OBITUARY

Berniece Evelyn Wilkins

April 12, 1943December 15, 2020

Berniece Evelyn Wilkins, 77, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Tuesday, December 15, 2020. She was born to the late William J. and Berniece Eleanor (Christman) Millette in Huntington, IN, on April 12, 1943.

Berniece graduated from North Side High School in 1961. She retired from General Electric after 37 years. Berniece was a long-time member of Toastmasters International, and volunteered at the Fort Wayne Parks and Rec Community Center. She enjoyed crocheting, square dancing, and ballroom dancing.

Berniece is survived by her husband of 57 years, David B. Wilkins; son, David L. (Sharron) Wilkins; grandsons, Marty, David and Ben; and great-grandchildren, Arriana, Rory and David.

Private services will be held. Burial will be at Lindenwood Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in Berniece's honor may be made to Fort Wayne Parks and Rec Community Center, or American Legion Post 296.

Services

  • Private Family Services, Final Resting Place: Lindenwood Cemetery

Memories

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Carolyn Bottscb5194@

December 29, 2020

Dave and family,
I just found out today that Berniece had passed away. I stopped in at 296 and got the news. I am so sorry. She was such a sweet, positive lady. She often asked me when was I going to sign-up for her crochet class. I always said , "next time". Well, there is not another next time...I always said that I'm left-handed..She would always say that she could teach me. (unfortunately, life is short and time is a thief)
My condolences go out to all of you. May memories sustain you . May God enfold you and keep you in his loving arms and care.

Kathleen Blackham

December 26, 2020

She was a wonderful gift to Toastmasters. She and David were always there to help and support our members - an everlasting beacon of kindness.

So sad to hear of your loss, David, but I know that you have wonderful memories of your time as a couple. It was always a delight to see the two of you at Toastmasters gatherings. You were meant for one another.

Mark Hire

December 21, 2020

I WAS SAD TO READ OF THE PASSING OF BERNIECE IN THE
NEWSPAPER TODAY. I ALWAYS LOOKED FORWARD TO SEEING
HER AT RICHARDS'S WHEN WE WOULD HAVE THOSE NICE
TOASTMASTER MEETINGS. SHE WAS ALWAYS FRIENDLY AND
I HAD LEARNED MUCH FROM HER DURING HER SPEECHES AND PRESENTATIONS. I HAVE THOUGHT OF HER, BOTH OF THE DAVIDS OFTEN. I SHALL BE THINKING OF ALL OF YOU
AGAIN AS I KEEP BERNIECE IN MY PRAYERS.

Connie Nicolet -Brown

December 21, 2020

Dear Dave and family.
My heart is broken to see the news of Berniece passing. You and I go way back to you and your family living next door to my grandmother. I remember the times we would talk in High School. Berniece had a heart of Gold and was always there to help anyone in need. God Bless you and keep you and your family in His care. With Love, Connie Nicolet-Brown

Keith Jacobsen

December 21, 2020

To the GREAT Wilkins family,

I’m very sorry for your loss!

Please know that I’m keeping your entire family in my prayers!

May her memory be eternal.

Walk in Love,
Keith Jacobsen aka Jake

Valerie Kendrick

December 21, 2020

Sending my Condolences to the Wilkins Family. It sadden me to hear the loss of your love one.

Juliana Quackenbush

December 20, 2020

Berniece was an angel in my life. I met her four years ago in her crochet class at the Community Center. She taught me with patience and encouragement, and we developed a lasting friendship. I remember making progress on an afghan and then having to “uncrochet” it because I made a mistake. We laughed the whole time. She was a steadfast friend during a painful event in my life, always ready to listen and offer wise counsel and advice. She brought me a vintage crochet pattern called “Charleston Gardens” and gently guided me through the intricate steps. We called it my therapy afghan. It is nearly finished. I can almost see her look of approval when it’s done. I will miss her warm smile and her heart of gold. I wouldn’t be surprised if she taught crochet to the angels in heaven. I will always treasure her memory. Sleep in peace, my friend.

Angela Smith

December 18, 2020

My favorite memory is seeing her all dressed up dancing with her husband at David and Molly's wedding.

Jeanine Herold

December 18, 2020

I will always remember Berniece as a positive, cheerful person, so committed to Toastmasters and being supportive of its members.

Marguerite Wire

December 18, 2020

My memories of Berniece are also from Toastmasters. I remember especially her contest speech about a little angel ornament that she felt prompted to give to someone at work and then learning what that person was going through.

FROM THE FAMILY