Dee Berberick died April 9, 2018, at age 91 in Vancouver, Wash.
Delora Wiedenmeyer was born Feb. 14, 1927, in Halliday. Her former married name was KaSavage. She graduated from Halliday High School, Radio Communications Institute in Minneapolis, Minn., and Advanced Graduate School in Aviation Communications in Omaha, Neb. She received further training in Washington D.C. and was on staff with the OSI Training School in Washington D.C. and Anchorage, Ark. She worked in the field of communications in Ohio, Washington D.C., Florida, Alaska and the United Kingdom based at Sculthorpe, England.
Dee returned stateside in 1959 and drove across country to Portland, Ore. in a Nash Metropolitan with a four-year-old. She worked for the Regional Post Office and later for the Bureau of Indian Affairs while attending Clark College and Mt. Hood Community College. She studied American sign language and retrained as a Weather Service Specialist in Kansas City, Mo., for the U.S. Weather Service. She retired from the U.S. Weather Service in Portland in 1982 after 37 years of government service.
Dee married Joseph Berberick in 1973 and moved to Vancouver, Wash. He died in 2000. Together they traveled and attended many pilot reunions in China, Burma, the India theatre and other Asian countries. Her travels included Hong Kong, Thailand, Japan, the former USSR, the European continent, Egypt, Israel, Republic of Panama and many stateside areas.
She was an active volunteer with many organizations in Clark County including more than 20 years as a reading-math tutor at Felida Elementary School, reading tutor with the Literacy Program for the City of Vancouver, Tax Aide Counselor with the AARP Tax Program for more than 25 years, member of Friends of Hospice, and Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for abused children. She was active at her church, a seamstress, a home repair handyman, and driver and chauffeur for anyone in need.
Survivors include her son, Robert KaSavage; stepdaughters Dianne Watt, Sue Durst, and Mae Dutil; sister LuVerne Dschaak; brother Delvin Wiedenmeyer; four grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, Dee requested that donations be made in her memory to the Vancouver Symphony, (360) 735-7278.
Memorial services will be held at Family of Christ Lutheran Church in Vancouver on Saturday, April 28, at 11 a.m. Internment will be at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.