February 2, 1923 – January 6, 2020
Bernice Ozero aged 96 years of Fort Frances, Ontario passed away peacefully at LaVerendrye Hospital on Monday, January 6, 2020 with Mary Jane and Don at her side and other family members in her heart. Bernie was born on February 2, 1923 in Winnipeg. As a lovely young lady Bernice Jaworski, caught the eye of another Winnipeger; William "Bill" Ozero. They were wed on October 29, 1949 and shortly after moved to Fort Frances where they settled to raise their family and create a lifetime of memories. Following retirement, Bill and Bernie travelled, with Tucson, Arizona being their winter get-away for almost twenty years. It was here that they made some lasting friendships that they always cherished. The long trek into Arizona was sometimes challenging but Bill said things were made simpler with Bernie as his "nagavator". In 2007 health issues began to crop up and it was back home to Fort Frances to spend remaining winters.
The family cabin on Hostess island was always a beehive of activities and Bernie always made sure there was always plenty to eat. A typical sight was Bernie sitting on the deck watching the various water activities taking place, first with her children and then her grandchildren usually followed closely with the family dog chasing someone.
In her earlier years, Bernie enjoyed her association with her friends in the Royal Purple and also in her Bridge Club.
Left with saddened hearts are her daughter Mary Jane (Bill) Gushulak of Fort Frances, son John (Anna) of Australia and son Donald (Char) of Winnipeg; grandchildren Matthew (Holly) Gushulak, Steven (Bev) Gushulak, Lindsay Ozero, Allison Ozero (Dave Thom), Tristan Ozero (Malou), Tessa and Tanner Ozero; great grandchildren Andrew and Theo Gushulak, Amelie Grundon and Skylar Thom along with several nieces, nephews and numerous friends.
She was predeceased by her husband Bill; sisters Jessie, Millie and Nellie; brothers Louis and Eddie.
The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to everyone for their prayers, thoughts and offers of condolences and advises that per Bernie's wishes and directions a private family memorial will be held at a later date.
If so desired, memorial donations may be made to either the Knox United Church Memorial fund, 340 Church Street, Fort Frances, Ontario, P9A 1E1 or Riverside Foundation for Health Care, 110 Victoria Avenue, Fort Frances, Ontario, P9A 2B7.
Green Funeral Home, Fort Frances is in care of arrangements and online condolences can be offered at www.greenfuneralhomefortfrances.com
"Death leaves a heartache that no one can heal, Love leaves memories that no one can steal"
Knox United Church Memorial Fund
340 Church Street, Fort Frances, Ontario P9A 1E1
Riverside Foundation for Health Care
110 Victoria Avenue, Fort Frances, Ontario P9A 2B7
No services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
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January 17, 2020
I was saddened to hear of Mrs. Ozero's passing. I will cherish her memory and all the good times our families shared.
January 9, 2020
My deepest sympathy to the family of Bernie Ozero. I remember talking for hours at the cabin and the excitement of what gramma baked for the lake. There was always more than one thing. Tessa and Tanner’s favourite cookie baker. So sorry for your loss.
Gary & Donna Gustafson
January 8, 2020
Mary Jane, Bill and families
We were saddened to hear of your mom's loss. She was such a special lady and a pleasure to know. We will remember her with kindness and deep affection. Our sincere condolences.
Gary & Donna
Debbie and John McTaggart
January 8, 2020
Mary Jane, Bill and family, sorry to hear of the loss of your mom. Take care and if you need anything, please let us know.
January 7, 2020
Mary Jane and family
I was so sorry to hear of your special moms passing. She was a very very nice lady Our sincere condolences to you all.
John n Patti johnson
January 7, 2020
Mary Jane, Bill and Family. So sorry for your loss.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all
John Ayling and Dorothy Stewart