Bernice Crusco, 92, passed away peacefully on March 23, 2017. She was born in Thompson Township in Robeson County, NC to George and Bettie (Oxendine) Ransom.

Bernice left North Carolina to do her part in the war effort. She was hired at Bellanca, where she made airplane parts, learned to read airplane blue prints, and become accustomed to other intricacies of plane craft. After the war, she worked for Electric Hose and Rubber for 32 years as a machine operator. Though she retired, she never quit working. She proudly volunteered for The Little Sisters of the Poor for 13 years and volunteered as a care giver at Manor Care.

Bernice was known to be quite the homemaker—a master of canning, taking care of the household, and cooking daily homemade meals, especially her family favorite, spaghetti and meatballs. She also loved watching the Phillies! Bernice had a special place in her heart for her great-great-great-grand-niece, Emily, who she called “Blue Eyes” and Emily will especially miss the joy and love of Bernice.

She is predeceased by the love of her life, Joseph Crusco to whom she was married for 62 years and by her dear sister, Lillian Brynes. She is survived by her loving family who adored her and who will cherish the many beloved memories they made together.

Services for Bernice will be held on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at McCrery & Harra Funeral Homes, 3710 Kirkwood HWY, Wilm., DE. Family and friends may call on the family at 10:00am, where a service will follow at 11:00am. Burial will take place immediately following the service at Cathedral Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, consider a donation to The Little Sisters of the Poor. For condolences, visit