Bernice “Bee” A. Berish

Resided in Escanaba, Michigan
Died May 6th, 2018

Bernice “Bee” Berish, 92, of Escanaba, passed away Sunday, May 6, 2018 at Angels Grace Hospice in Oconomowac, WI.

Bee was born in Schaffer, MI on July 13, 1925, daughter of Stanley and Mary (Olszowski) Hojnacki. She was raised in Schaffer and graduated from Escanaba High School in 1943.

On August 4, 1945 Bee married John Berish at Sacred Heart Church in Schaffer.

She worked at Mongomery Wards and then for 25 years at Manning Shoes in downtown Escanaba.

Bee was a member of St. Joseph and St. Patrick Parish. She was proud to be known as the last living charter member of the Eagles Auxiliary.

Bee loved gardening, playing cards, going to the casino, traveling and knitting. Most of all she loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Among survivors are her children, Jim (Mimi) Berish of Mukwonago, WI, and Kathy (Dick) Puddy of Escanaba; grandchildren, Philip (Mary) Berish, Stephanie (Chuck) Kalenowski, Nikki Puddy and Nathan (Jessica) Berish; great grandchildren, Michael (Brandie), Patrick, Jack, Emma, Sophia and Violet Berish, and Sam, Jake and Meg Kalenowski; sister, Stella Viau; sister in law, Vi Hojnacki; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband John; granddaughter Susan E. Berish; siblings, Sophia (Tom) Allen, Adola (Jerry) Brown, Walter Hojnacki; and brother in law, Raymond Viau.

Visitation will be held on Friday, May 18, 2018 from 2-4:30 p.m. at the Crawford Funeral Home, 302 South 13th Street, Escanaba. The Eagles Auxiliary memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 5 p.m. at St. Joseph and St. Patrick Church with Rev. Eric Olson officiating.

Burial will take place in Holy Cross Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to the family for a memorial to be set up at a later date.

Special thanks to Sharon, Parma and Char for their years of friendship and love and to Linda, Bob and Justin, “The Neighborhood Watch” group.

Online condolences may be sent to

The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the Berish family.

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