Bernice S. Ambrose, 95, of Tripoli, died Friday, September 21, 2018, at the Hillcrest Home in Sumner.
Funeral services will be held 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 25, 2018, at Rettig Funeral Chapel in Tripoli with Rev. Marilyn Sargent officiating. Visitation will precede the funeral service at Rettig Funeral Home in Tripoli beginning at 4:00 p.m. Interment will be held at Faith United Church of Christ Cemetery in Tripoli. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in Bernice’s name to the V.F.W. Auxiliary in Tripoli.
Bernice Sophie, daughter of William and Mary (Heine) Harmening was born in rural Tripoli. She attended Evergreen Country School, rural Tripoli. Bernice was united in marriage with Everett Ambrose on November 22, 1946, in Lawton, Oklahoma. The couple made their home in the Tripoli area and together owned and operated the Refuge Supper Club and a bar and grill in the Tripoli area by Knittle Corner. Bernice also worked at the V.F.W. in Tripoli for many years. She was a long time member of Faith United Church of Christ and the V.F.W. Auxiliary, both in Tripoli. Bernice and Everett enjoyed attending dances through the years together, and she also loved music.
Bernice is survived by her son, Daniel (Pam Dugger) Ambrose of Grand View, Idaho; two granddaughters, Sarah (Jim) Figanbaum of Tripoli and Samantha (Sean) Flaherty of North Carolina; two grandsons, Gary Ambrose of Tripoli and Mark (Donna) Ambrose of New Hampton; three great-granddaughters, Natalie (Cory) Chapin, Paige Figanbaum, and Kaelyn Ambrose; one great-grandson, Trevor Ambrose; special niece, Mary (Wayne) Gitch of Fredericksburg; special nephew, Michael Hollis of West Des Moines; three special great-nieces, Mischa (Jon) Odell of West Des Moines, Karolyn (Mick) Kane and their daughters Kennedy Marie and Adalynn Emma of Fairbank, and Natasha (Glenn) Smith of Nashville, Tennessee; one special great-nephew, McClain (Kristen Dearth) Gitch of Madison, Wisconsin; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Everett; three sisters, Marion Thomas, Wilma Allen, and Charlotte Hollis; and six brothers, Wilbert, Louis, LaVern, William, Jr., Raymond, and Henry Harmening.