Bernice Janssen was born July 29, 1919, near Ireton, the daughter of William and Christina (Schmedhans) Van Wyhe. She was baptized at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Ireton. After moving with her parents to Akron, she was confirmed there in Immanuel Lutheran Church. She returned to Ireton in 1935 and graduated from Ireton High School in 1936, Northwestern Junior College in Orange City in 1938 and from Westmar College in 1968 with a B.A. in education. Following college graduation, she taught in rural schools and in West Sioux Elementary School, for a total of 29 years.
Bernice Van Wyhe married Lorenz Janssen on June 4, 1941, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Ireton. They farmed near Ireton and Hudson, S.D., until retiring to Hawarden in 1984. She and Lorenz have been members of Trinity Lutheran Church for more than 60 years, where she was active in church activities, Ladies Aid, Lamplighters and was a Sunday School teacher. On behalf of Trinity, for more than 10 years, she sent birthday cards to church members.
She loved her family, playing cards, her flower gardens, delivering Meals on Wheels with Lorenz and visiting with friends.
She is survived by her husband, Lorenz, of 65 years; their sons, Marlin and his wife Barb of Hawarden, Richard and his wife Linda of Le Mars and a daughter, Janet and her husband, Brad Hanson of Gillette, Wyo.; six grandchildren, Staci and her husband Dennis Birmes and their children Ashlee and Dylan of Waukegan, Ill., Lori Janssen of Seattle, Wash., Amy and her husband Pat Smith and their children Madison, Samuel and Charlie of West Des Moines, Scott Janssen and his wife Jennifer and their daughter Adelyn of Mansfield, Texas, Kelli and her husband Jason Poppenhagen of Katy, Texas, and Kyle Hanson of Gillette, Wyo.; her niece, Rolleen Hofland; her nephew, Tom Bennett; her sisters and brothers-in-law, Marie Van Roekel, Alfred and JoAnn Janssen, Martha Vander Tuig, Fred Janssen, Leona and Bill Lancaster, Dorothy and Eugene Hanson, and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Irene Bennett; and great-granddaughter, Brooklyn Janssen.
Services will be held at at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hawarden, with the Rev. Todd Bunge officiating. Interment will take place at Grace Hill Cemetery, immediately following the service. A prayer service will be held at the Porter Funeral Home in Hawarden at 7 p.m. today (Tuesday) followed by visitation with the family present.