Berdenna Wilimina Zwart was born June 25, 1919, in Steen, Minn., the daughter of Cornelius and Elizabeth (Schipper) Zwart. As a young girl she lived in Rock Rapids, Iowa, Lismore, Minn., and later Kenneth, Minn., where the family farmed. She received her education in country schools near her home. When Bernie was in eighth grade, she moved with her family to Artesia, Calif.
Bernie married William Hamstra Dec. 23,1937, in Artesia, Calif. In 1948, the family returned to Iowa, settling in the Sioux Center area. They moved to Merrill in 1959. William died in 1983.
Bernie married Richard Karr June 1, 1985, in Le Mars. Richard died in 1988. She later married Bernard Faber June 24, 1992, in Le Mars where they made their home. Bernard died in 1998.
Bernie worked at Archie's Waeside in Le Mars for several years. She also worked for Truck Haven Cafe in Le Mars for more than 30 years. Following the Truck Stop, Bernie was a Senior Companion until she retired at the age of 88.
Bernie enjoyed cooking, baking and playing Rummikub with her group of friends.
She was blessed with many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren and thoroughly enjoyed being a part of their lives.
Bernie loved holidays, friends and her church.
Survivors include a son, John Hamstra of Leavenworth, Kan.; a son, Charles (Mary) Hamstra of Fresno, Calif.; a daughter, Anna Mae (Dave) Weicht of Oacoma, S.D.; a daughter, Juanita (John) Colwell of Norwood, Colo.; a son, Jerry Hamstra of Sioux City; a son, Terry Hamstra of Le Mars; 11 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by parents; three husbands; three granddaughters, Kim Malcom, Lisa Vander Esch and Lori Hamstra; a great-grandson, Michael Tabbert; a great-great-grandson, Eli; a sister, Ada Wiersma; and three brothers, Corney, Jake and Bill Zwart.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Grace Lutheran Church in Le Mars. The Rev. Timothy Geitz will officiate. Burial will follow at Memorial Cemetery in Le Mars. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. Friday at the Mauer - Johnson Funeral Home in Le Mars. The family will be present from 5-8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. There will also be one hour of visitation at the church prior to the funeral on Saturday.
Stories, memories and expressions of sympathy may be directed through www.mauerjohnsonfh.com.