Bernice A. Knue Freeman, 89, passed peacefully away Friday, Sept. 23, 2016, at St. Andrews Health Campus.
She was born June 13, 1927, in Batesville to Raymond H. and Marcellina (Federle) Billman. Bernice attended St. Louis Catholic School and ICA. In 1949, she married John Maurice Knue and made her home at Dover. They raised a family of six children on the Knue Farm.
She was a dedicated wife, mother, lifelong St. John's Parish, Dover, and St. Ann's Alter Society member. She enjoyed sewing and playing cards monthly with the neighborhood card ladies. She was known for her talent and love of quilting. All her children, grandchildren, relatives and friends will treasure her special quilts in her memory.
She was later married to James Freeman and continued to make her home in Dover. They enjoyed traveling, gardening and being with both families. Throughout her children's lives she was a proud mother to four military sons and also grandsons.
She is survived by four sons: John (Carol) Knue, Waco, Texas, Gerry (Kathy) Knue, Dover, Nick (Paula) Knue, Newport News, Virginia, and Kris (Angela) Knue, Circleville, Ohio; two daughters: Patty (Doug) Harper, Dover, and Karen (Jim) Ripperger, Sunman; 17 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. She was a proud stepmom to Tom (Henrietta) Freeman, Ken (Barb) Freeman and Mary Rose Freeman Kubszak, their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was proceeded in death by her brother Ray Billman.
A celebration of her life will be held Tuesday, Sept. 27, from 5-8 pm at Andres-Wuestefeld Funeral Home, Dover, with Mass of Christian Burial at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Dover, Wednesday, Sept. 28, at 11 a.m. with burial following.
Published on September 26, 2016