ILWACO - Ilwaco resident Hermine "Hermie" Charnquist died at her home on Oct. 14, 2003 at age 89. The daughter of August and Frances (Hofsteter) Graske she was born Nov. 17, 1913 in Omaha, Neb. During her childhood the family lived in Nebraska; she and her siblings attended the local schools.

After moving west she worked in the shipyards in Portland, and met Harry Charnquist. The couple were married May 28, 1942 in Vancouver. For a number of years they operated a restaurant in Portland. In 1955 they moved to Ocean Park where they enjoyed life at the beach. Mrs. Charnquist worked at the Ark Restaurant in Nahcotta, the Park Cafe and the M&M Market (now Okie's) in Ocean Park. She later went to work at Sid's Market in Seaview. She also owned and operated a local flower and crafts shop for many years

Mrs. Charnquist enjoyed crafts and with her husband was an avid bowler. She was a current member of the Women's International Bowling Congress, Washington State Bowling Association and our local Peninsula Women's Bowling Association. She was active in the "Friendly League" and the "Coffee Breakers" bowling teams. During her years of bowling she held many offices, always helping to keep bowling in our area a competitive and fun sport, and she always looked forward to the many trips out of the area for bowling tournaments. She was a former member of Ocean Beach Rebekah Lodge No. 313 of Long Beach. A fun loving and friendly person, she was a friend to all who knew her.

She was preceded in death by her husband Harry in 1962, brothers George and Fred Graske and her sister Virginia. Survivors include her brother Gus Graske of Waterloo, Neb.; seven nephews and nieces and many, many friends.

Funeral service will be held 11 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2003 at Penttila's Chapel in Long Beach. Viewing will be held before the service from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the chapel. A luncheon reception will follow the service at the chapel. Burial will be at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, next to her husband. Graveside service will be held at 1 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 23, at the cemetery. Arrangements by Penttila's Chapel by The Sea, Long Beach.

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