Bernice Alberta Dean, 88, went to be with the Lord on February 7th, 2022, at Joni Fair Hospice House in Pueblo, Colorado. She passed away peacefully with her family at her side following a short illness.
Bernice came into this world on September 18th, 1933, in Kimball, Nebraska, born to Vera Emily (McHenry) Tebrinke and Bernice “Bud” Tebrinke.
On July 3rd, 1953, she married the love of her life, Daniel Allen Dean, in Red Oak, Iowa. In 1954, Rebecca Jo was born, followed by Pamela Kay in 1957, and Douglas Allen in 1960.
Bernice was preceded in death by her mother Vera Emily McHenry Tebrinke, her father Bernice “Bud” Tebrinke, her brother Richard Tebrinke, and her brother John Tebrinke.
She is survived by her husband, Daniel Allen Dean; sisters, Barbara Requist and Kathleen Barmann; daughter, Rebecca Jo White and son-in-law, Jerry White; daughter, Pamela Kay Maggio and son-in-law, Jerry Maggio; son, Doug Dean and daughter-in-law, Jenifer Waller; granddaughter, Julie White; grandson, Jeremy White and granddaughter-in-law, Libby White; grandson, Justin Dean and granddaughter-in-law, Michelle Taylor; granddaughter, Kathryn Stambler and grandson-in-law, Kyle Stambler; grandsons, Nicolas Dean, Walker Dean, Joseph Ditch and Travis Saltzman; granddaughter, Stephanie Maggio and grandson-in-law, Chris Nordin; great-grandson, Rylee Stambler; great-granddaughters, Audrey White, Charlotte White, Shelby Baggett, and Penelope Nordin; and many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
Bernice was proud of the fact that she had the opportunity to serve as a nurse in both neonatal and nursing home care. She also owned and operated a restaurant with her husband Dan, supervised a kitchen in a Tennessee Children’s Home for abused and neglected children, and served as a Pastor’s wife for many years when Dan entered the ministry. She also served as a Girl Scout leader.
Bernice was also proud to be a descendant of Mayflower passengers John Alden and Priscilla Mullins, and was a member of the John Alden Society. She was also related to an American founding father, James McHenry, who was a member of the Constitutional Convention and served as Secretary of War under both George Washington and John Adams.
Bernice was a warm and caring wife, friend, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother and great-grandmother. She grew up in Stoneham, Colorado, and was always proud to call Colorado her home. She loved traveling to Hawaii with Dan, and loved the frequent visits from her children and grandchildren.
Bernice had a lovely singing voice and often sang solos in her church and loved to sing in church choirs. Her favorite song that she performed was “In the Garden”. Her family also fondly remembers her lovely singing of “One Day at a Time”.
In her younger days, she and Dan were excellent jitterbug dancers, and surprised their children by demonstrating their “moves” when they were both in their seventies!
Bernice had a wonderful sense of humor, and an easy smile. She was loved and will be missed greatly by everyone that knew her.
A viewing will be held on Wednesday, February 16th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Montgomery Steward Funeral Home at 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, Colorado. Services will be held on Thursday, February 17th at 10:00 a.m. at Mountain Shadows Baptist Church at 947 N. Gantts Fort Ave., Pueblo West, Colorado. A private interment with the family will be held at Pikes Peak National Cemetery in Colorado Springs.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to Mountain Shadows Baptist Church.