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Bernice Ida Kobielusz, 90, of Sheridan, peacefully passed away at home on Thursday March 28 th , 2024.

Bernice was born February 8, 1934 to Paul and Olga (Takach) Sturtz in Monarch, Wyoming, being the fifth child of nine. She attended grade school in Acme and bused to Sheridan for high school. On April 4, 1952, Bernice married the love of her life, Paul Tom Kobielusz in Sheridan. From this union they had five children, Paula, Rebecca, Timothy, Lisa, and Jody. Paul and Bernice raised their family near Big Horn and Bernice remained in the house they built until the time of her death. Bernice worked in the food service industry for Boyd’s, XL Lounge, and Sheridan Manor for twenty plus years until her retirement at the age of 74. Bernice was widely known for her wedding cakes and made hundreds of them over the years for her family and friends. She made her last wedding cake at the age of 80 for her granddaughter Sarah’s wedding and it was the most grand of them all.

Bernice always cooked magnificent meals for her family during the holidays, especially Christmas, where the family drove from all around for her famous clam chowder soup, Polish baked goods, and her million dollar fudge.

Memory of Bernice would not be complete if there were no mention of her dolls. Bernice collected dolls her entire life. She took pride in her collection of quality crafted porcelain dolls and showed everyone who visited her. She also refurbished family heirloom and even garage sale find dolls, making them look new again. She was an excellent seamstress and made countless outfits over the years. The grandkids could bank on getting at least one stuffed animal at Christmas or Easter, dressed to the nines with a handmade outfit. Bernice enjoyed embroidering where she spent many hours turning shirts, pillows, tea towels, curtains, anything that had space for a pattern, into a fine masterpiece. Bernice’s desire to make all things pretty will be deeply missed.

Bernice was proceeded in death by her husband Paul, children Paula and Timothy, parents Paul and Olga Sturtz, sisters Julia Sturtz, Olga Reddell, Shirley Wertman, Elsa Ruby, and Lucy Kobielusz, Brothers Bobbie Sturtz and Paul Sturtz Jr. She is survived by three daughters Rebecca(Guy), Lisa(Pat), and Jody(Tom), brother Johnny Sturtz, grandchildren Sarah(Brian) Brownell, Tim(Stephanie) Zukowski, Donna, Stephanie(John) Kibodeaux, and Samantha Zukowski, great-grandchildren Britton, Timothy, Johnnie, Courtney, Selena, and Dalton.

Graveside Services will be held at 2:00 pm on Thursday, April 4, 2024, with Fr. Glenn Whewell officiating in the Sheridan Municipal Cemetery.

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Kane Funeral Home has been entrusted with local arrangements.

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