Erika M. Ducar
unknown - January 24, 2013
Erika M. Ducar, 90, of Minoa, died on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2013, at Sunnyside Care Center after a brief illness. Erika was born on Dec. 9, 1922, to the late Helene and Alfred Englehardt in Berlin Germany. As a 13-year-old German Girl Scout, she marched in the opening ceremonies of the 1936 Summer Olympics held in Berlin. In 1940, she married Konrad Kunze in Berlin and in 1942 their son, Siegfried, was born. Konrad was killed in 1942 on the Russian front while serving in the German army.
She met her second husband, Irving June, of Brewerton, a U.S. paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division stationed in Berlin during the conclusion of WWII. Irving’s family sent her Care food packages during the Russian blockade of Berlin in 1948. She and her son emigrated to the United States in 1949, finally settling in Minoa in 1952 with Irving. In 1953 their daughter, Christina, was born. Irving died in 1962.
In 1969 Erika married Frank Ducar, also an army veteran of WWII, where they lived happily for 37 years in Minoa until Frank’s passing in 2006.
Erika worked briefly for Bristol Meyers and the US Post Office in Minoa, but her personal hobby was acting as the Neighborhood Watch person for Baird Street where she lived for over 60 years. In her German accent she often quoted her favorite Frank Sinatra song, saying “I Done it MY VAY”!
Erika is survived by her son Siegfried Konrad June, and his wife Lorraine, their four children, Kimberly, Eric, Joshua and Jeffrey June; two great grandchildren Anna Elise June and Megan Elizabeth June; and her daughter, Christina June.
A private burial service will be held in the spring. R.H. Schepp & Son Minoa Chapel of Schepp Family Funeral Homes has charge of arrangements. For guestbook, please visit scheppfamily.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Veterans Association of your choice.