Mitzi Bierwagen

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Mitzi Bierwagen
March 9, 1922 - April 23, 2011

Mitzi Mansfield Bierwagen, 89, died Saturday, April 23, 2011, at Regency at the Park. The youngest of three children, Mitzi was born March 9, 1922, in Walla Walla to Milton and Cammie Shouse Mansfield. She was a lifelong resident of Walla Walla, attending Berney and Walla Walla High School, graduating in 1940. During her senior year of high school, she served on the Walla Walla County Fair Court as a "City Cousin."

On Dec. 7, 1941, she married Oscar F. Bierwagen at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Walla Walla. They had three boys, Gary, Fred and Kirk. In the early year of marriage, Mitzi worked as a secretary of Mojonnier and Sons and then as executive secretary of the Walla Walla Division of the American Tuberculosis Association. She gave up her secretarial jobs and became a full-time housewife and mother, doing volunteer work for the election board, YWCA, Fort Walla Walla Museum and Women of Emmanuel Lutheran Church.

She enjoyed times spent with children and grandchildren, especially at the Oregon Coast and family cabin on the Walla Walla River; was an avid golfer, making two holes in one - the only one who has - loved gardening, crocheting and rug weaving.

Mitzi was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; and her brother, J. B. Mansfield. She is survived by her sister, Martha Zier; sons and daughters-in-law, Gary and Mardel and Fred and Kathy, all of Walla Walla, and Kirk and Jan of Spokane; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Viewing and visitation will be held Friday, April 29, from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder St., Walla Walla. The graveside funeral service will be held Saturday, April 30, at 10 a.m. at Mountain View Cemetery with the Rev. Mark Koonz of Emmanuel Lutheran Church officiating. Memorial contributions may be made in Mitzi's name to Emmanuel Lutheran Church of Walla Walla Community Hospice through the funeral home.

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