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Iva Bernadine Cushman

June 18, 1914 - May 1, 2021
Iva Bernadine Cushman

Iva Bernadine Cushman

Born: June 18, 1914
Died: May 1, 2021
Age: 106

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        Iva “Bernadine” Dunaway Milton Cushman, was born on June 18, 1914, the youngest daughter of Samuel and Ida (Liechty) Dunaway along with an older sister, Mildred she was raised on a farm west of Milford, IA and attended country school. After graduating from Spencer High School in 1932, she went on to teach in local country schools until her marriage.

     On November 26, 1936 she married Howard Milton in Meadow Township. The newlyweds settled on the Milton home farm and became the parents of Richard, Mary, Monte and Milan. A mother, farmwife, Sunday School Teacher and gardener kept her busy. Life was altered for the family in 1946 when Howard suffered a fatal heart attack. Bernadine and the children stayed on the family farm.

     Bernadine married Forrest Cushman on September 27, 1952. Her love of teaching carried throughout her life after her children moved on with their lives. She returned to teaching first at Meadow Township No. 7, Dickens Consolidated and finishing her career at Sacred Heart Parochial School in Spencer.

     After Forrest passed away in 1987, Bernadine moved to Spencer on W. 9th St. for 30 years. She entered the Hartley Community Health Center in February 2019.

    In 2014 the family gathered for Bernadine‘s 100th birthday at the Congregational Church in Spencer.

     Bernadine passed away on Saturday, May 1, 2021 at the Community Memorial Health Center in Hartley at the age of 106.

     Bernadine is survived by her daughter, Mary Cullen of Primghar, IA; her daughter-in-law’s, Janet Milton of Chicago, IL and Jody Milton of Bloomington, MN; five grandsons: James, Robert, Rick, Jeff, and Neil; and her granddaughter, Shawneen Mitchell; other relatives and friends.                                                                                                                             

    She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband‘s Howard and Forrest; her sons: Richard, Monte and Milan Milton; her sister, Mildred Rottunda and her son-in-law, Eugene Cullen.

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Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M., Friday, May 7, 2021, at the Warner Chapel in Spencer, Iowa.
Pastor Mike Cooper
James Milton
Rick Milton
Steve Milton
Robert Milton
Jeff Milton
Art Schueneman

Honorary Bearer
Neil Cullen
Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home
"Peace In the Valley"
"What A Friend We Have In Jesus"
Northlawn Memorial Park - Spencer, Iowa


Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at 11:18 AM
“Condolences to the family of Bernadine. I cared for Bernadine at Hartley Community Memorial and she was the sweetest person to know. Her smile lit up the room as well as her hugs too. Bernadine was an incredible woman, she was loved by many and will be remembered by many as well.”
- Christina Mueggenberg
Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 8:22 AM
“So sorry to hear of Bernadine's passing, she was a lifelong friend and the best teacher we ever had.”
- Mike and Terry Durst
Friday, May 7, 2021 at 7:52 AM
“My sympathy ~ Mrs. Cushman was my 5th grade teacher at Sacred Heart in Spencer. The great ones are never forgotten!! ”
- Julie
Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 9:04 AM
“What a wonderful person and friend. A visit with “Bernie” was a history lesson. Loved when she shared her memories of “the good ol days!” We will miss you. ”
- Arlene Milton and Linda Milton Carter
Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 1:22 PM
“Aunt B was such a special lady. We loved visiting with her and all her wonderful memories. She will be missed. ”
- Curt and Diane Rottunda
Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 7:47 AM
“So sorry to hear of Mrs. Cushman's passing. She was a good neighbor and friend. To her family we give our greatest sympathy and prayers.”
- Dennis and Julie Johnson
Monday, May 3, 2021 at 2:08 PM
“Bernadine was a treasure in our lives. She was welcoming, kind and so sharp and bright in mind. Sitting in her living room and then at the care center was inspiring. We miss her”
- Tom and Wendy Van Tassell
Monday, May 3, 2021 at 11:36 AM
“A great neighbor and a very special friend to me and my family..”
- Suzan Eilers
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