Bernice L. Metcalf
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.
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.
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 www.bureshfuneralhomes.com. Memorial contributions may be made to Alabaster Bible Church.
Memory Gardens Cemetery - Tawas City, Michigan