Bernice Hallie Spielman, 86, of Arkville, passed away peacefully with her family by her side, Wednesday, March 3, 2010. She was born in Halcottsville on May 22, 1923 the daughter of George and Hallie Townsend.
She married Leslie Spielman in 1941, in Virginia Beach. He died February 19, 2002.
She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
Bernice worked along with her husband on a dairy farm. She was also a foster mother to several foster children. She was employed at Margaretville Hospital in the housekeeping department and was well-known for her strong work ethic. Everyone will miss her smiles and hugs.
Her hobbies included checkers and being known for a green thumb in her flower gardens. Her joy came from spending time with family and friends.
She was very proud of her Native American Heritage. She loved animals, especially her little dog “Rocky.”
Surviving are four children, George and Linda Spielman of Halcottsville, their children, George and Cynthia Spielman and their son, Keenan of Halcottsville, Michelle and John Beers and their son, John Paul and their daughter, Savanna of Pennsylvania, Heather and Paul Krickhahn and their son, Paul Anthony of New Kingston; Dennis and Mary Spielman of Guilderland and their children, Wendy Morrison and son, Brett of Cape Vincent, Keri and Jason Mazucca and their children, Hannah and Joshua of Guilderland Center; Bonnie and Floyd George of Hamden and their children, Wayne George of Boston, Mass. and Steve and Kelly George of Newport, N.H. and John and Connie (Spielman) Gebert of Arkville.
Funeral services were at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 6 at the Hynes Funeral Home, Margaretville, with the Rev. Richard Dykstra and the Rev. Joon Woo Lee, co-officiating.
Burial will be in the Halcottsville Cemetery in the spring.
Donations in memory of Bernice Spielman can be made to Catskill Area Hospice & Palliative Care Inc., 1 Birchwood Drive, Oneonta, NY 13820 or to the Margaretville Hospital, Route 28, Margaretville, NY 12455.
Funeral arrangements were by Hynes Funeral Home, Margaretville.