Bernice F. Souders

May 9, 1923March 28, 2019

The much-loved matriarch of our family, Bernice Tebeau Souders, passed away on Thursday, March 28, 2019 at the age of 95. She was born in Toledo, Ohio, the oldest child of Ernest and Bertha Tebeau. She attended Waite High School in Toledo, then worked as an operator for the Bell System. Answering the call of her country, she served as a Navy Wave during WWII as a Link Trainer Instructor, while stationed in Corpus Christi, Texas. It was there she met the love of her life, Ralph Souders. They were married for 38 years. She raised ten children, first in Riverside, Illinois, then in Orlando, Florida. She worked for the Orlando Public Library as the Assistant Head of Circulation. Upon retiring, she began doing volunteer work, first for Second Harvest Food Bank, and later for the Adult Literacy League. She continued her volunteer work to the age of 88.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Souders, her brother, Richard Tebeau, and her sister, Marilyn Davis. She is survived by her ten children: Mary-Gail “Stormy” Sebek, Ralph Souders Jr., Margaret Linnane, Catherine Crane, Ellen Smith, Louise LaPointe, Jane Marino, Anne Souders, Marian Ritts, John Souders, and their spouses.

She is also survived by 17 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Adult Literacy League, 345 W. Michigan St., #100, Orlando, FL, 32806.


26 April

Funeral Service

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Nativity Catholic Church

3255 N Ronald Reagan Blvd
Longwood, FL

26 April


11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Baldwin Fairchild Funeral Home


26 April

Committal Service

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

4200 - Woodlawn Memorial Park

400 Woodlawn Cemetery Road
Gotha, FL


Bernice F. Souders

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Corrine Feinberg

April 2, 2019

My great grandma, or “GG” as we liked to call her, has blessed me with her smiling face since the day I first met her. She had always been so kind to me and always seemed interested in what I was up to in my middle school and high school classes. When I think of her, I specifically remember a time of love and family gathering. She was sitting on a small chair in her living room when I walked in and she smiled so brightly and embraced me so warmly. We laughed about how tall I was getting and I moved on to greet the rest of the guests in the house. My memory was brief but it means a lot to me, as it is what I picture when she pops in my head. Her love and smiles will never cease to amaze me.

Gregory and Linda Erikson

April 2, 2019

A very impressive life that was so fulfilling. When you called her the matriarch of the family you weren’t kidding! Our sympathies to you, Stormy , Jim and all the Souders family.
Love, Greg and Linda Erikson

Dave and Jan (Berger) Grabacki

April 2, 2019

Our deepest sympathies to the entire Souders Family.

Mrs. Souders shared her wisdom and reflected positivity and genuine happiness WHENEVER I would visit my grade school friend Louise (Mimi) at her home in Riverside.

Fast forward through the teen years when a long distance relationship occurred because of the family move to Florida-and she continued to share her love and advice about maintaining childhood friendships.

While there were precious few face-to-face visits through high school, my husband Dave and I made it a point to visit Mrs. Souders while on our honeymoon (1977), and have done our best to stay connected with the entire Souders Family “vicariously “ through the continuing friendship with my “golden” and lifelong friend Mimi.

Mrs. Souders was a woman of grace and raised a beautiful family together with Mr. Souders-our world could use a million more like her-and she will be missed.

May she rest in the loving arms of Our Lord - and may her family keep her alive through many happy memories, and certainly feel confident she will be watching from the best seat in the house in heaven. There’s a new angel in heaven named Bernice.

God Be With The Souders Family.

Dave and Jan Grabacki