Bernice Geneva (Johnson) Gorham, age 86, of Fairmont, died Thursday, June 24, 2010, at the Fairmont Medical Center.
She was born Dec. 2, 1923, in Deer Creek, IA, the daughter of John A. and Mabel (Skjeveland) Johnson.
Bernice received her education in Northwood, IA. After high school, she attended Pitze’s Beauty School in Waterloo, IA, from which she graduated in 1945.
Bernice was united in marriage to Maurice “Spike” Gorham Sept. 20, 1949, in Park Rapids, MN. The couple made their home in Albert Lea, where Bernice worked as a beautician.
In 1950, they moved to Fairmont, where they owned and operated Spike and Bernie’s Cafe for 16 years.
Bernie continued working in the restaurant business until her retirement in 1994.
Bernie and Spike shared 33 years together before Spike passed away June 21, 1983.
The most important thing in Bernie’s life was her family. She enjoyed traveling with family, canning tomatoes with her daughters, and especially loved spending time with her children and grandchildren. Bernie also liked to go fishing with her family, play cards, and bingo.
She was a member of St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Fairmont, as well as the Eagles Club and Women’s Auxiliary.
Left to cherish her memory are her son, David (Sharon) Gorham of Darwin; daughters Linda (Richard) Klassen of Fairmont, Barb (Gene) Gates of Truman, and Carolyn (Dave) Pearson of Arvada, CO; nine grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and nine step great-grandchildren.
She is further survived by a brother, Ed Johnson of Fairmont; sisters Myrtle Johnson of Waterloo, IA, and Crystal Squier of Nora Springs, IA; sister-in-law Lois Johnson of Humboldt, IA; brother-in-law Naaman Haren of Grundy Center, IA; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
In addition to her husband, Maurice “Spike” Gorham, Bernie was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Clifford and Richard Johnson; and sisters Amy Eslinger and Mary Haren.