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Bernice K. Abbett, age 94, of Roanoke, passed away Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 3:00 am at Parkview Huntington Hospital. She graduated from Washington Center High School and worked at the Coil Factory in Roanoke and as a waitress at Tall Pine Café bakery and restaurant. She was a member of Seminary United Methodist Church.
Bernice was born September 13, 1923, in Whitley County, the daughter of Frederick and Lena (Dreyer) Kehmeyer. On January 16, 1943, she married her beloved husband of 66 years William O. “Bill” Abbett in Columbia City and he passed away September 18, 2009. She is survived by 2 sons Tim (Ada “Skipp”) Abbett of Zanesville and Dan (Linda) Abbett of Fort Wayne, 3 grandchildren Jennifer Abbett of Linton, Steve (Kelli) Abbett of Bluffton, and Lori (Chad) Vaughan of New Haven, and 5 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by 2 sisters Helen Wallis and Mildred Mesing, and 3 brothers Verlin Kehmeyer, Walter Kehmeyer, and Carl Hochemeyer.
Visitation will be held Friday, May 4, from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm at Roanoke Memorial Chapel of Deal-Rice Funeral Homes preceding the 12:30 pm funeral service at the funeral home. Pastor Joshua Johnson will officiate. Entombment will be in Coventry Memorial Gardens- Fort Wayne.
Preferred memorials are to Seminary United Methodist Church c/o Roanoke Memorial Chapel, 240 Crestwood Dr., Roanoke, IN 46783