Berthele Elisen (Gaffney)


Posted: Sunday, May 22, 2005

Longtime Juneau resident Berthele Elisen died April 10, 2005, in Sublimity, Ore.

She was born to John and Lucy Gaffney, Oct. 12, 1912, in Tacoma, Wash. She and her family moved in 1930 to Jun-eau. In 1936, she lost her mother, step-father and half brother in the Juneau mudslide.

She worked as a bookkeeper for Oscar Elisen at his Juneau transfer business. They were married March 11, 1940, in Seattle. She continued to work for Juneau Oil Delivery until it was sold in 1966. She was recognized as the "Easter Egg Lady" by many in Juneau who enjoyed a tour of her home to see and hear the stories of the hundreds of eggs from around the world displayed each Easter.

She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star and International Order of Rainbow for Girls. She was a longtime member of the Pioneers of Alaska.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Oscar, and her brother, John Gaffney.

She is survived by her daughters, JoAnn Lincoln and her husband, Hal, of Spirit Lake, Idaho; and Judy Elisen and her husband, Robert Straub, of Phoenix; and six grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m., May 25, at the Masonic Temple. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Shriners Crippled Children's Hospital.

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