DUNLAP - Bernice Gronewald, 89, of Dunlap died at 12:59 p.m. Thursday, April 18, 2013, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Peoria.
Bernice was born March 17, 1924, in Princeville, the daughter of Leo and Pearl Ross Callery. She married Wayne V. Gronewald on June 6, 1946, in Princeville. He died April 29, 2011, in Peoria.
Surviving are one son, John Gronewald of St. Paul, Minn.; three daughters, Patricia (Roger) Frank of Mapleton, Rose Marie (Rollin) Arnett of Prince-ville, and Mary Jo (Ken) Grainger of Chillicothe; nine grandchildren, Robby Choate, Cherie Choate, Andrew (Maresca) Arnett, Rachel (Mark) Francis, Joseph Arnett, Jacob (Sarah) Grainger, Jessica Wolf, Aaron Grainger, and Nathan (Kathy) Grainger; 13 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Kathleen (Ted) Kulaga of Iowa, and Mary (Frank) Witting of Florida; and two brothers, Gene (Roberta) Callery of Dunlap, and Joe Callery of LaSalle.
Her parents; one son, Mike Gronewald; one grandson, Ryan Choate; one great-granddaughter, Lily Wolf; and one sister, Dorothy McMullen, preceded her in death.
Bernice attended Illinois State University and was a schoolteacher. She met her husband, Wayne, at the Hub Ball Room in Edelstein, where they were regular attendees. She helped her husband farm and was active in 4-H activities, Local Grange and the Altar & Rosary Society.
Bernice loved her Catholic faith, her Irish heritage and spending time with her family.
She was a member of St. Jude Catholic Church in Dunlap, where a funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 24, 2013. The Rev. Father Patrick Henehan will officiate. Visitation will be held at her church on Tuesday, April 23, from 5 to 7 p.m., with recitation of the rosary at 7 p.m. Burial will be in St. Mary of the Woods Cemetery in Princeville.
The family of Bernice Gronewald would like to thank the staff at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, especially the specialty teams, pastoral care staff, and the surgical intermediate and intensive care staff.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Catholic Church Building Fund or OSF Diabetic Center. Hammitt-Hott Funeral Home, Princeville, is in charge of arrangements.
Private condolences may be sent to the family via www.hammitthott.com.