OBITUARY

M. Bernadine Pierce

September 1, 1922May 9, 2021
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M. Bernadine Pierce, 98, of Newburgh passed away on Sunday, May 9, 2021. She was born September 1, 1922 in Herrin, IL to the late Elzie and Mabel Mason.

She worked at Herrin ordinance plant, the Herrin Ration Board and at McDonald Douglas in CA as a “Rosie the Riveter” during WWII. She married “Bill” Pierce in August of 1945. She resided in Evansville until moving to Newburgh in 1953. She worked at Castle High School as a secretary in the guidance office for over 20 years. She was one of the founding members of Gateway Baptist Church.

Bernadine was preceded in death by her husband of 73 years, William Edward Pierce; her parents, and in-laws, Dewey and Bessie Pierce.

She is survived by daughters, Janice Patton, Julie McIntosh and Gayle Hall; grandchildren, Jeffery Miller (Jodi), Amanda Driol (Daniel) and Amie Roach (Chris), and great-grandchildren, Katlyn Holman Roach, Hudson J. Miller, Karlie Holman Roach, Addison J. Miller and Mason Driol.

Visitation will be held Friday, May 14, 2021 at Alexander Newburgh Chapel, 5333 State Road 261 starting at 10:00 a.m. to be followed by a service at 1:00 p.m. Private entombment will be in Park Lawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Heart to Heart Hospice or Honor Flight. Condolences may be made online at www.AlexanderNewburghChapel.com.

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  • Visitation

    Friday, May 14, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, May 14, 2021

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Brad and Charlotte Bradley

May 15, 2021

Bern was Castle’s guidance secretary for many years. She was always so kind and gracious to everyone. We extend our sympathy to the family. Love Brad and Charlotte Bradley

Marsha Bell

May 13, 2021

We were privileged to meet Bernadine and Bill at Gateway Baptist Church back in the 1970's. Then I worked with her at Castle High School. A warm, wonderful lady from Southern Illinois, as were we. Our condolences to her family.

Connie Galloway

May 12, 2021

Bearnie was great to work with at Castle High School. I have many good recipes that she shared with me. As I use them I am reminded of this sweet lady and the times we shared. We often talked about our churches and work we were doing. My love to her family.

Laura Dughaish

May 11, 2021

Julie and I have been friends since high school. Her mom was a wonderful lady. She even remembered me when she had dementia. She was always nice and so sweet. I know Julie’s mom and dad are together now and forever. Love u Julie

Alan Fisher

May 11, 2021

For those that don’t know me. My mother is Doris fisher, berns last remaining sibling. The fisher family would like to send condolences to the whole family. My aunt bern and uncle bill were 2 of my favorite people I ever met. Our visits in herrin as a child were always great to me and the visits to Evansville also. I would be willing to bet that she never met anyone that didn’t like her ! Just a wonderful person, an amazing mom, wife, grandmother, and to me an amazing aunt. God bless the whole family. We love u guys

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Biography

M. Bernadine Pierce, 98, of Newburgh passed away on Sunday, May 9, 2021. She was born September 1, 1922 in Herrin, IL to the late Elzie and Mabel Mason.

She worked at Herrin ordinance plant, the Herrin Ration Board and at McDonald Douglas in CA as a “Rosie the Riveter” during WWII. She married “Bill” Pierce in August of 1945. She resided in Evansville until moving to Newburgh in 1953. She worked at Castle High School as a secretary in the guidance office for over 20 years. She was one of the founding members of Gateway Baptist Church.

Bernadine was preceded in death by her husband of 73 years, William Edward Pierce; her parents, and in-laws, Dewey and Bessie Pierce.

She is survived by daughters, Janice Patton, Julie McIntosh and Gayle Hall; grandchildren, Jeffery Miller (Jodi), Amanda Driol (Daniel) and Amie Roach (Chris), and great-grandchildren, Katlyn Holman Roach, Hudson J. Miller, Karlie Holman Roach, Addison J. Miller and Mason Driol.