Bernice Kolar was born in Oroville, Wash. on Aug. 31, 1939, to Cecil and Ethel Thomas. She was the second of six children. Bernice passed away Friday, April 21, 2017. She was 77.
Growing up Bernice moved frequently until settling in Kamiah for her early high school years. She met her future husband, Joseph Kolar, in Kamiah and ultimately married him in Bozeman, Mont. on June 29, 1957. She moved back to Kamiah where she started her family as a devoted mother and wife. After moving to a variety of cities in the West, she settled permanently in Kamiah in 1975 where she lived the rest of her days.
Bernice was a beloved mother of seven children, 25 grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Cecil Gilbert Thomas (1975) and Ethel Elnora Thomas (2011).
She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Joe, her children Donna (Kirk Bauer), Mike (Jan Kolar), Doug (Derra Kolar), Dan (Angela Kolar), Greg (Jane Kolar), Jim (Heidi Kolar), and Jennifer (Alex Broncheau), and her five brothers (Don, Bill, Ron, Jerry, Larry).
Bernice’s funeral and celebration of her life will be held at The Life Center church on April 29, at 11 a.m. with graveside service to follow at Kamiah Cemetery, with Pastors Kelly Lineberry and Arby Shown officiating. A meal will be served afterward.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude’s hospital in her honor.
Trenary Funeral Home assisted the family.