THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Mrs. Bernice (Vital) Coppersmith, 97, of Waupaca passed away Saturday, June 14.
Born June 21, 1916 in Lena, to Edward and Mayme (LeMere) Greenwood, she moved to Algoma as a young lady with her parents and married Vital Coppersmith on Aug. 23, 1939. They were married 57 years before his passing on Sept. 25, 1996. They lived in Algoma for 60 years and in 1994 moved to Waupaca to be closer to their children.
She enjoyed spending time in her garden, especially picking her strawberries and raspberries and also enjoyed playing cards with neighbors, family and friends.
She is survived by a son, Lloyd (Diane) Coppersmith, of Naples, Fla. and New London, Wi.; two daughters, Cleo (Giles) Belli, of Waupaca and Donna (Ron) Thome, of Green Bay; two daughters-in-law, Karen Coppersmith of Denmark and Kary Coppersmith, of Green Bay; 22 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; 13 great-great-grandchildren; several step-grandchildren; step-great-grandchildren; step-great-great grandchildren; a sister, Florence Francour, 101 years old of Coleman; a sister-in-law, Jeanie Coppersmith, of Kentucky; a former daughter in-law, Jeanette Coppersmith, of Plymouth; many nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Mayme Greenwood; her husband, Vital in 1996; two sons, Philip in November 2013 and Donald in May 1995; two grandchildren; three sisters, Eva (Joseph) Kinzinger, Mary (Walter) McTavish and Helen (Louis) Handle; two brothers, David Greenwood, who died in infancy and George (Helen) Greenwood; a daughter-in-law, Stella Coppersmith; five brothers-in-law and six sisters-in-law.
A visitation was held on Wednesday, June 18 from 9 a.m. until time of a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church in Waupaca with Father Amalraj Roche presiding. Burial will be held at 3:15 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon, June 18 at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Algoma.