Berniece Catherine Eckerle, 96, of Pilot Grove, died on June 12, 2012 at Cooper County Memorial Hospital in Boonville, after a brief illness.
Ms. Eckerle was born April 18, 1916, to Frank and Margaret (Brownfield) Gerling.  She was united in marriage on November 10, 1943, to Herbert Eckerle, who preceded her in death on May 7, 1983.
Berniece and Herbertwere the parents of three children:  Marjorie, her husband, Gene Walje of Boonville; Darell Eckerle, his wife Connie, of Pilot Grove; and Wayne Eckerle, his wife Kathy, of Lantana, TX.
Also surviving are grandchildren: Stachia Woodall, Jodie Watring, Karen Browning, and Jason Eckerle, all of Boonville; Shawna Meyer of Kansas City, MO; Susan Neckerman of Wooldridge; and Jaime Acosta of Lantana, TX; and eleven great-grandchildren, Morgan, Olivia and Michael Browning, Trenton Woodall, Max and Mia Eckerle, all of Boonville; Will and Adam Neckerman of Wooldridge; and Kaitlin and Madeline Acosta of Lantana, TX, Elouise Meyer of Kansas City.
In addition to Herbert and her parents, she was preceded in death by one great grand-daughter, Emma Jo Watring, brothers Vernon (Charlie) Gerling, Linus (Fame) Gerling, and sisters Lorene Krumm and Marie Zeller.
A mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Pilot Grove on Saturday, June 16, 2012 at 11:00 AM. Burial will follow in the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 9:00 to 11:00 AM before mass.  
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the donor’s charity, or Berniece’s charities in care of the family.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Meisenheimer Funeral Home in Pilot Grove.