Bernice Mae Roberts

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Bernice Mae Roberts, 88, of Orwigsburg, passed away Saturday at Pine Brook Personal Care.

Born in Pine Grove, May 3, 1930, she was a daughter of the late Martha A. Bender and Clifford C. Moyer.

She was a graduate of Schuylkill Haven High School, Class of 1947, and last worked for local textile factories including Bayshore's Knitting Mill, Schuylkill Haven.

She was the widow of Elmer D. Roberts, who passed away in 2003.

She was a member of First United Church of Christ, Schuylkill Haven, and the bi-weekly SOUL social lunch group at the church. Bernice was a volunteer worker in the kitchen at the First United Church of Christ during the Strawberry and Peach festivals era. She was active in administering youth bowling leagues at Gateway Bowling Lanes with her husband for many years. She loved cooking, knitting, sewing, counter-cross stitch and reading. She also loved to skate at Willow Lake Roller Rink to big band music.

She loved her family and was a proud mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Linette McGow, who passed away in 2006.

Bernice is survived by a daughter, Leanna Bensinger, wife of Floyd Bensinger, Fuquay-Varina, N.C.; son, Todd Roberts, companion of Penny Shade, Schuylkill Haven; grandchildren, Greg Bensinger, Tigard, Ore., Bradley Bensinger, Jacobus, Ashley Roufos-Abbey, Harrisburg, Tyler Roberts, Clinton Township, Mich., and Alexander McGow III, Clinton Township, Mich.; great-grandchildren, Nolan and Conor Bensinger, Tigard, Ore., Luca Bensinger, Jacobus, and Lucy Roufos-Abbey, Harrisburg.

A Celebration of Life funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Geschwindt-Stabingas Funeral Home Inc., Schuylkill Haven, with the Rev. Shawn VanDyke officiating. A viewing for family and friends will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. Donations may be made to the First United Church of Christ, 110 Route 61 South, Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972. Interment will be at Union Cemetery, Schuylkill Haven. To extend online condolences, visit Geschwindt-Stabingas Funeral Home Inc. has been entrusted with arrangements.

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Published in Republican & Herald on Jan. 9, 2019