Berneice Ann Greenwood died from her second bout with cancer at 8:19 a.m. on Wednesday, September 18, 2019.
While just having lost her husband of 54 years to cancer in February, Berneice was learning to live on her own. She exhibited the strength that so many of us knew of her and was hoping to someday begin traveling again to see the world.
As a born and raised Kansas woman, Berneice worked hard inside and outside, had plenty of food on hand for those ice storms and folks who just stopped by, always cared for her family physically and emotionally, loved a good game or two or three of pitch or rummy (until she won!), watched G-rated romantic movies, and enjoyed a slow drive at sunset to see the deer.
Whether it was how to be a help mate (the practical one for Ron getting his dreams), powering through adversity (always finding the silver lining), delighting in children (hugs and kisses all around), or fishing with enthusiasm (I got one! I got one!!), Berneice taught by example. She brought humor to our lives with her feigned innocence, funny sayings, ready smile and easy laugh. She loved every gift just because she got to open a package. She was as unique as an individual as her green eyes are to the population.
Berneice lived through more tragedy than most know, which strengthened her faith in God. She held strong to her Catholic faith to the very end, encouraging her children to put God first in their lives. She died peacefully while her children were praying the rosary at her bedside.
We all picture Ron welcoming her at the gates of heaven with other family members around, including her parents, Walt and Toots; her brothers Jerry and Joker; her sister, Betty; and many aunts, uncles, a nephew, and cousins.
Kim, Debby and husband, Randy Pfeifer, James and wife Becky, Tim and wife Teresa, 19 grandchildren and one great granddaughter as well as her siblings Marie and husband Milo Sarchet, Charlie and wife Mary Conant, Evelyn and husband Jeff Fertig, sister-in-law Linda and husband Tom Bartlett, and many family and friends will miss her greatly.
The viewing will be at Plumer-Overlease Funeral Home at 610 24th St., Wilson, KS 67490, from 5 to 8 pm with the rosary at 7:30 pm on Monday, September 23. The funeral mass will be held at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Wilson, Kansas, on Tuesday, September 24, 2019, at 10 a.m.
Donations in her memory may be sent to Right to Life, St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Wilson, or St. Joseph Catholic Church in Dorrance. Condolences may be left for the family at www.plumeroverlease.com.