Bernice Stithem, 94, died Saturday, June 13, 2020.


She was born Aug.14, 1925, in Victoria to Peter and Francis Billinger. She attended Hillside Country School.


She married Ray Stithem on May 16, 1949, at St Michael Catholic Church. She was employed at Duckwall’s, Gibson’s, Myerly Bakery and the WaKeeney Sale Barn Café.


Survivors include her husband; two sons, Rob Stithem, Colby, and Terry Stithem, WaKeeney; four daughters, Kay Bennett, Gig Harbor, Wash., Diane Gross, Manhattan, Shirley Hager, WaKeeney, and Rhonda Schademann, Lawrence; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.


Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Christ the King Catholic Church; burial in the church cemetery.


Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Schmitt Funeral Home, WaKeeney.


A vigil will be at 7 p.m. at the funeral home.


Memorials are suggested to Christ the King Catholic Church or Masses, in care of the funeral home.