Hanna “Helea” Bergman died on March 5, 2011 in Juneau. She was 90 years old.
Helea resided in Juneau for 52 years with her husband, Karl “Walter” Bergman. She was born in Bole, Finland, on June 1, 1920. She married Karl, her childhood sweetheart from the neighboring town of Narpes. The couple immigrated to America shortly after the birth of their first child, Astrid Elisabeth. They came to Alaska to be near family members and friends who had previously settled here. They lived in Haines and Sitka before coming to Juneau, where they settled on Mendenhall Loop Road.
Helea raised Astrid and her two Juneau-born daughters, Anita and Mary. She worked for the Juneau School District, first as a custodian at Glacier Valley Elementary School and then transferred to Auke Bay Elementary School upon its opening. She continued working at Auke Bay Elementary until she retired.
Helea and Walter traveled frequently to Finland to visit friends and family. Helea enjoyed vegetable and flower gardening. She was an avid crafter — crocheting, knitting, quilting and rug making — up until her passing. She especially enjoyed the daily visits from her daughters and grandchildren.
Helea is survived by her husband Karl “Walter” Bergman, who is now residing at the Juneau Pioneer Home; daughters Astrid Bethers and Mary Weaver of Juneau and Anita Tordillos of Seattle; sons-in-law Mike Bethers, Whit Weaver and Santiago Tordillos; grandchildren Monika Bethers, Shawn (Jessica) Bethers, Vanessa Tordillos, Natalie Tordillos and Parker Weaver and great-granddaughter Maelee Bethers.
Private services were held at Alaskan Memorial Park.