Bernice Ida Westfall


Posted: Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Juneau resident Bernice Ida Westfall, 95, died Nov. 10, 2005, at Juneau Pioneer's Home.

She was born Dec. 31, 1909, in Eddyville, Ore. She moved in 1944 to Alaska. She married Wallace Westfall in 1945 in Douglas. The couple owned various logging camps from the early 1940s to the 1970s. She was a camp cook and bookkeeper. She spent the winters in Juneau where her daughter, Twyla, attended school.

She sang in various choirs, was a member of the Emblem Club and attended the Methodist Church. In her later years, she obtained her 100 miles swimming certification. She served on the Mountain View Tenant Council and the AARP Juneau for two years as president. She became a resident of the Pioneers' Home in 1985.

She was a lifelong Republican. She enjoyed oil painting and giving her paintings as gifts to her family. Her friends and family say that she will be remembered for her "beautiful voice, chic style of dress and her love of family."

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wallace Westfall; her grandson, John Olds; her brothers, Lionel, Oliver and Mont Colby; and her sister, Mary Lou Hudson, all of Oregon.

She is survived by her sister, Mildred Lefebvre of Sierra Vista, Ariz.; her daughter, Twyla Hartsock and her husband William of Douglas; her grandchildren, Wallace Olds of Juneau, Robert Lorenzen and his wife Lucy of Anchorage, Shawn Hartsock and his wife Jennifer of Douglas, Kim Liland and her husband Mark of Anchorage, Robert Hartsock and his wife Stephanie of Dutch Harbor; her great grandchildren, Curtis Lorenzen of Anchorage, Matthew and Sarah Hartsock of Douglas, Kaylee Hartsock and her mother Christy Morehouse of Juneau, Dane Tudor-Olds and his mother Kristine Tudor of Palmer, Gabriel and Olivia Hartsock of Dutch Harbor, and Chase and Brooke Liland of Anchorage; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of her life will be 1:30 p.m., Nov. 17, at Juneau Pioneer's Home.

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