Berneice O. Lesley, 95, of St. James City, and formerly of Edwardsburg, Mich., passed away Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, at her daughter's residence. She was born Feb. 8, 1917, in Chalmers, Ind., to John J. and Emma May (McCormick) Kaiser.
On Oct. 31, 1943, she married Wilbur E. Lesley in Lafayette.
Survivors include three sons, David (Patricia) Lesley of Granger, Robert P. (Dee Ann) Lesley of Wakarusa and Curt Lesley of Pinellas Park, Fla.; daughter, Jane K. Bradley of Elkhart; sister, Norma Carlisle of Chalmers; sister-in-law, Lou Lesley of Monticello; four grandchildren, Bruce (Angie) Bradley, Lesley Sopraseuth, Doug Odiorne and Derek (Jen) Odiorne; 15 great-grandchildren, Anastasia, Moses, Isaac, Agustine, Magdalene, Giles, Frances and Esther Bradley, Jaiden and Tristan Sopraseuth, Landry, Sophie, Jesse, Emma and Ernie Odiorne; three nieces, Beverly (David) Ludwick, Marie (Steve) Ward and Cheryl (Charles) Van Voorst; and nephew, Jerry (Linda) Hurst.
Berneice O. Lesley
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Jo Brandt.
She will always be remembered as a wonderful homemaker, mother and loving wife of 62 years.
She was a member of VFW Post 4353 Ladies Auxiliary.
She enjoyed cooking and baking for her family and friends. She always had a garden and loved flowers.
Cremation has taken place at Altera Cremation Services and burial of her cremated remains will take place at Chalmers Community Cemetery at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Center for Hospice Care.
Billings Funeral Home, 812 Baldwin Street, Elkhart, is in charge of arrangements.