STERLING – Bernice M. Grapes, 91, died peacefully Thursday, June 19, 2014, at her home in Sterling.
Bernice was born July 21, 1922, in North Tonawanda, New York, to William H. and Viola (Praker) Meisner. She married Stanley H. Grapes on Oct. 15, 1947. He preceded her in death on Feb. 7, 2004.
Bernice graduated from North Tonawanda High School in 1940, Bryant & Stratton Business School in 1942, and worked at Tonawanda Iron & Steel Works until 1950. After rearing her children, she re-entered the work force in 1970, and worked in the guidance office at Sweet Home High School, retiring in 1985.
Bernice was a lifelong member of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in North Tonawanda. She was the sole-surviving member of Inter-Amicas Club, a loyal group of friends since 1938.
Bernice resided in the town of Tonawanda from 1952-2007, and then re-located to Sterling. Bernice was extremely well-read, enjoyed the piano, extensive travels, playing bridge, and her beloved Buffalo Bills. And everyone loved her pies. Her primary focus, however, always remained with her family. She will be greatly missed.
Bernice is survived by her children, Jonathan (Elizabeth) Grapes, Thomas (Paula) Grapes, and Martha (John) Benson; and her grandchildren, Christopher Grapes, Mary (Shad) Gregory, Philip Grapes, Michael (Nichole) Grapes, Molly (Trevor) Wiggins, Sarah (Clyde) Anglim, Margaret Benson, and Ellen Benson; and cousin, Walter “Bud” Witte, and his wife, Pat.
Services will be held at Wattengel Funeral Home in North Tonawanda. Interment will be at Acacia Park & Resthaven Cemetery in North Tonawanda.
A memorial has been established to Hospice of the Rock River Valley.
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