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Bernice Goodreau Meinz

November 21, 2012
Daily Press

ESCANABA - Bernice Goodreau Meinz, 95, of Escanaba, passed away Nov. 19, 2012. Bernice was born in Chassell, Mich., April 25, 1917. She was the daughter of William and Emma (Trudell) Goodreau. Bernice graduated from Escanaba High School in 1934 and then attended Cloverland Commercial College. She later worked at Montgomery Ward in the first catalog department. She was also an election worker for many years.

On June 18, 1943, she married Alfred Meinz Sr. of Waite Park, Minn. They have four children, Alfred Jr. (Mary) Meinz of Scottsdale, Ariz., Thomas (Susan) Meinz of Green Bay, Wis., Mary Jo (David) Seymour of Charlotte, N.C., William (Lynnette) Meinz of Lapeer, Mich.

She is survived by her four children and their spouses; her nine grandchildren, Elizabeth Meinz, Jennifer (Panu) Zoller, Bradley Meinz, Sara (Michael) DeNardis, Katherine (Charles) Butterfield, Michael (Lysa) Seymour, Daniel (Lelea) Seymour, Evan Meinz and Luke Meinz; and her nine great-grandchildren, Jari and Niko Zoller, Brody and Henry Meinz, Hailey and Ryan Seymour, Nils and Odin Butterfield and Dexter DeNardis. She is also survived by her sister, Ruth Nilsen of Aurora, Ohio; as well as many nieces and nephews.

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Bernice Goodreau Meinz

Bernice was preceded In death by her parents; husband; sisters, Margaret Phalen of Phoenix Ariz., Helen Cayen of Appleton, Wis., Grace Cleereman of Salida, Colo; and brothers, Maurice Goodreau of Bear Lake, Minn., Bert Goodreau of Escanaba.

Through her entire life she was happiest spending time with her family. She loved baking bread, rolls, cookies, pies, cream puffs and pasties. She enjoyed knitting Christmas stockings, afghans and baby booties. She was an avid bird watcher and she loved animals. Among her proudest moments was walking the Mackinac Bridge twice in her 80s! Her love of flowers and gardening earned her "Best of Show" with her prize hibiscus at the U.P. State Fair. She also received "Best of Show" for her delicious Oatmeal Bread. She enjoyed watching the Detroit Lions and the Tigers quest for the 2012 World Series.

As a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, neighbor and friend we have shared many wonderful memories. She will always be remembered for her favorite color RED.

As per her request, there will be no visitation. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Patrick/St. Joseph Catholic Church in the spring/summer of 2013. Online condolences may be expressed at

Please consider a donation to St. Vincent de Paul in memory of Bernice.

Special thanks to Dr. Bohl and Andrea Ford at Marquette General. The family greatly appreciates the gentle and compassionate care given by the staff at Manor Care West in Green Bay.



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