Bernadette C. Sokol, 85, of Fayetteville, Tenn., died peacefully on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at Huntsville Hospital, Huntsville, Ala., after a long illness.
Mrs. Sokol is survived by five sons, Steven (Lea), of Fountain City, Ind., Mark (Teresa) of Eden Prairie, Minn., Randall (Susan) of Killingworth, Conn., Daniel of Fayetteville, Douglas of Fayetteville; daughter Connie Payne (Jeffrey) of Lewisburg; and sister Elizabeth “Betty” Pickart.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years Kenneth M. Sokol, and her sister LaVerne Schulte.
Mrs. Sokol was the proud grandmother of eight grandchildren: Brenna Martin (Jeffrey), Kelsey Sokol, Ashley Sokol, Stephanie Sokol, Olivia Parker (Spencer), Natalie Sokol, Lindsey Sokol, and Jason Payne; one step-grandchild, Quinton Allen (Emily); and two step-great-grandchildren, Ella and Sam Allen.
She was born Bernadette Catherine Kuen in Norway, Iowa on October 19, 1931 to Emma (Broz) and Arthur Kuen. She graduated from Norway, Iowa High School, Class of 1949, and married Kenneth M. Sokol in Walford, Iowa, on April 5, 1951.
In 1979, Bernadette and Kenneth relocated to Fayetteville, Tenn, where Kenneth was Vice President and General Manager of Amana Refrigeration.
In 2014, Mrs. Sokol was recognized by the Lincoln County Medical Center Auxiliary for 30 years of continuous volunteer service at Lincoln Medical Center. She was a charter member of the Auxiliary, where she and other Auxiliary members established the hospital gift shop.
Visitation with the family will be on Monday, June 19th, from 2-4 p.m. at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Fayetteville, Tenn., with Funeral Mass immediately following at 4 p.m. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery.
The family requests any donations in her memory be made to the Lincoln Medical Center Auxiliary, c/o Lincoln Medical Center, 109 Medical Center Blvd, Fayetteville, TN 37334.
Bernadette was a beautiful person both inside and out.. I graduated with her from Norway and we then moved to other states. Her to Tenn and me to Calif but we always kept in touch. I will miss her and have so many good memories of her. She sent me a glass Butterfly I have in my window, so whenever I look at that I think of her. God bless her.
I graduated with Bernadette and we always kept in touch( Even though we were so far apart) I moved to Calif and her to Teen. She was a great friend and we will miss her allot. God Bless her.
Your Mom was always such a joy to be around during my years of working at Amana for Mr. Sokol. Your parents were both wonderful people and I am so very sorry for your loss. Will be remembering you in prayer.
So sorry to read of her death. Did not know of her serious illness. A lovely lady, June Harmening
So sadden to hear of Bernadette’s passing. Such a beautiful and kind women
We have so many wonderful memories of Iowa football games and card parties at my folks house
Sending love and prayers at this difficult time.