HAVRE DAILY NEWS                                                      Tuesday, December 18, 2001

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BERNECE WOLERY

  RUDYARD - Bernece Marie Wolery, 93, died Sunday, Dec. 16, 2001, at a Chester nursing home.

  Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Rudyard. Burial will follow in the Rudyard Cemetery.

  Bernece was born Sept. 14, 1908, at New Auburn, Wis., to Earnest and Mary (Waugh) Shipman. Her mother died during the flu epidemic in 1918, so Bernece was raised in Wisconsin by Grandmother Waugh. She received her education there, graduating from New Auburn High School in 1927.

  Bernece came to Montana to be near her father, Earnest. He married Anna Schwartz and together they raised a new family of five. While living in Rudyard, Bernece kept books for the Soderholm family business. She eventually moved to Havre to continue her education at Northern Montana College. She worked as a housekeeper for the Roper and Koefod families in Havre. After she received her teacher’s certificate, Bernece began teaching at the Red Rock School north of Havre. In the few years that followed, she continued to teach at various country schools in the Hi-Line. She was teaching at the Grassy Butte School north of Inverness when she met Olyn C. Wolery. They were married in Havre on May 27, 1939.

  The Wolery’s initially farmed in the Goldstone community north of Rudyard. Bernece worked as a substitute teacher for a few years, then devoted her time to homemaking and motherhood. They raised their family of four on their north Inverness farm, the place they home for more than 50 years.

  Bernece and Olyn moved to the Liberty County Nursing Home in Chester in 1997.

  Bernece was a longtime member of the Minneota Friendly Club. She and served as clerk of the Grassy Butte School Board and had served on the Inverness School Board.

  Her hobbies included sewing, crocheting, reading, and crossword puzzles. She loved music, especially the old-time hymns, and enjoyed playing the piano and singing. Her greatest enjoyment was taking care of her family and friends. Bernece was an exceptional hostess. Coffee and cookies were always available and she could whip up a wonderful meal on very short notice. She will be remembered for her delicious homemade cookies and maple sticks. Mostly, she will be remembered as a gentle, caring woman who loved to serve the ones she loved.

  Bernece was preceded in death by her parents, Earnest and Mary (Waugh) Shipman; brother, Raymond Shipman; sister, Ruthie Smith; granddaughter, Jolene Wolery.

  Survivors include her husband of 62 years, Olyn Wolery of Chester; sons, Leroy (Marilyn) Wolery of Gildford, Sterling (Betty Ann) Wolery of Joplin, and Merlin (Patricia) Wolery of Rudyard; daughter, Coleen (Ron) Vestal of Aurora, Colo.; brother, Ercel Shipman of Beaver Dam, Wis.; sisters, Ann Tracht of Kalispell, Louise Richter of Omak, Wash., Doris Een of Rudyard, Marion Gilson of Guernsey, Wyo., Donna Nealy of Chester; 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; numerous nephews and nieces.

  Arrangements are by Rockman Funeral Chapel, Chester.

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GREAT FALLS TRIBUNE                                                 Wednesday, December 19, 2001

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Bernece Marie Wolery

 

  CHESTER -- Bernece Marie (Shipman) Wolery, 93, a former schoolteacher and Inverness-area farmer, died Sunday in a Chester nursing home.

  Her funeral is 2 p.m. Thursday at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Rudyard, with burial in Rudyard Cemetery. Rockman Funeral Chapel in Chester is in charge of arrangements.

  Survivors include her husband, Olyn Wolery of Chester; daughter Coleen Vestal of Aurora, Colo.; sons Leroy Wolery of Gildford, Sterling Wolery of Joplin and Merlin Wolery of Rudyard; sisters Ann Tracht of Kalispell, Louise Richter of Omak, Wash., Doris Een of Rudyard; Marion Gilson of Guerneey, Wash., and Donna Nealy of Chester; a brother, Ercel Shipman of Beaver Dam, Wis.; 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

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LIBERTY COUNTY TIMES                                                         December 26, 2001

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Bernece Wolery

   Bernece Marie (Shipman) Wolery was born September 14, 1908 at New Auburn, Wisconsin. She was one of four children born to Earnest and Mary (Waugh) Shipman. Her mother died during the flu epidemic in 1918, so Bernece was raised in Wisconsin by her grandmother Waugh. She received her education there, graduating from new Auburn High School in 1927.

   Bernece came to Montana to be near her father Earnest. He married Anna Schwartz and together they raised a new family of five. While living in Rudyard, Bernece kept books for the Soderholm family business. She eventually moved to Havre to continue her education at Northern Montana College. She worked as a housekeeper for the Roper and Koefod families in Havre. After she received her teacher’s certificate, Bernece began teaching at the Red Rock Creek School north of Havre. In the few years that followed, she continued to teach at various covntry schools on the Hi-Line. She was teaching at the Grassy butte School north of Inverness when she met her husband-to-be, Olyn C. Wolery. They were married in Havre on May 27, 1939.

   The Wolerys initially farmed in the Goldstone community north of Rudyard. Bernece worked as a substitute teacher for a few years, then devoted her time to homemaking and motherhood. They raised their family of four on their north Inverness farm, the place they called ‘home’ for 50+ years.

   Bernece and OIyn moved to the Liberty County Nursing Home in Chester in 1997. Bernece died at the rest home on this past Sunday evening December 16, 2001. Even though she was diagnosed with polio as a child, then developed complicating diabetes as an aault, Bernece was blessed with 93 years of life.

   Bernece was a long time member of the Minneota Friendly Club. She had served as Clerk of the Grassy Butte School Board and had also served on the Inverness School Board.

   Her hobbies included sewing, crocheting, reading, and crossword puzzles. She loved music, especially the “old-time hymns” and enjoyed playing the piano and singing. Her greatest enjoyment was taking care of her family and friends. Bernece was an exceptional hostess; coffee and cookies were always available, and she could whip-up a wonderful meal on very short notice. She will be remembered for her delicious homemade cookies and maple sticks. Mostly, she will be remembered as a gentle, caring woman who loved to serve the ones she loved.

   Survivors include her husband of 62 years, Olyn of Chester; three Sons and their spouses: Leroy and Marilyn Wolery of Gildford, Sterling and Betty Ann Wolery of Joplin, and Merlin and Patricia Wolery of Rudyard; one daughter and her spouse Coleen and Ron Vestal of Aurora, Colorado; one brother Ercel Shipman of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin; five sisters: Ann Tracht of Kalispell, Louise Richter of Omak, Washington, Doris Een of Rudyard, Marion Gilson of Guernsey, Wyoming, and Donna Nealy of Chester; 10 grandchildren: Darwin, Craig, Derek, Jill, Jane, Julie, Trevor, Heather, Ryan, and Holly; six great-grandchildren; and numerous nephews and nieces. Bernece was preceded in death by her parents, one brother Raymond Shipman, one sister Ruthie Smith, and one granddaughter Jolene Wolery.

   Funeral Services were conducted at 2:00 pm Thursday December 20. 2001 at our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Rudyard by Bernece’s nephew, Pastor Dale Wolery of California. Special readings were by grandchildren, Ryan Vestal, Heather Wolery, and Jane Beadle. A vocal duet “Safe in the Arms of Jesus,” was performed by Carol Bangs and Leslie Smith. The congregation dan “Joy to the World.” Several taped selections including “Through Every Storm” sung by Sarah Wolery, and “Going Home for Christmas” sung by Steven Curtis Chapman were played. Granddaughters serving as pianists were Jill Reinker and Heather Wolery. Bernece’s grandchildren served as pallbearers and the ushers were Ken Wolery and Lyle Harrison.

   Following burial at the Rudyard Cemetery, a reception was held at the church.   

   Arrangements by Rockman Funeral Chapel, Chester.

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