OHIO, Ill. — Bernice Ruth Owens, 89, of Ohio, Ill., passed away Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, at Walnut Manor Nursing Home in Walnut.
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 Jan. 25, 1948, in Princeton.
She worked the Green River Ordinance during World War II and 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 was also 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, Ill., Susan (David) Moss of Princeton, Judy (Kirby) Marine of Coal Valley, Harry Owens of Ohio, Ill., Jim (Patti) Owens of LaMoille and Jerry (Joanna) Owens of Walnut. Also surviving are 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.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Norberg Memorial Home, Princeton. Burial will follow in Prairie Repose Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be directed to the Ohio Volunteer Fire Department.
Online condolences may be left at www.norbergfh.com.