Longtime Juneau resident Vernice Eleanora Kirchhofer died April 18, 2004, in Juneau.
She was born May 6, 1922, in Canada, to Andrew and Blanche Haffner. She arrived in Juneau by steamship when she was 12 with her mother and seven siblings. They met up with her father, who had moved up a year before. She graduated from Juneau High School in 1941. She married Everett Kirchhofer in 1946. She was a housewife and a mother.
Her family said she enjoyed gardening in the summer, jigsaw puzzles in the winter and spending time with her family and friends. She enjoyed going to the Valley Senior Center for exercise classes and the Sourdough Gems Social Club.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, who died in Juneau in 1991.
She is survived by her brothers, Duane (Jewel) Haffner, Herman "Mick" (Marge) Haffner, Robert "Swede" (Judy) Haffner, Benjamin (Bobbie) Haffner, all of Juneau; sister, Florence (Mark) Floreski of Arkansas; daughters, Dorothy (Ken) Krieger and Doris Kirchhofer, both of Juneau; and grandson, Kurt Krieger of Juneau.
A memorial service will take place in early May, to be announced at a later date.