Bernice Hinthorn, 96

Wed, 06/13/2012 - 10:19pm

Bernice Lucille (Hartman) Hinthorn, mother of Corn Neck Road resident Jim Hinthorn, passed away June 2, 2012, in Bozeman, Mont.
She was born May 20, 1916, in Washington, Ill., to Joseph and Hazel (Fauber) Hartman. Bernice graduated from Metamora Township High School in Metamora, Ill., in 1934, and then attended Eureka College in Eureka, Ill. She began working in Peoria, Ill., in 1937 as a secretary and was married to James L. Hinthorn on March 20, 1943.
While Jim served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, Bernice worked as a secretary on the naval base in Norfolk, Va. After the war, Jim and Bernice joined Jim’s father working the Hinthorn family farm in Hudson, Ill.
Bernice was an avid gardener, seamstress and homemaker during the years on the farm. She also helped her husband with a seed corn business and taught classes in cooking and home decorating for the McLean County Home Bureau. Bernice was a 4-H leader in McLean County, Ill., for many years.
After the death of her husband in 1963, Bernice moved with her two children to Normal, Ill., where she worked first as a teller and then an executive secretary at Citizen’s Savings Bank.
Bernice enjoyed playing bridge and attending events at Illinois State University with her many friends. She loved to travel, and spent time in California visiting her sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Bill Owens. She toured Germany, Switzerland, and Austria in 1984 with her sister-in-law, Edith Hartman, and she was a frequent visitor to New York, Connecticut, Block Island and Cancun, Mexico, spending time with her family. Bernice was a sun worshipper and swimmer.
She retired in 1981 and moved to Peoria, Ariz., in 1997. Fragile health necessitated a move in 2003 to Fairwinds, an assisted-living community in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and then finally, in 2008, to the Gallatin Rest Home in Bozeman, Mont., to be near her daughter, Leslie.
Bernice is survived by her two children, Leslie H. Fantelli of Bozeman, Mont., and James L. Hinthorn of Block Island, and their spouses, Floyd Fantelli and Pamela Hinthorn; eight grandchildren, Ted (Cindi) Willke, Bradford (Tara) Willke, Emily Fantelli, Beth Martel Austin, Melissa Culbert, Chad (Cathy) Koenig, Anne Fantelli Coan, and David Fantelli; eight great-grandchildren, Lydia Willke, Sean Martel, Molly Martel, Connor Martel, Chloe Austin, Jake Koenig, Ryan Coan, and Francesca Coan; and seven nieces and nephews.
Bernice was a member of Lutheran Churches in Illinois and Arizona. A memorial service is planned for the summer in Hudson, Ill. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the Gallatin Rest Home Auxiliary, 1221 W. Durston, Bozeman, MT 59715.
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