Bernice L. (nee Chaffee) Hanns, 90, of Punta Gorda, Fla., passed away Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013.
She was born Sept. 6, 1923, in Talbot, Ind., to Minor J. and Ella (nee Metzinger) Chaffee.
Bernice Graduated from Oxford High School in Oxford, Ind., in 1941. She worked in the banking industry for 11 years, before retiring from United Telephone Co. after 21 years as an administrator assistant in 1979. Bernice married George E. Hanns in 1946, and they were married for 56 years when he died in 2002.
She and George owned and operated the Pine Terrace Mobile Home Park and Motel in Punta Gorda for many years; they also traveled many miles in their motor homes around the country. Bernice loved to crochet and made many hats to match her outfit of the day. She rode an electric scooter around town, and people called her the “Scooter lady.”
Bernice is survived by her siblings, Laverne (Lela) Chaffee, Vera Martin and Dolores (Lonnie) LaBaw of Lafayette, Ind., Mary Bonita (Dave) Coffman of Winchester, Ind., Richard (Patricia) Chaffee of Morris, Ind., and Carl (Shirley) Chaffee of Shreveport, La. In addition to her parents, Bernice was preceded in death by sisters, Lucille Froelich and Harriet Fassnacht; and her husband.
Family and friends will gather from 10:30 a.m. until the time of the Memorial Mass at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Arrangements are by Kays-Ponger & Uselton Funeral Home and Cremation Services Punta Gorda Chapel.