Bernice Thompson, born on April 15, 1928, and passed away on September 20, 2023, at the Pinecrest Home for the Aged. Bernice was a lifelong resident of Kenora, primarily residing in Jaffray-Melick on the Redditt Road. She was the second oldest daughter of Elvira and Clifford Alcock. A proud and hardworking individual, Bernice displayed independence and strength when her husband, Leonard, passed away more than 30 years ago. She continued to maintain the family home they built together for four years before becoming a resident at Southward Villa in Lakeside.
Throughout her life, Bernice enjoyed a wide range of activities, including baking, gardening, reading, golfing, and playing games like crib and scrabble. She cherished her family, especially her grandchildren, and took joy in witnessing her great-grandchildren grow. Bernice had a deep love for her family and created many cherished memories, such as picnics on the front lawn with her grandchildren.
In her earlier years, Bernice worked on her family’s farm and later took on various housekeeping and office management roles. She was always involved in the community, organizing events and lending a helping hand to family get-togethers. Bernice’s warmth and welcoming nature fostered a close-knit family home, with visitors dropping by frequently.
Bernice faced several challenges throughout her life, including losing her sight in 2010 and experiencing a fall in 2021 that led to the progression of dementia. In July of 2023, she suffered a hip injury, marking the beginning of the end. Despite these trials, Bernice cherished the time she had and lived to the age of 95, surpassing any previous family member’s longevity.
She is survived by her two daughters, Cheryl and Jan, two grandchildren, Erin and Jeremy, and two great-grandchildren, Mason and Dawson. Bernice is also remembered by her two sisters, Margaret and Joyce, three sisters-in-law, Bev, Kathy, and Bev, and numerous nieces and nephews. The family extends their gratitude to Barb Alcock and Dave Havill, who provided support throughout the years, as well as the staff at Pinecrest who ensured Bernice’s last days were dignified and comfortable.
A Celebration of Life for Bernice Thompson will take place on November 3, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at Pinecrest Home for the Aged. Pastor Cathy Giroux will officiate the ceremony. In lieu of flowers, Bernice would request reaching out to a friend or loved one who may be feeling lonely. Donations can also be made to the Alzheimer Society Kenora/Rainy River Districts or Pinecrest Home Activation.
As Bernice bids farewell to this world, her family finds solace in knowing that she has been reunited with her beloved husband, Leonard. She missed him dearly every single day since his passing. The Thompson family expresses their deep love for both Bernice and Leonard and shares fond memories and condolences on the Brown Funeral Home Kenora website.