Bernice Lucille Walker Schreck

Bernice Lucille Walker Schreck

LEMERT: Bernice Lucille Walker Schreck, 89, of Lemert passed away on Saturday at 9:45am in her home following a yearlong battle with cancer. Bernice was born December 26, 1922 on Shafer Rd., Bucyrus to the late Alph Roy and Mary Kathryn (Heinlen) Walker. She was married September 9, 1944 to Ralph Emerson Schreck, Jr. who preceded her in death in 1998. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by brother, Carl Edward Walker.

Bernice is survived by children, Michael E (Carol) Schreck, Bucyrus, Pamela (Harold) McDaniel, Lemert, Thomas E. (Candace) Schreck of Bucyrus, Dale A. (Michele) Schreck of Hicksville, OH; grandchildren, Wendy (Scott) Blamer, Timothy (Kim) Schreck, Jennifer (Matthew) Caldwell, Benjamin Schreck, Craig (Kim) McDaniel, Kevin (Sue) McDaniel, Joel McDaniel, Toben (Missy) Schreck, Tara Schreck, Jaimee (Jeff) Slattery, and Ryan (Shelia)Schreck; 22 great grandchildren and one expected; as well as sister, Marjorie Walker Adams of Bucyrus.

Bernice's first love of her life was her husband of 54 years who was at her side from the beginning of their marriage. They lived in a tiny trailer moving from army air corps base to base in the southern USA during WWII. In business they operated the Lemert General Store and Schreck Insurance Agency. Bernice and Ralph enjoyed flying in Ralph's airplane and flew around Ohio for breakfast or for grandkid's ballgames, as well as vacations throughout the US. In mission work they traveled to Haiti and Israel.

Bernice's second love was her love for her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She loved to hold them as babies, to baby-sit, play with them and spoil them. Even at the age of 88, she would play hide and seek with the great grandchildren. She jumped at any chance to go watch their programs, ball games, concerts, and plays.

Bernice loved her village of Lemert. She moved to Lemert at the age of 3 and lived in the same house for most of her life. Through the years she collected memorabilia of Lemert, becoming the local historian. Bernice loved the Lemert church, not the building (which she called the barn), but the people and the mission of the church.

More than any of these loves was the love that she had for Jesus Christ. The desire to share her Savior was evident as she initiated the distribution of a daily devotional to the church members and community, taught Sunday School and VBS, and assumed leadership roles of Sunday School Superintendent, church treasurer, and lay delegate to conference.

Bernice graduated from Holmes Liberty High School in 1940 and attended the Columbus Business School. She worked as secretary at Shunk Manufacturing.

Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday at 2:00 pm in the Munz-Pirnstill Funeral Home with Rev. Robert Taylor officiating, burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 12:00 noon until the time of service. Memorials may be made to the Lemert Church, Home Care Matters Hospice, or the Gideons.

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Published in the Telegraph-Forum on Nov. 5, 2012