Bernadotta Ann "Bunny" Luckner, of Corning, passed away on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at home, five days after she turned 100 years old. She was born on December 15, 1917 in Tiskilwa, Illinois, the daughter of Lyman and Cornelia (Dexter) Smith. She married Francis Luckner II on August 9, 1938. He predeceased her on March 20, 1980.
Bunny graduated from Tiskilwa High School in 1935 as class valedictorian, she went to work for Harry Blackstone, the magician, as his assistant touring the United States and Canada and she was known as the Floating Lady Princess Karnac. She was a Red Cross Nurse's Aide Volunteer at Corning Hospital during WWII and she later worked at JC Penney in Corning for 10 years and then Gates Rockwell Store in Corning for 30 years as a buyer and clerk. After her retirement, she volunteered at Literacy Volunteers, the United Way, the RSVP Players at the Corning Senior Center, and the Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center. Bunny also loved to read, sew, embroider, garden, and she was a life time member of Quota Club. She was very devoted to her three step-children whom she treated as her own.
She is survived by her son, Francis "Todd" Luckner of Corning, eleven grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren, seventeen and a half great great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, special caregiver and niece, Ann (Bill Uncapher) Smith of Corning. Bunny was predeceased by her daughters, Judy Doyle and Frances Dennis, her sisters, Katherine Smith, Marjorie Sinclair, and Georgia Hubbard, and a daughter-in-law, Delores Luckner.
Family and friends are invited to call at Phillips Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 17 West Pulteney Street in Corning on Tuesday, December 26, 2017 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. A celebration of Bunny's life will follow there at 4:00 pm. She will be buried next to her husband on Wednesday, December 27, at 11:00 am at Hope Cemetery.
Bunny's family would like acknowledge, Margaret and Tom DeWert, her good neighbors throughout the years and also the caring staff at Kindred at Home.
The family will provide flowers. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make donations to the charity of one's choice.
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