Moline, Ill. – Bernice Sophia Mason, 84, of Moline, Ill., died Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016, at UnityPoint Health – Trinity Rock Island, Rock Island, Ill.
Funeral services were held Monday, Sept. 19 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Moline. Entombment was at Moline Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to Holy Cross Lutheran Church.
Bernice was born on Jan. 20, 1932, in Thief River Falls, the daughter of Albert and Jean Ruch Horter. On Dec. 17, 1955, she married Richard Mason in Thief River Falls. They later divorced. Bernice was the co-owner and operator of Whitey’s Pie Company for 13 years, from 1983 to 1995. Although she retired in 1995, Bernice continued to work at Whitey’s as a baker for an additional 17 years, until 2012.
Bernice was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, where she loved to volunteer. She also volunteered and worked at the Croatian Club and the Viking Club. Bernice enjoyed baking, crocheting, and working in her yard and flower garden.
Survivors include her children, Jon Mason, Moline, Ill., Kimberly Bartnicki, Colona, Ill., Jeff (Michele) Mason, Longmont, CO, and Nancy (Dan) Sitzmore, Morrison, Ill.; sister, Elayne (Robert) Ottinger, San Antonio, Texas; grandchildren, Nathan, Ryan, and Brandon Mason, Amanda (Oscar) Herrera, Steve Simmon, Mason Sitzmore, and Emma Sitzmore.
She was preceded in death by her parents; son-in-law, Jerry; siblings, Lucy, Polly, Vern, Cliff, Delores, Janice, and Loraine.
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