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Bernice M. Waneck Rabel, born Aug. 6, 1924, in String Prairie, Texas, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, April 20, 2021.
Bernice loved her family and her faith, and always had open arms for those in need. She loved her bingo nights at church and was a founding member of the St. Mary Magdalene Church, and also a member of the Altar Society. She loved to have family gatherings with homemade food and celebrations bringing her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren together. Bernice was so happy to hold all of her babies and make them smile.
Her love of the farm life, living from the land with her husband, and canning and using raw materials like flour and tobacco sacks for quilting and sewing were part of her pastimes. She instilled her faith and togetherness within her family, and her faith was strong until the very end. The Lord knew her prayers were answered with the love of her family by her side.
Bernice enriched many lives and always said, “A family who prays together, stays together.” She was truly a beautiful soul and will be remembered in our hearts always, said her family.
Bernice was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Anton J. Rabel; son Douglas J. Rabel; son-in-law David Sumner, aka “Hurricane”; parents Joseph and Gertrude (Goertz) Waneck; brother Leonard Waneck; and sister Oliva Kassner.
She is survived by her daughters, Alice Magers and husband Tom, Judy Sumner, and Bernadine Moore and husband Jerry; son “A.J.” Rabel Jr. and wife Nina; sister Josie Warrick; grandchildren Dwayne Rabel, Brian Rabel and wife Kristen, Stephen Rabel and wife Kathy, DeAnn Medina and husband Chris, Scott Magers and wife Emily, Jennifer Smith and husband Jeff, Michele Stone and husband Mike, Michelle Lingenfelder and husband Brian, Jeffrey Sumner, Clayton Rabel, Sarah Rabel, and Breanna Krueger and husband Matthew; great-grandchildren Casey, Bailee, Nathan, Andrew, Brady, Erin, Aspyn, Hollee, Rylee, Zachary, Warren, Brandi, Brooke, Avery, Kallen, and Stetson; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.
Visitation was held Tuesday, April 27, from 9-10 a.m. with a rosary recited at 10 a.m. in St. Ann Catholic Church in La Vernia.
A funeral Mass was held on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. in the church, with the Rev. Phil Henning officiating.
Entombment followed in the Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in San Antonio.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 502 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.