Bernice Lucille "Bernie" Smitley

November 25, 1935 - December 22, 2018
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Bernice Lucille Smitley, 83, of New Philadelphia, died Saturday, December 22, 2018 while in the care of Community Hospice’s Truman House at New Philadelphia. Bernie, as she was known to family and friends was reunited with her late husband Charles E. Smitley who preceded her in death 12 years to the date.

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Bernice Lucille Smitley, 83, of New Philadelphia, died Saturday, December 22, 2018 while in the care of Community Hospice’s Truman House at New Philadelphia. Bernie, as she was known to family and friends was reunited with her late husband Charles E. Smitley who preceded her in death 12 years to the date.

Born at Lodi, Ohio on November 25, 1935, Bernie was a daughter of the late George and Olive McVicker Bidinger and a graduate of New Philadelphia High School.

Bernie and Charles were not only partners in life but also partners in business. Together the couple operated Smitley Service Center and Body Shop and in 1971, they opened Ohio Valley Salvage Pool. Bernie remained an active part of the business for nearly four decades until her retirement in 2010.

Always a detail-oriented person, Bernie enjoyed numbers and bookkeeping. In her younger years, enjoyed sewing, dress making and operated her own upholstery business from her home. In later years, she kept her bookkeeping skills on point but found great joy in spending time with her family, grandchildren and working in her flower gardens.

Bernie will be missed by her children, Michelle (Mark Estock) Ford of New Philadelphia and Mike (fiancée Jeanine Gauthier) of Uhrichsville; her beloved grandchildren, Olyvia, Alexis, and Logan Ford and Cooper Smitley; her brothers, George “Butch” (Sandy) Bidinger of Florida and William (Betty) Bidinger of Dover as well as her nieces and nephews.

The family will receive guests on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 from 5-8 PM in the Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory at New Philadelphia. Pastor Brian Flood will lead a service celebrating Bernie’s life in the funeral home’s chapel on Thursday, December 27, at 10:30 AM. Burial alongside her husband will follow in the Evergreen Burial Park at New Philadelphia. Following services, all are invited to share in a time of food and fellowship in the Geib Family Center, adjacent to the funeral home.

Memorial contributions in Bernie’s name may be directed to Community Hospice, 716 Commercial Avenue SW, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663.

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Visitation Information

Date: Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Time: 5:00 pm

End Time: 8:00 pm

Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory

Address:

116 Second Street NE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

Service Information

Date: Thursday, December 27, 2018

Time: 10:30 am

Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory

Address:

116 Second Street NE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

Cemetery Information

Date: Thursday, December 27, 2018

Evergreen Burial Park

Address:

1520 Delaware Drive SE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

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Reception Information

Date: Thursday, December 27, 2018

Geib Family Center

Address:

116 2nd Street NE, New Philadelphia, OH, 44663

Donation Information

Community Hospice

716 Commercial Ave. SW
New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663
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Born: November 25, 1935
Died: December 22, 2018

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Geib Funeral Home & Crematory

On behalf of the Geib Family and Staff, we offer our most sincere sympathy for your loss. We are honored to have been called upon to serve your family.

 

Shannon Hursey posted on 12/27/18

Mike, Michelle & Family So sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. Lots of fond memories of growing up together. Deepest Sympathy Shannon (Turney) Hursey

 

James Huff posted on 12/27/18

Please accept my deepest condolence. What a great couple your mom and dad were. Linda and I had some great times with them. And how could we ever forget picking up our beautiful white German Shepherd (Shad), that little Mikey had to coax out from behind the couch. She will deeply be missed. God bless her. Jim

 

Roger Lawver posted on 12/26/18

Mike and Michelle Words can’t really express the sorrow we feel at hearing of the loss of your mother. Both your Dad and Mom were very special to the old neighborhood we all were raised in. Many many good memories of when they would chase us around after we soaped their windows, play ball with us, help teach us how to work hard and enjoy our lives. They were like our other parents in the neighborhood. We always knew they would be there for us anytime we needed them. To take care of us when we busted our knee open, needed pulled from a ditch, have a good time, and yes... to discipline us when we need it... and boy did we need it! They were always there for us. So looking forward to when we can see them again when they will be young again, and with no pain or worries, when all things will be new again!(Rev. 21:4,5) Love always!

 

Rick &Tisha Deckena posted on 12/26/18

Mike and Cooper. Tisha and I are so sorry for your loss. Your Mom and Grandma was a Great Lady. We always loved seeing her and the time we got to talk. I’m sure Bernice has a beautiful set of wings. I know she will be watching over both of you.

 

Norma Snyder posted on 12/26/18

Michelle and family my deepest sympathy is with you all. May god bless.

 

Jim Day posted on 12/25/18

So sorry for your lost you are in our thoughts and prayers Jim and Sue Day

 

Steve Stevenson. posted on 12/25/18

Sally and I send our heartfelt sympathy to Bernie's family. She was a kind and wonderful person and will be missed by so many.

 

Mary Beth (McVicker ) Prendergast posted on 12/24/18

My heart joins yours in Bernie's passing. So many pleasant memories of family gatherings flooding my thoughts, as I read this. Enjoy the memories as they will always warm your hearts.

 

Sue Yanosik posted on 12/24/18

I am so sorry for your loss. Your mom will be missed and she will never be forgotten. She was truly a lovable and kind person.

 

Kelly Martin posted on 12/24/18

Bernie was a sweet woman who loved her family. Glad I got the opportunity to meet her!

 

Marci Moore posted on 12/24/18

Mike & Michelle - So very sorry to hear of your mother's passing. My late husband, Chris, always had such nice things to say about her when he worked at Ohio Valley. Thoughts and prayers to you both ?? Marci Moore

 

L.T. and Joy Hines posted on 12/24/18

As long as we live we will never forget Bernie, never. She could make you laugh because of the things she would say or do. When she was your friend she was "your friend". She had a loving heart with a stubborn mind!! And when that mind was made up there was no changing it. We will miss her laughter, her hugs, and her kiss on the cheek. Watch out Charlie her she comes.....

 

David Laizure posted on 12/24/18

You will be deeply missed .

 

Gerry Mroczkowski posted on 12/24/18

A friend and a fine and wonderful lady. So sorry to hear of her passing.

 

Eric & Rhea Hay posted on 12/23/18

Sorry to hear of your loss .

 

Russ and Vickie Westfall posted on 12/23/18

We are so sorry to hear of your loss. RIP Bernie

 

Carol Bryant, Tom Stilgenbauer posted on 12/23/18

Michelle, Mikey and family, So many great memories hanging out with two as kids. I always looked up to your mom, she always had the push and you can do it attitude. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Rest In Peace Aunt Bernie.

 

Felix and Susan Scopel posted on 12/23/18

You have our deepest sympathy and prayers to the families

 

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