Bernice J. Bassler

Bernice J. Bassler, 96, of Richfield, passed away at 6:40 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, at Evangelical Community Hospital in Lewisburg, surrounded by her loving family.

Born on June 26, 1922, in Sterling, Ill., she was a daughter of the late Harry S. and Bessie (Frank) Trimble. On Nov. 3, 1945, in Ridott, Ill., she married Clair P. Bassler, with whom she was blessed to share over 55 years of marriage before his passing on April 7, 2001.

Surviving are her children: Janet E. Sparks, of Dillsburg, David L. Bassler and his wife, Mary, and Steven D. Bassler and his wife, Vickie, all of Mount Pleasant Mills; three sisters, Beulah Shippie, of Chandler, Ariz., Margery Rose, of Loves Park, Ill., and Carol Beazley, of Mansfield, Ill.; two brothers, Marvin Trimble, of Freeport, Ill., and John A. Trimble, of Dakots, Ill.; seven grandchildren; and nineteen great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by: three sisters, Marian Lapp, Ruth Byle and Gerrie Whitney; and two brothers, James F. and Roger L. Trimble.

Earlier in life, Bernice, along with her husband and his family, operated the family butcher shop in Richfield. Later, she was employed and retired as a food service worker at the Selinsgrove Center, retiring in 1984.

Mrs. Bassler was a member of the Richfield United Methodist Church who enjoyed quilting, crocheting, working on word search puzzles, cooking for her family and participating in bingo at the Richfield Senior Living Center.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, at the Richfield United Methodist Church, 90 Church St., Richfield, with Pastor Kenneth Brown officiating. Interment will follow at Hillside Cemetery in McAlisterville.

A viewing will be held from 9 a.m. until the time of the funeral services at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Bernice’s memory to the Richfield United Methodist Church, 90 Church St., Richfield, PA 17086.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Brown Funeral Homes Inc., 111 Westfall St., McAlisterville.

Online condolences and tributes can be sent to the family at www.brownfuneralhomesi-