Bernice A (Sutulovich) Gergick Tonganoxie
Bernice A.( Sutulovich) Gergick, 85, died August 2, 2013 at St. Luke’s Hospice House from burns received after a fall in the shower at her home in Tonganoxie, KS. The Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 AM Wednesday, August 7 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 708 N. 4th St., KC, KS, with visitation beginning at 9:00 AM at the church. Burial will be after the Mass at Gate of Heaven in KC, KS. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to St. Luke’s Hospice House, 4225 Baltimore Ave., KC, MO 64111, St. John the Baptist Restoration Fund, Sacred Heart Building Fund or to the Sisters, Servants of Mary.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Clarence Gergick in 2006 and 9 of her 11 siblings. Survivors include three sons, Clarence B. Gergick, Overland Park, Michael Gergick, Kansas City, Paul Gergick, Tonganoxie and 2 daughters, Catherine Moreland, Basehor and Rose Mary Gergick, Tonganoxie, 7 grandchildren, Amy and Jared Moreland, Summer Myers, Shyanne , Sinjan, and Abby Gergick, and Laura Sachen and 3 great-grandchildren, Cassidi, Christien, and Chase Nobles.
Bernice worked for 18 years at Tonganoxie Elementary School as custodian and later as Library Media Aide. During that time, every year she gave her time to work with kindergarten classes to help them make Easter bunnies and chicks molded from sugar, and she helped sixth graders make sugar eggs with Easter scenes inside. Over the years, dozens of children proudly packed up their treasured creations and carried them home. It was not unusual for children to come up to Bernice years later and tell her how they still had the sugar decorations made many years before.
Bernice also made delicious decorated cakes for birthdays and weddings. Generations of people have celebrated special occasions with the help of a cake from Bernice’s kitchen. She was also a wonderful baker with her specialty being povitica, wonderful nut bread from Croatia, where her family came from. If you were lucky enough to receive one of those loaves at Christmas or Easter, you can be sure you were a treasured friend. You were luckier still if you happened to be one of the hundreds of friends who received an invitation to come to Bernice’s kitchen for personal povitica-making lessons. Those day-long experiences are legendary among those who were fortunate enough to attend them. Bernice will be greatly missed by friends and family.
Arrang: Skradski Funeral Home, Kansas City, KS