Berniece E. Raff
Berniece E. Raff, known to her friends as "Bernie", a long-time resident of Royalton, NY, recently of North Tonawanda, NY, passed away January 15, 2020, at the age of 73 years.
She was born on April 30, 1946 to Ethel (Bedford) and Elwood Duchow in Medina, NY.
Bernie attended Royalton-Hartland Central School in Middleport, NY. She married Roger A. Raff on August 21, 1964, and they had two children, Ronald W. (Barbara) Raff and Rhonda E. Stoll.
She worked in the food service industry her entire career and had that special way of making everyone feel so welcomed. Along with Roger they owned and operated a bar and restaurant called The Windmill Terrace in Lockport, NY. She also managed the banquet facility at the Red Jacket Inn in Niagara Falls for many years.
She enjoyed writing, painting and other crafts, collecting antiques, baking the best pies and spent hours solving word puzzles. She loved and cared for many types of animals, but foremost she was a passionate lover of dogs, including raising Old English Sheepdogs. She could truly do anything, just not everything.
Bernie is survived by her husband of 54 years; her children, Ron and Rhonda and grandsons, Shea and Leighton. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Ruth Johnson.
There will be no calling hours. A memorial service luncheon will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family. Interment will be private and will follow at Glenwood Cemetery in Lockport, NY. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a donation in her name can choose any Niagara County organization who advocates the caring and well-being of animals.
Published on January 17, 2020


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Cassandra Marsh
Jan 28, 2020
I’m so sorry for the loss of Bernie. I truly loved her. I will never forget all of the experience she gave me working at the Windmill Terrace. I got my 1st fancy restaurant job because of her. Prayers and sympathy.
Marc Sewar
Jan 27, 2020
I'm so sorry for your loss. I'll always be grateful for Bernie giving me my first job as a dish washer many years ago at windmill terrace. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Liz Augustine
Jan 22, 2020
Had the absolute pleasure of working with Bernie at the Red Jacket Inn; she was a gem. Had many good laughs with her and the great team she led. She was truly loved by customers and the RJ team. Sincere condolences.
Richard and Kathy Baehr
Jan 20, 2020
The Duchows were good friends of our family . I have known Berniece since childhood. Our deepest sympathies to all the family.
Joyce Dodge Orehek
Jan 18, 2020
Roger and family, so sorry to hear Bernice has passed. I haven't seen you two in many years but I do remember Bernie and you from our high school years. She was a friend. I am sorry for your loss.
Mary and Ken Sewar
Jan 18, 2020
So sorry to hear about the passing of Bernie She was such wonderful lady. I thought she was the best boss ever when I worked with her at their restaurant many years ago.Roger, you and your family are in my thoughts today and always
Diane Eick Dutcher
Jan 18, 2020
So sorry to read of the passing of your mom. As a neighbor growing up on Graham Rd, there are probably lots of memories, but remember picking raspberries from the patch where she & Roger built their home
Amy Oswald
Jan 18, 2020
Rhonda , Your Mom was a nice Lady and a great boss !!! I had a lot of laughs and good times working with everyone at the Best Western . You and your Dad and Family our in my prayers
Mary Ann Stroka
Jan 18, 2020
Rhonda I'm so very sorry for the loss of your mom
Kim Bell
Jan 18, 2020
I’m so very sorry for your loss. May the happy memories you have of her help you through this difficult time.
Phillip Mac Donald
Jan 18, 2020
Sorry for your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you.