Bernice M. (Browning) Shontz-Lee


Bernice Maxine (Browning) Shontz-Lee, 96, of Fostoria, passed away unexpectedly in her home on Sunday, April 23, 2017.

She was born February 6, 1921 in North Baltimore, Ohio to the late Carl Oliver and Edna Vernice (Welson) Browning.  She married Delbert Shontz on January 9, 1943 and he preceded her in death in 1990.  She later married Robert Lee, and he too precedes her.

Left to cherish her memory is her son Robert D. (Danna) Shontz, of Fostoria; granddaughter Kellee (Tim) Hoover, of Fostoria; great-granddaughters, Elsee Renee Hoover & Claire Elizabeth Hoover; great-grandson, Grady James Hoover; a sister, LaVonne (the late Roger) Hipsher, of Fostoria; daughter-in-law, Kim Shontz, of North Carolina: and  Special niece, Carol (the late Jerry) Bryant, of Fostoria; step-daughters, Linda (Tom) Mitchell, of Findlay and Barbara (Joe) Veselka, of Holland; step-grand-daughters, Jennifer (Darrell) McCaul, Katie Veselka, Sarah (Veselka) Beebe, and Stephanie Veselka; step-grandsons, Brad and Brian Mitchell and John Huff (Melissa); step-great-grandchildren, Hallie & Mylie Mitchell, and Alex Veselka.

She was also preceded in death by a son, Carl D. Shontz, great-grandson, Adrin Hoover, sisters, Virginia (Arthur) Williams and Judy Browning.

Bernice was a 1939 Bloomdale High School graduate.  She was a member of Hope Lutheran Church, Fostoria since 1948 and a charter member of the Seneca County Legal Secretaries Association.  She was a Deputy Clerk for the Fostoria Municipal Court, retiring in 1981 after 20 years of service.

Bernice had a positive outlook on life and ALWAYS found the good in others.  She enjoyed taking vacations, playing cards, the Cleveland Indians, and having fun.  Her family was everything to her.

Visitation will be held from 6-8 pm on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at MANN-HARE-HOENING Funeral Home, 407 N. Countyline St., Fostoria. Visitation will begin again from 11 am until the time of services at 1 pm on Thursday in the funeral home, Rev. Dr. Larry Knigga, presiding.  Burial will follow in Fountain Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hope Lutheran Church, Fostoria.  Online expressions of sympathy may be made by visiting



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Linda Hammer

Bob, DaNNa
Kellee, Tim
Treasure the time you all had with her.
I bet all the Bloomdale grads are hanging out in heaven having a good ole time. Maybe all the Lutherans too.
Love Linda

 Posted May 2, 2017 - 11:56pm
Jodee (Bovee) Paxton

Bob Dana and family,
So very sorry to see you lost your mom! Bernie was such a sweet lady and I know she will be deeply missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

 Posted April 27, 2017 - 9:10am
Gail and Ron Reinhard

Bob and Dana,
Ron and I were so sorry to hear of Bernie,s death. She was always so interested in our kids activities and full of laughter
and smiles.We will be keeping your family in our prayers.

 Posted April 25, 2017 - 12:07pm
Sharon Anderson

My deepest sympathy's to the family, she was a wonderful lady whom I had the great pleasure of knowing for so many years..I am very sorry I will be unable to attend the visitation and services, know that all of you are in my thoughts and prayers..

 Posted April 25, 2017 - 8:23am

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