Bernice Louise Rothermel Heritage

December 2, 1932September 4, 2017
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Bernice Louise (Rothermel) Heritage passed peacefully on September 4, 2017. She was born on December 2, 1932 in Randolph, Ohio to Alvin Louis and Mildred Elizabeth (Miller) Rothermel.

She began working for Dr. R.C. Neely in Ravenna shortly after high school, and continued as his office assistant for almost 50 years. Her kindness and helpfulness touched everyone who knew her. Also for nearly 30 years she served families at funeral homes and immeasurably helped them through these difficult times.

On November 13, 1954, Bernice married the love of her life, Austin Heritage. He preceded her in death on January 1, 2016. Together, they had three children: Diane (Marshall) Mullins, Mark Heritage, and Camille (Ken) Tillman. She is also survived by her brother Paul Rothermel and her grandchildren: Amanda Mullins, April (Brett) Collins, Sarah Mullins, Brandon (Lauren) Heritage, Katie Heritage, Alex Heritage, Elliot Tillman and Natalie Tillman, as well as her great-grandsons Jack and Sam Heritage.

Affectionately known as "Pinsey" by her family and friends, she volunteered time and skills to the community through her church, St. Joseph of Mantua, in various roles including Worship Committee, Eucharistic Minister, Garden Club, wedding coordinator, and Prison Ministry. She also helped her husband in his carpentry business. Her deep love of animals was well known.

Cremation has taken place. Friends will be received Monday, September 11, 2017, from 10:00 – 11:00 AM at St. Joseph Church, 11045 St. Joseph Blvd., Mantua, OH 44255, with Reverend Edward Stafford celebrating the Mass of Christian burial following at 11:00 AM. Private burial will take place at St. Joseph Cemetery in Randolph.

Condolences and memories may be shared at In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the St. Joseph Church Garden Club.


  • Visitation Monday, September 11, 2017
  • Mass of Christian Burial Monday, September 11, 2017

Bernice Louise Rothermel Heritage

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Judee Hadzinsky

September 9, 2017

I'll miss everything about you. I'll miss just knowing you are not here for me anymore. Bernice, I love you now and forever. Always have and always will. Nothing but love. Nothing.


Pat Carnsew

September 9, 2017

So sad to hear the passing of Bernicei had the pleasure to work and talk about anything when we were working together,she always had a smile,caring Heart,and was a classy dresser, thank you,for the memories,

Bonnie Knapp

September 8, 2017

Dear Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Dr Neely was my Dr and she helped me through the loss of family members. She will be missed

Bonnie Hutchison

September 8, 2017

Dear Family, Bernice was a kind, loving angel who comforted my family during the difficult loss of our husband and father. I think she knew everyone in Portage County! I shall never forget her. May she rest in eternal peace!

Marvin Henderson

September 8, 2017

How good and pleasant it is when brethren dwell together in unity. This is the epitome of my relationship with Bernice which started with me taking care of her husband as he began his decline. Our relationship/friendship continued through her work at the funeral home. Always the consummate professional she took unselfish pride in the service she provided to others. I was sorry to hear of the demise of her beloved husband and the beginning of her own decline. I will take solace in the fact that she is back in the presence of her Lord and Savior. How appropriate she transitioned on Labor Day as she went from labor to reward. This is not good bye my dear friend, just until we meet again farther on up the road as I continue to climb the stairway to Heaven to join you because you are pure in heart, already missing you!

Don Harvey

September 7, 2017

I'm so sorry to hear you passed away, You were a wonderful co worker, and a true loving friend. We had alot of good memories, to share with alot of wonderful loving people, we met over the years working together. Thank You for always being there for me, when i needed someone to talk to. I will always have a special place for you in my heart, My thoughts and prayers are with your family, during this time of need. I will miss you, I will always love you. . Your friend and co-worker. Don Harvey

The staff of Wood-Kortright-Borkoski Funeral Home

September 6, 2017

Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.