Bernice Jean Kearns

March 26, 1937 ‒ January 19, 2018

Butler, Ohio

BUTLER: Bernice Jean Kearns, 80, of Armstrong Road, Butler, died Friday evening January 19, 2018 after a lengthy illness.

She was born March 26, 1937 in North Liberty, Ohio to Harley and Mary (Leedy) Teeter, the fifth of seven children.  She was raised on a dairy farm surrounded by a loving family. She was graduated from Butler High School in 1955 and was valedictorian of her class. She was graduated from Baldwin Wallace University in 1960 with a B.S. in Nutrition.

Following college, Bernice completed her internship and worked as a licensed dietician for 40 years. Her work included support to patients in nursing homes and regular visits to Mansfield General (now OhioHealth) and other local hospitals.

Bernice married Ron L. Kearns in December 31, 1961; a New Year’s Eve to remember!  They returned to the family farm, purchased 40 acres of the farm and made it their unique home. What Bernice truly loved was nature, being a Christian lady, her family and being home. She knew the difference between the call of a tufted titmouse, a chickadee, a Baltimore oriole or just about any Ohio song bird. She knew every wild flower, tree and most of the stars visible above her house by name. She was spiritually connected to her natural world.

A woman of faith, Bernice attended North Bend Church of the Brethren, and loved driving to church, or bible study or getting a ride with the Bailey’s over the country roads to Danville.  She regularly read Guideposts, participated in prayer chain and watched Christian based TV.

Bernice is survived by three children and their spouses; Breck Kearns of Waterford, Connecticut, Wynn and Beth Kearns of Lexington, and Dara and Peter Psarouthakis of Chelsea, Michigan; five grandchildren Tanner, Olivia and Mason Kearns and John Gray and Taylor Psarouthakis; three sisters and brothers-in-law; Beverly Althouse of Bucyrus, Mary Lou Conger of Mt. Vernon, Lee and Pat Bailey of Butler, Ohio, and many, many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 41 years, Ronald L. Kearns in 2003.

Friends may call Thursday January 25, 2018 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home. The memorial service will follow at 4:00 pm. The Rev. Patrick Bailey will officiate. A private interment will be held later in Mansfield Memorial Park, where Bernice asked to be buried by her husband.

Memorial contributions to Kindred Hospice of Knox County may be made at the funeral home.

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  • So very sorry to hear of Bernice’s passing. She had been on my mind a lot this week. We had a good visit the last time I stopped by. A kind lady and she would always ask what kind of ducks we had on our lake. She did love nature! A sweet lady with a beautiful smile! Condolences to all the family. Don and Sue Thomas

  • What a wonderful christian women. she will be missed.Condolences to all the family.
    RIP Bernice.

  • So sorry for your loss your Mom was such a sweet lady who loved her family and she’ll be missed by many. You’re all in my thoughts.

  • So sorry to hear of this . Bernice always knew her plants and educated me. May she Rest In Peace.

  • Sorry for your loss. I always loved her name. Loosing your mom is one of the hardest thing. Your in my thoughts and prayers.

  • dear family of Bernice,
    I am so very sorry to hear of Bernice departure, but I know she must be rejoicing over there. Bernice and I had many lovely times together, going to Mt. Vernon and enjoying some meals together, especially crab cakes. God be with all of you at this time
    Love and prayer,
    Ellie Hitchman

    • Ellie,

      Thank you for all that you have done for Mom, for so many years. Butler girls stick together !

  • Bernice will be missed. She was a sweetheart she would let me come up and fish in the pond and we would talk. She did love her plants and birds as her last four letters in her name she was very nice. GOD bless all of her family! You lost a great mother! But heaven got another ANGEL
    PRAYERS Debra Agin

  • Not only do I remember spending time talking with Bernice at the Leedy reunions, but I also had the joy of reading with her in elementary school when she volunteered working with students. Later on, we would volunteer together at the Butler Adult Center and I thouroughly enjoyed our chats there. Bernice was a strong woman and she will be sincerely missed.

    • Thank you Siera. Leedy reunion always a great event. Mom was my Sunday school teacher at North Liberty…we loved when she would read to us.

  • I’m so sorry for your loss. Its hard. Breck stopped here on his way out and back to visit his mom last month, and we are glad we could be of some comfort. I know Breck always spoke fondly of her. My mom passed away last week also. It’s not easy…but we remember all the love and are thankful for a proper upbringing and guidance in life, and all the good things mom’s do for us!

    -Brian (Friend of Breck)

    • Thanks for your hospitality & Iamvery sorry for your. Mothers’ passing last week BreckI’ll see you guys soon all myl love Breck

  • Mts Kearns was such a special lady. I’m so sorry for your loss and thankful she isn’t suffering anymore. She will always have a very special place in my heart.

    Cheryl and Brian Fraizer

    • Cheryl,

      I think of you every time I go down Armstrong Road ! Great school memories. Thank you and Brian for being life long friends.

  • So sorry to hear of Bernice’s passing. She was always such a pleasant person and smart all the way through school. Unfortunately we didn’t see each other very much after graduation and from reading her interests, it would been nice to have been closer. God be with all of you during this time of adjustment.

    • Nora, Thank you so much. I miss you guys so much. Tell Dan hello and hope to see you somewhere soon. Mom is in heaven now, very cool to think about that.

  • So sorry for your loss Kearns Family. What a beautiful read. Although I did not know your Mom she had to be special to create loving people like you all! Blessings and prayers for all of you.

  • The kindest most caring, patient woman in the world. I never remember hearing a negative word purse her lips. Sympathy and Condolences to All of you.

  • Bernice was special. She was a faithful worker at the Center for many years. She and I had many good talks and never a complaint. When I visited her, we would often go out to the lake and she explained the purpose of the fence by the trees. As I said , she was special and will be missed. May your memories help at this time. D’

  • Sorry to here of your mothers passing. She was a very loving and caring person. She isn’t suffering anymore and we have all gained and Angel watching over us. She will be missed!

  • So very sorry to hear of your mom’s passing… You’re in our thoughts and prayers during this sad time.. She sounds like an amazing woman.

  • Breck, Wynn & Dara,

    So sorry for the loss of your mom. She was always so kind to me and I loved talking with her at church. Keeping you all in my prayers.

  • So very sorry to hear. Bernice was certainly a very special person and will be missed by many.

  • Wynn and family…
    We were so sad to hear of you moms passing. I only met her a few times, but her tribute speaks volumes for her. What a wonderful person and an amazing mother. I’m sure you have countless memories of her and those are the things we hold close to our hearts throughout our lifetime. May she now rest in peace. She will be watching over you always, Until you meet again.

    Prayers and Hugs,
    Wayne, Teri and family

  • To the loved ones of Bernice she was older then I but can remember her being in band with me or chorus at Butler High School loved her family as my granparents the Hunters lived in North Liberty and thought highly of their family.Prayers for comfort I was Carol Darling when in school I graduated 1958.

    • Carol

      Thank you so much. I also player trombone. In fact I used Moms. Always good to hear from a Butler lady !

  • So sorry to all of your family I knew your and was a true blessing . You hate to lose them but she is at rest now and will suffer no more.

  • So sorry to hear of Berenice’s passing. I haven’t seen her for a few years but I so enjoyed our visits out at the farm. Such a sweet, caring lady. She will be missed by many. Our condolences to the entire family. Andy & Michelle Moncayo

  • Your grandmother, Mary, was the sweetest lady I’ve ever know and your Mom Bernice was very much like her. As cousins, I have known her since I was a toddler, however, not living close by, I unfortunately never had the opportunity to know her as well as I would have liked to. Being the nature lover that she was I’m sure she and my dad, Uncle Dan, got along famously! I’m sorry I didn’t come to the reunion this year and see her. May God give you and all of your family strength in this time of sorrow.

  • So sorry to hear of the passing of Bernice. I had the opportunity to help Bernice with
    her vehicle over the years. What a wonderful person , she was always treated me very nice. She will be missed. God Bless

    • Denny, thank you. After Dad died Mom was kind of lost on keeping her cars running. She trusted Weekly for sure !

  • Wynn and family, so sorry to know of your loss. I pray for your comfort, in what must be a very trying time for your family and you. I think of and miss my mom each and every day. Sounds as if our mom’s were quite similar, as both had a devout faith in our Lord.

    • David

      You have been me friend a long time and helped me through more than one rough spot. Thank you for being there. Sorry about your Mom. I get it for sure. Wynn

  • We are very sorry about the loss of your Mother. She was always so nice to talk with and such a sweet lady. She will be missed; she graduated with my husband Harry. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Sorry we won’t be able to come to calling hours. Love, Harry and Bev

  • So sorry for your loss. Martha Riter worked with Bernice at the Butler Adult Center and visited her often over the years. And I went with her from time to time. She truly was very special and will be truly missed by many. Thoughts and prayers, Esther (Reamsnider) Turner.

  • Dara,
    We were sad to hear of your mom’s passing. She was such a fighter and lived life to the fullest up until the very end. We enjoyed following her adventures with you and your brothers and families on facebook. I’m sure she was comforted to have you close in her last months.
    May she rest in a much deserved peace, and be reunited with your Dad in heaven.

    • Mike

      Thank you so much. Your family is very important to us. Mom would often ask me for an update on your clan. I would know to ask Peter or Dara so I could always keep Mom current on you guys ! Much Love. Wynn

  • We are so sorry for your loss. Bernice was a beautiful lady and will be so missed by the outreach department . Debi Thayer and Marcia Lepley Outreach Services Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County

  • Dara, Wynn & Breck,

    We just heard about your Mom and we are so sorry for your loss. She was an amazing person. Despite knowing that she can now rest in peace and be reunited with your Dad, you have all had a great loss. Please know that we are praying for you and your families during this time of sorrow.

    Sue & Don McFarland,
    Cindy & Mike Ruckman & family

    • Sue, Don, Cindy and Mike.

      Thank you so much. Mom enjoyed all of you as much as I do. Thank you for your kind words.