ROCHELLE — Cary Lynn Bloomquist, 40, and Adaline Hannah Bloomquist, 5, passed away Monday, Sept. 3 in Alaska. Cary was born Sept. 1, 1978 in Kansas City, Missouri, the daughter of Gary and Linda (Dailey) Taylor. Addie was born Sept. 14, 2012 in Anchorage, Alaska, the daughter of Aaron and Cary (Taylor) Bloomquist.
Cary was a 1996 graduate of Rochelle Township High School. She graduated in 2000 from Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin, with a degree in education and a minor in meteorology. She moved with Aaron to Alaska in 2002. They were married in 2003.
Cary started her teaching career at Mears School in Anchorage. After five years, she and Aaron moved to Tok, a city in the interior of Alaska, where she taught seventh grade math and science. Teaching took her to a few other towns, Copper Center for one year and Palmer for one year, before she finally went back to Mears to start a special program for junior high students in health science. She loved the outdoors and outdoor sports. She was an avid skier, started to learn curling and coached soccer at Mears. Aaron taught her to fish and hunt Alaskan game.
Addie grew up in Tok and Palmer. She went a mile a minute and never slowed down. She had finished kindergarten and had started first grade this fall. Addie had three goals during her short time here: to become a ballerina, a princess and a doctor. She accomplished two of those goals and was well on her way to the third. She became princess for a day with characters from a Disney production of Frozen and was able to meet a real life princess, Miss Alaska.
She danced in ballet through a kindergarten class her parents enrolled her in. She loved being a “doctor” and caring for all of her “patients,” usually her dolls and stuffed animals. Her dad taught her to fish and she loved being on the water, especially swimming. She loved spending time with her friends, especially Parker. She always looked forward to visiting Grandma and Grandpa Bloomquist in Ashland, Wisconsin. She knew visiting them meant Grandma and Grandpa Taylor would make the drive to spend a few days with them at the “Big Bucket Water Park Hotel.”
Aaron and Cary owned a hunting and expedition company, with Aaron taking clients on hunting and fishing trips into the interior of Alaska. Cary and Addie would spend the summer at the camp that Aaron had built from the ground up. Addie never knew a summer without the camp. It was a truly enjoyable experience for all them.
Cary and Addie are survived by their husband and father, Aaron Bloomquist; Cary’s parents, Gary and Linda Taylor of Rochelle; Aaron’s parents, Jeri and Ralph Bloomquist of Ashland, Wisconsin; Cary’s sister, Holly Taylor of Rochelle; Aaron’s sister, Sophie (Adam) Ray of Eagar, Minnesota; uncles, Doug Dailey of Rochelle, Dan (Gail) Dailey of Kentucky and James Taylor of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; cousins, Deanna (Dave) Hayward of Rochelle; Cary’s dear friend and second sister, Melissa (Danny) Schmitz and her children, Parker and Emmett; and numerous other friends and relatives.
A memorial service for Cary and Addie will take place on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 11 a.m. at the Unger-Horner Funeral Home, 400 N. 6th St. in Rochelle with Chaplain Judy Williams officiating. Visitation will be on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. Cremation care was accorded.
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