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Bernice A. Fildes Obituary
Bernice A. Fildes

SUMMERLIN, NEVADA - Bernice Ann VanderWel Fildes, 81, of Summerlin, NV passed away on May 9 after a period of deteriorating health. She was born in New York City on July 23, 1932 to Pieter and Marie Hayes VanderWel. After growing up in the Bronx and attending Evander Childs High School, she married John J. Fildes Jr. Following moves to Johnson City, NY and San Jose, CA, they settled in Poughkeepsie, NY where they lived for 40 years. They moved to Las Vegas in 1999. John predeceased Bernice in 2000. She is survived by her daughter Barbara Fildes and husband Keith Quinton, son John J. Fildes III and wife Elizabeth, and son Gregory P. Fildes and wife Cynthia. Bernice became universally known as MiMi, a nickname that was created and popularized by her grandchildren: Sean McManamy, Kathryn McManamy Parker and husband Gardiner, Jared and Nina Quinton; Christopher, Michael and Elizabeth Fildes; and Pieter, Anne and Rebecca Fildes. She also leaves behind her sister Martha VanderWel Falcone, her sisters-in-law MaryAnne Branch and Patricia Donohue, four beloved nieces and their families, neighbors, friends and her companion dog, Missy. Her brother Peter J. VanderWel predeceased her. Calling hours will be held at Wm. G. Miller & Son Funeral Home, Inc., 371 Hooker Ave, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 on Friday May 30, 2014 from 5-7pm. A graveside service will be held at 10am on Saturday May 31 at St. Peter's Cemetery, 171 Salt Point Turnpike, Poughkeepsie, NY. Donations in Bernice's memory may be made to .



Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal from May 27 to May 29, 2014
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