Berniece Sellars

Berniece Sellars


Dates

June 5, 1925 - June 25, 2022

Obituary

Berniece Sellars, 96, of Mitchell, SD, died Saturday, June 25, 2022, at her home under hospice care. Funeral services will be 3:00 PM Friday, July 1, at Bittner Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in Servicemen’s Memorial Cemetery in Mitchell. Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral service. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Berniece C. Sellars was born June 5, 1926, to Bernard and Mae (Bruner) Brown in Armour, SD. She attended school in Armour, until her family moved to Mitchell where she graduated from Mitchell High School. She then began employment as a bank teller at Commercial Bank in Mitchell.

Berniece began playing saxophone high school and joined the Mitchell City Band where met her future husband. Berniece married Arleigh V. Sellars on June 8, 1947 in Mitchell. Berniece played in the band for 68 consecutive years.

After marrying Arleigh, Berniece worked with him at Sellars Music Store for several years, later returning to a career in banking as a loan officer at Mitchell Home Savings and Loan, later known as, Metropolitan Bank in Mitchell. She later worked for Reginal Martin Insurance Agency.

Berniece was a longtime member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Berniece is survived by her sons, Richard of Yankton, Donald of Sioux Falls, and James of Rapid City, and two grandchildren, Christopher Sellars of Los Angeles, CA and Stephanie Blue of Denver, CO.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Arleigh, and her parents, Bernard and Mae.


Visitation(s)

Date
Friday, July 1, 2022
Time
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Location
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 W Havens Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301

Service

Date
Friday, July 1, 2022
Time
3:00 PM
Location
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 W Havens Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301

Cemetery

Servicemen's Memorial Cemetery
Mitchell, SD


Posted by Lisa Lucibella Pibal on July 15, 2022
My mom graduated high school with Berniece and always thought so much of her. They planned several class reunions together. My deepest sympathy to the family.
Posted by Shirley Aspaas on June 30, 2022
Don and family,you have my deepest condolences in the loss of your mother. May the Lord give you peace and comfort.
Posted by Lori (Underhill) Deibert on June 29, 2022
May His glorious power give your mom light, joy and peace in Heaven. My deepest sympathy to the entire family.
Posted by Kyna Schonebaum Letcher on June 29, 2022
So sorry for your loss. Berniece and Arleigh were long time friends of my Dad, Kenneth Schonebaum.
Posted by Robin Gregg on June 29, 2022
So sorry to hear of Bernice's passing. Remember her well sitting with my dad in the City Band sax section, as well as sitting in the crowd while Arleigh and I played in dad's dance band in the 60's. Great lady!
Posted by Brenda Muhs on June 29, 2022
Sympathy for all the family. I was lucky to have gotten to know your Mom. I'll never forget playing card with my Mom, your Mom, Darlene Vander Lugt or the trip to Orange City, IA fun times.
Posted by Brenda Muhs on June 29, 2022
Sympathy for all the family. I was lucky to have gotten to know your Mom. I'll never forget playing card with my Mom, your Mom, Darlene Vander Lugt or the trip to Orange City, IA fun times.
Posted by Sally Merkwan on June 28, 2022
I worked with Bernice at Mitchell Home Savings and Loan and later at Metropolitan Federal Bank. She was a great lady and taught me alot. May God comfort you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Posted by Wes Pierson on June 28, 2022
Bernice was a great lady. Sympathys to family.
Posted by Kelly Hills on June 28, 2022
Dick, Don and Jim, I was sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. A long-time neighbor and such a lovely woman. Peace be with you during this time of great loss.
Posted by Barb Dulaney on June 28, 2022
So sorry for your loss. She was a very nice person. We are going to miss her here at the apartment complex. May God bless you all. Take care
Posted by Maxine Bignell (care giver) on June 27, 2022
With deepest sympathy. I enjoyed taking care of Berniece. I will miss her very much. Sorry that I will not be able to be at the funeral as I will be out of the state
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