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|Bernice Alma Brunscheen Freese
May 18, 1925–November 6, 2014
|Bernice Freese, age 89, of Monticello, died Thursday, November 6, 2014, at the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House following an extended illness.
Funeral services were held Sunday, November 8, 2014 at the Wayne Zion Lutheran Church with interment in the Wayne Zion Cemetery. Rev. Robert Wessels officiated at the services. Friends called after 12 noon at the church. The Goettsch Funeral Home, Monticello cared for the family.
Surviving are two children, Vicki (Larry) Pavelec, Readlyn, and Kevin (Donna) Freese, Davenport; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, Derek and Kristin Pavelec and daughter Annabel, Brett and Karalee Pavelec, Craig and Jamie Pavelec and son Joseph, Sean Freese, Ashley Freese and Cory Gamble and Victoria Willers; and her sister-in-law Dorothy Brunscheen, Colorado Springs, Colorado. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Ted in 2010, an infant brother, a brother Edwin and her sister, Eloise Westphal.
Bernice Alma Brunscheen was born May 18, 1925 near Oxford Mills in Jones County, Iowa. She was the daughter of Wilhelm and Frieda (Gerberding) Brunscheen. She attended school in Tipton, Clarence and Wyoming. And graduated from the Wyoming High School with the class of 1944. She continued her education at Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls. Bernice taught in the rural schools of Oxford Township in Jones County for six years and then 5th grade in Wyoming for two years.
She married Theodore Freese on June 21, 1953 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Wyoming. The couple farmed near Amber. Bernice did substitute teaching and worked as an underwriter for an insurance company in Cedar Rapids. She was also the bookkeeper for the Amber Mutual Creamery.
Her church was an important part of her life. Bernice was baptized June 14, 1925 at the Lutheran Church in Stanwood. She confirmed her faith on May 7, 1939 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Wyoming. Bernice taught Sunday school for eight years in Wyoming, and was the Superintendent of the Vacation Bible School at Wayne Zion for nine years. She served on the Harvest Festival Committee and for six and 1/2 years Bernice organized the work groups for social activities at the church. She served on the Jones County Election Board for many years and headed fund drives for the American Cancer Society and the Heart Association in the Amber area as well.
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