Bernadine M. Christoffel, 81, of Granville, died Friday, Feb. 25, 2005, at Happy Siesta Health Care Center in Remsen.
Bernadine M. Minten was born Feb. 4, 1924, at rural Alton, the daughter of Bernard and Emma (Konz) Minten. Bernie was raised in the Alton and Granville area and received her education in the rural school system, St. Mary's Academy in Alton and St. Joseph's Catholic School in Granville. She then did domestic work in the area.
On Jan. 15, 1948, she married James Christoffel at Alton, where they made their home. In the spring of 1952, they moved to near Remsen where they were engaged in farming. In the spring of 1956, they moved to Sioux City, and in the spring of 1957 moved to near Ashton, where they farmed. In 1966 they moved to a farm near Granville and moved into Granville in April 1992. James died July 7, 1998. Bernie had been a resident of the Happy Siesta since Dec. 29, 2003.
She was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, church Guild, Catholic Daughters of America and V.F.W. Auxiliary.
She loved to work in her yard, flower and vegetable gardens and raise chickens. She spent lots of her time visiting and loved a clean house and yard. She enjoyed working part-time at the local café and traveling. Most of her time besides gardening was spent as a loving spouse and mother.
Survivors include four sons and their wives, Lewayne "Chris" and Marilyn of Sioux City, Gary and Carol, Randall and Denice, all of Granville, Deanell "Dean" and Lisa of Le Mars; 16 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two sisters, Emily Schroeder of Marcus, and Marilee and her husband, Robert Elliott of Richfield, Minn.; two brothers and their wives, Donald and Mary Minten of Alton, and Myron "Mick" and Nancy Minten of Nuero, Calif.; and one brother-in-law, Milo Harnack of Remsen.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one granddaughter, Amber Christoffel; two grandsons, Dustin and Tyler Christoffel, and one sister, Kathleen Harnack.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Granville with Msgr. Kenneth Seifried officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery at Granville. Friends may call anytime after 4 p.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Granville. There will be a parish rosary at 5 p.m. and a vigil prayer service at 7:30 p.m., all at the church. The Fisch Funeral Home of Remsen is in charge of arrangements.
Casketbearers will be Adam, Curtis, David, Derek, Eric, Evan, Justin and Ryan Christoffel.