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Bernice Viher

December 29, 2012
The Daily News

IRONWOOD - Bernice P. Viher, 91, of Ironwood, passed away Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, at ManorCare Health Services in Kingsford.

She was born March 23, 1921, in Ironwood, daughter of the late Vedo and Mary (Dragish) Kapugia. Bernice grew up in Ironwood and graduated from Luther L. Wright High School, class of 1938. She then went on to attend Business College in Ironwood. Bernice married Joseph Viher on Nov. 29, 1940. He preceded her in death in 1996.

Bernice was employed for a few years with S.W. Patek Attorney at Law in Ironwood. Later, she took a position as assistant librarian at Carnegie Library in Ironwood. While at the library, she participated in The Children's Reading Hour on local TV.

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Bernice was an active member of Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Ironwood. She served as a Girl Scout leader and was a member of the Croation Fraternal Union.

She is survived by her children, Sharon (Roy) Cedarstrom, Polly (Roland) Pakonen, Mark (Deb) Viher, Mary (Stuart) Peterson; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and her husband, Bernice was preceded in death by four brothers, Lawrence, Frank, Joseph, and Clarence.

A memorial service will be announced in the spring.

You may light a candle in remembrance of Bernice, or leave a condolence for her family online at

The family has chosen the Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron Mountain to honor Bernice's legacy of life.



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