She was born on February 16, 1920, near Napoleon to Leah (Bickford) and Julius Rohrbaugh. She was a 1938 graduate of Napoleon High School. On June 24, 1944 she married Robert Ruffer, who preceded her in death on October 25, 2003. Bernice was a homemaker and helped her husband on their farm near Stryker. She loved gardening and spending time with her family. She was a member of the Evansport United Methodist Church.
Bernice is survived by her five children: Roger (Connie) Ruffer of Hartland, MI, Ralph (Cathy) Ruffer of Ney, Rickie (Cindy) Ruffer of Stryker, Colleen (Carl) Henry of Stryker and Cindy of Norwalk; and also close family friend, Lisa Cossin. Also surviving are her grandchildren; Josh (Dawn) Ruffer, Tim (Abbey) Ruffer, Mook (Courtney) Ruffer, Sarah Ruffer, Kristopher (Samantha) Ruffer, Melissa (Adam) Andres, and Chelsea Henry. Great-grandchildren surviving are Bradyn, Reese, Molly, Morgan, Lincoln and Lilly Ruffer and Adysen, Noah & Liam Andres.
Additional survivors include her brother, Milford (Joyce) Rohrbaugh of Napoleon, sister, Phyllis (Kenny) Creager of Thomasville, GA and sister-in-law, Jeanelle Rohrbaugh of Bryan.
Besides her husband, Bernice was preceded in death by two grandchildren; Katie and Matthew Ruffer; five brothers, Homer, Clarence, Clyde, Julian and Donald Rohrbaugh, as well as six sisters; Clara French, Jessie Clymer, Miriam Detmer, Irene Willeman Wenner, Pauline Scheele, and Marilyn Wenner.
The family requests that memorial contributions be given to Fairlawn Haven. Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.grisierfh.com
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