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Bernice Follmar Obituary
BERNICE BEATRICE FOLLMAR, 94 ROCKFORD - Bernice Beatrice Follmar's spirit left her physical being of 94 years on January 22, 2014, to join her husband, Dr. Frederick F. Follmar, to travel forever together singing "You Are My Sunshine". Bernice was born in Milwaukee, Wis., the daughter of Christian and Mathea Bakemeyer. She graduated from the Milwaukee School of Nursing as a Registered Nurse, an accomplishment that gave her great pride. She met and married Fred while they both worked at Milwaukee County General Hospital, then moved to Loves Park and Rockford, where they raised four lovely children. Bernice was active with her children in their school and scouting activities, and loved to make costumes for their plays and Halloween. For over 30 years, she and Fred sent hundreds of annual homemade Christmas cards in which she penned all the verses and drew the caricatures. Traveling, Bridge clubs and neighborhood parties were her love. Bernice is survived by her children, Sally (Robert) Cruthoff, Gerald (Nancy) Follmar, Robert (Carol) Follmar and Maureen (Larry) Wildes; eleven grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Fred; her brother, Roland Bakemeyer; and one grandchild, David Follmar. A family memorial service will follow at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials are encouraged to be made to Lifescape Community Services of Rockford. Cremation services provided by Grace Funeral & Cremation Services. To share a memory or condolence, visit graceFH.com.
Published in Rockford Register Star from Jan. 25 to Jan. 26, 2014
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