SOUTH BEND – Bernice C. Knepp, 86, of South Bend, died on April 1, 2019, at home surrounded by her family.

She was born on Aug. 11, 1932, to Henry and Bertha Cords Schultz in Pangman, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Bernice graduated from Pangman High School in 1950 and on Aug. 12, 1956, she married Eldon Knepp.

She worked for Wells Aluminum for over 22 years. Bernice was a member of the Emmaus Lutheran Church, Islanders Home Economics Club, and the Mary and Martha Circles.

She enjoyed sewing, knitting, quilting and ceramics.

Bernice is survived by her husband of 62 years, Eldon; her children, Karen (Bill) Rose and Beth (Scott) Schmitt; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and four siblings: Elsie Walfram, Inez Brand, Ruth Brown and Henry Schultz.

She was preceded in death by her parents and six siblings: Lelah Linkert, Bertha Bradway, Bill Schultz, Clint Schultz, Wilmer Schultz and Gilford Schultz.

Friends and family will be received on Friday, April 5, in the Emmaus Lutheran Church, 929 Milton St., South Bend, from 10 a.m. to noon, with the funeral service in Bernice’s honor beginning at noon. Burial will follow in the Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Osceola.


Memorials to Emmaus Lutheran Church, 929 Milton St., South Bend, IN 46613.

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