Bernice Taucher, 102

Bernice Taucher, 102, of Lasata Crossings in Cedarburg, died unexpectedly Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011. A resident there for a little more than a year, Bernice lived life. Always quite social, she was an inspiration to all ages.

She was born on Oct. 16, 1908, in Chicago. Teddy Roosevelt was the president. A daughter of Slovanian immigrants John and Mary Soklic Bartol, Bernice appreciated her roots.

On July 11, 1931, in Chicago, she married George J. Taucher of Chicago. Together they raised their family in Cicero, Ill. She had been a comptometer operator (an early key-driven manual calculator) for Western Electric in Illinois. In 1986, they moved to Grafton to be closer to family. George preceded her in death on Jan. 31, 1992. She had lived in Cedarburg after 2006 and only recently at Lasata Crossings.

She will be remembered for her cooking, sharing family recipes from her Slovanian heritage, baking and quilting she had learned when she was young. She loved to travel, spending summers in Europe with family. Her grandchildren adored her, confiding in her; inspired by her; she actively would get down to their level. Even with limited vision she enjoyed books, sharing her thoughts with others and seeking their opinions. Right up to the end she socially went out with her friends to meals and movies.

Bernice is survived by her son, John (Gina) Taucher of Port Washington; grandchildren, Kristen (Max-Olivier) Bourcoud, Stephen Taucher and Gretchen (Boyd) Tomkies; her sister, Evalyn Taucher of Monsey, N.Y.; four great-grandsons; daughter-in-law, Alice Taucher; granddaughter-in-law, Jennifer Taucher, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband; her son, George Taucher Jr.; and grandson, Mark Taucher.

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22. at the Poole Funeral Home, 203 N. Wisconsin St., Port Washington. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday prior to the service. Interment will be in Union Cemetery, Port Washington.

Memorials to Community Education Foundation of Port Washington/ Saukville, c/o Port Washington State Bank, 206 N. Franklin St., Port Washington, WI 53074 are appreciated.

Poole Funeral Home in Port Washington is serving the family.