Bernice passed away after an extended illness. She left a legacy that will travel with her to rest peacefully alongside the love of her life, Walter (Whitey), whom she shared 62 years of marriage. Throughout their marriage, Walter cherished Bernice by continuing to treat her as though they were newlyweds. Bunny was spoiled by Whitey, but she also loved to spoil all of those she loved and cared about.
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Bernice started her life in Montreal, Canada. Bunny and Whitey met at Pratt Institute in New York and the rest as they say is a very long history filled with entertaining, profound artistic influences, and lots of laughter. Bernice's interests were to cook, entertain, dance, sew, garden, and travel as much as her busy life would permit. Life with Bunny was anything but ordinary. She loved bright colors, loud music, laughter, and was always dressed to the nines.
Bernice was involved in many community activities both in Tuckahoe, New York and Palos Verdes Estates, California. She utilized her outstanding multi-faceted artistic skills by volunteering her time to the Catholic Church, Bonsai Club, Palos Verdes Library, Republican Party, Canadians' Women's Club, and to support numerous community leaders and organizations within Palos Verdes Estates.
Bernice leaves behind her four children, Steven, Peter, Suzanne, and Greg, seven grandchildren, her sister, Eileen Hughes Deba, numerous cousins, nieces and nephews and a wide variety of long-standing friends. She will be greatly missed and will be remembered for her devotion to her family, heart-filled laugh, big smile, and notably the twinkle in her beautiful green eyes.
A Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, November 17th from 12:30 to 3:30 at La Venta Inn, 796 Via Del Monte, Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274. Please carpool if possible parking may be limited.
Published in Palos Verdes Peninsula News on Nov. 14, 2013