Bernice LaVonne Gorham

October 2, 1933 — January 9, 2021


Bernice Gorham, age 87 of St. Joe, passed away Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021, at the West Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, at the Lentz Funeral Home in Algona, with burial in East Lawn Cemetery. Visitation is 10 a.m. until service time on Thursday at the Lentz Funeral Home in Algona. Masks will be required and social distancing practices will be followed.

Bernice LaVonne Andrews, the daughter of Norman Frank and Lois (Pickell) Andrews, was born Oct. 2, 1933, in Gruver. She graduated from Gruver High School in 1951. In 1954, Bernice was united in marriage with George Gorham in Fairmont, Minn. After George passed away in 1985, she then married Linus Smith. Before her marriage with George, Bernice had worked for Bell Telephone Company in Estherville. Bernice enjoyed bingo, baking and playing cards.

Bernice is survived by her sons, Brad (Stephanie) Gorham of St. Joe and Doug (Terry) Gorham of Chula Vista, Calif.; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a sister, Sharon Theesfield of Armstrong; and a brother, Ronald Andrews of Butte, Mont. She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands; and siblings, Donnabelle Higgins, Norma Smith and Lloyd Andrews.

Lentz Funeral Home of Algona is serving the family. Condolences may be left at 

Kossuth County Advance

14 E. Nebraska St.

Algona, IA 50511  

Phone: (515) 295-3535

Fax: (515) 295-7217

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