A. Bernice Frank, 86, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Friday morning, May 5, 2017 at Clover Ridge Place in Maquoketa.
A celebration of Bernice's life will be held at 11 A.M., Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 P.M. on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, at the Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa.
Agnes Bernice Widel was born on September 15, 1930 in Jackson County, Iowa, to Jerry M. and Hilda (Atzen) Widel. She went to Jackson County country schools and graduated from Maquoketa High School. She married Jim Frank on June 12, 1948 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. He preceded her in death on August 23, 2009.
Bernice had worked for Bill Frey at the Maquoketa Music Store and then owned and operated it after Bill passed away under the name B & F Music Store. She then worked for Ross River Feed, Swiss Valley as a milk tester, and lastly was a homemaker.
Bernice was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa. She enjoyed counted cross stitching, walking, had an extensive Santa Clause collection, and enjoyed a good glass of wine.
Those left to honor Bernice's memory include a daughter, Sandra Valbert Rockwell of Des Moines, IA; 2 grandsons, Scott (John Carstensen) Valbert of Des Moines, IA, and Philip (Samantha) Valbert of Bend, OR; 2 great-granddaughters, Anna and Madison Valbert; a brother, Kenneth (Alice) Widel of Maquoketa, IA; and sisters, Frances Willey of Maquoketa, IA, and Janice (Jerry) Edwards of Camanche, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, sisters Helen Meyer and Maxine Anderson, and brothers Frederick, Paul and James Widel.
Online Condolences may be left at www.carsonandson.com.
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Dear Sandy and family, My cousin Barb called and told me of the passing of your mother. She was such a good friend to mom at Clover Ridge, especially after dad passed away. They were so cute sharing a chair during the entertainment events. Couldn't find one without the other. I remember Mom babysat you when you were small and we rented a house in Clinton from your Uncle Jerry's parents. Lots of family connections. I thought of her today and thought I would try to see her next time I got to Maquoketa. She was a very special lady and I am glad they were able to spend some happy times together. Wishing you good memories and comforting thoughts. Debbie Hayes Gottschalk
Bernice Frank Video Tribute from Carson Celebration Life Center on Vimeo.
Bernice will be remembered fondly and missed by many. I had the privilege of knowing Bernice through our church, but mostly through her grandson Scott.
We are so sorry for your loss.
Melissa Meyer-Moskowitz & Kay Meyer
Bernice was a wonderful Lady! We will all miss her, love & prayers!
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Sorry we cannot attend the funeral. We wanted to share what a wonderful wife and supporter of her husband all the years we knew her during the time of the fire fighting years that both my John and Jim were on the fire department. I always liked to visit with her. Connie and John Cressey
Aunt Bernice will leave us with memories to cherish she will be missed greatly All our love to the rest of our family Love Janice Darlene #2 and Paul Russell
Sandy & family,
I'm sorry to hear of your mother's death. I spent a month of respite care at Clover Ridge in April and ate breakfast with her one morning. Not sure what she thought when I told her who I was. She was very neat and stylish.
Will keep everyone in my prayers.
Sharon "Rockwell" Derganz
I love our family and Aunt Bernice will be greatly missed! Prayers for you Sandy and your boys!
To Bernice's family - I'm so sorry to read of her passing. I enjoyed seeing Berniece's cross stitch art and getting some words of advice from her on my projects. She was a very special lady, always well dressed and looking sharp. Bless her and the family during this time.
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