Bernice O. ‘Bea’ Petri, 86

Bernice O. "Bea" Petri, 86, a resident of Manor Care Nursing Center, Fond du Lac, died Thurs-day, May 1, 2008 at her residence.

She was born Oct. 24, 1921, in Kewaskum, the daughter of William C. and Anna K. (Scheid) Backhaus, and on Feb. 14, 1942, she married Myron "Mike" E. Petri in West Bend.

He preceded her in death on Dec. 24, 1967.

Bernice was a graduate of cosmetology school, and was a beautician for 59 years, retiring in 1998.

Surviving are two daughters, Bonnie (James) Parish of South Byron and Victoria (Richard) Schara of McHenry, Ill.; three grandchildren, Patricia Ann Parish of Santa Clara, Calif., Shana Schara of McHenry and Grant (Jessica) Schara of Chicago, Ill.; a brother, Glenway (Gretchen) Backus of Nelson, British Columbia, Canada, and two brothers-in-law, Bruce (Ei-leen) Petri and Earl (Martha) Petri, both of Kewaskum.

Her parents, husband, three sisters and one brother preceded her in death.

Visitation for Bernice will be on Sunday, May 4, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Uecker-Witt Funeral Home, 524 N. Park Ave., Fond du Lac, with funeral services at 7 p.m.

Deacon Larry Hughes will officiate, and burial will be in Ledgeview Memorial Park Ceme-tery.

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The family would like to extend a thank you to Hartland Hospice, Dr. Michael Sergi and the staff of Manor Care Nursing Center for their care of Bernice.