Bernita W. (Wilson) Pelton


Bernita Pelton, 92, went to be with the Lord and with her loving husband on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2018. She was born in Rome on June 11, 1925, the daughter of the late William and Kathlean Durling Wilson. She was a graduate of Madison High School. On September 20, 1947 she married William H Pelton who passed away on July 28, 1994.

She was a parishioner of St. Paul’s Church .

After high school, Bernita went to business school in Syracuse. She enjoyed travelling and meeting family members from Boston to Chicago. Little did she know that the handsome young man with the big smile and the beautiful Buick convertible that she met on a night out dancing at the Savoy in Rome would become her life-long partner. Despite finding twin beds in their honeymoon suite in the Adirondacks, they managed to have and raise seven children.

Next to her family, Bernita’s most prized possessions were her friends and neighbors in the Lorena Road neighborhood where she and her husband built a home raised those seven children. She was a mother to not only her children but also to every child who ran up and down that street and through the yards that were one massive playground. Everyone took care of everyone and those friendships between adults and children remain to this day. Many of those children are adults today and they still refer to her as “mom.”

As a family, many a summer was spent tenting by the Black River. Eventually, Bill and Bernie purchased a lot in the Brantingham Lake area. Many years were spent clearing the lot, pulling ferns and cranberry bogs and dragging downed trees out of the beach front. After digging a full basement and foundation by hand, a summer home was built providing the entire family with great joy and many fond memories. 

Bernita and Bill would eventually retire to their summer home in Brantingham where they made many new friends . They took up golf and would spend their winters playing in pitch tournaments and feeding the deer.

Bernita also developed a passion for quilting. She would often get up early in the morning and work on her quilts until the evening. .. many times forgetting to eat. She loved sharing her craft and blessed many with her creations.

Bernita was a faithful loving wife and a dedicated and loving mother. She was intelligent and witty and a bit of a wise guy if she wanted to be. She enjoyed telling stories about her childhood and growing up on the farm in Oriskany Falls. She was also deep rooted in her faith. She would look to God for strength and believed that everything happened for a reason.

Bernita is survived by four daughters, Cynthia Wiley of Scarborough, ME, Jacqueline Pelton of Sun City, AZ, Kathlean Pelton of Holland Patent and Roberta (Tom) O’Brien of Midlothian, VA; three sons, Doug (Susanne) Pelton of Dryden, Craig (Judy) Pelton of Liverpool and Paul (Diane) Pelton of Syracuse; a sister, Patricia (Eugene) Camp of Hamilton; seventeen grandchildren, twenty great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, Thomas Wilson. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, February 19, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Church in Rome. Interment will take place in Evergreen Cemetery in the spring. Family and friends are invited to call at Nunn and Harper Funeral Home, Inc., 418 N. George St., Rome, on Sunday from 1-4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Bernita’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. 

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