Berniece G. Reed (96) of Effingham


Published on December 5 2013 8:08 am

Berneice G. Reed, 96, of Effingham, formerly of St. Elmo, passed away at 3:00 a.m. Thursday, December 5, 2013 at the home of her daughter.

Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, December 7, 2013 in C & A Pagel Funeral Home, St. Elmo. Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. till service time, with burial in the Maplewood Cemetery, St. Elmo. Memorials may be made to Lincolnland Hospice or donor’s choice.  C & A Pagel Funeral Home, St. Elmo is handling the arraignments.

Berneice was born on September 28, 1917 in St. Elmo, the daughter of Byron Oscar and Martha Ann (Sidwell) Holding. She was a nursing assistant with St. Anthony Memorial Hospital for several years. She married Lewis P. Durbin on December 9, 1934. He preceded her in death on June 30, 1974. She then married Steven W. Reed on January 8, 1983. He passed away on July 19, 2013.

She is survived by her sons: Lloyd (wife Mary) Durbin of Stewardson; Fred (wife Pauline) Durbin of Strasburg; David (wife Clara Ann) Durbin of Effingham; Gary (wife Deanna)) Durbin of Gays; daughters: Frieda (husband Guy) Juhnke of Effingham; Marilyn (husband Kenneth) Kessler of Stewardson and Patty (husband Michael) Reed of Stewardson; Step-sons: Jim (wife Cherly) Reed of Beecher City; Dennis Reed of Beecher City; Brad (wife Donna) Reed of Beecher City; Glen Reed of Effingham; Richard Reed of Effingham and Roger Reed of Effingham, Ron ( Wife Becky) Reed of Beecher City; step-daughters: Judy (husband Ed) Hanley of Moweaqua; Sue Livingston of Neoga; Barb (husband Cary) Storm of Stewardson; Connie (husband Dave) Birch of Bible Grove and Joyce (husband Tim) Fuesting of Thornton, IN; Brother: Jim (wife Barb) Holding of Hebron, IN.; brother-in-law: Alfred “Pete” (wife Wilma)Reed of Shumway; sister-in-law: Irene Reed of St. Elmo; several grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren; several step-grandchildren; several step-great-grandchildren and several step-great-great-grandchildren.

Berneice is preceded in death by her parents, both husbands: Lewis Durbin and Steven Reed; brothers: Floyd Holding, Oscar Holding and Bobby Holding; sister: Dorothy Shaffner; grandsons: Troy Durbin and Paul Durbin; step-son: Gary Reed; step-son-in-law: Dave Livingston.