Bernice Ness

     Feb. 16, 1918 - Oct. 24, 2019 

     System Analyst and Homemaker

     Bernice E. Ness died peacefully at Oak Manor on Oct. 24, 2019. She was 101 years and 8 months old. Bernice was born on Feb. 16, 1918 to Jonas Ose and Helen (Rogne) Ose in Dazey, North Dakota. She graduated from Valley City High in 1935. Bernice and her mom traveled to California in 1936 to reside with her older brother James Ose. She had eight brothers and sisters who were very close to her. 

     Bernice was very talented musically. Early in school she played the piano, drums, guitar, and trumpet in a four piece band. 

     Bernice went to Merritt Business College where she took several math classes. She took care of the ledger and books for custom homes her husband James Ness built. She was also the executor for several estates. 

     Bernice met James Ness on 1938 Christmas and tied the knot on June 7, 1940. Jimmy went to war in the Navy Seabees in 1942 after their first son, Kenneth James was born. Jimmy returned in 1945 and Peter Jon was born in 1946. The family moved to several places in Oakland while Jimmy remodeled the houses. 

     In the late 50’s Bernice decided it was time to go to work, and she went to keypunch school to study IBM machines. She took the test with the Alameda County. She became a keypuncher, keypuncher supervisor, then assistant to programmer supervisor and finally a system analyst and supervisor to the programmers from 1958 to 1975. 

     After retiring in 1973 and 1975 mom and dad built their retirement home in Pine Acres and moved into the house in 1982. During that time mom and dad remodeled an English Tudor home in San Leandro, CA. Bernice and Jimmy had 60 great years together. Bernice continued to live in their house until she was 97 years old. Bernice was a fastidious housekeeper and everything was always immaculate. She moved to Oak Manor assisted living almost five years ago where she was loved and well taken care of.  Bernice was the communicator and matriarch of the Ness and Ose families and everyone loved her. 

     Bernice E. Ness is survived by her two children, Kenneth J.Ness of Foster City and Peter J.Ness (Marian) of Portland, Oregon; grandchildren, Kim (Tony) Pinkerton, Peter (Lisa) Ness Jr., Daniel Ness, and Matthew Ness; and great grandchildren, Abigail and Cameron Pinkerton, and Andrew and Luke Ness. 

     A memorial service will be held on Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, at 11:00 am at Amador Hills Funeral Home in Pine Grove.  Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Amador, 1500 S. HWY 49, Suite 205, Jackson, CA  95642.  Condolences may be emailed to the family at