Bernyce S. “Fud” Gieseman, 81, died Feb. 20, 2010, at Maine Medical Center after a long period of declining health.

Fud was born in Rockland on Jan. 14, 1929, the daughter of Leland and Nina Brown Perry. In 1946 she married Robert Gieseman. She said she fell in love with him at first sight, as she thought he looked “so handsome” in his Merchant Marine uniform. Together they raised five children.

Fud was a full-time homemaker but was proud of the fact that she learned to use a computer and worked in an office for a short time.

She had an indomitable spirit and a zest for life. In spite of many trials and various health issues, she always looked ahead optimistically.

She enjoyed cooking, especially for others, gardening, flowers, reading her Bible as well as other books, being outside, and especially getting together with friends for homemade dinners and playing games. She also loved her pet dogs that she had throughout her life, and called herself Grammy to her son’s dogs.

Fud was very active in all areas of the Knox/Lincoln Extension and was chairman of the Owls Head Extension for many years where she was famous for her wonderful home-cooked meals. She attended Norma Philbrook’s Bible studies as often as she could; even getting herself there after her health made that a difficult task. In her younger years, she enjoyed helping with the Freedom Riders.

She was a member of West Rockport Baptist Church and especially enjoyed Blaikie Hine’s Sunday school class. When she was able, she participated in the church choir and helped prepare the retired group luncheons.

In 2002 Fud rededicated her life to the Lord and was baptized.

She was predeceased by her husband of 49 years, Bob; a son, Robert “Skip” Gieseman; and a son-in-law, Herbert Cox.

Fud is survived by two daughters, Lee Griffin and her husband, Ray, of Washington and Kathi Rolerson and her husband of Pittston; two sons, Perry Gieseman and Jamie Gieseman, both of Warren; her daughter-in-law, Bunny Gieseman of Warren; her niece, Ann Hayes and her husband, Wes; 10 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.

She was loved and will be sadly missed by her family, the Extension ladies, the high school reunion “girls,” her church family, and many more friends and acquaintances.

A celebration of her life will be held Saturday, Feb. 27 at 11 a.m. at the West Rockport Baptist Church. A reception will follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Retired Group Fund, West Rockport Baptist Church (RAMS), P.O. Box 221, West Rockport, ME 04865.

Arrangements are with the Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home in Rockland.