ESCANABA - Bernice Fehrenbach, 77, of 4200 M Road, Escanaba, passed away Wednesday, May 22, 2013, at home surrounded by her loving family following a brief illness with cancer. She was born on Aug. 14, 1935, in Janesville, Wis., and was the daughter of Chester and E. Pearl (Hennessy) Harris. Following the Depression, the Harris Family moved to Perkins, Mich. Bernice attended school in Perkins and was a member of the Graduating Class of 1953. She then moved to Escanaba where she met the love of her life. The former Bernice Harris married Donald Fehrenbach in Menominee, Mich., in 1954. Bernice was a devoted wife and mother for many years tending to the needs of her family. In the mid-1970's, she and her husband Donald started Bach Mobilities where she continued to be involved in the business until her recent illness. She as an avid reader, enjoyed sewing and gardening but what Bernice loved most in life was her family. She was a wonderful, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and a nurturer to many throughout her lifetime. She and her husband Don never forgot visiting friends in the nursing homes.
Bernice was a pillar of Immanuel Lutheran Church. She was a leader in the activities of the women of the E.L.C.A., sewing weekly on quilts for Lutheran World Relief, and planning cluster meetings. Bernice was a past church council member, and was passionate about her outreach work which started many projects like; the mitten tree, the angel tree, and Easter baskets for the less fortunate. She served the synod working on world hunger and was a frequent visitor to the nursing homes to see friends.
Bernice is survived by: husband, Donald; sons, Donald (Tina) Fehrenbach, Blue Ridge, Ga., Timothy Fehrenbach, Ford River, Rich Bach, Phoenix, Ariz.; daughters, Elizabeth (James) Moberg, Escanaba, Lynnea (Ted) Lauffer, Mineral Pt, Wis.; nine grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren.
Bernice was preceded in death by her parents, Chester and E. Pearl, and brothers, John and Edwin Harris.
A visitation will be held at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Escanaba on Sunday, May 26, from 2 to 4 p.m. Funeral services celebrating the life of Bernice Fehrenbach will follow at 4 p.m. at the church with Rev. Judy Kincaid officiating. Burial will take place in the Gardens of Rest Cemetery. A luncheon will be served in the church fellowship hall at the conclusion of the funeral service. Those wishing to offer a memorial in Bernice's honor are kindly asked to consider a donation to Immanuel Lutheran Church for a special fund to help establish "Hope At The Inn" (HATI), a program for churches providing shelter for the homeless. The Anderson Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements, expressions of sympathy and online condolences may be directed to the Fehrenbach family at www.andersonfuneralhomes.net.