SR. Bernice Mary Anstett, SOS

April 8, 1920November 1, 2018

April 8, 1920-November 1, 2018.

Our world has lost a precious, joyful spirit. Sr. Bernice Anstett was called home to God on Thursday, November 1, fittingly, All Saints Day. A member of the Sisters of Service, she was in her seventy-sixth year of religious life. She is lovingly remembered by the sisters of her religious community. She is predeceased by her parents, Lawrence Anstett and the former Josephine Lang, sisters Vera (in infancy), Catherine, Theresa and Mary, and brothers Allen, Rueben, Elroy, Maurice and Clarence. She leaves to mourn a sister-in-law, Jackie Anstett, and niece, Mary Therese Heidmiller. In fact a generation of caring nieces and nephews will remember their aunt with affection. A wonderful circle of extended family and friends will also grieve her loss. Bernice gave generously of her gifts and talents. She devoted her life to the service of others in several missions, in various apostolates: Alberta (teaching and parish ministry, Saskatchewan (religious education), Edmonton, Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec (residence work). In her retirement Bernice was active in her faith community – pastoral care, VON, scriptures studies and CWL. Spiritual reading, reflection, and personal prayer enriched her daily living. Bernice spent her last years at the Houses of Providence, Providence Healthcare. Warmest thanks are extended to the staff of Redwood House for their kind attention and care, and to the two caregivers of the Sisters of Service.

Reception of the Body will take place in the Chapel of 2 O’Connor Drive, Toronto, Residence of the Sisters of St. Joseph, at 9:30 a.m. , Monday, November 5, 2018. This will be followed by a Wake Service. Immediately following this, there will be a Mass of the Resurrection at 11 a.m. Burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Floral tributes are gratefully declined. In keeping with Bernice’s spirit, donations may be made to the Women’s Interval Home, (Sarnia), Food Bank (Petrolia), Development and Peace, or a charity of your choice


  • Wake Service Monday, November 5, 2018
  • Mass of the Resurrection Monday, November 5, 2018
  • Burial Monday, November 5, 2018

SR. Bernice Mary Anstett, SOS

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