Bernice Gaskill

Bernice Gaskill
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Bernice F. Becker Gaskill, nee Schneider, 97, of Belleville, IL, born November 20, 1922, in Freeburg, IL, died Tuesday, February 18, 2020, at her residence in Belleville, IL.

Bernice worked at St. Paul’s Home for the Aged in the activities department for 19 years before her retirement. She was a member of St. Peter’s Cathedral Catholic Church, Belleville, IL. She belonged to the Perpetual Help Society and the Ladies Quilting Group at church. She was also a member of the Catholic War Veterans Auxiliary. Bernice “Grannie Bean” always gave of her time, talent, and treasure. She was creative, crafty, kind, and generous. The time she spent with others was sure to make a positive impact on their lives. Bernice’s faith and daily prayer was a constant.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Wilbert Becker, who died on November 29, 1988; her second husband, Robert J. Gaskill, who died on December 22, 2000; a daughter, Elizabeth Anne Becker; her parents, Otto and Anna, nee Weik, Schneider; a brother, Leroy Schneider; and a stepson Robert Gaskill, Jr.

Surviving are three daughters, Bonnie (Wayne) Guttersohn of Mascoutah, IL,
Donna (Dale) Zink of Belleville, IL,
and Jean Rodriguez of Chicago, IL;
a sister, Sr. Helene Schneider OSF of St. Francis Convent, Springfield, IL;
seven grandchildren, Debra (Doug) Wolf, Dee (Derek) Haar,
Daniel Zink, Jen (Jay) Laue, Zack (Emily) Rodriguez,
Anna (Steve) Honn, and Nathan Baumann;
12 great-grandchildren; Danielle and Drew Wolf, Kalyn and Matthew Haar,
Austin and Dylan Zink, Audrey Feig, Jack, Cole, and Ellery Laue,
and Andrew and Seth Honn;
a son-in-law, Rick Rodriguez;
and a host of extended family and friends.

Memorials may be made to the Cathedral School Endowment Fund. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, February 23, 2020, and 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, February 24, 2020, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:15 a.m. Monday, February 24, 2020, at St. Peter’s Cathedral Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. John Myler officiating.

Burial will be at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.



9 Comments on Bernice Gaskill

Nathan Baumann said : Guest Report Feb 25, 2020 at 5:31 PM

I wanted to thank you all for what you did. Thank you all. God bless you.

  • Mascoutah
  • IL
carol baltosiewich said : Guest Report Feb 24, 2020 at 7:22 PM

Bonnie, just learned of your mom's death this afternoon. Prayers for her and the family! Carol

  • belleville
  • illinois
Sandy Gaa Cooper said : Guest Report Feb 23, 2020 at 3:48 PM

I am so sorry to hear of Bean's passing. She was my mother's best friend and I always cherished her friendship. Bean lived a good life and was the most thoughtful caring person. I really enjoyed our conversations over the years. She will be missed!

  • Blue Springs
  • Missouri
margie biehl schwartz said : Guest Report Feb 23, 2020 at 1:32 AM

Dear Bonnie, Please accept my sympathy. Your mom was always a very special lady. She would have her smile and words of friendship ever present when I would see her. Such a kind person. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Always, Margie Biehl Schwartz

  • Belleville
  • Il
Barb Becker Hesterberg said : Guest Report Feb 22, 2020 at 10:22 PM

I always thought of Aunt Bean as the example of the right way to live. Always kind, always gracious, always putting others first. What a blessing to all.

  • Waterloo
  • IL
Mary Becker said : Guest Report Feb 21, 2020 at 4:55 PM

Aunt Bean was such a kind and gentle lady. Always engaging & sincere. She will be missed!

  • Waterloo
  • IL
janet modglin said : Guest Report Feb 20, 2020 at 3:15 PM

On behalf of the Krump sibs, we express our deepest sympathies. Bean was always so pleasant. Enjoyed seeing her every year at the cousin reunion. She will be missed.

  • waterloo
  • IL
Kathy Steckler said : Guest Report Feb 20, 2020 at 1:00 AM

God Bless you dear friend. Now you are with your beloved Beth after all these many years. I will never forget you.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Nathan Baumann said : Guest Report Feb 19, 2020 at 10:31 PM

I am so sorry. I plan to attend the services.

  • mascoutah
  • IL

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