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Born: Nov 07, 1928

Date of Passing: May 25, 2020

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November 7, 1928 – May 25, 2020

Peacefully, Bernice passed away at the age of 91 years.
Mom was predeceased by her husband of almost 60 years, Frank, and leaves to mourn her daughters, Judy (Peter), Janice (Kelly), Darlene, Nancy, Peggy, Penny, her
grandchildren, Jessica, Elliot and Bronson, sisters and brothers, and many nieces and
Mom grew up in Bankend, SK then moved to Winnipeg with several of her sisters. She worked at what was then the General
Hospital. She met dad and they married in 1949. They moved to the family farm near Oakbank and built their home in 1962, where they would raise their girls. It was a busy household with six daughters. Mom always worked hard in her huge garden of vegetables and berries and happily shared the bounty with family and friends. She loved her pots of annual flowers and every year she lined the garden with long rows of red and white
petunias. She was always busy with cooking, baking and looking after the house and farm which included years of milking dairy cows, and the raising of pigs and chickens. She was a fabulous baker and her cinnamon buns were famous along with many other baked treats. She was also well known for her delicious perogies and fantastic dill pickles.
After the girls grew up and moved out, the farm continued to be the meeting place for all family celebrations and many family dinners. Mom and dad eventually sold the animals and the farm land, but kept their home with the yard at the corner of Springfield and Cooks Creek Roads. They resided there until 2008, when failing health made it obvious that they could no longer stay, even with the help of their very good neighbours. Mom was very dedicated to her faith and took great pride in her church, The Immaculate Conception Church at Cooks Creek, where she spent many years as a parishioner and enjoyed working with her good friends of the Ladies Society.
Mom happily resided at Concordia Village for 11 years, where she leaves behind many dear and close friends.
A service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a
donation to The Heart and Stroke Foundation or Diabetes Canada.
Please feel free to leave condolences and share memories by visiting Bernice's
memorial page at

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 30, 2020

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • Sincere Sympathy to the family..I will miss the many phone calls we shared..Bernice and Frank were good friends of our family. Rest In Peace Bernice. - Posted by: Heather Burnell (winzinowich) (Friend) on: Jun 01, 2020

  • So very sorry to hear of your loss. Your mom was an amazing rock. She always had everything under control and made all tasks look so easy. She worked so hard but it showed in her yard, family and the smile on her face when you popped in at her place unannounced. She always had something for you at her table and would not take no for an answer. To me she had strength beyond belief and sure loved her church at Cook's Creek. She was always a delight to be around. - Posted by: Frances Chuckree (Grodecki) (ex sister-in-law) on: May 31, 2020

  • Sorry to hear about Mother, Judy and Peter and sisters. - Posted by: Joe Maloney (Friend) on: May 31, 2020

  • Condolences on the passing of your mother, I am positive she was proud of you and all your sisters, keep her with you in memories of happy family times. - Posted by: Lorraine (friend of Peggy) on: May 30, 2020

  • We have been friends with Frank & Bernice since 1964, and although we left Oakbank in 1967, we have maintained a long distance relationship and visited every few years when visiting Manitoba. Frank & Bernice welcomed us into their home and treated us like family. Bernice was a kind and loving person who always showed a keen interest in us and our family, writing us with news on their family, and keeping us up to date on Oakbank news. When her sight failed and she could no longer write, we talked on the phone a couple of times a year. Thank-you, Bernice, for your many years of loving friendship and our condolences to Judy, Janice, Darlene, Nancy, Peggy & Penny, and the rest of their families. - Posted by: Dick & Cynthia Collins (Friends) on: May 30, 2020

  • Met Bernice at the church functions, worked with her for years visited her beautiful yard Bernice was always very proud of her 6 daughters which I had a opportunity to meet each one RIP my friend - Posted by: Rose Bodz (Friend) on: May 30, 2020

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