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 Riker, Bernice A
Born: 11/22/1924
Died: 10/17/2014
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Riker, Bernice A

Bernice Riker, age 89 of Rockaway Township, died October 17, 2014 at Merry Heart Health Care Center, Succasunna, NJ.  Born on November 22, 1924, West Port, NY, she moved to Rockaway Township at the age of 16.

The daughter of the late Sadie Smith and Henry McConley; She was married at the age of 18 to the late Albert Riker.  She then worked on the production line for Thatcher Glass Manufacturing Company, Inc., in Wharton, NJ for approximately 30 years.  She retired from there at the age of 62.

Bernice is survived by her eight children; Albert Riker, Jr. of Armstrong, MO, Jean Anderson of Dover, NJ, Jerry Riker of Cortland, NY, Henry Riker of Moravia, NY, Michael and David Riker of Dover, NJ,  Gary Riker of Succasunna, NJ and Danny Riker of Dallas, GA, as well as, her brother, Theodore (Ted) McConley of Mineville, NY.  She is survived by 24 grandchildren, 41 great grandchildren, and 3 great-great grandchildren. She was a kind, generous, and loving person.  She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.  

Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 10:30AM in the Smith-Taylor-Ruggiero Funeral Home, One Baker Avenue, (Rt. 46), Dover, NJ.  Interment will follow in the Restland Memorial Park Deforest Ave. East Hanover, NJ.  Visitation will be held at the Funeral Home on Tuesday October 21, 2014 from 3:00 – 5:00 and 7:00- 9:00 PM.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Merry Heart Health Care Center, Activities Department, c/o Alice Bernice Riker, at 200 Route 10 West at Hillside Avenue, Succasunna, NJ  07876 (http://www.merryheart.comOnline condolences may be offered through www.smith-taylor-ruggierofuneralhome.com

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You we're a great grandmother and will be greatly missed. May you rest in peace. Love you always!
Rebecca Riker
To Judy and the Family of Ms. Bernice Riker: Sincere condolences for the loss of your loved one. May your memories of her warm your heart and lift you up in your time of sorrow.
My sincere condolences to the entire family. She was a woman of many names, Ma, Mom, Grandma, MeMa, Great Grandma, Sister, Aunt and friend. She loved everyone that crossed her path. May she rest in peace. She will always have a special place in my heart. With love and respect XO Joanne.
Joanne Roberts
To my family, My condolences to everyone for the loss of a special person, to some she was mom, grandma and great grandma. She was the most positive woman I was blessed to know and had the strength to do what she needed to in good times and bad times. Grandma was a wonderful woman who gave all she could to anyone that needed it and passed on her traits to the ones she loved. She is at rest, no more pain and where she wanted to be for a long time, home with grandpa. Grandma will be miss a lot, but will never be forgotten. I will always miss U grandma, but one day we will meet again. LUV U and MISS U FOREVER!!
Barbara Anderson
To Judy and the family of Bernice Riker: Our hearts go out to you at this difficult time. She is extremely happy now and home with our Lord. She will remain in your hearts forever. Pat and Tom Albert and Linda Bizzarro.
Pat Albert and Linda Bizzarro
So sorry to hear of Aunt Bernie's passing. We think of your family so often. May she rest in peace. Our prayers are with the family.
Ray & Sandy Drake
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