Bernice C. Brown, 82, of rural Akron, passed at 7:05 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023, at her residence.
Bernie was born on May 3, 1940 in Chicago, Illinois to the late Cornelius and Winnie (Kelderhouse) Sterk. Her family moved to Akron in 1948. She graduated from Akron High School in the class of 1958.
She married on Dec. 4, 1964 to Ted Larry Kuhn. He preceded her on Dec. 6, 1980.
She was a longtime member of the Akron United Methodist Church. Bernie met Paul Brown when she worked for Bendix of North Manchester. After a two-year courtship, they were married on Oct. 26, 1992. She also later worked for Heckman Bindery. Together, Bernie and Paul traveled a lot and enjoyed fishing, notably in Minnesota. She also enjoyed watching all sports. Bernie was also fond of children, especially her nieces and nephews.
She is survived by her husband Paul Brown of Akron; sisters Margaret Tromp, Schererville, Bernice and husband Paul Brown, Akron, Wilma Belsan, Brookfield, Ill., and Cornelia Moore, Akron; brothers Robert and wife Sharon Sterk, Sevierville, Tenn., Bert and wife Theressa Sterk, Akron, and Lee and wife Leta Sterk, Rochester; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Bernie was preceded in death by her parents, first husband Ted Larry Kuhn, brothers John, Herman, Charles, and Richard and sisters Nellie Mosher, Carrie Koster, Dorothy Sterk, and Nancy Sterk.
The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 14, at Hartzler Funeral Home 305 West Rochester Street Akron.
The interment will take place in the Akron Cemetery, Akron, Indiana.
Visitation hours will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron.
Memorial contributions can be made in her memory to the Akron United Methodist Church or to Gentiva Hospice.