Bernice E. Bransteter

    Bernice Eileen Mathys Bransteter, 88, a resident of the Swiss Village Retirement Community in Berne, passed away at 8:07 a.m. on Saturday, February 26, 2011, at Swiss Village.
    Bernice was born on January 10, 1923, in Geneva, the daughter of Clinton and Jessie (Runkel) Mathys, both deceased.
    Bernice was a member of First United Methodist Church in Geneva.
    She was a retired employee of the C.T.S. Corporation in Berne with 20 years of service, eight of those years as a lead lady.
    Bernice had served as a 4-H leader and was a former member of the Jefferson Township Home Economics Club. She was a lifelong advocate of recycling and living green.
    Bernice was an avid card player, a well-known area seamstress, and an artist. She enjoyed gardening, her flowers, and her family.
    Bernice is survived by two sons, Marvin (Judy) Bransteter of Fort Wayne and Ronald (Dorothy) Bransteter of Monroe; six daughters, Sandy Whittington of Portland, Sharon (James) Parks of Fort Wayne, Dianne (Randy) Beer of Berne, Marcia (Neal) Rich of Berne, Kathy Rhoades-Wright of Fort Wayne, and Annette (Mark) Klopp of Berne; a brother, Raymond (Carol) Mathys of Geneva; two sisters, Irene Birch of Monroe and Roberta (Hubert) Isch of Decatur; 21 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
    Bernice was preceded in death by two sisters, Beatrice Isch and Helen Mathys; and four brothers, Clifford Mathys, Doyle Mathys, Richard Mathys, and Robert Mathys.
    Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 3, 2011, at First United Methodist Church in Geneva, with Pastor Michael Heath officiating.
    Interment will be in M.R.E. Cemetery of rural Berne.
    Family and friends will be received from 3-8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2, 2011, at the Swiss Village chapel and one hour prior to the funeral service at the church on Thursday.
    Preferred memorials are to Family Hospice and Palliative Care of Northeast Indiana, in Berne.
    Funeral arrangements were by Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home, Berne.