Bernadine Miller, 81, passed away Sunday, March 18, 2012, in Medford, Ore. She was born in Rensselaer, Ind., on February 4, 1931, along with twin brother, Bernard, to Clarence Knouff and Christine Shelley. She was one of 13 children and was always said to have a smile on her face.
She married Marvin Strain on September 21, 1950, in Indiana. They had seven children. They moved to Oregon and divorced in the late 1960s. She later met and married Donald Miller in Oregon, and was widowed in 1987.
Bernadine worked as a housekeeper and nurse's aid in several nursing homes, both in Indiana and Oregon, for over 25 years. Most of the time working midnights, she never learned to drive so it was buses or walking. After retirement she enjoyed feeding the neighborhood cats and was known as the "Cat Lady."
Bernadine is survived by sons, Raymond (Ruth) Strain, Donald Strain, Marvin (Annette) Strain, and Lee Strain; daughter, Joyce Davis; ten grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law and loving friend, Robbin Strain; brothers, Wayne (Verna) Knouff, Bernard (Frances) Knouff, and Roger (Helen) Knouff; sisters, Pauline (Al) Mullen, Virginia (Eldon) Schanlaub, Georgiana Reed, and Charlotte Faucher.
Bernadine was preceded in death by her daughter, Judith Ann Strain; son, Melvin Strain; her parents; her husband; sisters, Mary Rowinski, and Elizabeth Knouff; and brothers, Thomas, Robert, and James Knouff.
A memorial service is planned for 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 24, 2012, at Perl Funeral Home, 2100 Siskiyou Blvd., Medford, Ore. There will be a gathering for family and friends at Bruno's Pizza,
2105 Roberts Rd., Medford, Ore., at 12:00 noon.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.