Bernice Bonder of Whippany, NJ died peacefully in her sleep on Friday, December 14, 2012 at the Troy Hills Center Nursing Home in Parsippany. Bernice (nee Bronislawa Hordynice) was born in Ignacowo, Poland to her loving parents Helena and Felix on March 24, 1923. She married John in 1943 and they survived World War II spending time in Poland and Germany. While in Germany, Bernice gave birth to John and James and then settled in Liege, Belgium in 1947 where her third son, Edward, was born. Bernice, John and their three sons immigrated to the United States and settled in Newark, NJ in 1956. Through the years, they lived in Newark, Irvington, East Hanover, Cedar Knolls and now in Whippany. Bernice was a factory worker for J. Wiss & Sons in Newark and Maplewood until retirement. Bernice was the consummate mom and wife, caring for all her boys with unmatched love, devotion, and tenderness. She enjoyed holiday gatherings; her pierogi, gołąpki, and kluski were family favorites. Upon retirement, Bernice loved to knit, tend to her garden, keep a loving eye on her grandchildren, and watch soccer games from her beach chair positioned at midfield.
Bernice is survived by her husband, of nearly 70 years, John; son John, wife Veronica, and two grandsons, Michael and David; son James, wife Patricia, granddaughter, Jessica, and grandson, Timothy; son Edward, wife Carol, and three grandsons, Matthew, Daniel, and Kevin. We are all blessed to have had Bernice be such an instrumental part of our lives.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Bernice’s memory be made to the Alzheimer’s Association – Greater New Jersey Chapter, 400 Morris Avenue, Suite 251, Denville, NJ 07834 (www.alz.org/join_the_cause_donate.asp).