Bernice (Bernie) Elaine Webster Hedinger, age 95, of Manhattan, Kansas, went to be with her Lord on Feb. 9, 2018, at the Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan.
She was born on Jan. 7, 1923. to Frank E. and Gladys V. (Whiting) Webster on a farm in the Spring Creek area of Pottawatomie County. Bernice was the oldest of three having a sister, Ramona Faye and brother, Howard Wilbur.
In her early years, her parents moved to the Garden City area in the 1930s (Dirty Thirties). She was baptized in the First Christian Church of Garden City. While there, she attended a school that she had to ride a horse to and from. After several years, her parents moved back to the Spring Creek area where she continued her education at a school in the Blaine area.
She attended Fostoria High School until her senior year. Her senior year she attended the Westmoreland High School so that she could take Normal Training Course to allow her to teach in rural country schools. She graduated in 1940.
Her first year as a teacher, she taught at the rural Huff School, grades first through eighth. Her second year of teaching was at the Fostoria Grade School, teaching fifth through eighth.
She met her future husband, Charles L. Hedinger, while working in Manhattan before attending Kansas State College. However, college was not in her future as she and Charles were married Dec. 24, 1942. On Oct. 4, 1943, a son was born, Chod Hedinger.
Bernice worked for J.C. Penny Company for 38 years, retiring in June 1986. Favorite hobbies included bowling and camping. She bowled for many years and was inducted into the MWBA Hall of Fame Manhattan Association.
Memberships included Manhattan Women’s Business Association, Manhattan Bowling Association, Epsilon Sigma Alpha, First Christian Church and First Christian Larson Group.
Bernice was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sister, brother and her grandson, Troy Hedinger.
Survivors include her son Chod Hedinger and his wife Sari of Manhattan, two grandsons, two great granddaughters, one great grandson and many nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 23, at the Sunrise Cemetery in Manhattan with the Rev. Ben Duerfeldt officiating. Family and friends are invited to meet at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home at 10:30 a.m. to form a procession to the cemetery. Cremation has taken place.
Memorials have been established for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and for the Johnson Cancer Research Center. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Ave., Manhattan, Kansas 66502.
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