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Bernice Bressner

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Bressner, Bernice

PONTIAC — Bernice A. Bressner, 90, Pontiac, died at 7:07 p.m. Monday (Sept. 3, 2012) at Evenglow Tjardes Health Care Center, Pontiac.

His funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at First Lutheran Church, Pontiac, with the Rev. Dieter Punt officiating. A visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Pontiac. Burial will be at South Side Cemetery, Pontiac.

Memorials in Bernice’s name may be given to the First Lutheran Church in Pontiac or Evenglow Lodge.

Bernice was born on Dec. 19, 1921, in Chenoa, a daughter of William and Allie May Balbach Gentes. She married R. Kenneth Bressner on Dec. 21, 1941, in Chenoa. He preceded her in death on Feb. 26, 1995.

She is survived by three children, Randy (Jayne) Bressner, Eureka; Colleen Hepner, Bloomington; and Kevin (Jayne) Bressner, Pontiac; six grandchildren, Brandon (Susan) Bressner, Victoria Bressner, Brent (Kim) Hepner, Wendy (Eric) Corbly, Reid (Katie) Bressner and Katie Michaels; and eight great-grandchildren, Sofia and Peter Bressner, Nathanael and Rebekah Hepner, Owen and Caroline Corbly, Gavin Michaels and Wyatt Bressner. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two brothers, Clifford and Victor Gentes; and her son-in-law, Gary Hepner.

Mrs. Bressner graduated from Chenoa High School and attended Illinois State Normal University. She had farmed with her husband and also had been an Avon Lady and worked at the Fairbury Blade. She was a member of First Lutheran Church in Pontiac, where she was active in the women’s circle and taught Sunday school. She was also a member of the former Avoca Betterment Club. She and her husband spent summers in AuTrain, Mich., and were associate members of Eden-On-The-Bay Lutheran Church.

Bernice always kept up with current events. She enjoyed shopping, gardening and was a NASCAR fan. She was a loving wife, mother and grandma, family being the most important thing in her life.

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