Sep. 4, 2012 Ilwaco Pacific County Washington, USA
ILWACO — Ocean Park resident Bessie S. Braschuk, 101, died in Ilwaco on Sept. 4, 2012.
A native of Kerwin, Kan., she was born there on July 17, 1911, the daughter of Chester and Edna (Campbell) Summers. Her father was a dairyman and when Bessie was around 8 years old the family literally moved to greener pastures on the Long Beach Peninsula. Bessie attended Peninsula schools, was a graduate of Ilwaco High School and was a founding member of the Long Beach Campfire Girls.
On June 26, 1929, she married Stephen Braschuk and became a wife, mother and homemaker. She also worked locally as a clerk in various local grocery stores. Bessie was a member of Ocean Beach Rebekas, Wauna Council of Pocahontas and Charles B. Strauhal Post No. 3721 VFW Auxiliary. For nearly 30 years Bessie faithfully donated her time at the footcare clinic at Ocean Beach Hospital in Ilwaco. She was a member of Ocean Beach Presbyterian Church of Seaview and enjoyed crocheting.
Survivors include her daughters, Marjorie Stover of Ocean Park and Donna Merrill of Long Beach; son, Chet Braschuk of North Highlands, Calif.; a sister, Opal Eaton of Long Beach; seven grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grand children; and numerous nieces and nephews. Her husband died in 1963.
Memorial service will be held Saturday, Sept. 22, at 1 p.m. at Ocean Beach Presbyterian Church in Seaview with a reception following at the church. Private inurnment will be at Ilwaco Cemetery.
Memorials may be made in her memory to the Bessie Braschuk Memorial Fund at Ocean Beach Presbyterian Church in care of Penttila's Chapel, P.O. Box 417, Long Beach, WA 98631. Her guest book is available at www.penttilaschapel.com.