PUTNAM — Berna Mae (Jacobs) Winship, 94, Putnam, passed away at 6:45 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, at her farm home at Putnam.
Berna was born April 27, 1920, the daughter of Michael and Bessie Mae Tanquary Jacobs Sr. at her folk’s farmhouse at Lacon. She married Wayne L. Winship on Feb. 18, 1951, at Sparland. He preceded her in death in 2000, as did a son, Michael Wayne Winship, in 2007; two brothers, Merriman Jacobs and Peter Dalton Jacobs; and 2 sisters, Georgia Lucille Jacobs and Lola Jacobs Clarkson.
She graduated from Sparland High School in 1938 and then worked at Henry State Bank before her marriage. Following her marriage, she and Wayne resided at and farmed the family farm at Putnam, raising five children. Later she was the receptionist for Doctors H. C. Hutchinson Jr. and Sr., DDS, at Princeton, retiring in 1982.
Berna was a devoted and loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was an early riser and a hard worker who enjoyed filling the table with a variety of delicious foods. She made great applesauce and apple pie with a flakey crust, using apples from their orchard.
Wayne and Berna were active members of the Princeton Bible Church and were faithful supporters of mission work.
She is survived by two brothers, Harold A. (Madeline) Jacobs of Fairfield, Calif., and Michael (Dolly) Jacobs Jr. of Sparland; and two brothers-in-law, Philip B. Clarkson of Carmel, Calif., and Ralph E. Winship of Morton. Also surviving are her children, David W. Winship of Altamont, Sarah B. Laur of Peoria Heights, Harold L. (Judy) Winship of Galesburg and Rebecca L. Sheppard of East Peoria; a daughter-in-law, Patricia Winship of Peoria; nine grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
A special thank you to Mary and Annette Serpette for the loving care they provided Berna.
Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, at the Calvert-Johnson Memorial Homes, “Downtown Chapel”, 416 Edwards St., Henry, with the funeral service following at 2 p.m. The Rev. Andrew Sabaka will officiate. Burial will follow at the Putnam Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Worldwide Victorious Life Bible Tape Ministry, Moody Bible Institute and Princeton Bible Church.
Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com.