Bernice Olga Chakarun

November 9, 1920February 14, 2013

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.


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Bernice Olga Chakarun

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Pearre Williams

January 12, 2014

I'm so sorry to hear about Mrs. Chakarun...I Guess I didn't know her as Bernice...I was in 7-8 grade, friend of mikes, and used to love being in their house. Full of love and adventure.

Arleen Reich

March 11, 2013

Bernice was such a dear friend to me. I always said she saved my life because my daughters and I stayed with her for 6 weeks after I left my first husband. I ate a lot of potatoes during that time. Thank you, Bernice

Beverly Burkhardt-Reyes

March 9, 2013

Bernice was one of my cherished childhood memories. She was always so kind and sweet to me, yet treated me just like one of her own kids when I'd misbehave. Later, as an adult, she became a wonderful friend, and were always happy to see each other, We shared many fun memories and stories...mostly about Marybeth and me.

Carolyn and Marty Melosi

March 4, 2013

Aunt Bernice was such a sweet, kind person. I loved her laugh and great sense of humor. She will live on in our fond memories, and she will be missed.


February 23, 2013

Dear Chakarun family,

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Please accept my deepest condolences. May the God of all comfort give you and your family the strength and courage during this difficult time.


Bruce Hightower

February 23, 2013

Great lady, who's kind heart will always be remembered fondly for her kindness and support to all who came through the door and into her home. She treated all well and by those great memories at the Chakarun home I will honor her.

Michael & Patricia Chakarun

February 22, 2013

Such a lovely lady and a very loyal parent and mother in law. Truly gave of herself with unconditional love.

Bernice can now Rest in Peace. God Bless

Adria McDonald

February 22, 2013

Aunt Bernice was a loving, kind woman. She will be missed by all. Our prayers go out to all the family.

February 21, 2013

Bernice was a special lady, she made you feel very welcome in her home, a great cook too. I loved her smile and we had some great visits. Thank you, Jim for taking such good care of her. Joe and Diane

Greg & Lori Chakarun

February 21, 2013

Aunt Bernice had a warm heart, and gentle soul. I don't remember the name of her perfume, but she always smelled good...anytime I catch a whiff of the scent on someone in the mall or other public place I immediately think fondly of my Aunt Bernice. You are missed...