Bernice R. Miles, 99, Carthage

CARTHAGE, NY –  Bernice R. Miles, 99, of Pennock Street, Carthage, passed away peacefully Wednesday evening, Nov. 6, 2019, under the care of Linda Thomas and Hospice of Jefferson County.

Born March 4, 1920, in Syracuse, NY, a daughter to the late Anthony and Catherine (Golda) Gondek, she graduated high school and went to work various jobs.

Predominately she was the owner and operator of the Herrings Inn, which she bought with her husband in 1956.

On Oct. 8, 1937, Bernice married Alfred “Frenchie” Miles. They were married 62 years before his passing on December 31, 1999.

Bernice loved to crochet, play cards, gamble and cook for her family. She and Alfred were avid fishermen. They loved to go fishing in Canada and Fort Covington with the family.

She is survived by her children, Robert (Jo) Miles, Emmett, Idaho; John (Nancy) Miles, Rome, NY; Judy (Leo) Rutledge, Watertown, NY; Tim (Tammy) Miles, Berwick, PA;

Bernice was predeceased by her siblings, Emelia Thomas, John Gondek, Frank Gondek, Bennie Gondek, Peter Gondek.

Per Bernice’s wishes, there will be no public services.

Memorial donations may be made out to Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham St., Watertown, NY 13601.

Arrangements are entrusted to Lundy Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Inc., 500 State St., Carthage, NY 13619.

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