Beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, Alice Harriger, 82, went home to be with her Savior on June 3, 2012. Alice was born to Ernest and Esther (Gunther) Hedman in Newton, Kansas on October 11, 1929. She was the oldest of seven siblings, four girls, and three boys. As a young girl, she moved to Bakersfield, Cali., where she attended local schools, including East Bakersfield High School. After high school, she traveled to Omaha, Nebr. where she attended Grace Bible Institute and met her sweetheart, Charles “Chuck” Harriger.
In 1950, she and Chuck were married in Bakersfield where they started a business, Chuck’s Appliance Service, and raised a family of four children. Although she never realized her dream of becoming a school teacher, each of her children became teachers, and she became very involved in the Fairfax and Foothill parent’s clubs. She was also “Nana” to eight treasured grandchildren who were her pride and joy.
Alice was very active in church activities including teaching Sunday school, Vacation Bible School, and directing the children’s Christmas program. She was very gifted at sewing and made clothes and other home decor for her daughters, herself, and various family members. In the early days of their marriage, she sewed shirts for Chuck as well as sewing many costumes, dresses, and school clothes for their children. She excelled at managing the family business including bookkeeping and service call records. She also enjoyed gardening and tended daily to her assortment of tropical plants and flowers.
She made holidays a grand event for her family, filling individual Christmas stockings for each child, young and grown, and making Easter baskets for the kids to find on Easter Sunday. She loved traveling with her husband, friends, and family. She and Chuck visited the Hawaiian Islands 27 times throughout their 62 years of marriage. Hawaii was her favorite place in the world.
Toward the end of her life, Alice struggled with cancer, and her daughter, Charlice, accompanied her to many doctor’s appointments. Chuck was able to keep Alice home during her hospice care which enhanced the quality of her life during her final days.
Years ago, Alice lost an infant baby, Timothy Harriger, who she is now with in Heaven. On this earth, she leaves behind her husband, Chuck Harriger, and four children, Charlice Brown, Mark Harriger, Jan Clark, and Kevin Harriger. Alice is also survived by eight grandchildren, Corey Brown, Andy Brown, Brad Harriger, Lorraine Newton, David Harriger, Tracy Santoyo, Joseph Harriger, and Karen Harriger. In addition, she is survived by two sisters, Arveda Buller and Shirley Hirst, and three brothers, Tom, Richard, and Floyd Hedman. Alice accepted Jesus as her savior during her youth and trusted the Lord throughout her life.