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123 King Street East
Forest, ON N0N 1J0
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Bernice Eastman

Bernice Mildred Eastman (Bucknam)

Tuesday, April 21st, 1925 - Wednesday, April 8th, 2020
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Bernice Mildred Eastman (nee Bucknam) of Arkona passed peacefully from this life into the loving arms of her Lord on April 8th, 2020, in her 95th year at North Lambton Lodge.

Bernice is predeceased by husband Walter Earl Eastman (2004). Together Walter and Bernice raised their family of Allen, Don (Olive) and predeceased twin brother Dave (2006), daughter-in-law Deborah, and Jim (Maggie). Bernice leaves a legacy in her family including her grandchildren, Tammi (Paulo), Vanessa (Miguel), Chelsea (Josh), Mitchell (Jen), Megan (Matt), Melissa (James), Anthony, Jonathan (Jen), Lisa, Charissa (Luke), Stephen (Tori), and great-grandchildren, Caleb, Olivia, Chloe, Elianna, Ivy, Noah, Sullivan, Nora, and Bennett, Micah, Ruth and Ezra. We can only imagine the smile as Bernice is reunited with her predeceased grandchildren, Nicholas (1982), Jade (2002), Davie (2006), her parents and only sister Ruth Shouldice (1983).

Bernice was known for her love in faith, family and friends, a bright smile on a woman who found joy in simple pleasures. When asked her favourite colour, she would quickly respond: “all the colours as long as they are pink.” Bernice loved having friends and neighbours over, setting up a board game, dominoes, or a challenging game of crokinole. She loved sharing jokes and poems from her well known “joke box” or proudly showing off her letters from the Queen herself, whom Bernice shared a birthday with and would send a card to every year. Spending much of her time, Bernice could be found reading her Bible and praying for family and friends. Encouraging others, going for walks and visiting were all part of Bernice’s daily life, events that many of us took for granted until recently, but always cherished moments for Bernice. At the age of 9, Bernice learned how to knit, 80 years, row upon row, knit and purl, resulting in baby clothes, afghans, mitts, tuques and more. Donating hundreds of hat and mitt sets that were then sent to various charities. Bernice loved and was loved richly.

Philippians 1:6 "being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."

The family would like to sincerely thank North Lambton Lodge for the care and compassion given to Bernice during her time there. Arrangements are entrusted to Gilpin Funeral Chapel, 123 King Street East in Forest. 519-786-4964. A private family service will take place on Saturday, April 11 at the Arkona Cemetery with Pastor Jonathan Ferrier and Pastor Steven Pike officiating. A public memorial planned for a later date. Please leave a memory or condolence online for the family at
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    Saturday, April 11th, 2020 | 12:00am
    Saturday, April 11th, 2020 12:00am
    Arkona Cemetery
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    ARKONA, ON N0M 1B0
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    A private family service will take place at the Arkona Cemetery. Family and friends will be welcomed to join together at a later date in celebration of the impactful and loving life of Bernice.
    Pastor Jonathan Ferrier
    Pastor Steve Pike


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John Gorniak

Posted at 03:21pm
May Bernice's message of leading a simple, fulfilling, thoughtful life that brought pleasure to her family and friends be an inspiration to us all!!
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Marla Stephenson

Posted at 10:58am
Al, Don, Jim and Family. Our deepest Sympathy. Bernice was a very sweet women, we will remember her sweet face and giving nature, She will always be remembered for her pure heart, and her love for Christ our Lord. I am so glad that I was able to look after her at North Lambton Lodge. She always told me she wanted to be on my wing. Also that we shared the same Birthday. Lift up a smile for she is now in paradise. Marla and Frank

Ed & Frances Lawson

Posted at 09:41am
Our deepest sympathy to the Eastman family. We were so sorry to hear of Bernice's passing. Bernice was a great neighbour when she lived on Ann St. here in Arkona. We had a lot of good visits and laughs together, good memories to treasure. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Ed & Frances Lawson

Kathy Kerr

Posted at 08:26pm
My thoughts and prayers are with the beautiful Eastman family at this time. Bernice became very special to me quickly, almost from the first moment I met her. When she would come through the door that lovely smile and welcoming way would simply light up the room. Bernie will be deeply missed, but being with The Lord as she surely is now is something she strove for all her life. RIP sweet girl. With all my love, “Kathy from the mill”

Carol Jones

Posted at 11:24am
Condolences to the Eastman family. What a wonderful life well lived! Bernice is now enjoying her heavenly reward beside her Lord and Saviour.

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