Berniece L. Trapp

Berniece L. Trapp, 101, of Lafayette, IN (formerly of Winamac, IN) went home to be with the Lord on Monday, May 16, 2022.  She passed away at Creasy Springs Health Campus in Lafayette where she had resided since 2016.  Berniece was born on April 29, 1921 in Winamac to the late Orville M. and Mary [Nierzwicki] Smith.  She attended a one-room schoolhouse in Ripley, IN and graduated from Monterey High School in Monterey, IN.  After high school, Berniece lived with and worked for the Capper family on their farm in Star City, IN.  On February 1, 1941, Berniece married Albert J. Trapp at the Smith home place in rural Monterey.  She was a loving and devoted farmer’s wife; caring for the home and helping Albert on the farm.  They celebrated 53 years of marriage before Albert passed away on May 25, 1994. 

Berniece was a lifelong member of the First Christian Church in Winamac where she was always willing to lend a helping hand.  She was a 50 year member and Past Worthy Matron of Tippecanoe Chapter OES #96.  Berniece and Albert were members of a local Pinochle club for over 40 years.  

Berniece was happiest when she was surrounded by friends and family.  She was a talented cook and baker who loved to share with others.  Berniece will be dearly missed by her family, church family, and friends. 


She is survived by:

Janey (Kenneth) McGlothlin, Jr., Lafayette, IN Daughter

Michael (Rachel) McGlothlin, Lafayette, IN Step Grandson 

Rosie Smith, Rochester, IN Sister-in-law

Many Nieces and Nephews


Preceded in death by:

Orville M. and Mary [Nierzwicki] Smith, Sr., Parents

Albert J. Trapp, Husband

Leona P. Rausch, Sister

Deloris Moore, Sister

Orville M. Smith, Jr., Brother


Visitation will be from 10 AM – 2 PM EDT Saturday, May 21, 2022 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN.  

OES Services will be held at 12 Noon EDT Saturday, May 21, 2022 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN. 

Funeral Services will be held at 2 PM EDT Saturday, May 21, 2022 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN with Pastor Jeff Seger officiating.

Burial will take place at Winamac Cemetery (McKinley Addition) in Winamac, IN.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the First Christian Church in Winamac, IN.

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Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN.