HAMPSHIRE – Bernice M. (Engel) Lamkin, 85, a lifelong resident of Hampshire, passed away peacefully Friday, Jan. 4, in Elgin, with her family at her side.|
Bernice was born June 2, 1927, in Hampshire, to Ernest and Mary (Herrmann) Engel. Bernice attended St. Charles Borromeo School and Hampshire High School; she graduated from Ellis Business College and first worked as a legal secretary.
She married Winfred ""Fred"" Lamkin on May 21, 1947, at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Hampshire. They were lifelong dairy farmers until retirement. She took great pride in everything she touched. She was a caring wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and loved all unconditionally.
She loved her family, friends, camping, playing cards, square dancing, fishing and gardening.
She was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Altar & Rosary Society, Holiday Ramblers, The Golden Agers, Foresters and a lifetime member of the Elgin Moose Club.
Surviving are her eight children, Sister Katrina Lamkin of Cary, Peggy (Bill) Freeman of Hampshire, Judy (Gene) Alfonsi of Dublin, Ohio, Dave Lamkin of Elizabeth, Jim (Kathy) Lamkin of Elgin, Sue (Dan) Bauer of Naperville, Linda Lamkin-Coletti of Terre Haure, Ind., and Vince (Nicki) Lamkin of Hampshire; 15 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and another on the way; two sisters, Marcella (George) Drendel and Arlene (Whitey) Reiser, both of Hampshire; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; a sister, Dorothy Fay; and a brother, Clarence Engel.
The visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, at St. Charles Borromeo Church, 297 E. Jefferson Ave., Hampshire. The Rosary will be prayed at 3 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, at the church. Msgr. Thomas Dempsey will officiate. Burial will be in St. Charles Borromeo Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Bernice's memory to St. Charles Borromeo School, the Hampshire-Burlington Food Pantry or Provena Hospice.
For information, call Fredrick Funeral home at 847-683-2711.
Published in the Northwest Herald from Jan. 6 to Jan. 7, 2013