On January 29, 2017, at the wonderful age of 104, our Mom and Grandma Bernie Schuyler danced across the Rainbow Bridge for a family reunion with those of her family who had gone on before. She was residing at ManorCare of Boulder. She was born in Hoquiam, WA, to Joseph and Mary (Kuether) Koch, the second of three daughters. Growing up in the Seattle/Tacoma area, she graduated from Ballard High School in 1930. Joining her Mom and sisters, Irene and Maxine (Miki) in California in 1935, she took a position as cook for Charles (Chuck) D. Schuyler. He had been recently discharged from the US Navy and had purchased a motel/restaurant/garage/service station with a buddy. In October of 1935 they married and headed to Fort Lupton, CO. In September 1936 they welcomed their daughter, Maurine Dee to the family. California was again home during WWII and besides being a homemaker, Bernie volunteered with the Red Cross making bandages, baking cookies and fixing boxes-from-home for the men serving in the Armed Forces. Following the war, they purchased a cherry orchard in Lyons, built a home and ran several businesses. As a member of the Lyons Excelsior Rebekah Lodge #31, she held the office of Nobel Grand (several times), Canadian Flagbearer for State Assembly and received the Decoration of Chivalry. After Chuck had a heart attack and couldn't stay at our higher altitude, they relocated to Tow, TX, and enjoyed traveling and camping with a Good Sam RV group. They would winter in Tow and go to San Bonita, TX in the winter. Chuck died in 1983 and Bernie got involved in the Marble Falls, TX, Senior Center. She joined the Kitchen Klunkers band and started playing the washtub bass (gut bucket) in 1985, ending up leading that band until moving back to Longmont, CO, in 2004. Having brought her tub with her, she joined the kitchen band at the Longmont Senior Center and played with the Swingin' Seniors Rhythm Band until May of 2016. Bernie was a very talented lady - she liked to sew, crochet, paint, quilling, and many other handcrafts. She made all of Maurine's dance costumes, prom and lodge formals, lots of times creating her own patterns. Reading, listening and dancing to music were other pastimes. Bernie is survived by her daughter and grandson, Maurine and Charles (Chuck) Glidewell, great granddaughter, Willow Rose Kee, one niece and several nephews, grand nieces and nephews and great, great nieces and nephews. Preceding her over the Rainbow Bridge was her husband (with whom she is now dancing amongst the stars), father and mother, both sisters, in-laws and cousins. Because she had donated her body to ScienceCare, a Celebration of Life is scheduled for Saturday, March 18, 2017, from 2 pm - 4 pm at the Longmont Moose Lodge, 2210 Pratt St. Please come and share your "Bernie Stories". Donations may be made to the Friends of the Senior Center in her memory, or to a charity of your choice. No flowers, please.
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