A. Bernice Dill, 88, of Middletown, DE passed away in the comfort of her home surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday, May 22, 2013.
Bernice was born March 29, 1925 to George and Anna C. Kielkopf in Odessa, DE.
A lifelong member of St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Middletown, she devoted countless hours of service teaching religious education, forming the Catholic Youth Organization in the ‘70’s and forming the first guitar group to play at mass in the early 80’s. She was a tireless organizer and fund raiser for the building of the new St Joseph’s Church, planned and led fundraising initiatives to include church dinners, carnivals, and bingos. She also served on the building committee for the new St. Joseph’s Church. Until the time of her death she was cemetery director for Old Bohemia Cemetery in Warwick, MD and served as the 1st Vice President of the Old Bohemia Historical Society, dedicated to preserving and restoring the heritage of the shrine built in 1704. Bernice was also the first recipient of the Order Of Merit Award, bestowed upon her by Bishop Salterelli in recognition for her “outstanding contributions to the Diocese of Wilmington”. Bernice was also employed by Ichthyological Associates in Middletown during the 1970s where she made permanent and lasting friendships.
In addition to her parents, Bernice was predeceased by her husband of 54 years, Edwin “Bud” Dill and brothers, Edward and Frederick Kielkopf.
She leaves a legacy of love and devotion to her three daughters, Pamela Dill Kartachak (Tom), Krista Staker-Lane (Randy) and Marla Dill-Palmer (Roger); five grandchildren, Allison and Adrianne Kartachak and Ashley, Laura and Nicholas Staker.
Friends may visit with Bernice’s family Tuesday evening, May 28 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 371 E. Main Street in Middletown. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered 11:00 am on Wednesday, May 29 at St. Francis Xavier Shrine (Old Bohemia), 445 Church Road, Warwick, MD, where friends may visit one hour prior to Mass. Interment will follow in the adjoining cemetery.
In honor of Bernice’s love and dedication to Old Bohemia, her family suggests memorial contributions be made to Old Bohemia Historical Society, PO Box 61, Warwick, MD 21912-0061 in her memory.