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Bernice E. Ryder

1917 - 2012 EXETER, NH Bernice Ernestine Ryder, 95, died Oct. 19, 2012, after a six-month decline at Hillcrest Commons in Pittsfield, Mass., with her loving family at her side.

She was born Jan. 2, 1917, in Lawrence, Mass., daughter of James and Bertha (Kunert) Houston. Bernice was one of two daughters that grew up in Lawrence and Methuen, Mass., and was a graduate of Lawrence High School and Endicott Junior College.

On July 3, 1941, she married John E. Ryder and they settled in Lynn, Mass., to start their family. Bernice worked for many years as a dental assistant for Dr. Norman Emery in Lynn. Bernice and John moved to Exeter in 1974.

Her hobbies included crafting, knitting, and cooking.

She was predeceased by her husband, John, in 2000, and by her sister, Doris Fenton.

Bernice is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Beverly and Thomas Brunette of Lenox, Mass., two grandsons, Jeffrey Ryder Brunette of Lenox, Mass., and T.J. Brunette of Seattle, Wash., one great-grandson, Dagan Ryder Brunette, and beloved nieces and nephews.

FUNERAL NOTICE: Calling hours will be held on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, from 11-11:30 a.m. at the BREWITT FUNERAL HOME, 14 Pine St., Exeter, NH. Funeral services will follow on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, at 11:30 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow in the Exeter Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to Shriner's Hospital in Boston, MA., 51 Blossom St., Boston, MA. 02114 or .

To sign the online guest book, please visit www.brewittfuneralhome.com
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Oct. 23, 2012
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