Bernice Bass

February 25, 2015

Bernice Bass

Funeral Services: Will be held on Monday, March 2, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. at the Fontanelle United Methodist Church. Pastor Cathy Nutting will officiate the service. A luncheon will be held at the church immediately following the service. Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. at the Scanton Cemetery north of Scranton, Iowa.   

Open Visitation: Will be held on Sunday, March 1, at the Steen Funeral Home in Fontanelle from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

Family Visitation: The family will greet friends on Sunday from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Steen Funeral Home in Fontanelle. 

Memorials: To the Bernice Bass memorial fund to be established by the family at a later date. 

Bernice Irene Bass was born February 17, 1930, in Carroll, Iowa, to Keith and Odessa (Hoyt) Brown. She passed away on Wednesday, February 25, 2015, in Creston, Iowa, at the age of 85.

Bernice grew up in the Scranton, Iowa area and went to school at Scranton then graduated from Bayard High School in 1948. She was united in marriage to John (Jack) Bass November 6, 1948, at the Scranton United Methodist Church. To this union three children were born: Diane Carol, Charlene Kathryn and Jim Marion.

Bernice was a homemaker and a helping hand in their farming operation. They farmed near Scranton and Jefferson until they purchased their farm north of Fontanelle in 1968. Upon retirement they moved to their home in Fontanelle.

Bernice was a member of the Methodist Church and served as an organist and pianist for many years. She enjoyed bowling, dancing, crocheting and especially her grandchildren. She also looked forward to winters in Arizona for many years.

She is survived by her husband, John (Jack) Bass of Fontanelle; children, Diane Rice (Darwin) of Jefferson, Charlene Wood (Dean) of Coralville and Jim Bass (Kathy) of Fontanelle; six grandchildren; thirteen great grandchildren; brother, Wayne Brown (Phyllis) of Bayard, Iowa; two sisters, Elaine Seaman (Robert) of Carroll and Lois Taylor (Merlin) of Cedar Falls; other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a granddaughter and two great grandchildren.




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