Berniece Kjenstad passes away at 95

DOWNEY - Berniece Augusta Kjenstad died during the early morning hours of July 6. She was 95.She was born in Andover, Iowa on Oct. 16, 1913. Shortly after her birth, her family moved to Wimbledon, N.D. where she spent her formative years. After graduating from high school she attended business school at North Dakota College of Science and Industry. In 1938 she moved to California to live with her brother, Clarence Frahm, and to work for the Patton Blinn Corporation. She also met her husband to be, Victor Kjenstad, in 1938. They were married in 1940 and moved to Downey in 1945. The mother of three children, Kjenstad worked as a tailor for JC Penney for 18 years. She is survived by her husband, Victor Kjenstad; son, Richard Dean Kjenstad of Downey; daughters, Judith Stafford of Lake Oswego, Ore. and Diane McClure of Coto de Caza, Calif.; grandchildren, Scott and Christopher Stafford, Sundi Kjenstad and Summer Miller; and great-grandchildren, Michael and Annabelle Stafford, Ariella Stafford, and Alexis and Lucas Miller. A visitation was held July 9 at Miller-Mies Mortuary. Funeral services took place July 10 at Holy Redeemer Lutheran Church in Bellflower, with interment at Green Hills Memorial Park in Palos Verdes.

********** Published: July 17, 2009 - Volume 8 - Issue 13