Bernice M. Hilke


Bernice M. Hilke, 87, of Union Township passed away the afternoon of June 9, 2019, at her home, surrounded by her loving family.
Born March 21, 1932, in New Castle, she was the daughter of William and Eunice (Caldwell) Smith. She was preceded in death on July 9, 1990, by her husband, Ted Hilke, whom she married Nov. 13, 1948.
After attending New Castle High School, Bernie was a homemaker and enjoyed raising her four daughters.
Bernie loved her dogs and enjoyed camping, but her greatest joy was being with her family. She was a longtime member of the former First Christian Church.
She is survived by four daughters, Beverly (Craig) Mazur, Joyce (Larry) Dillon, Bonnie (Keith) Lemmon and Carolyn (David) Wagner, all of New Castle; five grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by three sisters, Lorraine Turner, Vivian Leasure and an infant sister, Orabelle Smith; one brother, Wallace Smith; one grandson, Jason Lemmon; and her fiance Nick Acquillo.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, at the R. Cunningham Funeral Home and Crematory Inc., 2429 Wilmington Road.
A funeral service will take place at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with the Rev. Matthew Bupp officiating.
Burial will be in Castle View Memorial Gardens.
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Cyndi (Leasure) Paquet
Jun 11, 2019
Bev, Joyce, Bonnie, & Caroline,
I am very sorry to hear of Aunt Bernie's passing. Prayers & regards to you all.
Nancy Sheakley, Barb & Mike Boyle
Jun 11, 2019
Dear Carolyn, and the entire Family,
We are sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time.
God Bless.
Jun 11, 2019
Prayers to the family.
Brandy Oslin
Jun 10, 2019
I miss you already Grandma..I have so many memories..I wish we had more time but I know your with Pap now..I love you..