May 11, 1928 ~ May 9, 2020

Born in: Denver, Colorado
Resided in: Denver, Colorado

Bernice was born in Denver, Colorado to Adam and Mamie (Rossi) Domenico. She grew up close to her cousins and always had an adventurous story to tell of her childhood and adolescence. She enjoyed learning and socializing and graduated from Adams City High School in Commerce City.

She married the love of her life, Frank M. Gaccetta, on September 22, 1946. They were blessed with two daughters, Debbie (1950) and Nancy (1953). Bernice and Frank were blissfully married for 59 years until Frank began his eternal life on February 4, 2006.

Bernice worked on the family’s farm, helping Frank harvest beets for many years. During that time, she also lovingly cared for her in-laws and began her love of cooking and crocheting. She later went to work as a “lunch lady” in the Mapleton School District, where she shared her cooking passion with the students as well.

Bernice was always optimistic and playful. She had a great sense of humor and stayed upbeat and positive throughout her entire life. She defeated cancer four times and never felt sorry for herself or dwelled on it. She loved going on vacation, taking long drives, and spending time with her family, carrying on her Italian traditions.

Bernice was preceded in death by her parents, siblings Steve Domenico and Eleanor Burns, and husband Frank. She is survived by daughters Debbie (Sam) Cooper and Nancy (Larry) McDaniel; five grandchildren: Niki (Shawn) Cooper, Francesca (Joshua) Craver, Sam (Mark) Mankin, Jeremy McDaniel, and Roshaun (Nick) Hogan; and twelve great-grandchildren. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and other loving family members.

Private services are to be held at this time, with a celebration of life mass to be held at a later date. Memorial donations will be named at that time.

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  1. Bernice live at Balfour where my mother, Dorothy Schneidmiller, also lived. We enjoyed having dinner with her and just visiting. Debbie and Sam were always fun to talk to. Mom and Bernice are both in heaven now in their eternal home. They will be missed.

  2. Many fond memories of visits with Bernice and Frank in my store House of Greene.You have our deepest sympathy in the loss of your Mom. We’ll keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.

  3. Nancy, Debbie and families,

    My deepest sympathy for your loss. Your mom always had a smile and a kind word whenever I saw her. May she rest in peace.

  4. Our deepest sympathy for a most beautiful woman. Bernice will be missed by all….love you! Rest in peace dear lady.

  5. I worked with Bernice in the Mapleton school district and she became a good friend of mine always give me some from her garden you will be Miss Bernice sorry for your loss

  6. I first met Bernice when I attended Assumption Church and the many activities that were held there. Then I was blessed to meet her again when I was the secretary at Valley View Elementary where she took the lunch money from the children. Always a smile and ‘hello Jean’. I saw her and Frank at a rosary at the Archdiocese, short chat. Lost track when I left to teach at Monterey until one day I went to the beauty shop on 84th and Pecos for a hair cut and she came in for her appointment. With some tears we re-connected and she said it was getting hard to find people to eat lunch with, very sorry I did not offer to be a lunch mate. They were a wonderful couple, you could tell the love that they shared for each other and any one they knew. Looking forward to the Memorial for her.

  7. May you rest in peace . I enjoyed getting to see you at Adam City’s class reunions. I will always remember your sweet smile and kind heart. You are an Angel watching over us now!

  8. My prayers and condolences to Bernice’s daughters Debby and Nancy and family on the loss of their lovely mother. I will cherish all the special moments and times I visited with Bernice, she was such a special gal. She always had a joke to tell me!
    May she be at peace in her heavenly home.
    May the special memories she left, comfort you all in the days ahead.
    God bless you all!


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