Bernice Handrich

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Bernice Elizabeth Handrich, nee Voland, 104, of Belleville, IL, born September 26, 1913, in Belleville, IL, died Monday, October 16, 2017, in St. Louis, MO.

Mrs. Handrich was a devoted wife and mother.  She worked for Chicago Title in Belleville for many years and was a lifetime member of the Memorial Hospital Women’s auxiliary.  She belonged to PEO International, an educational organization for women.  Bernice was a long-time member of First United Presbyterian Church in Belleville and enjoyed many activities within the church.  Her last task at the church was as a librarian.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 25 years, William Henry Handrich, whom she married on June 9, 1940, and who died on October 9, 1965; one daughter and son-in-law, Millicent (Daniel) Chrusciel; a son-in-law, Paul Ground; her parents, Peter Kasper and Anna Elizabeth, nee Hirth, Voland; a brother, Kenneth (Jane) Voland; and a sister, Ruth (Art) Jacobs.

Surviving are a daughter, Carolyn Ground of Ballwin, MO;
three grandchildren, William Scott (Tiffany) Ground of St. Louis, Stephen Andrew Ground of Ballwin, MO, and Alicia (Michael) Timm of Lake Zurich, IL;
two great-grandchildren, Charles and Lorelei Timm;
and two nieces.

Memorials may be made to First United Presbyterian Church.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Funeral:  Burial will be held at Walnut Hill Cemetery, Belleville, IL, and a memorial service will be held at a future date.


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