Bernice Ann Frank Williams

May 18th, 1941April 15th, 2022

Bernice Ann Frank Williams passed away peacefully on April 15, 2022 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Lafayette, Colorado at the age of 80. 

Bernice was born to Franz and Anna Frank on May 18, 1941 in Denver. She graduated from Annunciation Catholic School in 1959. She worked at Mountain Bell Phone Co. in the early 1960’s. After briefly living in California and Washington, D.C., Bernice returned to Denver and worked at the Federal Reserve Bank.

She met Edward Williams and they married on March 14, 1964. Bernice became a homemaker and her and Edward adopted two daughters. Bernice was the CEO & CFO of Williams Egg Ranch in Erie, CO, for approximately 20 years. Bernice found pleasure in cooking and entertaining for the holidays. Many delighted in her German specialties of cabbage burgers, crepes, Maldasha (fruit dumplings), or paprika chicken. She made her own German sausage and fermented sauerkraut. It wasn’t all German though; Bernice made some tasty green chili too. She enjoyed sewing and often made matching outfits for her and her daughters. She always made birthdays extra special for the family with custom decorated cakes. She turned her cake decorating hobby into a successful side business.

After retirement Bernice and her husband bought an RV and traveled the western United States visiting museums and historical sites.

In the late 1980’s Bernice developed an interest in genealogy which became her greatest passion. She loved tracing back her lineage as far as the records would take her. In an effort to preserve her Volga German heritage, she spent several years creating a family history book filled with family trees, photos, recipes and historical information. This labor of love was given to all family members as a special Christmas gift. She was on the board of several Historical Societies and she never stopped researching and sharing her discoveries with others. She was always willing to help others trace their family tree as she believed “Through our hearts we see the past, through our children we see the future.”

When she wasn’t researching genealogy, Bernice took pleasure in reading mystery novels or watching mystery shows on television while enjoying her secret stash of Hershey milk chocolate.

Her vast collection of Russian nesting dolls are worthy of envy and held a special place in her heart. She also collected hand-crafted decorative eggs and Native American art. She took her passion for Southwestern art to a new level on her 60th birthday when she surprised her family by getting a Kokopelli design tattooed on her ankle.

Bernice will be remembered by her husband, Ed, as “good-looking, hard-working woman who loved her children and grandchildren.”

Family will cherish these special memories of Bernice:

  • Calling her husband “Woolly Bear”
  • Calling her grandson “Schnickelfritz” (German slang term for “Little Rascal”)
  • Getting KFC chicken every super bowl
  • Being a prayer warrior
  • Being incredibly giving of her time, talent, and treasure (giving was her love language)
  • Receiving a card and money from her on every birthday
  • Being incredibly organized
  • Being a great listener and shoulder to cry on

When asked by her daughter what was the purpose of life, Bernice responded by saying, “To love and to be loved.” Her life reflected this well.

Bernice is survived by her husband, Edward Williams of Lafayette, CO; her daughter Michele Losino of Lafayette, CO; her daughter Sherry Williams McCoy and her husband Albert McCoy of Vista, CA; her grandson Vincent Losino and his wife Audelia Losino of Dacono, CO; her grandson Samuel McCoy of Vista, CA; her great-grandson Vincent Losino of Dacono, CO; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Bernice was preceded in death by her father Franz Frank; her mother Anna Appelhans Frank; her sisters Dorothy Holzman, Mary Holzman Coutts, Barbara Holzman Tuba; her brothers Pete Holzman, Joseph Holzman, Frank Frank, John Holzman; and her granddaughter Sydnee Alanna McCoy.

 

Services

Out of respect for Bernice’s wishes, no viewing or services will be held. Bernice elected to be cremated and have her ashes preserved in her favorite wood-turned bowl handmade by her loving husband, Edward.

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