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Bernice Mary Mitchell

December 8, 1926 January 10, 2019
Bernice Mary Mitchell
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Heaven welcomed an angel when Bernice M. “Bee” Mitchell passed away on January 10th, after 92 years on Earth. Bernice was born at home in Burlington to Frank and Anna (Spieker) May on December 8, 1926. She graduated from St. Mary’s Catholic High School in 1944 and this is when friends started her nickname of "Bee". She met her husband Robert (Bob) and they built a life in East Troy, raising their four children. Faith and giving back to the community were very important to her, and throughout her life she shared her talents and time with St. Peter's Catholic Church, Helping Hands, Meals on Wheels, East Troy Middle School, Lioness Club, Girl Scouts, and the Ladies Sodality. When Bee retired from her position as a treasurer of Helping Hands this summer after twenty-five plus years, they needed two people to replace her! In the 1950's she joined the M.O.M.'s club, a unique group of young mothers where she enjoyed the friendship of like minded women from early life in East Troy until per passing.
Bee enjoyed her jobs at Dardis Lumber in Burlington and Equity Co-Op in East Troy where she did bookkeeping. If you went out to eat with Bee, you depended on her to split the check (down to the penny) at the end of the meal. Her skills with numbers were amazing.
Family was a cornerstone of Bee's life. She took time to travel with her sisters, whether it be overseas or around the country to visit other family and friends. Bee was always busy helping to care for and visit her grandchildren, and great grandchildren. The best place for a bedtime story was in her lap. She also enjoyed teaching and playing cards and games with her grandchildren. Bee was always busy, and to keep her mind sharp she read the paper and completed the crossword each day. Another of her great talents was kitting and crocheting; she created beautiful blankets and sweaters for so many of her family members. Those stitches are treasured gifts. Many knew Bee as great cook, some of her specialties were apple pie, Christmas prime rib, and homemade Tom & Jerry batter. She enjoyed finding new recipes and trying dishes to share. Many great times were created around the table enjoying the wonderful meals she made. Bee will be missed by her children, Jim of Larsen, WI, Kay (Barry) of Washington, N.C., Cal (Jean) of Huron, T.N., and Todd (Darnell) of East Troy, WI., nine grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren, one sister Jenny Jensen (John) of Twin Lakes, Sisters in law Lynn Mick (Bob) and Mary Ann Zelenski (Bob) all of East Troy.and many other nieces, nephews, relatives, and many, many friends. When Bee arrived in heaven she was reunited with those who passed before her, her parents, husband, brother Adrian, sisters Helen and Germaine, grandson James and her husband's five siblings. To celebrate Bee's life, a funeral mass will be held on Monday, January 14 at noon, with visitation from 10:30 to the hour of the service at St. Peter's Catholic Church, 1981 Beulah Avenue in East Troy. In lieu of flowers, the family will be accepting donations and will distribute in Bee's name to the charities closest to her heart.


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Visitation

Monday

14

Jan

10:30 AM 1/14/2019 10:30:00 AM - 12:00 PM 1/14/2019 12:00:00 PM
St. Peter's Catholic Church

1975 Beulah Avenue
East Troy, WI 53120

St. Peter's Catholic Church
1975 Beulah Avenue East Troy 53120 WI
United States

Service

Monday

14

Jan

12:00 PM 1/14/2019 12:00:00 PM - 12:45 PM 1/14/2019 12:45:00 PM
St. Peter's Catholic Church

1975 Beulah Avenue
East Troy, WI 53120

St. Peter's Catholic Church
1975 Beulah Avenue East Troy 53120 WI
United States
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