Bernice E. Spielman, 97, Lebo: Feb. 23, 1926 – Dec. 27, 2023 – Osage County Online | Osage County News

Bernice E. Spielman, 97, Lebo: Feb. 23, 1926 – Dec. 27, 2023

LEBO, Kan. – Bernice E. Spielman, 97, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2023, at Aldersgate Village, Topeka, Kan. She was born Feb. 23, 1926 in Osage City, Kan., the daughter of William Loren and Nina Clarke Marshall.

Bernice attended Osage City High School, where she graduated with the class of 1944. She attended Washburn University for two years. During college, Bernice worked summers at the Topeka Supply Depot and Forbes Air Force Base.

She was joined in marriage to Edwin H. Benton, May 19, 1946, in Osage City. They began their lives together living in Montezuma, Kan., until moving to Miller, Kan., in 1957. In January 1959, Bernice and Edwin settled in Lebo, Kan., where she would remain for the majority of her life.

Bernice’s husband Edwin preceded her in death on Jan. 22, 1962. She began working at Allegre Rexall, in Lebo, following Edwin’s death. Bernice would spend the next 34 years there before her eventual retirement.

She was joined in marriage to Ivan “Dale” Spielman, April 4, 1969, in Lebo. Bernice and Dale enjoyed 15 years together until his passing July 1, 1984.

Bernice spent her adult life as an active member of the Lebo United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women. She also held membership in the Lebo American Legion Auxiliary. Bernice loved music and participated in the Choralaires vocal group for many years. Her many interests also included gardening, cross stitch and reading.

Bernice will live on in the hearts and memories of her daughters, Ardith Holmes, Topeka, and Patricia Benton, Topeka; a son, Reverend Charles Benton and his wife, Linda, Topeka; four grandchildren, Bree Rogers, Abby Lear, Jennifer Kuhlmann, and Kevin Holmes; a sister, Nina Carlson, Waseca, Minn.; six great-grandchildren; 21 nieces and nephews; numerous extended family; and a host of dear friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Edwin and Ivan; eight siblings, Phyllis Andre, Hildred Whittington, Florence Linton, Vivian Marshall, Vera Carucci, Lauren Marshall, Robert Marshall, and Bruce Marshall; and a son-in-law, Gary Holmes.

Services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, 2024, at the Lebo United Methodist Church, 201 W. Fourth St., Lebo. Burial is planned for 1:30 p.m. Saturday, at the Osage City Cemetery. The family will receive friends 5:30-7 p.m. Friday at Jones VanArsdale Funeral Home, 107 W. Sixth St., Lebo.

Memorial contributions can be made to the church and sent in care of the funeral home at PO Box 43 Lebo, KS 66856. Condolences can be left at

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