Bernice C. Vander Heiden (nee Gettelman) passed away peacefully at home on January 8, 2021 at the age of 97. Bernice was the beloved wife of the late Hank Vander Heiden and daughter of Ira and Anna (Umhoefer) Gettelman. Bernice resided at the family farm that she and Hank bought in 1950.
Bernice was preceded in death by her brother and sister Louis and Ruth Gettelman. She was also the sister-in-law of the late Jean Gettelman, Bill and Harriet Vander Heiden and Eddy and Ann Geiger.
Beloved mother of Robert, Sue (Bob Waters), Rick (Linda), Sally (John Stevens), and Roy (Mary Jo).
Grandmother of Ross, Rob (Jessica), Kyle, Kevin (Julie), Michael and David Vander Heiden; Tobin (Jan), Jessie (Phil McIlheran) and Jason (Katie Solomon) Waters; and Kayce and Hayley Stevens. Great grandmother of Mario and Natalie Waters, Grace and Molly McIlheran, Melody and Jade Vander Heiden. Further survived by many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.
Bernice liked a good Manhattan and enjoyed playing, and usually winning cards and working on puzzles with family members and special friend LeRoy Goetz. Special thanks to everyone that supported Bernice during her time of need, especially her nieces Teri Peterson and Judy Mingari.
Bernice lived her life devoted to her faith and family. Her loving and caring nature will be remembered by all. She leaves us with many happy memories.
Due to safety precautions, a private burial will be held for immediate family with a later celebration of her life. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to your favorite charity.
Lastly, join us in raising a Manhattan to Bernice.