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WASHINGTON - Avis Lorraine Bernius, 66, of Washington died at 4:02 p.m. Thursday, June 19, 2014, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

She was born Feb. 26, 1948, in Columbus, Neb., to Fred and Claudia Chollar Schultz Sr. Avis married Lee Bernius on Aug. 24, 1990, in Peoria. He survives.

Also surviving are her children, Cynthia (Vance) Smallwood of Peculiar, Mo., and Matt Houck of Peoria; four grandchildren, Rashelle King, Brandon Smallwood, Tyler Smallwood and Elizabeth Smallwood; and one great-grandson, Majick Anderson. She also is survived by seven siblings, Roberta (Dale) Lovell of Columbus, Neb., Shirley (Bob) Durko and Darlene Schultz, both of Fort Worth, Texas, Janet Longnecker, George (Linda) Schultz and Herb (Nancy) Schultz, all of Columbus, Neb., and Don Schultz of Gridley, Ill.; and many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Fred Schultz Jr.

Avis graduated valedictorian of El Paso High School in 1966. She was a data entry clerk at XPAC in Bartonville for 11 years.

Avis enjoyed reading fantasy and mystery books and working puzzles. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and also was an excellent cook.

There will be a funeral service at 11 a.m. Friday, June 27, 2014, at Deiters Funeral Home & Crematory in Washington. Pastor Howard Love will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to service at the funeral home. Cremation rites will be accorded following the service.

Memorials may be made to .

Avis' memorial website is available at www.deitersfuneralhome.com, where condolences also may be sent to the family.

Published in Peoria Journal Star from June 25 to June 26, 2014
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