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Berniece E. Deutschmann Slaven

Berniece E. Deutschmann Slaven


Berniece E. Deutschmann Slaven, 97, of Sparta, IL; born on March 25, 1922 in Coulterville, IL; passed away on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at home.

Berniece was a homemaker, short order cook, shoe and dress factory worker. She retired in 1987 after working twenty years as a bindery employee at Sparta Printing Plant. She was a proud member of the Sparta American Legion Auxiliary, Randolph County Farm Bureau and Sparta Community Hospital Auxiliary.

She loved to make quilts, play bingo, put puzzles together and visit with those she loved.

She was preceded in death by her parents – Melville and Irene, nee Rury, Woodside. First husband – Ben Deutschmann to whom she was married for 46 years. Second husband – Ardell Slaven to whom she was married for 10 years. Two sons – Kenneth Deutschmann and Fred Deutschmann. One granddaughter – Jeanne Terry. One great granddaughter – Ciersten Wilson. One great grandson – Avery McKinsey. Six brothers – Norman, Charles, Robert, Raymond, Leland “Alvin” and Herbert Woodside. Three sisters – Dorothy (Harris) Birchler, Jeanette (Herbert) Studier and Edith (Dale) Peterson. Daughter-in-law – Dorothy Deutschmann. Son-in-law – Bill Juenger.

She is survived by one son – Bernard (Debby) Deutschmann of Sparta, IL. Two daughters – Clarene (Vickie) Deutschmann of Sparta, IL and Denise (Randy) Kirkpatrick of Coulterville, IL. Daughter-in-law – Diana Mills of Sparta, IL. One brother – Orville Woodside of Lan Caster, CA. Two step children – Linda Pillars of Sparta, IL and Darrell Slaven of Carlyle, IL. Seventeen grandchildren. Thirty-eight great grandchildren. Seventeen great great grandchildren. Many step grandchildren, step great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or American Cancer Society.

Condolences to the family may be expressed at

Visitation: Friends may call at Heil-Schuessler & Sinn Funeral Home in Sparta, IL on Friday, November 1, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on Saturday, November 2, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Funeral: Services will be held at Heil-Schuessler & Sinn Funeral Home in Sparta, IL on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. with Tom Klausing officiating.

Interment: Burial will be held at Caledonia Cemetery in Sparta, IL.

Heil-Schuessler & Sinn Funeral Home in Sparta, IL is in charge of arrangements

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  1. Ted and Gloria says:

    My most precious loving Aunt who was so lucky to be have her as my Aunt. You are now up in the most beautiful place wit; grandma and grandpa brothers and sisters. Love you with my heart.Heaven got a beautiful angel.

  2. Sherman and Judy Kelley says:

    Our condolences on your Loss. She was a special Lady. We will not be able to attend the funeral as we are having out of town guests this weekend. We always enjoyed our visits with Berniece. Will miss her.
    Judy and Sherman Kelley

    • connie woodside says:

      My consoles to the family and friends ,,I’m sorry that I couldn’t make it,I’ve been busy at work

  3. Vickie J. Droege says:

    Berniece, was a wonderful person, she was kind,caring and a very loving person, I’ve know Berniece almost all of my life, I grew up with some of her children and grandchildren. Berniece always had a smile on her face and now she’s smiling in Heaven as an angel. She will be missed by all. Rest in Peace and God Bless.

  4. Patti and Tim Berry says:

    What a wonderful long life she had. The family was so blessed and now Bernice is in a better place. Tim and I are both thinking of you all at this time of grieving and celebrating life.

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