CANFIELD, Ohio – A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at St. Michael’s Church, celebrated by Rev. Terrence J. Hazel, for Bernice Catherine Harnishfeger, 86, who passed away on to her heavenly family on Friday, June 10, 2016, after a brief stay at St. Elizabeth Health Center.
She was born April 23, 1930, in Youngstown, the daughter of Vincent and Catherine Walsh Wittenauer.
For the past 63 years, Bernice shared the joy of life together with her high school sweetheart, her husband, Byron W. Harnishfeger Jr.
Bernice was a graduate of Boardman High School and was very honored and proudly continued her studies at the Youngstown Hospital School of Nursing, receiving her degree in 1951.
She then became employed at the Youngstown Hospital Association as a registered nurse.
Bernice remained home as a mother and homemaker, raising her five children in their early years, and returned to her nursing career at St. Elizabeth Hospital for 20 years until her retirement in 1987.
She was an active member of her parish, St. Michael’s Church in Canfield, serving in the Alter and Rosary Society and also serving on various other church committees. Bernice enjoyed extensive travels with her husband throughout all 50 states as well as international cruises. Camping was always enjoyed with family, and she spent endless instructional hours baking with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Another joy for Bernice was attending various grandchildren¹s sporting and school activities.
She is survived by her husband, Byron “Bud” Harnishfeger; three daughters, Denise Harnishfeger of Hubbard, Phyllis (Mike) Manning of Westlake Village, Calif., and Agnes (Jeffery) Schauer of Round Hill, Va.; and one son, Byron W. (Beth) Harnishfeger III of Boardman. She will be missed by her seven grandchildren, Dr. Jennifer (Patrick) O¹Brien, Byron W. Harnishfeger IV, Tyler Schauer (Taylor Morris), Karlie Schauer, Stephanie Klucher (Blake Novotny), Karl Harnishfeger, Kelsie Harnishfeger; five great-grandchildren; a brother, L. Joseph Wittenauer of Dayton; and sister-in-law Mary Jo Wittenauer of Fairlawn; as well as many nieces and nephews and cousins, particularly helpful cousin Barbara Calhoun, her “Guardian Angel.”
Bernice was predeceased by her parents; a brother, Vincent William Wittenauer; a son, Karl Edward Harnishfeger; and a grandchild, Adele L. Harnishfeger.
Family and friends may call from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Monday and from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. on Tuesday at St. Michael’s Church, 300 N. Broad St. in Canfield.
In Lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Angels for Easter Seals, 299 Edwards St., Youngstown, OH 44502.
Family and friends may visit www.foxfuneralhome.org to view this obituary and send condolences.