Bernice Hodgson

Bernice Arlene Hodgson (Janes)

Wednesday, December 14th, 1927 - Sunday, July 12th, 2020
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Bernice was born December 14, 1927 in New Toronto (Etobicoke), Ontario. She passed away in her 93rd year at Campbell House Hospice, Collingwood, after a long rewarding life. She was pre-deceased by her husband and the love of her life Reg.

Daughter to the late Arlene and Garnet (G.E.) Janes, Bernice came from a family of 9 siblings: Ken (Marge), Lloyd (Joan), Cliff (Barb), Betty (Gerry Day), Bernice (Reginald Hodgson), Merrible (Cliff Chapin), Carole (Steve Cochran), Glenn (Barb) and Diane (Don Phillips).

She was proud mother to Brian (Monika) and Scott (Jackie); loving grandmother to Dale, Amanda and Charmaine, Darcy and Jesse; great-grandmother to Caylyn and Duncan, Wyatt and Jocelyn, Stevie and Chreasha; loving aunt to Les, Debbie and Carole, Valerie and Trevor, Randy, Sharon and Judy, Leigh and Carey, David and Paul, Ashley and Carly, Cathy, Susan, Mark and Lianne, David, Brenda, Roger, Phillip and Chris, Sandra and Susan, Kim, Donald and Robin.
As a young woman, Bernice worked at Neptune Meters (which accounted for the many heavy aluminum pots she owned) and Campbells Soup. During this time she met a strapping young lad by the name of Reginald Hodgson who was rooming with his father across the street from her parents (in the very house they would own and live in once married). They worked with her Dad, Garnet, at the railway and came over to help him raise the house. Bernice and her sisters played a big part in pushing the wheelbarrows back and forth. After that she made frequent visits across the street. They married in 1953 and Bernice chose to stay home with her children and work part-time.

She faithfully attended St. Margaret’s Anglican Church (New Toronto) for many years and served as the Warden. When Reg retired they moved to a home they built in Burnt River, Ontario, and she was an active member of St. Luke’s Anglican Church and contributed greatly to that community. In later years. Bernice moved into Fenelon Falls where she made many meaningful friendships and wonderful memories with the ladies of “Sugarbush”.

We will remember her for her bright smile, and helpful and caring ways. She was someone you could depend on and who was always trying to make lives better for others.

She will be missed dearly by all of her friends and family, and everyone whose life she touched.

Thank you to the staff, nurses and PSWs who cared for her in Blue Mountain Manor, Stayner; and a special thank you to the wonderful people at Campbell House Hospice, Collingwood - we ask that you make any donations to them for the meaningful work they are doing.
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The following poem was found in Bernice's File, so it must have touched her.

To Those I Love And Those Who Loved Me

When I am gone, release me, let me go...
I have so many things to see and do,
You mustn't tie yourself to me with tears;
Be happy that we had so many years.

I gave to you my love, you can only guess
How much you gave to me in happiness.
I thank you for the love you each have shown,
But now it's time I travelled on alone.

So grieve a while for me if grieve you must;
Then let your grief be comforted by trust.
It's only for a while that we must part,
So bless the memories within your heart.

I won't be far away, for life goes on;
So if you need me, call and I will come,
Though you can't see me or touch me, I'll be near
And if you listen with your heart, you'll hear,
All of my love around you soft and clear.

And then, when you must come this way alone.
I'll greet you with a smile and say, "welcome home."
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    Private Service Burnt River Cemetery
    Burnt River Road
    Burnt River, Ontario
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  • Interment

    Burnt River Cemetery
    Burnt River Road
    Burnt River, Ontario K0M 1C0
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Chris and Bea Hodgson

Posted at 09:46am
Our warmest condolences,
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Love The Janes, Stephenson and Minter Families xo

Posted at 08:52pm
Sent with love and remembrance, We will miss you. Love Marjorie Janes, Leslie Janes, Carol & David Stephenson and Family, Bobbi-Anne Minter & Family
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Barb Jenkinson

Posted at 02:53pm
I met Bernice when I delivered Meals In Wheels to her when she lived at Sugar Bush.
She was a lovely lady very appreciative of the delivery and always happy to see me.
May she Rest In Peace.

Helen Silver

Posted at 01:13pm
Our sympathy goes out to Bernice’s family, mother-in-law Audrey always enjoyed phone calls and visits with Bernice when she was in Retirement Home. Cherish your memories. She was a great lady. Larry & Helen Silver

Brenda & Murray

Posted at 10:15am
Fond memories of wonderful chats and happy visits with Aunt Bernice. She will be missed by us. Our thoughts are with you.
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