Bernice Hornik

Lawrence, Kansas

1921 - 2020


Lawrence, Kansas
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital


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Bernice Teresa Hornik (nee Patrykus) age 98 of Lawrence, Kansas, formerly of Alsip and Chicago's Gage Park neighborhood, passed away peacefully at home on November 19, 2020 with her family by her side. Bernice was born December 14, 1921 to John B. and Rose Ambacker Patrykus in Chicago. Bernice...

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Bernice always had a smile on her face and the best humor to keep you laughing. She was full of fire and spunk and kept everyone on their toes. She will be greatly missed, but has left so so many fond memories to talk and laugh about with each other. Rest well my friend.

Great Grandma enjoying her Four Great Grand Children ( Mackenzie, David, Abigail and Eleanor) at her 98th Birthday last December.

Mom loved to go for rides in the Car with us. Up until the virus hit Linda and Bernice along with yours truly would go out for a ride on the weekends to different restaurants.

I feel so grateful to have been able to grow up and spend time with my grandma. There's lots of little things that I have made an imprint on my life. What's one of the things that I have (and will) carry on from her? Her potato dumplings.
After joining the military and finally starting our own family, we started a tradition of making a special meal for the holidays. Growing up, one of my favourite holiday dishes was grandma Hornik's potato dumplings; so, I asked her for the recipe,...

Favourite kids/grandkids...this is one of the more recent (and funniest) memories that I have of my grandma. We were visiting her at my parent's house in Kansas, and my kids started a discussion about which one of them was my mom's favourite grandchild. My kids then looked to my grandma and asked her which one (my brother or I) was her favourite. Without hesitating, my grandma said that I was #3 on her list...and she explained that I was behind my brother's guide dog and my brother. I...

I remember how proud that she was when I joined the Air Force. Both her and my grandma Budz came all the way across the country (from Chicago to Colorado) for my graduation (from the Air Force Academy) in 1998. Two years later, should would make a return trip for my wedding to Genevieve at the Air Force Academy chapel, which is where this picture originates.

One of the earliest pictures that I have (and can recognise me in) of my grandmother, my brother, and I. While I remember her & my grandfather living in Chicago, when they moved to Alsip it was amazing for us. We could ride our bikes to grandma and grandpa's house, and she would have her special strawberries and grapes and cookies...probably not just for us, but we enjoyed them every time!

Mom was an inspiration to many people throughout life. She was a volunteer fir many years at Palos Community Hospital in Palos Heights Illinois. The picture is Bernice seated with her sister Grace on their communion day (circa 1930)