Hamerslagh, Thelma Bernice “Bernie”, January 26, 1928 - February 6, 2015. On February 6, Thelma Bernice “Bernie” Hamerslagh passed away peacefully in her home with the warm hands and loving hearts of many family members by her side. Bernie Sawyer was born January 26, 1928 in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, Canada, to Raymond Sawyer and, Mary Sawyer. She had five siblings, Les, Mervin, Doreen, Calvin, and Art. She might have remained in Canada and had a different story—instead, a nickel’s bus ride took her over the border to Detroit, Michigan—where she met and married her partner for life, William (Bill) Hamerslagh. Together in Oak Park, Mich., they set out on a life full of unknown promise and peril. The couple began to fill beds with kids; the final tally came in at five, Bonnie, Dale, Leanne, Chris, and Greg. It was not too many years before they left Michigan, settling down in Camarillo, California where together they built businesses around the booming construction industry of the ‘60’s. By the mid-‘70’s it was time to find another greener pasture leading them to California’s central valley and the small town of Exeter where they “retired” to a life of ranching, mini-storages, and assorted other business ventures (which meant that they never really retired). For her, life was to live—and she did! Whether she was flying cross-country and navigating for Bill, or navigating their businesses and home front, she made her presence known. She was funny, flamboyant, a quiet almost invisible donor to numerous charities, and a force to be reckoned with. Her lasting legacy will, of course, be her family. She is survived by her husband of 66 years, William; children, Bonnie (Kelly) Leonard, Dale (Shelia) Hamerslagh, Leanne (John) Brownfield, Christopher (Cindy) Hamerslagh, Gregerey (Terri) Hamerslagh; grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Holly Grooms and son Adyn, Jessica Hamerslagh and son Jaylen, Jennifer (Patrick) Nalley Boyd, William (Katherine) Hamerslagh and son Lane; and Mary Kate Hamerslagh. Surviving Bernie as well is her sister Doreen Dilly, her brother Art Sawyer, and abundance of relatives and friends that meant very much to her who are scattered over the US and Canada. Funeral arrangements were handled by Evans Miller Guinn Exeter Chapel, Exeter, California. www.evansmillerguinnchapel.com In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to: ; , American Cancer Association, Humane Association, or one of your own choosing.Published in Daily Tribune on Feb. 13, 2015+Read More Share Listen to Obituary Remember Share a message, photo, or video below View all messages 5 "Our prayers go out to Bill, Leanne, Bonnie, Dale, Chris and..." "Leanne, I am so sorry to hear about your mother. You're so..."- Sharon (Smith) Masson"To the entire Hamerslagh family and especialy my good friend..." "Leanne, I'm so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. She was..." "May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your..."- American Heart Association Add a memory or condolence to the guest book Add Message Please add or record a video for the family of Thelma Hamerslagh Add a video + Please add a photo and share in the life story for Thelma Hamerslagh Add a photo + http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dailytribune/obituary.aspx?n=thelma-bernice-hamerslagh&pid=174127989&fhid=28687