AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (MyValleyTributes) – On Thursday, April 13, 2023, Bernice Jean Toman, age 90, of Austintown, Ohio died peacefully at Briarfield Health Care-Ashley Circle.

She was born in Madera, Pennsylvania on September 4, 1932 to Joseph and Madalene (Washic) Swetye.

Bernice enjoyed bowling at multiple lanes, golfing, billiards and on the artistic side, she liked painting. When it came to treats, she loved making homemade apple pie and cherry squares.

One of her favorite activities, changed her life and that was her enjoyment of roller skating. It was there that she met her husband, Frank who she married on July 25, 1953. They enjoyed love and had a wonderful family until his death in 2004 after 51 years of marriage.

Besides raising her family, Bernice spent time at the family owned and operated business, Swetye Ceramics/Salem China.

Bernice is survived by her grandsons, George (Christine) Davis III of Austintown and Frank Davis of Liberty Township; brother, Thomas (Carol) Swetye of Salem; great-grandson, Troy (Taylor Warmouth) Wilson of Austintown; great-great-grandchildren, Hayden, Bryce, Sydney, Wyatt and Ryan Wilson, all at home in Austintown and former son-in-law, George Davis, Jr. of Liberty.

Besides her parents, Bernice was also preceded in death by her husband, Frank “Fuzzy” Toman; daughter, Charlene Toman and siblings, Irene Patterson, Eleanor Brooks, Lawrence Swetye, Arthur Swetye, Johnny Swetye and Joseph Swetye, Jr. and her twin, Ernest Swetye.

Bernice’s family will cherish her memory as a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, great-great-grandmother and aunt.

Arrangement by Cremation & Funeral Service by Gary S. Silvat, Inc. Share memories and send condolences by visiting

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A television tribute will air Friday, April 21 at the following approximate times: 5:17 a.m. on WKBN, 8:39 a.m. on FOX, 5:21 p.m. on WYTV and 6:35 p.m. on MyYTV. Video will be posted here the day of airing.