By December 24, 2020Current Services

Bernice Evelyn Brannigan, 76, of Washington Court House, Ohio died Thursday, December 24, 2020, at 10:46 a.m. at Clinton Memorial Hospital in Wilmington, Ohio where she had been a patient since November 26.

Bernice was born January 14, 1944, at Franklin Furnace in Scioto County, Ohio to Henry Anton and Pauline Elizabeth Gleim Cook.  She moved to Washington Court House in 1963, from Franklin Furnace.

She had been a rehabilitation therapist at Court House Manor since 1975.

Bernice was a member of the former Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and was a longtime volunteer with the Fayette County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Paul Henry Cook and her longtime companion, Richard Kirkpatrick.

Bernice is survived by two daughters, Elizabeth “Beth” Brannigan and Kelli Dresch and her husband, Steve, all of Washington Court House; three grandchildren, Brittany (Joshua) Skaggs, Lindsay (Brian) Hendricks and Morgan (Jason) Gardner; two step grandchildren, Nick Dresch and Jennifer Taylor; several great grandchildren and step great grandchildren.

In keeping with her wishes, cremation will take place.

A memorial service will be Saturday, January 16, 2021, at 1 p.m. at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House.  Private burial of the cremains will be in Washington Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home Saturday, January 16, 2021, from 11 a.m. until time of the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Fayette Regional Humane Society, 153 South Main Street, Suite 3, Washington Court House, Ohio 43160.

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  • Betty Johnston says:

    Tonight, when you look up at the night sky, don’t think of them as stars. Think of them as porch lights, welcoming Bernice safely home. Sending you thoughts of peace during your time of sorrow.

  • Marsha Moore says:

    Beth, my deepest sympathy for you and your family. I pray that God will grant each of you an inner peace, that surpasses all understanding during your difficult time.