ROCHELLE—Bernitta Ann Patterson, 71, passed away Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013 at Swedish American Hospital in Rockford.
Bernitta was born Feb. 7, 1941 in Blodgett, Mo., the daughter of Jesse and Vernitta (Sitzes) Johnson. She married Clyde Patterson on June 22, 1963 in Rochelle.
Bernitta worked for Caron International in Rochelle.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Gerald Lee Williams, in 2011; sister, Thelma Grace, in 2009; and her brother, Wayne Johnson.
Bernitta is survived by her husband, Clyde; two sons, Clyde (Priscilla) Patterson of Rochelle and Billy Ray (Susie) Williams of Rogers, Ark.; three daughters, Clara (Tom) Buri of Davenport, Iowa, Constance Wirtz of Salina, Kan., and Kathy (Jesse) Davis of Rochelle; five brothers, James (Alta) Johnson of Mesa, Ariz., Ray Johnson of Poplar Bluff, Mo., Vernon (Jean) Johnson of Poplar Bluff, Mo., Jessie (Janice) Johnson of Aurora, Ky., and Carl (Earlene) Johnson of Rochelle; four sisters, Shirley Fields of Rochelle, Faye (Ed Johnson) Knutson of Rockford, Patsy (Lanning) Nicoloff of Rochelle and Dianna (Mark) Kime of Valparaiso, Ind.; 16 grandchildren, Chrissy, Stephanie, Anthony and Arden Williams, Bridgett Douglas, Eric and Kyle Ware, Christopher and Jennifer Purdy, Colton, Zachery and Shawna Patterson, Amber Robins, Hayley, Kylee and Austin Davis; and 16 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Monday, Feb. 4 at the Unger-Horner Funeral Home, 400 N. 6th St., Rochelle. Visitation will be 1 – 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 3, at the Unger-Horner Funeral Home. Burial will be at Trinity Memory Gardens in Rochelle.
A memorial is to be established.
An online guest book is available at www.ungerhorner.com