Bernice Wilhelmina Ida Jurgensen was born April 4, 1917, on the family farm in Preston Township, the daughter of William and Laura (Klemme) Jurgenson. Bernice was baptized and confirmed at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Preston Township.
She attended Sunny Knoll country school near her home.
Bernice was united in marriage to Fred William Grosenheider on April 2, 1937, at the church in Preston Township. The couple farmed near Craig, until the mid-1970s when their son Ken returned to the farm. They built a home southwest of Craig where they continued to help Ken on the farm.
Fred died July 9, 2006. Shortly after Fred died, Bernice moved to Plymouth Manor Care Center in Le Mars.
Bernice was a lifelong member of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Preston Township. She participated with the choir, quilters, and circle for several years.
When Bernice was not assisting Fred on the farm, she enjoyed cooking, gardening, canning, crocheting and other crafts. She was a very "busy and hard working" woman.
She loved her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.
Survivors include two daughters, Karen Bertsch and Jan Guerber, both of Minneapolis, Minn.; a sister, LaVonne Baack of Le Mars; a brother-in-law, Robert and Violet Grosenheider of Le Mars; seven grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband Fred; parents, William and Laura (Klemme) Jurgensen; a son, Kenneth Grosenheider; a daughter, Ardis Schmitt; a grandson, Tony Schmitt; and three sons-in-law, C.T. "Smitty" Schmitt, Jerry Bertsch, and Tom Guerber; and five siblings: Norman Jurgenson, Bob Jurgenson, Leona Hartman, Marlene Eiacker, and Shirley Johnson.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Preston Township, rural Akron, with Minister Joel Nye and the Rev. Sarah Nye officiating. Interment will at Resthaven Memory Gardens Cemetery in Le Mars. Visitation with the family present will be after 5 p.m. today (Monday) at the Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars.
Pallbearers will be Lori Westhoff, Chris Grosenheider, Jeff Bertsch, Gena Nelson, Dan Schmitt, Tim Schmitt, and Greg Schmitt. Honorary casketbearers will be her great-grandchildren.
Expression of sympathy may be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.