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Berniece Effie Porch

Rapatee: Berniece Effie Porch, 97, of Rapatee, IL, passed away at 7:30 AM on Thursday, August 29, 2019 in Lafayette, IN. She was born on April 6, 1922 in Rapatee to Walter A. and Mabel C. (Johnson) Brashear. She married RL Porch on September 2, 1943 in Rapatee at her parents’ home. He preceded her in death in 2005.

Berniece was also preceded in death by her parents, one daughter, Patricia Sue Stier (John), one brother, Walter Brashear Jr., and three sisters: Lois Sandberg, Clara Michela, and Thelma Shreffler.

Surviving are one sister, Betty Stuckel of Rapatee; one son, Michael Alan (Leanne) Porch of Anderson, IN; six grandchildren: Rachel (Greg), Sarah “Sadie”, Noah, Enoch, Gabriel (Alaina), and Joshua (Rebekah); six great-grandchildren: Michael, Emilee, David, Sarah, Anna, and Isaac.

As a young girl Berniece began working for her father at Walt’s Grocery and Meats and later, as a young woman, she worked briefly at Stuckel’s Grocery in Rapatee. She was a member of the Union Church of Rapatee where she taught Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, and filled in as church pianist when needed. She was a member of the Rapatee Ladies Aid organization for many years and participated in many United Mine Workers events in support of her husband, RL.

Berniece enjoyed spending time with grandchildren and neighborhood children, travel and family camping, painting small rocks and scenery, playing piano at home (self-taught), doll collecting with her sisters, visiting and playing Dominoes with family and neighbors, flowers and gardening, hymns, country music, and other Nashville “stuff”, and cooking for family and friends. She enjoyed supplying meals for older family members and neighbors who could not do for themselves.

Visitation will be held from 6-8 PM, Friday, September 6th, and 10:00 AM, Saturday, September 7th prior to an 11:00 AM service at the Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington, IL. Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Farmington. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Union Church of Rapatee, the Galesburg Rescue Mission, or Gideons International. To view Berniece’s DVD or to express online condolences you may go to “”


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  • The Shannon Turner Family

    Reply August 30, 2019 2:59 pm

    Our deepest sympathies to the whole family. We truly loved her. She is with her beloved RL now. She will be missed.

  • Terry Bonnie Cremer

    Reply September 2, 2019 12:30 pm

    I see Mom hung up her track shoes and got out of this rat race. She must have been ready for her next adventure; bet is just as enjoyable and more rewarding. Go Mrs. Porch

  • Vicki Miller

    Reply September 2, 2019 6:19 pm

    My condolences to all the family. I was a neighborhood child, 1950 -1962 and enjoyed many play times with Patricia. I also attended church in Rapatee and first learned who Jesus was and invited Him into my life during summer Bible school. He, Jesus, has brought me through many trials and heartaches and to revelation of who He truly is Isaiah 9:6 “For unto us a child is born a son is given ; and the government shall be upon HIs shoulders; and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. ” Jesus Is the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost; name above all names. Repent and be baptized in that Name according to the way the deciples baptized and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, Acts 2: 38 Many happy childhood memories from Rapatee. So thankful Mike brought her to London Mills for the memorial for my parents, Marian and Harold Combs May 2018. Bless you at the loss of Berniece and rest in peace.

  • Kerry Purmensky

    Reply September 5, 2019 1:25 pm

    Sending our prayers to Berniece’s family and friends. Our sincerest condolences on her passing, may she rest in peace.


    Reply September 6, 2019 10:26 pm

    We loved receiving all of Berniece’s birthday and all of her holiday cards, with her “signature” drawings. She was a wonderful neighbor. She always made chocolate covered peanuts to share with us. We only wish we had been notified of her passing, as requested ,so that we could have flown into town . We Will Miss You, Berniece! Love Sonya and Lynnette

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