Obituary: Westberg, Glen H.
WESTBERG, Glen H. (Age 94) Passed away Friday, December 20, 2013, at Good Samaritan Village. He was born May 31, 1919, to Carl and Ella Westberg, the fifth of seven children. His father died when he was young, leaving him and his siblings to learn the lessons of surviving hardship, the benefits of working together, and strength in family bonds. The lessons learned from the required thriftiness carried with him all his life, such that he could fix anything, throw away nothing, and recycle things by repairing, rebuilding, refinishing, or creating objects from wood, metal, and polishing stones for jewelry. In October, 1942, Glen married the love of his life, Grace E. Petersen, and together they enjoyed 71 inseparable years together, working side by side on the family farm on Lenville Road, and raising two sons. When not farming, they spent many years traveling to Arizona in the winter months, where they developed a love of rock collecting. During the years, Glen developed a lifelong passion for turning the rocks they had collected into jewelry items he created, done with patience and perfection, always assisted by Grace, and given to those they loved. In later years they enjoyed traveling in a motor home, going on cruises, attending a family wedding in Fiji, and traveling through Scandinavia. He and Grace enjoyed working on the family cabin at Coeur d’Alene Lake, and always welcomed anyone and everyone to stop by. Glen was a respected dowser, spending many years with area well drillers, locating water for those requesting services, traveling as far as Grangeville and Tensed, and reluctantly ending water searches only when he could no longer walk the terrain. Glen was a quiet and gentle man with an adorable sense of humor, and was devoted to his wife and family. It is impossible to talk about him without Grace, because always together, and throughout their entire lives, they were on the go, attending any event they were invited to, staying to the end, and having enjoyed every minute of socializing. They enjoyed people dropping by, staying long, sharing food, hoping more would show up, and wondering why you had to go. Glen is survived by his wife, Grace, living at Good Samaritan Village; two sons, James L. Westberg (Mary) of Moscow and Jerald Jeffrey Westberg (Pam) of Coeur d’Alene; four grandchildren, Jansi, Jamie, Stacy and Nicholas; and two great-grandchildren, Noemi and James. He is survived by a brother, Clinton; and a sister, Helen. Glen’s brothers, Wilbur, Raymond, Gordon, and Carl predeceased him. A memorial service is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Friday, December 27, 2013 at Good Samaritan Village, Moscow, ID., with refreshments to follow. The family suggests a memorial gift either on-line or by mail to Northwest Children’s Home, PO Box 1288, Lewiston ID 83501.