BERNICE FEUER

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BERNICE BAMFORTH FEUER Bernice Bamforth Feuer, an antique and estate jewelry dealer in the state of CT died March 24, 2013 in Jacksonville, Florida, at her home in Fleet Landing. She was 92. Born the elder sister in Rockville, CT on Oct 8, 1920 Bernice wove a beautiful tapestry during her lifetime. Bern and her sister Shirlee B. Negaard were very active in the Rockville Congregational Church in both Junior & Senior choirs. A graduate from the University of Connecticut - Home Economics, Bernice took on greater challenges. As a 4-year Archery team member coached by Dr. Duyer, the team earned 4 consecutive state titles. Bern's crowning glory was her perfect score - the first in Women's Archery - to obtain the Collegian National Archery Title as a graduating senior! Bern continued on to earn 6 additional CT State Archery Titles. Introduced by a fellow teacher, Bernice met her future husband Dan Feuer, a shop teacher. He noted her nickname Bernie was a man's name, asking to call her Bern from then on. They were married December 12, 1950. Together they traveled Europe for their one month honeymoon! Upon their return they settled in Suffield, and later Wethersfield, CT where Dan went on to become a chemical, then insurance salesman, turned stock broker, "the profession for Dan" before his early retirement. Bern was thrilled to travel with Dan in both business and leisure. During Dan's business travels, he would spot antique cars, offering to purchase, then renovate them as a hobby. Touring together they would sport period clothing, to travel New England as a part of the Glidden (Antique Car) tour in the 50-60's, "sometime bundled, sometimes sunburned - always enjoyable"! One such tour they raced from Littleton, NH to Mt. Washington (NH), to Kittery, ME, back to Portsmouth, NH in their 1903 Stanley Steamer - and won! Dan once noted "sitting on 400 psi of steam pressure, the Steamer could beat any modern car off the line! It was a great car - except for the brakes." One such incident Bern asked "don't you think we should slow a bit?" as they were flying down the mountain from Franconia Notch (NH). "Just hang on Bern, I've had the brakes on ever since we left the top!" That Steamer was sold to a man in Frankfurt, Germany in the early 70's. Over the years, their cars were 'such stuff as dreams are made on'. Dan and Bern tallied 65 lovely new and exquisite antique cars over their lifetime. Bern started a small business pursuing her interest in antiques. Living in Wethersfield, CT she wanted to be nearer to her recently widowed mother, Bernice Meyer Bamforth. With the money she earned, she purchased a waterfront home with a small storefront on the beautiful Beebe Cove in Noank, CT. Today Bern's niece Kristen has coached rowing on that very same cove for the past 20 years, and lived in her grandmother's home. At one time, Bern's father Arthur R. Bamforth was the most successful land owner in Rockville, CT. Always her father's daughter, Bern opened an antique shop "The Sea Chest Antiques". In acknowledgement of her sharp business skills, she became the most successful jewelry antique dealer in CT! Avid sailors by summer, as underlined by their 1974 win in the coveted "Off Soundings Regatta - Cruising Class", Bern and Dan became 'snow birds' by winter, traveling from Noank, CT to Stuart, FL. At age 52, Dan took a leave of absence from his work "just to try living in Florida". They liked it so much, Dan never went back to work. They were able to pursue overseas travel once again, taking 85 cruises. The Feuers called Stuart home for the next 36 years, becoming socially active, perfecting a fine golf game, and always clever in bridge until Dan's passing. Their friends and lives in Stuart were a blessing. When Dan passed, Bern relocated to Jacksonville, FL to be with family. Bern joins Dan, her husband of 53 years, and sister Shirlee Bamforth Negaard of Jacksonville, FL. She is survived by her loving nephew, Brad J Negaard, President of GBN Construction, Inc. of Jacksonville, FL, his wife Annette, their sons Stefan & Erich. And survived by her loving niece, Kristen Negaard O'Brien, rowing coach & co-op youth leader in Noank, CT, her husband George O'Brien. Bern is also survived by her brother-in-law, William Feuer of Beverly Hills, CA and his family. A Memorial Service will be held at the Arlington Congregational Church, in Jacksonville, FL Saturday April 27 at 4:00pm. A Memorial Gathering will be held at the home of Kristen Negaard O'Brien, in Noank, CT Saturday May 25 beginning at 1:00pm. Bernice Bamforth Feuer will be interred in the Vernon, CT family plot. Arrangements by Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home, 1701 Beach Blvd. Jacksonville Beach, FL 904-249-2374 Paid Obituary

Published in the TC Palm on Apr. 21, 2013
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