Bernice Lucile Kuck, 87, Topeka: May 7, 1927 – Dec. 23, 2014

122814-Bernice-KuckTOPEKA – Bernice Lucile Kuck, 87, of Topeka, Kan., formerly of Lawrence, Overbrook and Auburn, Kan., passed away Dec. 23, 2014, at Rolling Hills Retirement Community. She was born May 7, 1927, in Stover, Mo., to Herman G. Kuck and Lydia J. (Eding) Kuck.

As a young girl, Bernice and her family lived in various small towns in Missouri. While attending high school in Concordia, Mo., she worked part time for a chicken hatchery. Bernice and her parents then moved to Sweet Springs, Mo., and, as a high school junior, she began working for the shoe factory in town and continued to work there for 15 years. She graduated from the Sweet Springs High School.

Throughout Bernice’s working years, she held a variety of jobs, including the garment factories in Concordia and Higginsville, Mo., and the Montgomery Ward catalog store, in Kansas City. In 1959, she moved to Lawrence, Kan., to begin a 10-year career at the Hallmark Cards plant, which had just opened. She then attended the Clark School of Business, in Topeka, and acquired a position at Trinity Universal Insurance Co., where she worked for five years. Bernice also held part-time positions at Katz Drug Co. and P.N. Hirsch Co. The next chapter in her life included the Falley’s Market, in Topeka, where she worked for approximately 27 years, and several more years at the Auburn Apple Market after moving to Auburn in 2000.

Bernice grew up as a member of the Lutheran Church (Missouri Synod) and became a member of the Auburn Presbyterian Church after moving to Auburn. Bernice attended the Auburn meal site for several years, and made many friends there and at her apartment complex.

She loved cats, especially Julia, her faithful feline companion of 15 years.

Bernice was a very caring person and enjoyed family gatherings and visiting with friends. She loved to play bingo and Chinese checkers, and doing puzzles. Bernice will be missed by those who knew and loved her.

She is survived by two nieces, Lucile (Bob) Shoemaker, Topeka, and Marie (Keith) Pearce, Berryton; two great-nieces, Lori (Eric) McReynolds and Karen Pearce (Jerome Donnelly), two great-nephews, Mark (Wanda) Shoemaker and Kevin (Kristina) Pearce; three great-great-nieces, Ashley Lynn, Mallory McReynolds, Ayden Donnelly; and three great-great nephews, Isaac Shoemaker, Luke Shoemaker and Connor McReynolds.

Bernice was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Dorothy Niebrugge.

Visitation has been scheduled for 1-2 p.m. Dec. 29 at Auburn Presbyterian Church, Auburn. Arrangements are through Greenwood – Roberts Funeral Home, Overbrook.


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