Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes

900 East Michigan Ave, Lansing, MI


Bernice M Yonchewski

June 19, 1925January 8, 2020

Bernice M Yonchewski, age 94, of Lansing, Michigan passed away on Wednesday January 8, 2020. Bernice was born in Weirton, West Virginia on June 19, 1925 to John and Anna (Wojdyla) Hawrot.

Bernice was a long time member of the Polish National Alliance. Bernice worked at Lansing Community College as an enrollment clerk. She was also a retail clerk for Knapp's Clothing Store. Bernice was an active member of Church of the Resurrection for many years.

The Catholic faith was a very important part of Bernice's life, she would pray the rosary often and attended mass weekly, until she started getting sick.

Bernice married John Yonchewski on June 11th, 1949 at Sacred Heart of Mary in Weirton, West Virginia. After Bernice and John were married they moved to the Lansing area. He preceded her in death, on December 14, 1999. Bernice is also preceded in death by her parents, and brother; Fred.

Left to cherish her memory is her son, John (Dorothy), three granddaughters, brothers, Stan and Casimer (Betty), many nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family would like to give a special thank you to the staff at Ingham County Medical Care Facility for the excellent care she received.

A funeral mass will be held on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at Church of the Resurrection at 11:00 a.m. with a one hour visitation before the service.

In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to St. Vincent Catholic Charities, 2800 West Willow, Lansing, MI 48917 or the Ingham County Medical Care Facility, 3862 Dobie Road, Okemos, MI 48864.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.grlansing.com for the Yonchewski family.


  • St. Vincent Catholic Charities
  • Ingham County Medical Care Facility


  • Visitation Wednesday, January 15, 2020
  • Funeral Mass Wednesday, January 15, 2020
  • Committal Service Wednesday, January 15, 2020


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Diane Rader

January 15, 2020

Fondly, will always remember how proud my Aunt Bernice was with her Polish heritage, and faith. I am fortunate to have visited her with my family in September. She was conversing in Polish with my 97 yr old Dad, her older brother, and also with her younger brother, turning 90. We will miss you, but memories are in our thoughts and hearts. Until we meet again
Diane Hawrot Rader and family.

Cathy Hotchkin (Snauko)

January 14, 2020

Dear John and Family; We are so sorry to hear of your Mother's passing. My heart goes out to you. In the years she lived in East Lansing and then Okemos, we would visit Bernice when we came to Lansing for a visit. We would reminisce about my parents and how they were close friends of John and Bernice back when they went to the Polish Hall and lived on Porter Street in Lansing.
I will always remember your mom fondly. Warmest regards, Cathy and Donn Hotchkin, Texas