Bernice M. Power, 79, of Auburn (Formerly of Dawson), passed away Sunday, May 3, 2015 at Auburn. She was born Dec. 28, 1935 at Butte, NE to the late Sylvester and Dorothea (Vogt) Weber.
She was raised at Shubert and graduated from Shubert High School in 1954. She attended Business College in Omaha for a year before enlisting the US Army on Nov. 10, 1955. Bernice served in communications and was honorably discharged on Feb. 12, 1957 at Ft. Meade, MD.
On June 1, 1956 she married Richard Wiles at Hagerstown, MD; they divorced in 1971. She married John Power on April 8, 1972 at Dawson. He passed away on March 29, 1997.
Following her discharge, she worked and lived in various places due to her first husband’s military service and then moved back to Richardson County following her divorce in 1971. When she married Mr. Power, they made their home in Dawson. She worked in retail and as a secretary and receptionist, and also a switchboard operator. She then became employed by the Falls City Housing Authority at Eastview Apartments. She then was a CNA/CMA at Colonial Acres at Humboldt, retiring in 2006 and moving to Auburn in 2007.
Bernice was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and Neighbors to Neighbors both in Auburn, St. Mary’s Altar Society at Dawson and had served as president. She served on the Village of Dawson Board as both a member and Chairman.
She’s survived by sons, Timothy (Jodi) Wiles, of Greenwood, MO, Michael (Sharon) Wiles, of Auburn, and John “Bump” Sylvester Power, of Dawson; daughter, Starlyn (Dan) Ramsey, of Dawson; brother, Don (Sue) Weber, of Camden, MO; sisters, Joan Hayes and Karen Strasheim, both of Springfield, Betty Schulenberg, of Preston, and Patricia (Kirby) Poppert, of Lincoln; 15 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren.
Bernice was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and brothers, Vernon, Dwayne and Gerald Weber.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 7, 2015 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, in Dawson, with Fr. Michael McCabe as the presiding priest. Interment will be in Falls City Catholic Cemetery. Military graveside honors by Falls City Ceremonial Honor Guard.
Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Wednesday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. The family will meet friends following the rosary. Dorr & Clark Funeral Home, of Falls City, is in charge of arrangements.