Bernice (Yedlock) Harkins
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AGE: 72 • Bayville
Bernice (Yedlock) Harkins, 72, of Bayville, went home to be with our Heavenly Father on February 14, 2014. Born in Wilks-Barre, she was a 1959 graduate of Hanover High School in Pennsylvania. Music was her first love; she was a vocalist and performed professionally with the then popular AllStar Band in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton area. It was through music that led her to her husband and soul-mate, Leo Harkins, (aka; Lefty). He was very instrumental in forming the AllStars. Together they lit up the stage. They were very well known in the area. Successful with their music making, they were able to own and operate their own dance hall. They backed many popular hit recording artist of the area. Prior to this, Bernice performed as a young child protégé on radio and television and appeared in Atlantic City on the Steel Pier. Bernice and Leo performed for many weddings and social events in Pa. and NJ. She also recorded records in RCA Victors Studio in Nashville under the direction of song writer and recording producer Jerry Fuller. When her husband was drafted into the Army, they moved to Seneca Falls, NY where she performed for the Military. After serving his time, they settled in NJ where she worked in an office and in retail while still continuing to spread the joy of music throughout the area. Her personality was magnetic; she had a zest for life, and a loving devotion to her family. She was traditional with celebrations making every event a work of art and unforgettable. Bernice was kind and giving and was loved by all. She will be deeply missed. Although she had no children, she considered herself an earth mother. She loved all animals especially her German Shepherd in which she owned 6 in her lifetime. They are all now reunited with her. Bernice is predeceased by her parents, Stanley and Ann, and by her brothers, Eugene and Stanley, Jr. Surviving are her husband of 53 years, Leo; her siblings, Barbara Nash and Charles Yedlock; her sister and brother-in-laws, cousins, nieces, nephews and close friends and her little angel, her cat Cecelia. Visiting hours will be Wednesday, Feb. 19th, from 2-4 and 7-9pm at the Mastapeter Funeral Home, 270 Atlantic City Blvd., Bayville. Funeral Thursday, 10am at the funeral home before celebrating an 11am Funeral Mass at St. Barnabas Church, Bayville. Burial w2ill follow to St. Joseph Cemetery, Toms River. In lieu of flowers, donations in Bernice's memory to:
(stjude.org) or the Pop Corn Zoo, 1 Humane Way, Forked River NJ 08731, would be appreciated.
Published in Asbury Park Press on Feb. 17, 2014