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Deseret Morning News, 06/11/09
Berniece Bacon Bartschi, loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and
great-great grandmother passed away on Tuesday, June 9, 2009 of natural causes. She was 98
years old and died peacefully at home.She was born April 26, 1911, to Frank Wilbur and
Grace Smart Bacon in Georgetown, Bear Lake County, Idaho. She married George Edgar
Bartschi in the Logan Temple, October 2, 1929. On October 2, 2007, George and Berniece
celebrated 78 years of marriage. George, passed away January 1, 2008. They are the parents
of four children Dennis C. Bartschi (Lois), M. ReNae Hunter (Benjamin R.), Carol Brandt
(Edward J), and G. Grant Bartschi (DeAne). She is survived by her children, 23
grandchildren, 83 great-grandchildren and 19 great-great-grandchildren; a brother, David
C. Bacon; and two sisters, Verna Sparks of St. George and Evelyn Hansen of Logan. Berniece
was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served in various
positions including Relief Society!
President for five and 1/2 years, Young Women's President three times, Stake Young
Women's Leader, and 30 years as a temple worker in the St. George Temple. Berniece has
always been an organizer. By the time she was 13 years old, she was helping her father in
the grocery store owned by the family; and by the age of 14 she was driving the big Dodge
truck to make deliveries from Georgetown to Stringtown. For most of her life she worked
along with raising her family to supplement the family income. She worked for her father
in the grocery store until she and George purchased it from him. Later, after moving to
Pocatello, Idaho, she worked for J.C. Penneys, State Hardware, and Sterling and Warren, a
grocery warehouse. She was a very energetic person, and even after her children were
married and had homes of their own, she could work them "under the table."
Behind her back she was called "the white tornado." Late into their 70's she
and George would go into the forest and cut e!
nough wood for their fireplace to see them through the winter, load it
into their pick-up and take it to their St. George home. She lived to serve others. She
was known far and wide for her whole wheat bread and carrot cake which she made until she
was well into her 90's to share with friends and family. She was constantly on the
lookout for anyone who needed help in some way - a ride to the grocery store, to church,
or who needed help in some other way. As George grew older and weaker, she was his
constant companion, supporting him in all of his needs. She has been the backbone of the
family, the manager of the finances, the person you could count on to give you good advice
and to stand by you when you needed her. She was frugal in her needs, but generous in her
praise of others and with her funds. She deemed her family, her faith, and her friends as
the most important accomplishments of her life. She was faithful and exact in keeping the
commandments of God. Her integrity and example will be remembered and respected by all who
knew her. We k!
now she is having a happy reunion with her husband, George, her parents and four sisters
as well as with other friends and family who have preceded her to heaven. Funeral services
will be held June 13, 2009 at 12:30 p.m. in the Sandy East LDS Ward Chapel, 8600 South
1200 East, Sandy, Utah. A viewing will be held at the Goff Mortuary, 8090 South State
Street, June 12, 2009, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and at the church one hour prior to services.
Interment and a short graveside service will take place at the Restlawn Memorial Gardens
Cemetery in Pocatello, Idaho, June 13, 2009, 4:30-5:00 p.m.
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