Elizabeth 'Betty' L. (Hanifan) Kiefer

Posted: Sunday, September 21, 2003

Elizabeth 'Betty' L. (Hanifan) Kiefer

Longtime Juneau resident Elizabeth "Betty" L. (Hanifan) Kiefer, 74, died Sept. 12, 2003, in Wenatchee, Wash., after a short battle with cancer.

She was born Aug. 5, 1929, in Mankato, Minn. She was the oldest of six children of William and Esther Wick. She was raised there and graduated from Minnesota State College in 1951. She came to Juneau in 1962 with her first husband, Robert Hanifan, and was an Alaska resident from that time on.

She was a secretary, working at Alaska-Coastal Ellis Airlines, as a legislative secretary, secretary of the Senate for the state Legislature from 1969 to 1971, and as secretary to the superintendent of special education for the Juneau School District.

In later years she was a typesetter for the Juneau Empire. She left Alaska for a couple of years in the early 1990s to travel the country by motor home with her second husband, Jack Kiefer. After Jack's death in 1993, she returned to Juneau.

She was preceded in death by her parents, first husband, Robert Hanifan, fiance Roger Baines Jr., and second husband, Jack Kiefer.

She is survived by sisters Marylyn Dundas of Mankato, Minn., Evelyn Wilson of Las Vegas, Nev., and Linda Kline of White Bear Lake, Minn.; brothers Dr. John Wick of Evanston, Ill., and Michael Wick of Houston, Texas; daughters Cathy (Monte) Bowe and Karen (Gary) Jeffus of Wenatchee; sons John (Beth) Hanifan of Kent, Wash., and Roger (Kelly) Baines of Juneau; 12 grandchildren, Rexanne Hendrickson, Jack Marchant and Naomi Marchant, Amanda Doherty, Scott Adair, Jamie, Lindsey, Michael, Shawnasy and Molly Hanifan, and Daniel and Kyler Baines, and nine great-grandchildren.

A memorial service followed by a reception will be held at 5 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Juneau Elk's Lodge at 109 S. Franklin St.

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