Bernice G. Hergert Van Deusen
September 21, 1925 ~ December 24, 2013
Memorial services: Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at Gillies Funeral Chapel, 634 East 200 South, Brigham City, Utah
Reception: Following memorial services at the funeral chapel
BRIGHAM CITY, UT - Bernice G. Van Deusen died Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at the GEW Ogden Veterans home, where she had been a resident for 2 years. Bernice was born September 21, 1925, in Riverton, Wyoming. She was one of eight children born to John and Emma Hergert. After Bernice's birth, the family moved to Worland, Wyoming, where her father farmed. Bernice completed her grammar school and high school education in Worland. Bernice's contribution to World War II involved training in Denver to qualify as a railroad station agent, which included learning telegraphy. She served in both Evanston, Wyoming and Morgan, Utah as station agent for the Union Pacific Railroad. After the war, Bernice joined a girlfriend living in Rawlins, Wyoming and found a position working for a lawyer. Bernice met her husband, Stewart, while he was working for the oil company, in nearby Sinclair. They married in May, 1949. Three years later, their only child, a daughter was born. Stewart was subsequently transferred by Sinclair Oil to work the pipeline close to the Pennsylvania/New Jersey border. In time, Stewart left the pipeline to become a civil servant at Olmsted Air Force Base, and the family settled in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. The years that Bernice spent in Mechanicsburg were among the most enjoyable of her life. She joined a little theater group, became involved in politics, Girl Scouting with her daughter, and was a founding member of Mechanicsburg's free public library. In 1965, Olmsted was one of a number of air force bases to close, and the family relocated to Brigham City, Utah, where Stewart went to work at Hill Air Force Base for the remainder of his career. In Brigham City, Bernie became a "Welcome Wagon" hostess, and quickly became familiar with her new town. She had quite a varied work experience, including employment at the former Ogden First Federal Savings and Loan, Troy Miller Real Estate, and finally, as a deputy sheriff for Box Elder County. In later years, Bernice would also work part-time or substitute in the Utah State Extension Service Office and the Box Elder Court House. Bernie had wide-ranging interests, and equally wide-ranging abilities. Her interests led her to volunteer to mend books for the Weber County Library, be a docent for the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge Information Center, and serve as a judge for the sewing projects submitted at the Box Elder County Fair. Bernice was a consummate homemaker with skills in cooking, gardening, knitting, sewing, basketry, quilting, food preservation, and so much more. Bernice is survived by her husband, Stewart, daughter Deborah (James) Northness, three grandchildren, Emily, Andrew and Diana, and one great grandchild, Hank Richards. She is also survived by 2 sisters, Emma Pribyl and Ann Gilbert, and 2 brothers, Karl and Gary Hergert. She was preceded in death by her parents, 3 sisters, Rosemarie Grosch, Gertrude Cannon, and Irene Fabricius and her brother-in-law Robert Van Deusen. Bernice was cared for by the kind staff at the Ogden Veteran's Home, and prior to that, by the staff at Country Lane Assisted Living in Brigham City. Memorial services will be held on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at Gillies Funeral Chapel, 634 East 200 South, Brigham City, Utah. Following memorial services there will be a reception held at the funeral chapel.
I was sad to see that our dear Bernie has passed. I am living in St George now and have missed being able to drop in and visit with your dad. I'm afraid that I am not even sure that he is still with us. If so, would you please give him our love and condolences. It was a pleasure getting to know you and I will always think of your parents with much tenderness in my heart.
Geri & Steve McQuivey
Stu, this is your favorite nurse, Isabelle. I'm so sorry for the loss of your dear, Bernie. She was a fantastic woman. Please know that I share your loss and hope God eases your pain. Love you!!
My wife and I are saddened to hear of your loss. We will miss her and have you all in our thoughts and prayers.
Debra, I'm so sorry for the loss of your mother.
Anita Hunsaker Kilfoyle
I'm so sorry for your loss Deb. She was a beautiful,graceful lady. She will definitely be missed.
I met Bernie years ago when I worked at Weber County Library and she volunteered there. I enjoyed her sense of humor and vivacity. I'm glad I was able to experience her friendship. My condolences go to her family. She will be in my prayers.
I enjoyed visiting with Bernie when she was filling in at the courthouse, and I always appreciated her taking my place at the Extension office when I needed time off. She always had a great story to tell, and lunches with her were very entertaining. A truly great woman!
Bernie was more than a friend, she helped me look at the world with new eyes. When I wanted to remodel my home, add on and make it more more than what it was, she told me my pride was in my way. That kind of hurt. In time I was able to find a way to make my home exactly what I needed with out adding on. She had been right. She and Stewart became part of our family and helped us think about "Why" we choose to do the things we did. My grand kids called her Bernie of the 50 questions. She loved nature and a very curious mind. Always learning, sharing and pondering the wonders of this world. We shared my garden, long rides, eating new food and family stories. Our trip to Tony's lake was a special experience. She loved feeding the chipmunks and observing nature at its best. She was so at peace, I left her with her thoughts and learned that words sometime detract from a great moment. I will more than miss her, but will always try to use the gifts she gave me.
Sorry for your loss. Enjoyed our friendship at Hill AFB. Lots of car pooling. Hope all goes well.
Love to all,
Butch & Jo Anne
Please accept our condolences at the passing of Bernice. My husband and I met her at the Veterans Home when my father-in-law was there. We enjoyed seeing and talking to her when we went to visit. She was charming and cheerful and always joked with my husband. She greeted us every time we went as she was in her wheelchair in the hallway. My father-n-law passed away last February, so we haven't been there since, but still remember Bernice. Please accept our sympathies. From her obituary, it appears she led a full life and was quite accomplished, touching many lives.