Bernice O. Chakarun November 9, 1920 - February 14, 2013
Bernice O. Chakarun passed away peacefully on February 14, 2013. Bernice was born in Crosby, North Dakota on November 9, 1920 to Ben and Sena Valan. Seeking a way to earn a living, she moved to Minot and trained to be a beautician. After working for a time as a hair dresser she pulled up stakes and moved to San Diego in 1941. During WWII, she was an original "Rosie the Riveter" doing her part helping to build airplanes for the war effort. She married her husband Michael on December 24, 1945 and was the mother of three children, Marybeth, Michael and James. After her husband passed, Bernice moved to Red Bluff in 2007 to be closer to family. She volunteered at Ide Adobe State Historic Park. Her specialty was baking biscuits and cornbread (lots of biscuits and cornbread!) and serving them wearing her pioneer costume at the annual Adobe Day celebration. Her smiles and kindness will be missed by park staff, volunteers and visitors to the park. Bernice loved crocheting, gardening and tolerated the thankless job of raking leaves. She loved giving her crocheted afghans to her family and friends. In her Golden Years, Bernice tried her hand at watercolor painting, proving it is never too late to start new endeavors. Bernice was preceded in death by Michael Chakarun, her husband of 60 years and sister Lila Nystuen of Crosby, North Dakota. She is survived by her daughter Marybeth Purvis and son in law James Purvis of Pearl City, Hawaii, son Michael Chakarun and daughter-in-law Patricia Chakarun of Boise, Idaho, and son James Chakarun and daughter-in-law Debbie Chakarun of Red Bluff. The family gives heartfelt thanks to the caregivers and med-techs at Lassen House for their care and kindness, and to St. Elizabeth Home Health and Hospice.