Bernice Josephine (nee Sokol) Junk

November 9, 1936 - June 29, 2021

Memorial Card
Service Details

*Musical Tribute:

Please plan to arrive by 10:00am and be seated BEFORE the tribute begins at 10:15
Friday, July 16, 2021 – 10:15am
St. Augustine Catholic Church
809 – 10th Street,
Humboldt, SK

Funeral Mass: **Livestreaming Available at 10:00am for Musical Tribute
Friday, July 16, 2021 – 11:00am
St. Augustine Catholic Church
809 – 10th Street,
Humboldt, SK

Interment:
Friday, July 16, 2021
St. Ann’s Roman Catholic Cemetery
Annaheim, SK

Memorial Donations:

St. Peter’s Abbey – Elder Care Fund
PO Box 10
Muenster, SK, S0K 2Y0
Phone: 1-306-682-1777
Visit: Canada Helps – The Order of St. Benedict Elder Care

Obituary

Bernice was a wonderful wife, loving mother, and ever-caring grandmother and great-grandmother. She attended the University of Saskatchewan starting at just 16 years of age where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1957. She met her husband, Gerald, in her second year of university. They were married in Annaheim, SK, on August 15, 1957. She obtained her RN in April of 1958 and their first daughter, Anne, was born in Saskatoon, in May of that year. In April of 1959, Gerald and Bernice moved to Humboldt where Gerald joined the medical clinic and had hospital privileges at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. They have lived in Humboldt ever since. Bernice had a very giving heart, a wonderful sense of humour and was devout in her Catholic faith. Bernice was a good and devoted Christian who, if possible, always attended Sunday Mass and prayed throughout her day – mostly for her children and friends. She also had a passion for music that influenced the lives of the whole family. She obtained an ARCT in piano after her first children were born. Over the years she also took singing and viola lessons. Music – especially Church music – occupied a great deal of her time. Piano and vocal performance, both solo and ensemble, were the focus of her musical passions that gave her great joy. She and her husband Gerald sang in many choirs including St. Peter’s Chorus. They performed in several musical productions including The Sound of Music, The King and I, and H.M.S. Pinafore. In 1983, the whole family toured Europe with St. Peter’s Chamber Choir. Bernice played the viola in St. Peter’s Orchestra, sang under several famous choral conductors including John Alldis, Helmut Rilling and Wayne Riddell, and also volunteered for many years as an organizer of the Humboldt Music Festival. She took great pleasure in all of these things, as well as in the musical accomplishments of her children. In 1968, the family moved to an acreage south of Humboldt where they enjoyed growing a huge garden, beautiful flowers and were attentive bird watchers. The “homestead” is still considered everyone’s favourite place to be! Camping was also a big part of family life and many summers were spent in northern Saskatchewan, surrounding provinces and states. Gerald and Bernice also travelled extensively in Europe, Africa, Turkey, South America and Russia with family and friends. An excellent cook, attentive housekeeper, sharp wit and world traveller, she was a near and dear friend to many. In June of 2020, Bernice was diagnosed with cancer of the pancreas which eventually claimed her life. This was completely unexpected as she was a strong proponent of healthful living and maintaining a balanced diet. She attentively and expertly grew and cooked her own food and constantly ensured her family was fully and healthfully fed. Bernice died peacefully at home in the loving care of her husband, children, and grandchildren. We know she will spend eternity in God’s love and is waiting patiently for the rest of us to join her. She was predeceased by her father and mother, Walter and Anna (Korycki) Sokol, her daughter Anne Junk, and her brother Leonard Sokol. She is lovingly remembered by her husband of 63 years, Gerald Junk, and her children: Greg Young (Priscilla Leong), Maureen Ramsbottom (Gene), Kevin Junk (Margo), Paul Junk, and Karl Junk (Shelley McLellan), brother Denis Sokol (Peggy); grandchildren: Allison Young, Joel Young, Krisa Nataraj (Jonathon), Connor Ramsbottom, Benedict Ramsbottom, Emily Junk, Carter Junk, Audrey Junk and Jackson Junk, Noah McLellan-Junk; as well as great-grandchildren: Levi Young, Zara Young, Aoife Nataraj, Viviana Nataraj, Emelia Nataraj, Cohen Nataraj and many cousins, nieces, nephews, in-laws and friends. May she rest peacefully in God’s love.

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