Bernice M. (Asplund) Sockness, Rockton, IL/Janesville, WI (1929-2014)

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

January 10, 1929 - July 14, 2014

Bernice M. (Asplund) Sockness, age 85, of Rockton, IL, went to be with Jesus Christ, holding his hand on Monday evening, July 14, 2014, at her home with her family after a short illness. Born Jan. 10, 1929, in Prairie Farm, WI, the daughter of the late William E. and Karen (Christenson) Asplund. During the Depression, her family slowly moved down to Southern Wisconsin, until settling in Janesville. She attended Janesville High School. During World War II, she worked at Shurtleff's Dairy, packing ice cream cartons, and was a "Rosie the Riveter" at Parker Pen Co., making fuses for bombs. She married a U.S. Army vet., Harland L. Sockness, on Aug. 4, 1950, at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Janesville. They were married for 64 years. Bea loved being with her family, studying the Christian Bible, harmonizing with her two sisters, traveling and going out to eat. She will be truly missed!

Bea is survived by her husband, Harland; her three children: Janice Lichtenberg of Beloit, WI, David (Pam) Sockness of Roscoe, IL, and Shirley (David) McDonald of Rockton, IL; her seven grandchildren: Jamie (Mike) Eddy, Rene (Jeremy) Miller, Amy (Nick) Garza, Bill (Lisa) Lichtenberg, Scott (Jess) Sockness, Adam (Olivia) Lichtenberg, and Laceyann Lichtenberg; her 15 great-grandchildren: Seiarra, Kayla, Jonathan, Cassidy, Daniel, Nolan, Logan, Joseph, Ava, Max, Angelina, Emma, Macie, Blake, and Silas; and by many nieces, nephews, and friends. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers: Willard, Ken, and Ralph Asplund; her sisters, Fern Corkhill and Gladys McNeil; her son-in-law, James Lichtenberg; her nephews, Kevin and Brian Asplund; her niece, Lois (Corkhill) Peterson; her great-nephew, Rick Vance; and her great-grandson, Kevin Garza.

Funeral services will be held at 1 PM on Friday, July 18, 2014, at FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH, 612 N. Randall Ave., with Rev. James Melvin officiating. Private inurnment will take place in Milton Lawns Memorial Park at a later date. Friends may call on Friday from 11 AM until 1 PM at the CHURCH.

Bea's family would like to extend their sincerest thanks for all the loving care given to Bea, and especially to her nieces, Melanie Serafin and Becky Corkhill-Heiders, and to the Visiting Nurses Association Hospice of Rockford.

Whitcomb-Lynch Funeral Home & Cremation Services

21 S. Austin Rd., (608)752-2444



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