Bernice V. Samoska

Bernice Virginia Samoska, age 89, of Maryville, IL, born August 18, 1927 in East St. Louis, IL, passed away at 7:05 p.m. on Thursday August 18, 2016 at Eden Village Care Center in Glen Carbon, IL and celebrated her birthday in heaven with her husband, Walter, and her Lord and Savior.

Bernice was a devoted homemaker and at one time was a bookkeeper for a local brewery. She was a member of Mother of Perpetual Help Catholic Church of Maryville and a faithful member of the Altar Society. Having suffered a stroke many years ago, Bernice was thankful she remained able-minded and active. She loved working in her yard and was meticulous in everything she did. She loved crocheting, painting, she was a talented seamstress, enjoyed playing cards and Boggle, loved to bake, was her daughter's softball coach, and was an avid Cardinal fan. Most of all she enjoyed being with her family and her dogs.  

She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter O. “Ozzie” Samoska, who she married on October 22, 1949; her parents, Cornelius and Mary nee Ernst Reiniger; a son Wally Samoska; a sister, Dolores Holliday; and a brother, Eugene Reiniger.

She is survived by two daughters: Victoria (Rick) Gurley of Maryville, IL, and Christine (Larry) Maggio of Maryville, IL; a son, Stanley (Deborah) Samoska of Glen Carbon, IL; six grandchildren: Amy (Kyle Sombke) Gurley of Monmouth, IL, Jeffrey (Michelle) Samoska of Denver, CO, Zach (Logan) Maggio of Maryville, IL, Taylor Maggio of Maryville, IL, Adam and Sarah Samoska of Glen Carbon, IL; two great grandchildren: Jake and Luke; a sister, Alvera “Sally” Ruffner, of Fairview Heights, IL; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday August 21, 2016 at Barry Wilson Funeral Home in Maryville, IL.

Funeral mass will be at 10 a.m. on Monday, August 22, 2016 at Mother of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Maryville, with Father Joseph Havrilka, celebrant.  Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery in Fairview Heights, IL.

Memorials may be made to Mother of Perpetual Help Catholic Church and Alzheimer’s Research and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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