April 28, 201 ~ 16 Iyar 5781
Bernice Weiss Rosenberg Leech passed on April 28, 2021, at the age of 86.
Bernice was born April 13, 1935, in Chicago, to Julius and Eva Weiss, immigrants from Russia and Latvia. Along with her brothers Barney and Ralph, they grew up in the Skokie area. She attended and excelled in her studies at the University of Illinois. She married David Rosenberg and quickly started a family with three sons, living in Lincolnwood, Illinois. Family lived down the street including her brother-in-law Bernie, and his wife Elaine, as well as in-laws Louis and Augusta Rosenberg.
In 1964, the family moved to Columbus, Ohio, and then transferred to Louisville in 1971, where Dave ran the Value City department store in Clarksville until he died in 1983.
While in Louisville, Bernice created a warm and welcoming home for her family. She made many friends, participated in mahjong games, theater, arts, and became an active and familiar person in the Louisville area. Her hearty laugh and presence were well known and loved. With her friends Fran and Sheila, Bernice started Paperworks, a stationery store. She met and married Leonard “Duke” Leech and moved to Scottsdale, where Bernice met many wonderful friends and enjoyed the mountains and sunshine.
Following Leonard’s death, Bernice returned to Louisville to be closer to family. She quickly picked up where she left off, resuming her deep friendships, card games, and numerous social occasions. According to her dear friend Madilyn, she kept everyone “in the know” on community news. She was loved by many and lived a life of honesty, integrity, and friendship. Bernice loved her activities and was never one to sit still other than to read a good book or watch a good show. She remained a lady of style, grace, and culture until her final days.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, David Rosenberg, her second husband and Leonard Leech, and her brothers Barney and Ralph Weiss.
Bernice is survived by her three sons, Alan M. (Beatrice) of Louisville, Robert C. (Jodi) of Northbrook, IL, and Martin S. (Rose) of Indianapolis; her grandchildren, Emily (Taylor) Whatley, Chelsea, Dylan, Jordan (Jamie), Jason (Lauren), and Brent (Ali) Rosenberg, and Lindsey (Michael) Case; her great-grandchildren Greyson, Addison, Gianna, Jaxon, Lucy, Luke, and Will. “Babe” is also missed by her sisters-in-law, Elaine and Cecile and many nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held on Sunday, May 2, 2021, beginning at 1 p.m. The live stream will be available at https://www.facebook.com/HermanMeyerSon/.
In memory of Bernice, her family requests donations be made to Gilda’s Club of Kentuckiana, 2440 Grinstead Drive, Louisville, KY 40204 or https://gcl.gnosishosting.net/Portal/Donate