Bernice L. Metcalf

Tawas City
April 8, 1931 - March 13, 2021


The family will welcome friends at the church 1 hour prior to the service, from 2:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.

Service Location

Alabaster Bible Church


Funeral services will take place at the Alabaster Bible Church, Tawas City, MI on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 3:00 P.M. with Pastor Dean Stewart officiating.

Obituary Notice

Bernice L. Metcalf, age 89, of East Tawas, went home to be with her Lord on Saturday, March 13, 2021 in Grand Rapids. Bernice was born on April 8, 1931 in Turner, MI and was the last surviving child of Jacob and Emilie Dewald. Bernice grew up on the family farm with her nine siblings, learning the value of hard work and perseverance. She often reminisced about days on the farm, the one-room schoolhouse she attended, and the long walk to school. Bernice graduated from Arenac Eastern High School in 1949. After graduation she moved to East Tawas and worked as a waitress and at Iosco County News Herald as a line-o-type operator. She met Melbourne Aussie Metcalf on a blind date, and they were married on September 14, 1957. They were blessed with three children. As her children grew, Bernice worked at Tawas Area Schools cafeteria, Starboard Industries and cared for children in her home. Bernice had a sweet, gentle and loving spirit and touched the hearts of all who knew her. Bernice accepted the Lord as Savior at age eight, and her Christian faith guided her throughout her life. Proverbs 31 describes Bernice’s life. “She is worth more than rubies… Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her…A woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” She was fun-loving and had a great sense of humor that will be sadly missed. She enjoyed participating in funny skits at church for “talent” shows. Bernice also loved children. The younger the child, the more she was amazed and delighted. It wasn’t unusual for her to talk with all the children she came in contact with while shopping or running errands. Bernice’s favorite pastimes included bird watching, singing hymns, shopping, puzzles and watching the Detroit Tigers as well as MSU football and basketball games. In her earlier years, she enjoyed teaching Sunday School, quilting, canning, baking, playing piano and reading. Most of all, Bernice loved spending time with family, especially her precious grandchildren and took pride in attending their activities. She loved family get-togethers with extended family for big holiday dinners. Through the years, many wonderful memories have been made and will be forever cherished. Bernice was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She was a blessing to those who knew her and will be greatly missed until we are together again. She will be lovingly remembered by her children, Sheryl Metcalf of Grand Rapids; Richard (Susan) Metcalf of Okemos; Janet (Daniel) Greenwood of Midland; dearly loved grandchildren, Sarah and Ryan Metcalf; Jeremiah, Joshua and Jeffrey Greenwood. She was preceded in death by her husband, Melbourne, with whom she spent nearly 47 years of marriage before his passing in 2005; her parents; all her siblings, Irma (Cecil) Nichols, Rose (Joseph) Koysh, Esther (Floster) Woodward, Freidalene (Adolph) Ott, Hilda (Emil) Sass, Adaline (Leonard) Ridenour, Clarence (Phyllis) Dewald, Catherine (Harold) Nitschke, and Jacob (Arlene) Dewald. Funeral services will take place at the Alabaster Bible Church, Tawas City, MI on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 3:00 P.M. with Pastor Dean Stewart officiating. The family will welcome friends at the church 1 hour prior to the service, from 2:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. Internment will take place at the Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Tawas City. Condolences may be offered to the family online at Memorial contributions may be made to Alabaster Bible Church.


Memory Gardens Cemetery - Tawas City, Michigan


We are rejoicing with you all that Aunt Bernice is in glory! You are all in our prayers, we send much love. God bless.
— Scott & Amy Koysh
Rick, I am very sorry for your loss. Please share my deepest condolences with your family. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. May your fondest memories of your mother be a continuing reminder of her wonderful life. Take care.
— Daniel Cooper
Sheryl and family, I am deeply sorry for the loss your mother. May her memory be a continued blessing to your family. My prayers are with you.
— Joan McMillon
Rick, so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. What a blessing to know she is with her Lord, and what joy for you to reflect on her wonderful life.
— Joe Kopchick
Rick, I'm sure she is looking down on your family with a smile and with the comfort in knowing she always gave her best to those around her.
— John Beckett
Sheryl you have my condolences as I know you will miss your mom so much. I can't help but think of her experiencing the joys of heaven, seeing Jesus and being reunited with loved ones. I pray you find comfort in good memories, and in knowing she is in your future. Sending you hugs and prayers.
— Cindy Aten
I am So Very Sorry For Your Loss ! Pease Be With You !! Prayers and Hugs !!!!! Diane Greenwood
— diane greenwood
Your Mom was a sweet lady and she was so faithful to all of you. She is with Jesus now and rejoicing with your Dad.
— Kathy and Louie Schaefer
May God bring each of you His love and comfort during this very difficult time. We rejoice knowing your mom is with her Lord and Savior.. I think fondly of the many times over the years Pastor Lou and I spent with your parents. My prayers are with you.
— Marsha Ginac
Please accept our families sincere sympathies. Your Mom has always held a special place in our family. She was more than just a caregiver to our children. She was a wonderful woman more like a grandma to our children while we worked. She helped our children grew to who they are today because of her loving care and guidance.
— Jan Swartz McBrien

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