Stinar, Bernice (Shern) (1914-2007)

Bernice (Shern) Stinar, 92, Petaluma, CA, passed away on Thursday, January 18, 2007.

Bernice Shern was born in Marsh Grove Township, Marshall County, in rural northwestern Minnesota on March 1, 1914, one of ten children. She married Martin Stinar in June of 1937 and they moved to Petaluma, CA in 1939. Bernice was a bookkeeper for many years at various businesses and enjoyed being in her husband’s business ventures. Martin was a founding director of Northbay Federal Bank in Petaluma and Bernice enjoyed traveling with her husband on trips with other directors of the bank. In 1948, she accompanied Martin, who after only 6 hours of training, flew a small plane from Petaluma to Minnesota. Martin died on June 17, 2004.

Her backyard garden was her pride and joy and tending to her flowers was something she missed doing when she couldn’t get around as easily. She was interested in her extended family. She knew what each sibling was doing and was proud of what her nieces and nephews accomplished. She cherished her telephone conversations with family and kept all the mail sent to her from family members. She was truly a cornerstone of the family and will be extremely missed by all of them.

She is survived by sisters Ilet Pelzer of St. Paul, MN, Phyllis Shern of St Cloud, MN and Purnell Tunheim of Thief River Falls, MN. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by parents Oscar H. Shern and Annie Simonson Shern; brothers Harry, Arthur and Gordon Shern, sisters Merine Shern, Olive Kirchhoff and Minerva Butt.

DuBore Funeral Home

[Interred Greenwood cemetery]

Transcribed by: Cheryl Srnsky