Bernice Otsig was born in Spalding, Saskatchewan on March 2, 1946 to Emil and Genevieve Nikles. She was the 2nd oldest of 4 girls. Bernice grew up on the farm becoming her father’s side kick, helping with chores, driving the old tractor, haying & harvest, and helping the neighbors when needed.
She got her education at LeRoy school and then off to Kelsey College in Saskatoon for her Practical Nursing License in 1965.
In July 1966 she married Douglas Otsig from LeRoy and after 2 years of working at the LeRoy union hospital her and Doug moved to Fort Nelson, B.C., where they made their home for 34 years and raised their 3 wonderful children.
Bernice worked at the Fort Nelson General Hospital for 20 years. One of her great achievements was to work with the staff of the F.N.G.H to establish the long term extended care wing at the hospital. She also completed a course in care for the elderly patient esp. Alzheimer’s, this was also a great achievement for her.
She was a caregiver, and was always taking care of everyone around her. She brought joy to everyone’s lives she touched. She will be remembered for her laugh, her love for family and friends, her hard work for the community and also her baking. She really was an angel here on earth. She will be forever loved, remembered and cherished.
Bernice is survived by her 3 children Dana (Mark) Fouhse and granddaughter Taylor, Dawn (Randy) Trohak and grandsons Cody and Tyler, Darin (Debbie) Otsig and granddaughters Taylor and Emily. Sisters Catherine (Bill) Morton and Margarite (Henry) Baier, and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband Doug (2006), sister Linda Yaskow (1996), father Emil Nikles (2002), and mother Genevieve Nikles (2015).
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