Bernice Walz Wagner
Bernice “Bee” Walz Wagner, age 91, of Quincy, died on Thursday, January 31, 2019 at 9:12 am in the Illinois Veterans Home.
Bernice was born November 29, 1927 in Quincy, Illinois, the daughter of Charles and Rose Wilhelm Hilfrink. She married Russell Walz on July 7, 1945 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Quincy. He preceded her in death in 1976. Bernice married Thomas Kee in August of 1984 in Hannibal, Missouri. He preceded her in death on December 29, 1996. She married Dr. Lavern J. Wagner on September 5, 1998 in Quincy. He preceded her in death on December 4, 2012.
Bernice was a 1945 graduate of Quincy Notre Dame High School. After her marriage to Russell Walz, she stayed at home and raised their six children. She was later employed as a school bus driver by the Quincy Public Schools for 19 years. In her retirement, she worked for American Greetings for 5 years and volunteered for over 10 years at Blessing Hospital and Blessing Physician Services.
Bernice loved camping and fishing and was a very good bowler. After marrying Lavern, she attended many music events, which she greatly enjoyed. She always had a love for animals, especially dogs, and cherished her dachshund, Peanut.
Survivors include five children, Pat Livingston of Canton, MO, Cynthia (Sam) Edwards of Smithfield, NC, Mark (Linda) Walz of Olathe, KS, Greg Walz of Granite City, IL, and Mary (Scott) Yates of Loxley, AL; 14 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; 13 step-children, Gerry (Holly) Wagner of Quincy, Therese (Jimmy) Hefferman of Myrtle Beach, SC, Heidi (Timothy) Fielding of N Hollywood, CA, Brian (Audrey) Wagner of Carbondale, IL, Jeanine (Margaret) Wagner, of Raleigh, NC, Bernadette (Tom) Allbaugh of Alta Loma, CA, Ted (Jean) Wagner, Abilene, TX, Cecilia Wagner of Philadelphia, PA, Martin (Karen) Wagner, and Jillian (Cole) Miller, all of Quincy, IL, Erica Wagner, Fort Worth, TX, Chris Wagner of Canton, IL, and Todd (Alaina) Wagner of Quincy; 24 step grandchildren; and eight step great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husbands, Bernice was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters, one brother, a daughter, Diane Riley, a step-daughter, Catherine Wagner-Inman, and a step-grandson, Michael Allbaugh.
Services: 11:00 am on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at the Hansen-Spear Funeral Home with Rev. Martin Eden officiating.
Burial: Calvary Cemetery, Quincy, Illinois
Memorials: Our Redeemer Lutheran Church
Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of the arrangements.