|Alberta FRYER Nacke|
|Death: ||Oct. 2, 2002|
Saratoga News (CA) - December 11, 2002
Deceased Name: Alberta Nacke
Funeral services have been held in Southern California for Alberta Fryer Nacke, 49, daughter of Thomas and Idalene Fryer of Saratoga and a 1971 graduate of Saratoga High School. She died of cancer Oct. 2 at her home in Cardiff by the Sea, San Diego County.
Nacke had gained an outstanding reputation as a teacher in the Regional Occupational Program (ROP), in which high school juniors and seniors are introduced to employment opportunities that don't necessarily require a college degree. As a teacher for 22 years in the San Diego Unified School District, she had pioneered instruction in food services and child development. In 1998 she was named ROP teacher of the year in San Diego.
Always interested in athletics, she had established a high school long-jump record and enjoyed golfing, scuba diving, windsurfing, snow skiing and kayaking. After graduating from Saratoga High, she earned a bachelor's degree in home economics at Oregon State University and, later, a master's degree in educational administration. She taught for 22 years in the San Diego district.
Survivors besides her parents include her husband of 17 years, Robert Nacke; a brother, Thomas Fryer Jr. of San Francisco; and a sister, Darlene Fryer Fredell of San Francisco.
San Diego Union-Tribune, The (CA) - October 10, 2002
Deceased Name: Alberta Nacke , 49
popular teacher at University City High
Each time Alberta Nacke returned to University City High School after a medical leave, students embraced her as if she were a best friend.
"Mrs. Nacke, you're back!," they would say. "We love you; we missed you!"
As a teacher for 22 years in the San Diego Unified School District, Mrs. Nacke pioneered instruction in food services and child development through the Regional Occupational Program.
Moreover, she endeared herself to many of her students and colleagues with an indomitable spirit that characterized a five-year struggle with ovarian cancer.
"We marveled at her strength of character, enthusiasm and skill in working with people," said Sandy Madden, a colleague at University City High.
Mrs. Nacke, an ROP teacher of the year in San Diego in 1998, died Oct. 2 at her home in Cardiff-by-the-Sea. She was 49.
As an ROP instructor, Mrs. Nacke's mission was to introduce juniors and seniors to employment opportunities that often don't demand college degrees. She launched a pilot program at Clairemont High in 1980, then organized a preschool laboratory for ROP students after transferring in 1983 to University High.
Welcoming ROP students regardless of their academic or citizenship records, Mrs. Nacke tried to provide the tools for positive change.
"She taught them responsibility, respect, organization and compassion," Madden said. "Many of these students are now teaching in elementary and preschools."
Mrs. Nacke's experience at Clairemont High coincided with the 1982 release of the popular movie, "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," based on a book by Cameron Crowe, who also wrote the screenplay.
Crowe, a University of San Diego High graduate, had posed as a student at Clairemont in researching the project.
"Alberta knew all the teachers depicted in the film; it was very interesting for her to see," said her husband, Robert.
Later, at University City High, she prepared students for certification in day care, bringing in 3- to 5-year-olds for them to supervise.
"People at the high school loved her class," her husband said. "At Halloween, the 3- to 5-year-old kids would go trick or treating in the classrooms. At Christmas time, she brought a Santa there and had a party."
Working with elementary schools in the University City area, Mrs. Nacke placed ROP students in teacher's aide positions.
She coordinated her campus' School to Careers program, supervised the University City drill team and served as a mentor for several recipients of Future Educators of America Club scholarships.
The scholarships provide up to $11,000 in higher education funds for students who make a commitment to teaching.
Outside the classroom environment, Mrs. Nacke enjoyed golfing, scuba-diving, windsurfing, snow skiing and kayaking. She mountain-biked and hiked, and had run marathons until suffering a stress fracture.
As a teen-ager at Saratoga High School in the Bay Area, she had set a school long jump record, her husband said.
Mrs. Nacke, a native of Palo Alto, earned a bachelor's degree in home economics at Oregon State University. She came to San Diego to pursue a teaching credential, which she received at San Diego State before beginning her career at Clairemont High.
In 1997, while working full time at University City High, she took night classes at National University to obtain a master's degree in educational administration.
"She wouldn't get home until 10:30 at night," her husband said. "She began feeling ill, but was so busy she didn't have time to think about it. She got sidetracked with all her activities.
"By the time the cancer was diagnosed it was in a late stage, and it went from bad to worse.
"Somehow, though, she was able to deflect all the bad news and go on with her life."
About 1 1/2 months ago, Mrs. Nacke, an above-average recreational golfer, struggled through her last round on the links. "She was so tired, I had to drive her to the green," her husband said. "She got out of the cart, dragging her club behind her, but she ended up with a 96."
In addition to her husband of 17 years, survivors include her parents, Idalene and Thomas Fryer of Saratoga; a sister, Darlene Fryer Fredell of San Francisco; and a brother, Thomas Fryer Jr. of San Francisco.
Cremation was planned, with ashes scattered at sea. Services were Monday at Seaside Beach in Cardiff. Donations in her memory are suggested to Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, One Penn Plaza, Suite 1610, New York, NY10119, Attention: Jamie Boris.
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San Diego Union-Tribune, The (CA) - October 5, 2002
Deceased Name: NACKE
NACKE, ALBERTA FRYER 49, passed away on Wednesday, October 2, 2002. A memorial service will be held Monday, October 7, at 3:30 p.m. at Seaside Beach in Solana Beach. Dress is casual with Hawaiian shirts per Alberta's request. [] 27 7871911 [] 1000 PRENDERGAST, JAN Jan Prendergast, 54, of Carlsbad, passed away the morning of September 27. Jan loved puppies, people and truth. She shared a spirit and love for others that exemplified grace and she had boundless energy for helping others. Jan is survived by her loving husband, Deke Prendergast, daughter, Stacy Watts, step-daughter, Kelly Prendergast, step-son, Sean Prendergast, brother Jon Scott Strickland and father James G. Strickland. Jan was a 21-year employee of TaylorMade-adidas Golf Company, where she served as an Executive Director of Global Human Resources. Jan was one of the first 6 employees of the company and has been instrumental in its long-term success. She was the voice and the spirit of the employees of the company and touched people daily through her love and care. Her strength was an inspiration to all. Most of all, she was a friend to every one who had the good fortune to cross her path. Jan will be missed so very, very much. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society. Jan's ashes were dispersed at sea at a private family ceremony.
Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea.
Created by: Rita & Lee Gordon
Record added: Mar 26, 2013
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