Blanche 'Bonnie' E. Bernier


Posted: Sunday, December 19, 2004

Lifelong Alaskan Blanche "Bonnie" E. Bernier died Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2004, in her sleep in Seward after a short battle with cancer. She was 75.

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

Mrs. Bernier 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 state Department of Labor, also working in the Kenai, Anchorage and Juneau offices until her retirement in 1985.

Mrs. Bernier's passions were reading, bowling, dancing and volunteering for the various 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, as her father Arthur Gray was a charter member.

Mrs. Bernier 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; and 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

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

Arrangements were made by Witzleben Family Funeral Home in Anchorage.

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