Bernice J. Martin, 99, of Rindge, NH died of natural causes at Broadview Assisted Living, Winchendon. MA on July 7, 2022.
Bernice was born November 5, 1922, in Elizabeth, NJ. After Highschool, Bernice worked for NJ Bell Telephone and the Prudential Insurance Company.
In 1952, Bernice married Rudolph (Java) Martin. Together they raised 5 children in Cedar Grove NJ. Java passed in 1973 leaving Bernice to raise their family.
She re-entered the work force and retired from Smith Kline Beecham, Morris Plains, NJ in 1990. She retired to Rindge NH and became a devoted member of the Rindge Congregational Church. She loved her church family, and they became her social center: Coffee Hours, Community Dinners, Bible Study, Craft Nights and the Craft Fairs. Bernice volunteered at the Jaffrey/ Rindge Food Pantry. She was honored by her church with the “Salt of the Earth” Award.
Bernice was predeceased by her parents, her brother, her five sisters and her first grandchild, Scott Martin.
She is survived by her five children: Lynn and Tim Derr, Dayle and Jeff Nordin, Patricia Martin and her sons, Robert and Eleanor Martin and Gary and Carolyn Martin.
Bernice was a loving mom, grandma, and great grandma. She had eleven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. She was loved by her many nieces and nephews.
She was thankful every day for the many special friendships she made here in Rindge. She was able to maintain her independence in the last year of her life while living at Broadview Assisted Living in Winchendon, MA. Anyone who knew Bernice was aware of how important that was to her.
Bernice’s family wants to extend their deep gratitude to the nurses and staff at Broadview Assisted Living. They made the transition from independent living to assisted living a compassionate and dignified experience. The quality of care in her last days were exceptional.