Bernice Olewinski
1930 - 2021
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Olewinski, Bernice Mrs. Bernice L. OIewinski (Gerulis), age 90, of Grand Rapids went to be with the Lord on January 11, 2021 after a long, courageous battle with cancer. Bernice was born to Elsie and Joseph Gerulis on May 23, 1930, one of eleven children. Bernice was blessed with a witty sense of humor and a smile that would light up a room. She had a beautiful voice and loved to sing, especially with the Saturday broadcast of the Polka Pops. She had a deep love of family, animals, travel (especially to Las Vegas and the Casinos) and her time at the cottage on Wolf Lake. Bernice was a devoted wife and a beloved mother and grandmother. Bernice was a longtime member of Saint Anthony of Padua Catholic Church. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, John and her ten siblings. Bernice will be lovingly remembered by her five children: Sandy Van Dyke, Linda (Ray) Rothenthaler, John Olewinski, Steve (Jennifer) Olewinski, Vince (Kristine) Olewinski; nine grandchildren: Sara, Brian (Kari), Anne, Steve, Mike, Amy (David), Ashleigh (Mike), Bradley, Brenna; ten great-grandchildren: Carson, Mitchell, Saniya, Manhattan, MaKayla, Ava, Easton, Isaiah, Mia; sister-in-law Carole Olewinski and many nieces, nephews, friends and special neighbors. A Mass of Christian Burial and Committal Service will be celebrated Friday January 15, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 2510 Richmond St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 where the family will receive visitors one hour prior to Mass. A private, family Interment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery. The Mass will be livestreamed via the St. Anthony of Padua Church website. Bernice's family is grateful for the care she received from her son John, grandson Steve Olewinski, Sandy Levandoski and the special caregivers Lindsey, Brenda C. and Deanna from Faith Hospice. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Grand Rapids Polish Falcons Society are appreciated.


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Published in Grand Rapids Press from Jan. 11 to Jan. 14, 2021.
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January 13, 2021
Johnny, I wanted to add our condolences and prayers to you and your family.
Pat Bell
Friend
January 13, 2021
Johnny; The Polka Pops Staff here at WYGR would like to send our deepest sympathy to You and your Family on the passing of your Mother. My day wouldn't be complete at the station until I got your phone call. In her honor this Sunday I will play for her the Flower Garden Polka which was one your favorites. Prayers for all the family during this hard time !!
Greg Rosloniec
Friend
January 13, 2021
Bernie, was a wonderful, fun, kind, lady! She & John were always so friendly to Marcia & I and had many laughs with them back in the J.E.T. days. RIP!
Pat Bell
Friend
January 12, 2021
She was the kindest & Sweetest Aunt you could have. We were at her house one time in particular and she made a pizza. She then called us into the kitchen. We said well you go first. She said no I made it just for you 3.
Going to miss You Aunt Bernie.
Love Sherri,Bob & Savanna Wolf.
Sherri & Robert Wolf
Family
January 12, 2021
The hardest part of losing love one is not saying "good-bye" but rather to live without them. Trying to feel the void the emptiness felt inside. May it help to remember that beautiful things happen when God says "it's time" Prayers and love sent to the family
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Maxine Weimer
Friend
January 12, 2021
Johnny O, so sorry to hear of your loss. Prayers go out to your family.

John & Tammy Theisen
John Theisen
Friend
January 12, 2021
Sandy, Linda and familys, May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived. My prayers for all of you.
Lorri Gorter Nastaj
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