Harriet C. Westphal, December 31, 1926 - March 20, 2020

Harriet C. Westphal
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Harriet C. Westphal age 93, of Eau Claire, Wisconsin received her Angel Wings on Friday, March 20, 2020, surrounded by her family. 

Harriet was born December 31st, 1926 in Minneapolis to Martin & Ruth Palm, fourth of eight children. She graduated from Edison High School class of '45 in Minneapolis.  She met her future husband, Myron Westphal, at Fort Sheridan, Illinois. 

They were united in marriage on August 4th, 1951 in Minneapolis.  They were blessed with 5 children.  During her husband's military service, Harriet resided in Tokyo, Japan giving birth to their first daughter Joan. Back in the states living in San Francisco their second daughter Susan was born. After military life, they resided in Milwaukee and during that time added three more children, Barbara, Daniel, and Neal.  In 1971 the family moved to Eau Claire, WI and together owned and operated Midwest Janitorial Service until 1985.  After the death of her husband in 1986, Harriet worked in the bakery at Mega Foods for approximately 15 years and retired in 2003.  She was a resident at Care Partners in Altoona, WI for 3 years.  Harriet had been a member of Epiphany Lutheran Church and Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Eau Claire, WI. 

Harriet cherished her twelve grandchildren Lori, Joe, and John Heck. Sarah Tompkins and Amy Peterson. David Pritchard, Jodi Demulling, and Brian Aldworth.  Ben and Melanie Westphal.  Allison and Bryce Westphal.  Harriet adored her ten great grandchildren. Harriet loved spending time with her family including picnics, travelling and listening to big band music. 

Survived by her daughter Joan (Mike) Heck of Eau Claire, daughter Susan (Orville) Berg of Eau Claire, daughter Barbara (John) Martin of Hammond WI, son Daniel (Cathy) Westphal of Eau Claire, Neal (Susan) Westphal of Lakeville MN, sister Muriel Taylor, brother Wesley (Carol) Palm, and brother David (Delores) Palm, brother in-law Oran (Karol) Freeland and many nieces and nephews. 

Preceded in death by her husband, parents Martin and Ruth Palm, mother in-law Sally Westphal, brother Stan (Virginia) Palm, sister Ruby (Robert) Wilson, brother Curt (Marian) Palm, sister Charlotte (Edward) Johnson, sister in-law Mildred (Vern) Tetting, sister in-law Sheila Freeland, brother in-law Tom Taylor. 

The family would like to thank Mayo Hospice and American Lutheran Home for her care. 

The family is planning a private ceremony due to the current COVID-19 situation and for the safety of the immediate family members.  A Celebration of Life will be scheduled for a later date. Friends and family may offer condolences online at www.hulkefamilyfh.com

Hulke Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Eau Claire is assisting the family with the arrangements. 


  1. Patti Stein March 30, 2020

    Sending love and my deepest condolences. Harriet was a very sweet and caring lady, and I am thankful for the pleasure of knowing.her. May your memories bring you joy in your time of sorrow.
    Patti Stein

  2. Tom and Patty Lee March 29, 2020

    We’re so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. May happy memories carry you through this difficult time.

  3. Larry Ludeman March 27, 2020

    My sympathy to Neal, Susan, Allison, Bryce, and the entire Westphal family. Harriet really had an interesting and full life, and I'm sure that's a comfort to everyone. Hold those memories!

  4. Michelle and Craig Peterson March 26, 2020

    Neal, Sue, Joan, Barb, Dan and families,
    Our sincere condolences on the passing of your mom (grandma). We are thankful that we were fortunate enough to know her. Grandma HaHa will always have a special place in our hearts.

    Michelle, Craig, and Simon Peterson

  5. Larry and Karen Sternitzky March 26, 2020

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the whole family of Harriet's . We are blessed to have known her, such a kind and friendly lady.
    May all of your great memories with her be your strength during this sad time and forever. Larry and

  6. Mary Lou Clement March 26, 2020

    Barb and John and family. So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  7. Brenda Falkner March 26, 2020

    I am so sorry for your loss. Anytime Barb would bring me with her to see Harriet she was so sweet. Sending my condolences. Ptayers and hugs to the family.

  8. Pamela Nelson March 26, 2020


  9. Anna & Patrick K. March 26, 2020

    Barb, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  10. Sherry Anderson March 26, 2020

    We're so very sorry for your loss Barb, you & your family are in our thoughts & prayers...God Bless ❤

    Steve & Sherry Anderson

  11. Ruth Munden March 25, 2020

    So sorry to hear of the passing of your Mother and Grandma. May all the wonderful memories you have help you thru this tough time. With sincere sympathy- Ruth and Scott Munden

  12. Cathy & Pete Pritchard March 25, 2020

    We are sorry to hear of Harriet’s passing. Our remembrance of Harriet was of a very caring person that always saw the good in people and any situation. She was a great mother and raised a beautiful family.
    Our thoughts and prayers to all of the family members.
    God bless.
    Cathy & Pete Pritchard

  13. Connie and Bruce Lee March 23, 2020

    We are so sorry for the passing of Harriet Westphal!!! She was like a special second mom to me growing up! Our prayers are with you!