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Bernita J. Long

Canton – Bernita J. Long, 92, of Canton, passed away at 12:45 PM on Monday, September 9, 2019 at Renaissance Care Center in Canton, IL. She was born on June 16, 1927 in Canton, IL to Clayton M. and Catherine (Johnson) Westerfield. She married Beverly F. Long. He preceded her in death.

Bernita was also preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Samuel, Lawerence, and James Westerfield; and one sister, Janet Hughbanks.

Surviving are two children, Kenneth E. (Nina) Long and Martha L. Enge both of Canton, IL; three grandchildren, Keely (Mike) Vollmar of Canton, Brian (Amanda) Long of Morton, and Eric (Stephanie) Enge of East Peoria; and four great-grandchildren.

Bernita worked at International Harvester from 1945 – 1951. She loved all family activities and spending her time as a homemaker. She enjoyed gardening and canning. She was also a member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Canton.

A memorial service will be held at 11 AM on Thursday, September 19, 2019 at Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton, where a visitation will be held an hour prior. Rev. K. Bruce Rushing will officiate. Burial of ashes will follow at White Chapel Memory Gardens in Canton, IL. Cremation rites will be accorded with Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton, IL. Memorials can be made to the Wesley United Methodist Church 1895 Restoration Project. To view Bernita’s DVD or to leave online condolences please visit


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1 Comment

  • Marti Feller Witmer

    Reply September 18, 2019 5:28 pm

    You were the best cookie maker in the neighborhood!!! Thank you letting me pack away to your house. I will always remember your kindness to us 3 kids. I plant moss rose in my planters because I always loved yours by the back door. You would sit on the step and tell my sister and I which tops to pick so we could spread the seeds to enjoy the flowers the next year. You will be missed Mrs Long or as I called you when I was little Mrs. Wong.

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