Bernice Marie Chilen

ULYSSES - Bernice Marie Chilen, age 95, died Dec. 5, 2020, at her daughter’s home in Ulysses, KS. She was born April 25, 1925, near Clifton, KS, the daughter of Louis F. and Albertine A. (Charbonneau) Fief.

She graduated from Clyde High School in 1943 and from St. Joseph Hospital and School of Nursing in 1945 in Concordia, KS. She was a Registered Nurse and worked in Salina, KS. On Dec. 29, 1947, she married Joseph B. Chilen in Concordia, KS, he preceded her in death on April 11, 1994.

Bernice is survived by two sons, Patrick Chilen of Denver, CO, and Tim Chilen of Las Vegas, NV; two daughters, Peggy Thacker of Boise, ID, and Mary Kay Malone of Ulysses, KS, 13 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. Bernice is also preceded in death by her parents; son, Robert J. Chilen; brother, Rane Fief; sister, Joan McGuire.

Vigil and Rosary will be Dec. 8, 2020, at 4 p.m. and Funeral Mass will be Dec. 9, 2020, at 10 a.m., both at Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Ulysses, KS. Funeral Mass will also be available live on Garnand Funeral Home Facebook page. Interment will follow at Ulysses Cemetery. Visitation will be Dec. 8, 2020, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Garnand Funeral Home in Ulysses, KS. Memorial contributions may be given to Missionaries of Charity in care of Garnand Funeral Home, 405 W. Grant Ave, Ulysses, KS 67880. Condolences may be posted at

Posted online on December 07, 2020