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Obituary for Bernice Chick

Bernice Katherine Chick, age 96, of Jefferson City, Mo., passed away peacefully Tuesday, December 26, 2023, at Jefferson City Manor Nursing Home.

Born in Westphalia, Mo. on September 15, 1927, she was the daughter of Clem and Katherine (Bax) Temmen. At the age of 19, she met Curtis Chick, Sr. and a few weeks later found herself taking off on the back of his motorcycle bound for Reno, Nevada. They exchanged vows on May 10, 1947 and shared 57 years of marriage prior to his passing on April 28, 2004.

She attended St. Peter Catholic School and was a dedicated student. Though she received high marks and was slated for a college scholarship, she selflessly sacrificed continuing her education to be home to care for her youngest sister, JoAnn. She later received her GED.

Bernice’s committed work ethic meant her professional career spanned many areas. Upon marrying Curtis, she worked at a ski resort in Sun Valley, Idaho. Her return to the Midwest resulted in her employment as a switchboard operator for Southwestern Bell in Columbia, Mo. Returning to Jefferson City in 1955, she accepted a position at Kroeger’s followed by 29 years as Head Cashier with Safeway. She was a numbers wiz, counting out the cash each day and maintaining office order. Bernice “retired” from Safeway but continued to fill her days working with her brother-in-law Dave Paden as he needed her assistance at his Allstate Insurance business. She had spent five years as an associate of Hobby Lobby when her son, Mike, opened Downtown Diner and talked her into joining him. She was a welcome addition to the team, manning the cash register most days. Bernice truly settled into retirement in 2010.

A strong woman of faith, she was a devoted Catholic and lifelong parishioner of St. Peter Catholic Church. Her husband converted to Catholicism, and they worked diligently to ensure their six children were raised in the faith and were educated in St. Peter Catholic School and Helias Catholic High School. She enjoyed the fellowship of her faith family and most Sundays, invited the Priest over for breakfast, an invitation which was never rejected. Bernice found peace in prayer and often spent time in the church, spending countless hours in adoration of the Holy Eucharist.

She could often be found, lost in the pages of a good mystery or novel. She rediscovered her love for reading when her schedule opened a bit, and she began swapping books with her sisters Rose and JoAnn. In her younger years she utilized her talent for sewing to create clothing for her children and later in life, kept her mind sharp completing crossword puzzles.

Family was everything to Bernice, and she was a true matriarch. She worked full time, made sure everyone had a hearty breakfast and she got to work preparing dinner for her family as soon as she got off work. Eating together was a priority and she always made plenty so no one ever went to bed hungry. She loved holiday gatherings, especially Thanksgiving when she was able to be surrounded by all her family sharing a delicious meal together. Bernice was the thread that kept everyone connected. She dedicated so much of herself to caring for others even beyond her family and remained in prayer for those around her. She was a compassionate listening ear and a supportive confidant. She wanted nothing more than for those she loved to find happiness.

Bernice was strong and persistent, overcoming all obstacles with no complaint. This was both due to her faith in God’s ability to see her through all things and the fact that she simply had no time to worry and complain. She navigated life with patience and selfless love, and enjoyed the little things in life, a meticulously clean house, sunshine, and cigarettes. She will be greatly missed by many.

Survivors include: two sons, Curtis Chick, Jr. (Brenda) and Douglas Chick, (Debbie) both of Jefferson City; two daughters, Sheila McCarthy (John) of Lenexa, Ks. and Jean Hopkins (Jim) of Raymore, Mo.; daughter-in-law, Linda Chick of Jefferson City, Mo.; 12 grandchildren, Eric, Mike, Matt, Greg, and Jessica Chick, Ben and John McCarthy, Angie Griffel, Kim Jett, Sarah Mock, Melissa Rice, and Kelly Twyman; and 19 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Curtis Chick, Sr.; two sons, Mike and Mark Chick; brother, Robert Temmen; sister, Rose Rice; granddaughter, Kristen Chick; granddaughter-in-law, Shelly Chick; and great-grandson, Ethan McCarthy.

Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 2, 2024 at Freeman Mortuary.

A funeral service will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 2, 2024 in the Freeman Chapel with the Reverend I.C. Medina officiating. Graveside services and interment will follow at Hawthorn Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Special Learning Center, 1115 Fairgrounds Rd., Jefferson City, MO 65109.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Freeman Mortuary.