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Bernice Joyce Bares

June 11, 1927 March 7, 2019
Bernice Joyce Bares
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Obituary for Bernice Joyce Bares

Bernice Lietz Bares of Black River Falls passed away quietly on Thursday, March 7, 2019, at the Atrium Senior Living Center. She was 91. Bernice was born in Black River Falls in 1927, one of 11 children born to William R. and Minnie W. Lietz. Ten brothers and sisters preceded her in death. Bernice’s dear husband, Gerald Bares, also preceded her in death. They were married for 61 years. She is survived by many nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, and great grandnieces and great grandnephews.

Bernice graduated from Black River Falls High School in 1945. Throughout her working career, Bernice enjoyed dealing with the public. Her places of employment include the Rural Electric Association (REA), Co-op Credit Union, Waughtal’s Feed Mill and Grocery Store, several local gift shops, and the Avalon and Falls Theaters. While working at the Theaters, she met Jerry Bares, who came to Black River Falls to manage the Theaters in 1950. Bernice and Jerry were married on June 9, 1954. Jerry purchased the Falls Theater in 1956, renamed it Jerry’s Friendly Falls Theater, and Bernice and Jerry ran the Theater together until they sold it in 1985. Bernice retired from the REA, but she continued to work there part-time after retirement.

Bernice was devoted to her family and her extended family. She was an excellent cook. She knew the favorite dishes of the members of her family, and she worked hard to be sure that those dishes were served at family picnics and holiday dinners. It was common for her to bake multiple pies, just to be sure that everyone was treated to their favorite kind. Bernice enjoyed attending family members’ activities including sporting events and musical performances.

The funeral service for Bernice Bares will be on Saturday, March 16, at 1:00 p.m. at the Torgerson Funeral Home. Visitation hours will be before the service from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. Interment will be at the Riverside Cemetery in Black River Falls.

Torgerson’s Funeral Home of Black River Falls is assisting the family with arrangements.


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Visitation

Saturday

16

Mar

12:00 PM 3/16/2019 12:00:00 PM - 1:00 PM 3/16/2019 1:00:00 PM
Torgerson's Funeral Service

408 N Water Street
Black River Falls, WI 54615

Torgerson's Funeral Service
408 N Water Street Black River Falls 54615 WI
United States

Service

Saturday

16

Mar

1:00 PM 3/16/2019 1:00:00 PM
Torgerson's Funeral Service

408 N Water Street
Black River Falls, WI 54615

Kevin Newell officiating

Torgerson's Funeral Service
408 N Water Street Black River Falls 54615 WI
United States
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