Berniece Irene Kohl, 95, formerly of Mechanicsville, died on Saturday, October 2, 2021 while under the care of the Mechanicsville Specialty Care Center. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, October 5 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at Fry Funeral Home in Tipton. Graveside committal services will be held on Wednesday, October 6th at 11:00 am, Lisbon City Cemetery in Lisbon with the Rev. Ronald Lashmit officiating. Online condolences may be shared at www.fryfuneralhome.com.
Berniece was born on February 2, 1926 in rural Waubeek, Iowa. She was one of six children born to John William Benton and Letha Myrtle Pratt Benton. Berniece attended country schools and learned the skills for gardening and canning. On June 9, 1947, Berniece became the bride of Dale Eugene “Jim” Kohl. They worked together on their family farm raising their four children, Stanley, Diane, Jenny, and Debra. For many years, Berniece was a member of the Tipton Senior Dining Center and the Methodist Faith.
Berniece is survived by her three daughters, Diane Kohl of Coralville, Iowa, Jenny (Jim) Rahn of Cedar Valley, Iowa and Debra (Kim) Kohl Weber of Tipton, Iowa, and her significant daughter-in-law, Sheryl Mullen of Stanwood, Iowa; 8 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren and several great-great grandchildren. Berniece was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Dale Eugene “Jim” Kohl on July 17, 1975, and her son, Stanley Kohl, her sister, Dorothy Richards, and her four brothers, Ronald Benton, Alva Benton, Robert Benton and Charles Benton.