Born in Omaha, Nebraska, Bernita Anne Joyce Lucas MBA ’68, Ph.D. ’74 attended Saint Cecilia Cathedral School and Duchesne Academy. She served with the Religious of the Sacred Heart and worked in the federal civil service. While at the Department of the Interior, she worked extensively with members of the Pine Ridge, Rosebud, and Crow Creek Sioux Reservations in South Dakota and was an adopted member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. At 91 years old, she peacefully entered eternal life on July 24, 2019. Bernita was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Kenneth, her parents, Albert and Margaret Joyce, and her sisters, Catherine Joyce Rerucha and Mary Clare Joyce Kosch. She is survived by her nieces, Mary (Charles) Hopkins and Caroline Rerucha, her nephews, John Kosch (Veronica) and Victor Rerucha, her grand-niece, Madeleine Hopkins, and her grand-nephews, Nicholas Hopkins, Max Kosch, Jack Kosch, Gavin Kosch, Christian Rerucha, and Charles Rerucha.

27 Aug 2019