Lotus Jean Pasternak


Posted: Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Juneau resident Lotus Jean Pasternak died May 5, 2007, at the Juneau Pioneer Home. She was 94.

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She was born July 6, 1912, in Bellingham, Wash. She made her home in Juneau for the past nine years. She was a tupperware manager for 50 years and served as justice of the peace in Mukilteo, Wash.

Her father, Chart Pitt, was employed in the lighthouse service. Her first four years were spent south of Ketchikan at Tree Point Lighthouse. They later moved to Ediz Hook Lighthouse, Destruction Island Lighthouse and finally to the Mukilteo Lighthouse in the 1920s. In Ketchikan, she was known as "Lavender Lotus, Lilly of the North," said her family.

She often told stories of her time living in Hawaii. On the morning of Dec. 7, 1941, she was hanging out laundry at her home in Pearl Ridge and witnessed the attack on Pearl Harbor, said her family.

Her family said she loved spending time with family and friends, dancing, baking, crafting and gardening. She appreciated how Juneau took care of its seniors citizens, they said. Her true love was life in Mukilteo with her husband, Joe, and family.

She is survived by her children, Melinda Cavanaugh and her husband, Archie, Walter Pasternak and his wife, Megan, Lani Hergenrother and her husband, Paul, and Hank Smith and his wife, Joy; grandchildren, Tanya Anderson and her husband, Shawn, Aaron Cavanaugh, Michelle and Sean Hergenrother and Ben Smith; and great-grandchildren, Chloey and Joe Cavanaugh and Chelsea Anderson.

A celebration of life will be at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Vocational Training and Resource Center, 3239 Hospital Drive.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Bridge Adult Day Program, 1803 Glacier Highway, Juneau, AK, 99801.

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