WELLSVILLE - Bernice L. (Mensch) Twichell, 82, passed away Tuesday (Jan. 7, 2014) at the Wellsville Manor Care Center in Wellsville.
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Bernice was born May 9, 1931, to the late James and Mildred (Kester) Millard in Bloomsburg, Pa.
Bernice grew up in the Bloomsburg, Pa., area with her two sisters, Mary Millard and Jean (Elmer) Hartzell, along with her favorite aunt, Martha (Kester) Hower, all of whom have preceded her in death. Bernice met and married Harmon (Bill) Mensch, Jr., also from the Bloomsburg area, in 1950. Together, they raised their children, moving from Bloomsburg, Pa. to the Rochester, and then to the Conesus area until Harmon's death in 1975.
After Harmon's death, Bernice met and married Lawrence A. Twichell and moved to Friendship, where they spent the next 20 years until Lawrence's death in 1997. Bernice continued to reside in Friendship until her move to the Wellsville Manor Care Center in 2009. In her later years, Bernice enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and tending to her pet birds and dogs. She also liked to draw and paint. She enjoyed creating oil and watercolor paintings and colored pencil drawings in her spare time. Her art was award-winning and featured in showings around Allegany County.
Bernice is survived by four of her children, Harmon W. Mensch III of Seagrove, N.C., Carol (James) McAlpine of Rochester, James (Jason) Mensch of Wellsville, and Mary La Belle of Friendship; seven grandchildren, Gary (Katie) O'Donnell, James La Belle, Jessica (Duke) Kemp, Jeanean Hiller (David) Alvarez, Jennifer Hiller (Randy) Edwards, Clair J (Autumn) Hiller, Jessica Hiller (Kenneth) Hornung; along with six great-grandchildren, Thomas, Michael, Caleb, Ayden, Courtney, Kaleb; and several nieces and nephews.
Her son, Rodney Mensch, preceeded her in death.
At Bernice's request, there will be no public visitation or funeral. Burial will be in the Millville Pennsylvania Cemetery. There will be a celebration of her life held at a later date.
The family suggests memorial donations be made to the
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Published in The Olean Times Herald on Jan. 9, 2014