Relatives and friends are invited to the chapel on Sunday, February 11, 2024 beginning at 10:30am, where funeral services will begin promptly at 11:00am. Please scroll down to see the live stream.\n\nThe burial will take place on Monday, February 12, 2024 starting at 11:00am at Mt. Lebanon Cemetery, Collingdale PA.\n\nBernice Matz passed away at home in Ventnor, NJ on February 5, 2024 surrounded by her loving family. She is survived by her four children: John, Albert (Becky), Ruth (Peter) and Rae, as well as 7 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.\n \nBernice Sabel was born on October 13,1922 in Philadelphia, PA. She was a 1941 graduate of Girls' High School (Philadelphia High School For Girls). In her youth she worked in her father’s grocery store at 12th & Locust. When she was 21, a mutual friend who wanted them to meet sent her to a local optometrist, Samuel “Buddy” Matz, for an eye exam. She and Buddy later married on June 25, 1944 and were together until his death in 1997. During their marriage, Bernice worked in Buddy’s office. They traveled frequently to many foreign countries, often cruising in their later years. In retirement, they became snowbirds, splitting their time between Ventnor and Florida. After Buddy's death, Bernice joined a bereavement group in Florida. There she met Max Becker, a widower, and they became each other’s dear companion for almost 20 years until Bernice, due to health reasons, returned to New Jersey in 2016 to live with her daughter, Rae, first in Cherry Hill and then in Ventnor.\n \nBernice and Buddy moved to Cherry Hill in 1957. She was a wonderful caregiver to her family in those years and very active in her community--a Girl Scout leader, a PTA president for several terms, an active member of Hadassah--and she still had time to bowl in the leagues, which she dearly loved. She also loved knitting and embroidery, making sweaters and vests for her children, as well as beautiful tablecloths for family and friends. She was an avid reader and storyteller, too. Later in life, she expanded her love of games, playing mahjong and canasta with friends in Florida. Even later still, she embraced technology, playing Words With Friends (aka Scrabble) online with scores of others, some random, until her failing eyesight curtailed that activity. But best of all, Bernice was fully engaged and sharp as a tack until shortly before she passed.\n \nIn lieu of flowers, please donate in memory of Bernice to the Hadassah organization at Donate.Hadassah.org or to Holy Redeemer Homecare c/o Office of Philanthropy, 521 Moredon Road, Huntington Valley, PA 19006.