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Bernice R. Owens


Published: Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 1:15 a.m. CST

OHIO – Bernice Ruth Owens, 89, of Ohio, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, at Walnut Manor Nursing Home. 

She was born Jan. 18, 1924, in Berlin Township, to William Schindel and Mary (Baum) Schindel. She attended Durham School in Berlin Township. She married Harry M. Owens on Jan. 25, 1948, in Princeton. She worked the Green River Ordnance Plant during World War II and at the Bureau County Republican for 11 years. She enjoyed cooking, along with baking. She inspired the family to create a family cookbook. Along with cooking, Bernice enjoyed gardening. Crocheting also was a hobby that she enjoyed for many years.

She is survived by her four daughters and three sons, Nancy (Richard) VanderLeest of Colona, Donna (Dan) Heffernan of Burlington, Susan (David) Moss of Princeton, Judy (Kirby) Marine of Coal Valley, Harry Owens of Ohio, Jim (Patti) Owens of LaMoille, and Jerry (Joanna) Owens of Walnut; 11 grandchildren, Collen and Erin Heffernan, Jim Moss, Jennifer (Ray Marolt) Moss, Matt and Ben Marine, Heather (Mitch) Lovgren, James Owens, Elizabeth Owens, Amber (Jamie) Buss, and Emily Carrell; two sisters, Lucille Prostko and Bertha (Gene) Ballatti; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Bernice was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, four brothers, and two sisters.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Norberg Memorial Home in Princeton. The funeral will be 10 a.m. Saturday at the memorial home. Burial will be at Prairie Repose Cemetery in Van Orin. 

Memorials may be made to the Ohio Volunteer Fire Department.

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