Funeral services for Bernice Gottstein, 95, Baldwin City, were Friday at the Vinland Church of Christ, Vinland. Mrs. Gottstein died June 24, 2003, at Baldwin Care Center, Baldwin City.
She was born June 19,1908, near Vinland, the daughter of Byron Isadore and Nellie Maude (Tucker) Holmes. Her grandfather, Dexter Tucker, homesteaded in the Stony Point area near Baldwin City in 1857. She attended school at Stony Point and graduated from Baker University with a Bachelor's Degree in Education in 1964.
She was a teacher for 33 years. Her first four years were in one-room school houses at Harmony, Prospect and Welcome schools in southern Douglas County. She left teaching for 13 years to become a homemaker and returned to teaching in 1943 where she taught at Vinland Elementary School for 29 years before retiring in 1972.
She married Fred. E. Gottstein on April 23, 1930, in Lawrence. They moved to a farm near Vinland where they lived for 66 years. He died March 10, 2003, after 72 years of marriage.
She was involved with Extension Homemaker Units and the Vinland Grange. She and her husband directed the Pet Parade at Vinland Grange Fair, and she supervised the flower show. She was a member of the Vinland Church of Christ.
Survivors include a sister, Violet Anderson, Baldwin City; four nephews, five nieces and many great-nieces and nephews.
Burial was at the Vinland Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Vinland Church of Christ and sent in care of Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, PO Box 64, Baldwin City, KS 66006.
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