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Bernice M. Besler
(12-29-1938 - 03-06-2019)

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 Bernice M. Besler, 80, of Elgin passed away on March 6, 2019 in her home. She was born on December 29, 1938 in Dubuque, IA, the daughter of James and Bernice (Bradberry) Spark. She had worked for School District U-46 for over 25 years prior to her retirement. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. Bernice loved to travel and be on the boat on the Mississippi River in Iowa. She will be deeply missed.

She was a member of St. Laurence Catholic Church in Elgin.

Survivors include her five children: Linda Charckon, Diane Ewert, Robert (Laura) Besler, William (Patti) Besler and Steven (Linda) Besler; 14 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; her sisters: Marykay Burt and Darlene (Jerry) Hedley; along with many nieces, nephews, family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband: Robert W. Besler in 2012; a son in infancy: Joseph Besler; and her brothers: Kenny and Larry Spark.

Funeral mass will be held on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 10:00am at St. Laurence Catholic Church, Elgin, with Rev. Andrew Mulcahey officiating. Entombment will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery, Elgin. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 4-8:00 pm at the Laird Funeral Home, Elgin and on Thursday at church from 9:00am until the mass. 847-741-8800 or www.lairdfamilyfuneralservices.com

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