Bernadine F. Adams

August 1, 1927April 25, 2012

Bernadine F. Adams, age 84, of East Peoria, passed away Wednesday April 25, 2012 at 11 p.m. at Washington Christian Village. She was born Aug. 1, 1927 in Oraville, IL to Grover Cleveland and Bessie (Watkins) Ralph. She married Robert Adams March 22, 1947 in Graves County, Kentucky. He passed away March 1, 2001 in Peoria. She was also preceded in death by her parents, Grover Cleveland Ralph and Bessie Lee Watkins, six sisters: Jewel Spivey, Pearl Pierson, Opal Ralph, Ruby Hundley, Christina Highland, Alene Milanowski, and one grandson, Joshua Leroy Adams. Survivors include one son, Robert (Angie) Adams of Peoria, one daughter, Cheri (Howard) Brooksbank of Williamsville, IL, grandchildren: Bryan K. Brooksbank and Michael L Adams, and one brother, BIll (Phylis) Ralph and one sister Helen French . Bernadine worked at Caterpillar Tractor from 1947 -1982, last working in Accounts Payable. She was a member of Bethany Baptist Church in Peoria. Funeral services will be Monday April 30, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at Remmert Funeral Home in East Peoria. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services on Monday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery in Peoria. Memorials may be made to Bethany Baptist Church or the Peoria Rescue Mission. Please view Bernadine’s obituary online at


  • Visitation Monday, April 30, 2012
  • Funeral Service Monday, April 30, 2012

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Anita Everett

May 9, 2012

Robert and Cherie,

Your mom (my aunt) was an inspiration to me and my family. Although I did not get to spend much time with her over the years the time spent with her was memorable. My family met your mom at the passing of her sister Minnie Christena (my mom) and she left an imprint on their young lives. Her life was filled with happiness and I know she is happy to be re-united with her beloved and family that went on before her! My condolences to you and your families.

Sandy Simmons

May 2, 2012

To all of Bernie's family: The first time i met Bernie was on a bus trip with the church. We sat together on this trip. During our conversation we started name dropping and we both were thrilled because we knew so many of the same people. It made me feel like i had already known her. Now i wish i had met her through some of these people years ago. I don't know how we missed it. However, i loved her very much. She will be missed.
I thank God that we were able to study the Bible together in her home and talk about Him when we were together, no matter where we were, at a restaurant or the home she left behind.
Bernie wanted to meet all of my family. One of these Bright Mornings we will meet again, and she will meet my family.
She loved all of you very much. I was able to comfort her when she lost her grandson. I lost a daughter.
It is a bitter/sweet homegoing. She cannot come to us again, but we can go to her.
God bless each one of you with love and prayers.
Sandy Simmons

April 29, 2012

I shed tears to hear of Bernie's passing. I knew her well at Bethany Baptist Church. I haven't seen her for several years since I moved to Grand Rapids, Mich with my new wife. Although she is rejoicing in the presence of our Lord, we will all miss her. Tom Wriedt

April 29, 2012

Cheri and Bobby, how sad I am to hear about Aunt Bernie's death, but more so about the suffering from the cancer she was afflicted with. I know that her death put her in the presence of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She and your dad were rays of sunshine at our family reunions. I will cherish the cards I have received from her while she was in the nursing home. We all knew this moment of her death was coming, but we always want our loved ones to linger just a little longer. I'm so glad to have been in the same family with such a great lady. May God comfort you and your families in your loss. You are in our prayers.
Sandra (Spivey) and Joda Weston, Killeen TX

Janice Gayle Napolitano

April 29, 2012

For our dear Aunt Bernie,

We will always remember your sweet smile, your kind & gentle words and your compassion. Some people should live forever just because they help so many others while they are here, and that's just what you did. You always thought about helping others, your generosity was huge. Thank you for being the beautiful person you were to all who knew you. You live forever in our memories and in our hearts. 

Sending our love always,
Janice Gayle, Christina, Anthony, Roseanna & Joseph

Debbie Simmons

April 28, 2012

Cheri and Bobby, Bernie was probably the most thoughtful person I have ever met. She was always concerned about everyone else, she did not want to dwell on herself and how she was feeling. She sent a card for anything you ever did for her. She will be greatly missed, but she has her reward now ... and no more pain ... in Heaven with Jesus (and Bob too!)

Sharon Hill

April 28, 2012

Cheri and Family. Sorry to hear of the passing of your Mother. I know she will be missed. I know when you talked about her you always had a smile on your face. All of those smiles, I am sure were from fond memories. You and your family will be in our prayers. May God Bless.

April 28, 2012

Robert and Cheri, our thoughts and prayers are with your family as you mourn the loss of your mother. We became acquainted with her while she shared a room with our Aunt Mary Shupp. We were always blessed by her gracious and upbeat attitude.

Anita and Curt Rowden