Remembering Bev Dorsher

Posted: Tuesday, September 30, 2003

Bev Dorsher, a longtime resident known for her volunteer spirit, skill in the kitchen and role as co-chairwoman of the Juneau Fourth of July Parade committee, died of cancer this weekend at her Douglas home. She was 71.

"She was loved by everybody in the community, that was for sure," said her husband, Gerald Dorsher. Dorsher expressed gratitude for the community support he has received since his wife died Sunday evening.

Bev Dorsher was diagnosed with colon and bone cancer about a month ago.

Dorsher, a retired bookkeeper, was known in the community for her volunteer spirit - her husband called her a "professional volunteer." She had served as senior regent of the Juneau Moose Lodge, president of the Douglas Lions Club and president of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary.

Visitors to Juneau also got a taste of Bev's hospitality, as she volunteered at the Juneau Visitors Center until late August.

"She's going to be missed, oh, by so many, many, many people," said Mary Lewis, president of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary.

Lewis recalled Bev's work in putting together the VFW's annual legislative reception, noting that her chili and potato salad were always a big hit.

"She could cook anything," Lewis said.

Bev Dorsher came to Juneau in 1978 to visit Gerald, a junior high and high school classmate from Minneapolis.

"We were always good buddies and after I had been up here awhile, quite awhile, we started corresponding and I invited her up," Gerald Dorsher said. They were married in 1980 and became fixtures in the city's July 4 festivities in 1982, serving as co-chairpersons of the parade committee.

"We enjoyed it and each year, even though it was a year-round job and time-consuming, we had it down pretty well," Gerald Dorsher said.

He said his wife's favorite July 4 memory was from 1987, when the U.S.S. Juneau was honored with a monument on the city dock.

"That was her highlight," he said.

In addition to her husband, Bev Dorsher is survived by two sons of her own, her husband's son and two daughters, and three grandchildren. A memorial service will be held Oct. 19 at 4 p.m. at the Moose Lodge.

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