HOKAH, Minn. — Bernice Theresa Langen Bernsdorf, 100, of Hokah passed away Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, at the Valley View Healthcare and Rehab in Houston, Minn.

She was born April 30, 1917, in Caledonia, Minn., to Otto and Anna (Von Arx) Langen. Bernice married Wilbur Bernsdorf June 30, 1947, in La Crescent, Minn., and he preceded her in death Jan. 20, 2001.

She attended St. Peter’s Grade School and graduated from St. Peter’s High School. She was a member of St. Peter’s Parish and altar society. Bernice was also a member of American Legion Auxiliary Post 0498. She worked at Riviera Sportswear and was the bookkeeper at Hokah Lumber for many years.

Family and faith were most important in her life. She loved to garden and plant beautiful flowers, she also enjoyed sewing and crocheting. Bernice always had time for a game of cards. Following her retirement, she and her husband enjoyed winter vacations to Florida, Arizona and Texas.

Bernice is survived by two children, Roger (Marilyn) Bernsdorf of Hokah and Elaine (Jim) Howarth of La Crescent; eight grandchildren, Michelle (Gary) Beck of Genoa, Wis., Julie (Paul) Moore of Holmen, Wis., Sara Walther of Hokah, Lisa Montgomery of Menomonie, Wis., Amy (Joe) Runningen of White Bear Lake, Minn., Karla (Craig) Helke of Hokah, Christopher (Hilary) Bernsdorf of Hokah and Tom Bernsdorf of Hokah; along with 21 great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, Wilbur, she was preceded in death by her parents; two sons, Gary and Ronald Bernsdorf; a great-grandchild, Paige Elizabeth Helke; and her twin sister, Bernadette Bissen.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 3, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Hokah with the Rev. Pratap Reddy Salibindla officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until the time of Mass, Friday at the church.

Memorials are suggested to St. Peter’s Catholic School or St. Peter’s Catholic Church. Schumacher-Kish Funeral and Cremation Services of La Crescent is assisting the family. Online guestbook is available at www.schumacher-kish.com.

Thank you to all of the staff at Valley View Healthcare and Rehab, Houston, for all their care and kindness shown to Bernice.

Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal!


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