Bernice Martha (Kitzke) Rairdon
Bernice Martha (Kitzke) Rairdon, 90, died March 27, 2011, at the Emanuel Rocking Chair Ranch in Omak, WA. Bernice was born to William and Ella Kitzke November 21, 1920, in Alexandria, MN, on the farm. She attended school in Alexandria, MN until the whole family moved while she was in her teens to Wenatchee, where she met Stanley Rairdon, a railroad worker, and they married. The ceremony was held in Ellensburg, WA. Born to the couple was a vivacious, lovely daughter, Dona Jean, who graduated from Wenatchee High School and went on to Concordia College in Oregon and became an elementary school Teacher. Bernice worked as a grocery store Clerk and at Domestic Engineering. The Rairdons enjoyed many special outings with family, like camping and fishing trips throughout Washington State, and loved to entertain family and friends with lovely home cooked meals and barbecues with carefully planned-out games with prizes! Bernice was a very outgoing, fun loving, caring, lovingly, generous-hearted blessing to so very many people. She loved her beautiful manicured yard and floral gardens of luscious blooming flowers, which she often picked, bundled and delivered to church; she was a member of Missouri Synod Lutheran Church in Western Washington. She also shared her bouquets with many people and faithfully dressed several graves yearly in Western Washington, East Wenatchee and the Sunnyslope areas. Bernice made-up food baskets and always brought Birthday cakes, gifts and cookies to the ones she loved. She would secretly surprise people with Easter baskets and egg hunts in their yards. We will certainly miss her lively sharing, energetic caring and thoughtful and loving, outgoing presents! May the Lord always bless her for making such a wonderful impression and in being there for others! What a difference her days made! Thank you, Bea, for going all out!
And for three years, what a wonderful and loving long stay that Bernice Rairdon had at the Emanuel Rocking Chair Ranch with the “awesome” Green family’s care. Thank you all so much!
She was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley H. Rairdon; her daughter, Dona Jean Townsley; and her brothers, Raymond Kitzke and Earl Kitzke. She is survived by her sisters, Luva Mae Linn, 91, of Seattle, WA and Georgiana E. Florek, 84, of Omak, WA; the widowed husband of Dona Jean, Fred Townsley, and their children, Michelle, Steven and Bradley Townsley; and her nieces and nephews, Patty (Linn) Hansen, Greg Linn, Mike Linn, Cathy Rairdon, Judy Rairdon, and Michael Rairdon, Linda Florek and Dan Florek, and Mary Rae Kitzke, Karen Ann Kitzke, Paul Kitzke, Reggie Kitzke and Kenny Kitzke.
There will be a Viewing at Precht-Harrison-Nearents Chapel, in Okanogan, WA, on Friday, April 8, 2011, from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. There will be a Burial Service at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery in East Wenatchee on Saturday, April 9, 2011, at 1:00 p.m. Precht-Harrison-Nearents Chapel is entrusted with the arrangements.