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Bernice Disher

Bernice Disher

Thursday, June 29th, 1944 - Sunday, February 17th, 2019
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Bernice Disher found her way home on February 17, 2019 in her 75th year. Her childhood in Powassan with loving parents, Carl and Hazel McDaniel, and seven cherished siblings, was her model for life with Fred. Her love of children, her teacher’s training and her tensile strength opened her home to a unique family. All children were welcomed and became hers in some way. We can’t possibly quantify her reach or count the number of people who found comfort in her home, but we cherish the stories people share of their time with her. She was a mother and grandmother, and great-grandmother to many. The 16 to 75 of them know who they are.

She loved a full house, but she also liked to empty all the furniture into a new one every now and then. She made homes in Dunnville, Wainfleet, Fisherville and Fonthill. More recently she lived in St. Catharines, Vineland and Shelburne. She loved animals. Her smile would light up a room and make it a safe place at the same time. Her baking was sublime. She could do whatever she set her mind to - finish a Vogue suit pattern in two days, dig out a pool foundation, feed an army from the fullest carts the local market had likely ever seen, play music by ear, charm the most difficult attitude, live the life she wanted, undeterred.

She may be best known for her spirited sense of fun and her dedication to helping others in any way she could, opening her home and heart as needed. Her faith in God was her constant guide. She has patiently awaited her homecoming.

We thank all of you who have helped in each transition of Bernice’s life. She couldn’t have done it without you.

In lieu of donations, please consider passing along Bernice’s spirit of caring in your community by taking time to feed someone, tip a teenager, smile at a difficult child or give a moment of your time when life seems busiest. May the radiance of Bernice’s smile continue.

Friends and family will be received at the Jack & Thompson Funeral Home, Shelburne on Thursday, February 21, 2019 from 6-9 p.m. Funeral service in the funeral home chapel on Friday, February 22, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. Interment at Port Maitland Cemetery, Dunnville Saturday February 23, 2019 at 1 p.m.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, February 21st, 2019 | 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    Thursday, February 21st, 2019 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    Jack & Thompson Funeral Home
    318 Main Street East
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  • Service

    Friday, February 22nd, 2019 | 11:00am
    Friday, February 22nd, 2019 11:00am
    Jack & Thompson Funeral Home Chapel
    318 Main Street East
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    Gerald Lonsway & Wayne van den Dries
  • Interment

    Port Maitland Cemetery
    37 Lighthouse Drive
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    Interment at Port Maitland Cemetery, Dunnville Saturday February 23, 2019 at 1 p.m.
  • Reception

    Shelburne Agricultural Community Center
    377 William St
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Private Condolence

Robert and Carol Wells

Posted at 06:59pm
In memory of my dear cousin Bernice Disher
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Robert Wells

Posted at 06:38pm
Dear Family we have you in our prayers with the loss of such a special person as my cousin Bernice. Growing up we lived in Dunnville and would get to visit only once in a while because of the distance. Aunt Hazel, Uncle Carl, Bernice and all the family were such a special family to be with. Growing up Fred Disher was a great friend of mine as well. One of the things that seems to stay in my memory is Uncle Carl showing us the foxes he kept on his farm and the great times we had there. One thing we know, those that know Jesus as Savior will be in heavens glory. Praise the Lord!

Ruth Richards

Posted at 07:39pm
Thinking of you with sincere sympathy. I was sorry to not be able to go to the funeral with Murray and Martin today due to a lingering virus. I am very glad to have known in a measure your parents and family members. Please accept my care with love-- Ruth Richards.

Shirley Egger

Posted at 12:37pm
My deepest sympathy in the loss of your Mom, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, and friend. She was my friend too. Always loved Bernice's sense of humor and ready laugh. I am sorry that I will be unable to attend the funeral or burial but my thoughts and prayers will be with you all. I am glad her journey has ended for her. She is better off now as much as she enjoyed life Shirley .Egger

Luv, Carole (Wagg) & Bob McGrath

Posted at 03:54am
Our deepest sympathy and heartfelt thoughts are with you and your family at this time. HUGZ

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