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Bernice Laverne Miller

Born: Sat., Nov. 24, 1928
Died: Sun., Dec. 13, 2015


Memorial Service At A Later Date

1:00 PM Sat., Dec. 19, 2015
Location: Zion United Church of Christ


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Bernice L. Miller, 87, formerly of North Liberty passed away quietly December 13th at Clare Bridge of Portage, MI after a brief illness.

She was the daughter of Henry and Bertha Schultz and was born and raised in South bend, IN. She worked as an executive secretary at Studebaker’s for years before leaving work to raise her two sons, John and David. She was married to Charles John Miller for 51 years. Charlie preceded her in death on December 13, 2004.  She was also preceded in death by her brother Henry Schultz, and her sisters Ruth Sullivan, Irene Hostetter, and Ethel Roberts. 

Bernice is survived by her sons, John Miller of Chicago, IL and David (Sandy) Miller of Lawton, MI; her granddaughters, Sophie and Melissa and great grandchildren, Nathan, Kaden and Jetta.  She is also survived by a brother-in-law, Jim Hostetter.

Bernice loved to sing and was a member of the River Bend Chapter of Sweet Adeline’s for many years.  She traveled with the group singing at various competitions throughout the Midwest. She also loved to help out with her organizational skills and was a past member and secretary of Chapter 2, Eastern Star in South Bend for a number of years. She and Charlie were active members of Zion United Church of Christ in South Bend where Bernice was also a member of the Women’s Guild.  In her later years Bernice enjoyed visiting with old friends at the Riley Lunch Bunch and traveled with the group to plays, dinners and other events. 

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, December 19th at 1:00 PM at Zion United Church of Christ, 211 S. St. Peter Street, South Bend, IN with Pastor Bill Wildey officiating.  Burial will take place at a later date at Highland Cemetery, South Bend, IN.

In lieu of flowers the family request memorial contributions be made to The Center for Hospice, 501 Comfort Place, Mishawaka, IN 46545.

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Bev Rindler
   Posted Wed December 16, 2015
I met Bernice at Clare Bridge, in the church gathering we held on Wednesday afternoons, and know she was a faith filled woman who loved sing. She was very gracious and sweet. Her smile and twinkle in her eye will be missed. Eternal rest grant to Bernice, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her.

Pat Zion
   Posted Thu December 17, 2015
I worked with Bernice at Nelson Medical back in the 70s. She was always such a sweet person with a good sense of humor. I also saw her sporadically at Memorial Hospital in later years, and she was just the same. She loved being a mom and grandma, and she could type faster than anyone I've ever seen (or seen since)! My most sincere condolences to your family.

Pam Arnold
   Posted Sat December 19, 2015
I knew Bernice through the River Bend Sweet Adelines. She was a lovely lady and loved to sing! She will be sorely missed. My condolences to her family.

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