Bernice Behnke, a lifelong resident of Northlake, is celebrating her 100th birthday on February 19th, 2016.  Bernice will celebrate with her family at her current residence, The Lexington in Lombard, Illinois.

Bernice and her late husband Emil moved to Northlake in 1941.  They lived near the corner of Whitehall and Roy, in one of the first homes built in that area.  In fact, at that time they could see all the way to Mannheim and North Avenues from their home.  During those years with a young family, Bernice was a stay-at-home mother to her sons Richard, Don and Ken, and her daughter Linda.  Bernice was involved in many of her children’s activities, serving as a Blue Bird leader for her daughter’s troop and assisting with school events as well.  All the while, Bernice participated in these activities while never driving a car!  Bernice and Emil were also founding members of Christ Lutheran Church, 111 Harold Avenue in Northlake, where Bernice was president of the Ladies Aid Society for many years.

As Bernice’s family grew, she also was very involved with her grandchildren.  Most of her children’s families lived nearby, and she spent much time with them over the years and continues to do so.  Her husband Emil passed away in 1979 after a long illness, and Bernice remained in her home in Northlake until 2000, after her long-time friend Carl Neumann passed away.  Bernice’s family has now grown to 10 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and 12 great-great grandchildren and she is affectionately known as “Grandma B” to all of them.

Happy 100th Birthday, Bernice!

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