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Posted on Jan 6, 2015

Bernadine E. Hale

Bernadine Elizabeth Hale, 93, returned to her Heavenly Father on Jan. 3, 2015. Her devotion to her family and her firm belief in God gave her peace.

Bernadine was born to the late Anton and Thecla Keller on Dec. 31, 1921, in Quincy, where she grew up with one brother and three sisters.

One of Bernie’s fondest childhood memories was playing baseball with the Simmon boys, Tom Petrak and numerous other neighborhood kids. She talked about how Dean Simmons always called her “Beans.”

obit, Bernadine Hale (2)Bernie met her future husband, Mike Hale, when her brother, Joe, brought his friends home for Sunday dinner, as they were new to Quincy. After that, “They showed up for dinner every Sunday,” she always shared with us.

Later, Bernie married her best friend, Mike, on July 26, 1942, in the Burke Church. They were blessed with a large and loving family. Bernie helped raise her seven children with patience, discipline and humility. From the very beginning, she encouraged her children to trust and believe in God and to follow His teachings.

We kids can share a mutual memory with many other members of the family, as well as friends — mom’s cinnamon rolls. When she baked them on the farm, we could smell them all the way into town.

Bernie was kind and soft-spoken, and always had time to answer a question or solve a problem, no matter how small.

She is dearly missed by her loved ones, who celebrate the fact that she is at peace with her Creator and in the arms of her loving husband.

Bernie is survived by her seven children: Wayne and Judy Hale of Clearfield, Utah; Dick and Della Hale of Quincy; Jim and Linda Hale of Columbia City, Ind.; Rita Webb of Ephrata; Bob and Denise Hale of Quincy; Connie Hale and Paul Trevino of Quincy; and Joe and Teresa Hale of Quincy. She also is survived by her nineteen grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; her two sisters, Margaret and Dan Neuman of Quincy and Delores Fortier of Quincy; and her sister-in-law, Rose Keller of Quincy.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her infant daughter, Agnes; her husband, Mike; her brother, Joe Keller; her sister, Eleanor Burns; and her son-in-law, Larry Webb.

Holy Rosary will be recited at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 6th at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Quincy. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, at St. Pius X Catholic Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Bernie Hale to the Quincy Valley Convalescent Center.

Please leave a memory for the family or sign its online guest register at

Scharbach’s Columbia Funeral Chapel in Quincy is assisting the family with arrangements.

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