Bernice A. Johnson, 91, of Cherokee, died Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009, in the Cherokee Villa Nursing and Rehab Center, following a brief illness.
Bernice A. Johnson was born June 25, 1918, in Cherokee County, the daughter of Carl and Emma (Schmidt) Wiese. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. She graduated from Meriden School in 1936. She married Theodore (Ted) Johnson May 29, 1941. This union produced two sons, Theodore C. and Donald W. Bernice also raised Ted's two young children from his first wife, Douglas T. and Ann L.
Bernice helped Ted in the Paint and Wallpaper store.
She was an avid reader, letter writer, quilter and enjoyed many other craft projects.
She taught Sunday school, was president of Ladies Aid and active in Workshop at Bethlehem Lutheran Church.
She did a lot of traveling and enjoyed the companionship of many other travelers. She was always ready for a card game.
Survivors include her sons, Theodore and wife Carol of Rock Island, Ill., Donald and wife Sandy of Naperville, Ill., Douglas and wife Pam of Tallahassee, Fla., and a daughter Ann Meylor of Le Mars; 10 grandchildren: Christina Johnson of Chicago, Ill., Julianne Johnson of Chicago, Ill., Theodore G. Johnson of Champaign, Ill.; Wade Johnson and wife Laura of Tallahassee, Fla.; Melanie Sembler and husband Clayton, Tallahassee, Fla., Bob Meylor and wife Lori, Patty Mansfield and friend John Jacobson, Theresa Walsh and Debbie Heidbrink, all of Le Mars; Sue Miller and husband Steve of Sioux City; and 24 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren; a brother Donald Wiese and his wife Vera of Larrabee; a special member to the family, Joleen Kemper of Honolulu, Haw., and other relatives and a host of friends.
Waiting for her in heaven are her husband, Ted Johnson; grandson, Steven D. Johnson, son-in-law, RJ Meylor; and a great-granddaughter, Tammy Mansfield.
Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. today (Monday) in Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Cherokee. Visitation was Sunday from noon to 8 p.m. with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Greenwood Funeral Home, Cherokee. Burial will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Cherokee.
Memorials are requested to the Bethlehem Lutheran Church, or the charity of your choice. On-line condolences may be sent to greenwoodfuneral.com.