Blanche (Bonnie) E. Bernier


Posted: Sunday, December 19, 2004

Lifelong Alaskan and past resident of Juneau, Blanche (Bonnie) E. Bernier, 75, died peacefully in her sleep in Seward on Dec. 15, 2004, after a short battle with cancer.

She was born in Anchorage and traveled between Seward, Anchorage and Curry as her father worked on the Alaska Central Railroad. She attended school in Seward, graduating in 1947. She worked with Seward Utilities and Northern Stevedoring until the 1964 earthquake, then moved to Anchorage and took a job with Weaver Brothers.

In 1967 she moved back to Seward and worked with the Alaska Department of Labor, also working in the Kenai, Anchorage and Juneau offices, until her retirement in 1985. Her passions were reading, bowling, dancing and volunteering for local organizations and charities.

She was past president and member of Seward Emblem Club, Pioneers of Alaska, American Legion Auxiliary, Women's Bowling Association and Alaska State Employees Association. She also had an honorary membership to the Seward Elks Club because her father, Arthur Gray, was a charter member.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Blanche Gray, and son, David Harris, all of Seward.

She is survived by her children, Linda Amberg, Joseph Ravnik and Robbie Bernier of Seward, Jayne Ravnik and husband John of Prescott Valley, Ariz., Doug Maliski of Whittier and Jan Feller of Kenai; 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Seward Emblem Club Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 1357, Seward, AK 99664.

A celebration of life will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Jan. 8 at Thorns Showcase Lounge in Seward.

Arrangements were provided by Witzleben Family Funeral Home in Anchorage.

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