July 2, 1922 ~ October 13, 2018

Born in: Kankakee, Illinois
Resided in: Indianapolis, Indiana

Berneice E. Laakmann, 96, of Indianapolis, passed away on October 13, 2018.  She was born in Kankakee, IL on July 2, 1922 to the late Anthony and Mary Speziale.  Berneice worked as a cake decorator for 20 years with Roselyn Bakery.  She then became a nanny, and retired in 2004.

Berneice is survived by her children, Berneice “Sue” Roberts, Kathy Lane, Ralph Laakmann Jr., and Tina Gibson; 14 grandchildren; along with numerous great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren.  She is preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Laakmann Sr.; daughter, Margaret “Bobbie” Holman; siblings, Frank Speziale, Victoria Cassidy, Jim Speziale, Mary Salter, and Tony Speziale; and her parents, mentioned above.

Services will be at 12pm on Saturday, October 20, 2018, at Legacy Cremation & Funeral Services, 5215 N. Shadeland Avenue, with visitation starting at 10am until the start of the service.  Burial to follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, Indianapolis, IN.

In lieu of flowers, memorial Contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

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Visitation: October 20, 2018 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Legacy - Lawrence
5215 N Shadeland Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46226


Funeral Service: October 20, 2018 12:00 pm

Legacy - Lawrence
5215 N Shadeland Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46226


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  1. To me Gramma, You will always be a Legacy.. Every word you spoke to me, your heart pouring gentle smiles, passing on your words of wisdom… Sharing of your Soul with mine.. If I were to tell the Story of The Italian Legacy You’ve left behind, I am most certain it would read “La Mia Gramma IL Guerriero Italiano”…. “My Gramma, The Italian Warrior”…
    She never stopped taking care of her People. Persistently, demanding & fighting for what was Right! Not a day went by that She did not Pray for Her People. Many Recipes and Many Memories will be marked on our hearts forever.. Graces Given….💜Always Gramma…ALWAYS BLESSED BE

  2. I love u GG. You were always be with me till the end. I know you will watch over each and everyone of us. We love you.

  3. We will miss you, Grama. Hard to imagine not being able to visit you each week and I’ll miss your laugh & your sassiness…but I know you’re having a wonderful time catching up with Grandpa, your siblings, My Momma, Scott & so many others. Rest in Heaven until I see you again. Love you bunches!
    ~Kimberly

  4. Mom, I remember when you were learning to drive in Knightstown….we had some “hairy” adventures at first….then it was fun to get away from home and go for a ride…..rest in peace until we meet again

  5. She was loved by so many of us. May she soar with the angels and the other spirits of family and friends who went before.

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