We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Nordman-Christian Funeral Home
Bernice (Bea) Wheeler (Bauers) 96, of Cheboygan, Michigan, passed away with her immediate family at her side on June 26, 2022. Bea will be missed by many, she was a fantastic mother, and was a second mother to many. She was a loving grandmother and great friend to many others. Having a keen quick wit that never left her, she always had a smile on her face.
Bea was born December 9, 1925 in Mackinaw City, MI to Stanley and Elma Bauers. After graduating high school, she worked in Mackinaw City and assisted with the care of her younger siblings. Bea’s life then drastically changed when she took a job with the Miller and Meyer’s families in Mullet Lake Village and ultimately accompanied them back to Ashland, Ohio. In Ashland, she met her then to be husband, Herb Wheeler, at the bank. They were then married for 63 happy years until Herb’s passing in 2012.
Bea and Herb raised their two children, Mike and Candace, on an old farm – Bea’s “happy place.” During this time, Bea renovated the entire farmhouse from top to bottom, plus a large garden surrounding the home. After Herb’s retirement, they decided to return to her roots, and found a home on Lake Huron on the straits. Bea and Herb lived here for 40 years, enjoying all the things Northern Michigan’s four seasons offer – boating, fishing, canoeing, hunting, snowmobiling, and motorcycling. Bea and Herb build a large network of friends and their house was always busy with daily guests, grandchildren, and the smell of apple pie baking.
Bea and Herb enjoyed a shared hobby of travelling the country to collect pieces of American cut glass – this was a joy for them both and great pride! Though one of her greatest joys was becoming a grandmother. She always found time to teach her grandchildren about the “old fashioned” way of doing things, a skill that is irreplaceable.
Bea was preceded in death by her parents, husband Herbert, son Mike, sister Phyllis, and brother Raymond Bauers.
Bea is survived by her daughter Candace, her grandchildren Judd, Alex, Anna-Marie and Zac, and a very special cousin, Gary Bauer and his wife Mary Lou.
A very heartfelt thank-you goes out to all the staff at the Evergreen Living Center in St. Ignace, MI, for the special care given to Bea over the years. Years full of joyful times, smiles, laughter, jokes, and kind treatment given to Bea and her family. Not only did the staff become friends over the years, but they became family.
A graveside service will be held at a later time for family and friends.