West Plains, MO Location (417) 256-4141

Thayer, MO Location (417) 264-7242


Berniece J. Zirnstein was born April 1, 1937 in Emporia, Kansas, the daughter of Orpheus Lloyd Barnard and Helen Lewis Barnard, and departed this life on April 16, 2021 in Salem, Arkansas at the age of 84.

She was united in marriage on March 2, 1957 to the love of her life, Fred Zirnstein, who preceded her in death.    

Berniece was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Zirnstein; her parents, Orpheus and Helen Barnard; and one sister, Dixie Ludwig.

She is survived by one brother, Gary Barnard and his wife, Phyllis of Lawrence, Kansas; special friend, Bobbie Halamek of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas; other relatives; and many friends.

Berniece attended some college.  She was an LPN providing aid to many in need.  She also was a hairdresser for many years.

She was a Christian and attended the Mammoth Spring Church of Christ when able.

Berniece loved all kinds of animals.  She was known for her kindness to everyone.

She will truly be missed by all who knew her.

Graveside services for Berniece J. Zirnstein,  age 84, of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas will be held on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. at Riverside Cemetery in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas with Barry O’Dell officiating.

Burial will be on April 21, 2021 in Riverside Cemetery in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas with services under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer, Missouri.



  1. Debbie Guffey
    April 18, 2021 @ 8:23 pm



  2. Debbie Rose
    April 19, 2021 @ 11:17 pm

    Mrs. Berniece, was a very special lady. I remember her always calling and talking to my Mom and checking on her. I always enjoyed visiting with her. We will miss you Mrs. Berniece. Prayers to All her Family and Loved ones.


  3. Donna Allen
    April 20, 2021 @ 7:23 am

    To the family of Ms. Bernice, what a sweet independent lady she was. Prayers for comfort during this loss of a sweet soul.


  4. David Adams
    April 20, 2021 @ 8:49 pm

    Fred was the first person I did work for when I started my business in 2007. Over the years the Zirnsteins and I became close friends. They were very special people! For several years I’d get a call at Christmas time and Fred would say…”David, some big fellow in a red suit left a ham down here for you”. I’m sure the Zirsteins didn’t have abundance of means but their act of kindness never went unnoticed. I always enjoyed going by and doing little stuff for them because you always had to sit down and visit a while. They both had great stories about “the good old days”. I really missed Fred after he passed and Miss Bernice will be no different!! They were very special people!!!


  5. Carole & Marvin Paige
    July 16, 2021 @ 3:18 pm

    So sad to hear of Aunt Berniece’s passing, even more sad to not be able to attend her services. She was a very special aunt and always remembered our birthdays. Lots of fond memories!! May she rest in peace 🙏🙏 Sincere Condolences,Carole & Marv Paige


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