Bernice graduated from Hermann High School and DePaul Hospital School of Nursing in St. Louis, MO. She also graduated from Kansas University School of Obstetrics and Gynecology Practitioners. She retired as a nurse lieutenant colonel with more than 20 years in the U.S. Air Force. Mrs. Gorman moved to the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows Apartment Community from Mesa, AZ, in 2000, after the death of her husband.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 24 years, Edward W. Gorman, whom she married on May 14, 1975, and who died July 4, 2000; her parents, Julius and Clara, nee Fritsch, Stelzer; two sisters, Bertha Katzung and Helen Robinson; and a nephew, Robert Bunge.
Surviving are her step-son, Philip (Sharon) Gorman of Plano, TX;
two granddaughters, Ryan and Brooke Gorman;
two nieces, Donna (Vic) Vogelsang of Desloge, MO,
and Betty (Ron) Brune of Washington, MO;
and two nephews, Mark (Jan) Muckensturm of Edwardsville, IL,
and Bill Katzung of Washington, MO.
Memorials may be made to the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate or to the St. Vincent de Paul Society. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may visit from 10 to 11:15 a.m. Friday, September 25, 2015, at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows Apartment Community Chapel, Belleville, IL.
Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:15 a.m. Friday, September 25, 2015, at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows Apartment Community Chapel, Belleville, IL.
To Mark: Bernice and Helen were my classmates at DePaul. I visited you and your mom on No. 17th St. in Belleville when you were very small. I last saw them several years ago at a DePaul reunion. They were both well thought of and we enjoyed being with them. My sympathy for your loss. Phyllis
Phyllis Robinson Bollinger, Waterloo, Il, 62298
On behalf of the Society of Air Force Nurses, please know we are also mourning the death of our friend and colleague, Lieutenant Colonel Bernice Gorman. You are not alone in remembering a truly wonderful person who made a difference in the lives of so many. A donation will be made to the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate in Bernice’s memory. She will be missed and will not be forgotten.
Brigadier General Linda Stierle, USAF (Retired)
Linda Stierle, Fulton, MD, 20759
Bernice was my sponsor when I reported for duty at Torrejon AB, Spain in late 1966. We also worked together on OB there. She was always happy-go-lucky and fun. I started sending her cards on certain holidays and she even called me one time to tell me how much she appreciated them. I sent her a card for the 4th of July and it was returned marked “deceased” -the first I knew of her passing. She was a sweetheart. Elaine
Elaine R. Smith, Cheboygan, Michigan, 49721