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Marin Independent Journal
Sunday, December 9, 1990
Bernice Bowler of San Rafael, a retired nurse, died Wednesday at Nazareth House.
She was 100.
Miss Bowler was born on New Year’s Eve in 1898 in Dingell, County Kerry, Ireland.
She came to the United States with her family in about 1912. The family settled in San Francisco, where Miss Bowler spent much of her life.
She moved to Nazareth House in San Rafael about 10 years ago.
As a young woman, Miss Bowler worked as a secretary before deciding to become a nurse. Miss Bowler trained at Mount Zion Hospital in San Francisco.
In the 1930s, Miss Bowler moved to Hawaii. She worked at a hospital on Oahu before signing on as the nurse at a pineapple plantation near Hilo, Hawaii.
Miss Bowler lived intermittently in Hawaii and San Francisco until just before the bombing of Peal Harbor in December 1941.
“She never wanted to go back,” said her niece, Genny Chapman of Tiburon. “She never wanted to see what happened to the place.”
Miss Bowler worked for several years as a nurse at Mills College in Oakland and as a private nurse before retiring in 1974.
She was a lifelong baseball fan who attended her last game in 1989, when she watched the Oakland A’s. “Baseball’s going to miss one of its greatest fans,” Chapman said.
Miss Bowler also enjoyed trips to casinos at Reno and Lake Tahoe.
She never married.
In addition to Chapman, Miss Bowler is survived by two nephews, Joe Bowler of Kentfield and Pat Semple of San Rafael.
The rosary w ill be recited at 3 p.m. today at Nazareth House, where the funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Monday.
Memorial contributions to Nazareth House are preferred.
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