It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Bernice Kathleen Wensley (nee Dungey) on July 26, 2021, at the Atikokan General Hospital with her family by her side.
Bernice was born April 11, 1937 in Alliston, Ont. The youngest of six, she was beloved by her family.
As a young woman, while employed in the printing office at Camp Borden, Bernice met the love of her life and future husband Alan Wensley. The two moved around with the Airforce for a short time and started their family before settling down in Nestor Falls in 1965.
There, Bernice worked at local resorts, with her children in tow. She also served the town’s most popular chicken at M&W take out. Bernice always cherished her time in Nestor Falls as the place she raised her children and made lifelong friends.
In 1977 Bernice and Al moved to Atikokan. Bernice worked at the Hudson Bay and CIBC bank, before entering into business with her husband. Beginning with the Pizza Barn and ending with Wensley Enterprises, Bernice always spoke of how fortunate she was to have spent her days working with Al.
Bernice and Al built their home at Nickleby Lake which grew to be her favourite place in the world. Following them, many of their children also made homes there. The sign at the road quickly grew from “The Wensleys” to include “All of Them,” with the Kempfs living next door. Bernice spent many happy years at Nickleby, and was able to watch her grandchildren grow and flourish.
Bernice was always a very active member of her community. She joined the Legion in 1965 in Nestor Falls and continued her membership at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 145 in Atikokan accumulating 56 years of service. Her passion laid with the Legion Ladies Auxiliary; those women were family to her. During all of her 44 years with them, Bernice was an active volunteer. She held many positions including President, Vice Chair, Sergeant in Arms, Kitchen Lead, Colour Party member, and most recently Sick and Visiting. Although they always worked hard, she and the Legion Ladies had lots of good times. Her memories with them were always a source of great pleasure and pride for her.
Despite the physical distance, the “Dungey Clan” in the greater Alliston area were always a big part of her life. To say she was loved by them, and gave that love in return, is an understatement. Words cannot properly convey how special these relationships were to her. She will be missed at the next family reunion.
Bernice is survived by her children Cheryl (Len) Wilson, Rick (Char) Wensley, Wendy (Eli) Kempf, and Wally (Roxanne) Wensley; grandchildren Jesse (Amanda) Wilson, Joel (Caitlin) Wilson, Jordan (Rebecca) Wilson, Nikita (Nick) Matichuk, Kelsey (Adam) Schmidt, AJ (Sydney) Wensley, Adam (Brooke) Wensley, Brianna (Erik) LeSage, Danny Wensley, Matt Wensley; great-grandchildren Dessa, Alex, Aubree, Declan, Norah, Teagan, Asher, Emmett and Nolan; as well as her sisters-in-law Joan Dungey and Anne Dungey; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband Alan; parents Walter and Kathleen Dungey; and siblings Norman Dungey, Gordon Dungey, Bud Dungey, Isabelle MacIntosh, and Orville Dungey.
A celebration of life was held at the Atikokan Legion on August 6, 2021.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate in memoriam donation to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 145 – Ladies Auxiliary.