgoing, she  loved dancing, playing cards, crocheting, picking berries and going camping.

She was an avid member of the Moose Lodge and American Legion, and was active in their community events.

Her family summed up her life in a  loving tribute:

“Our family grieves the loss of our beloved matriarch, our mother, Lucille (Lou) Primacio, known to most as ‘Auntie Lou.’ It’s such a hard task to summarize such a wonderful life without writing a book. Our mom has always been our hero and rock star and she will always be our way of life.

“She has raised her four children to live life with respect for others and to always be hard workers and to always finish the job started. Most importantly she taught us how to love. Most everyone knew that when you encountered Auntie Lou she would always give you a hug and a kiss on the cheek even if it was the first time she met you. It’s just the Hawaiian way and she was all about spreading the aloha (or love).

“We will always be sure to tell our children and grandchildren about their Grandma Lou and how much she loved dancing and how she could out-dance many of us to the moon and back.

“In our mom’s last days, she was in Anchorage, and the day she passed  Anchorage had a 4.8 earthquake. We like to think she shook the earth with her dance moves one last time before she left ·earth to heaven, to be with her true love.

“Our mom loved to stay busy and lent a helping hand when and wherever she could. She worked hard and played hard. What she loved and enjoyed most was making people happy, through food and dance ... and we know she’s dancing in the sky right now. We love you, Mom. Rest in Paradise. A hui hou – until we meet again.”

Lou was preceded in death by her husband Primo, on May 7, 2010; by her parents, Robert and Pauline Poquiz; and siblings Donicea (Toni) Poquiz, Juliana Poquiz and Dimingo Poquiz.

She is survived by her daughters, Maria Kesanooksisk and Rhonda (Bruce) Conine, all of Sitka, and sons Bronson (Estelita) Primacio of Sitka, and David (Traci) Nugent of Juneau; and sisters Arlene Poquiz (Tom Singer) of Sitka, and Suzanne Poquiz (Felipe Gutierrez) of Las Vegas, Nevada.

Her grandchildren are David’s children, Joshua Nugent and Melissa Steele of Juneau; Rhonda’s children, Danielle Winterrose of Walnut Creek, California, and Kayla Lawnicki of Craig; and Bronson’s children, Isaiah Primacio and Naiomi Primacio, Sitka.

Many great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews also survive.

Cards to the family can be sent to Rhonda Conine, 718 A Street, Sitka, AK 99835.

Memorial donations to Lou Primacio may be made to the Sitka Moose Family Center, marked for the kitchen remodel project. “Our mom really wanted to do something for that kitchen – she spent many volunteered hours in there,” her family said.

The address is 337 Lincoln Street, Sitka, AK 99835.

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At a Glance

(updated 1-12-22)

By Sentinel Staff

The state Department of Health and Social Services has posted the following update on the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Alaska as of 11:55 am Wednesday.

New cases as of Friday: 2,512

Total statewide – 172,329

Total (cumulative) deaths – 955

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 3,337

Current Hospitalizations – 103

To visit the Alaska DHSS Corona Response dashboard website click here.

COVID in Sitka

The COVID alert rate for Sitka is “high,” based on 153 new COVID cases in the past 7 days. Case statistics are as of Sunday.

New cases in Sitka – 34

Cases in last 7 days – 153

Cumulative Sitka cases – 1,531

Deceased (cumulative) – 6

The local case data are from the City of Sitka website.





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