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GRAPES, Bernice M.

GRAPES - Bernice M. 91, died peacefully Thursday, June 19, 2014, at her home in Sterling, IL. Bernice was born July 21, 1922, in North Tonawanda, to William H. and Viola (Praker) Meisner. She married Stanley H. Grapes on October 15, 1947, who preceded her in death on February 7, 2004. Bernice graduated from North Tonawanda High School in 1940, Bryant & Stratton Business School in 1942, and worked at Tonawanda Iron & Steel Works until 1950. After rearing her children, she re-entered the work force in 1970 and worked in the Guidance Office at Sweet Home High School, retiring in 1985. Bernice was a life-long member of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in North Tonawanda. She was the sole-surviving member of Inter-Amicas Club, a loyal group of friends since 1938.Bernice resided in the Town of Tonawanda, from 1952-2007, then re-located to Sterling, IL. Bernice was extremely well-read, enjoyed piano, extensive travels, playing bridge and her beloved Buffalo Bills. And everyone loved her pies. Her primary focus, however, always remained with her family. She will be greatly missed. Bernice is survived by her children Jonathan (Elizabeth) Grapes, Thomas (Paula) Grapes, and Martha (John) Benson; and her grandchildren Christopher Grapes, Mary (Shad) Gregory, Philip Grapes, Michael (Nichole) Grapes, Stephen Grapes, Molly (Trevor) Wiggins, Sarah (Clyde) Anglim, Margaret Benson and Ellen Benson, and cousin Walter ("Bud") Witte and his wife Pat. Visitation Thursday, June 26, 2014, 11 AM to 1 PM, WATTENGEL FUNERAL HOME, (NEW LOCATION) 533 Meadow Drive, North Tonawanda. A family graveside service at Acacia Park Cemetery will follow. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established at Hospice of the Rock River Valley, 264 IL Rt. 2, Dixon, IL 61021.

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