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3/10/2012 8:29:00 AM
Bernice Thoreson

Bernice Thoreson died Feb. 29. She was 91.

Mrs. Thoreson was born April 27, 1920, in Cottage Grove. She graduated from high school and attended business school and beauty school. She was a sergeant in the Marine Corps during World War II. She worked as a bookkeeper and beautician and a homemaker. She married Vernon Thoreson in 1947, in Cottage Grove.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 2007, a son, Paul Thoreson, and one grandson. She is survived by two sons, Jim, Portland, and Steve, Cottage Grove; three daughters, Julee Wright, Roseburg, Sandy Jeremiah, Pleasant Hill and Joni Kniesteadt, Tigard; 14 grand­children; and five great-­grandchildren.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 10, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Cottage Grove. Memorial donations can be made to St. Vincent de Paul in Cottage Grove.

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