Bernice Matilda Elizabeth (Burmeister) Werner went to be with her lord on Thursday, May 9, 2013. Services were held May 16 at the Solon United Methodist Church. Burial followed in Oakland Cemetery.
Bernice was born to John and Clara Burmeister on Sept. 23, 1922, in Lowden. The family moved to Clarence, where she attended a country school. Bernice helped on the farm and with her younger siblings.
Bernice moved to Iowa City where she married Robert “Roy” Werner on Dec. 19, 1945. She worked as a homemaker, enjoying gardening, canning, cooking, sewing and especially making pie.
Bernice and Roy had their son Thomas Robert and 10-and-one-half years later welcomed Scott Roy.
After moving all around Iowa due to Roy’s work, they made their home in Solon. They built the first permanent home in Twin View Heights and enjoyed living on the water. Bernice especially enjoyed spending time on her sons’ boat on Lake Macbride. Bernice became active in the Solon American Legion Auxiliary, the Solon Methodist Women and helped start the Boy Scouts in Solon where she was a den mother for Scott’s cub scouts. She made many a pie for the football dinners ate the church.
Bernice spent a lot of time with her grandchildren and great granddaughter. She spent her later years enjoying nature and her family. She and Roy became snowbirds, traveling to Yuma, Ariz. every winter for 12 years and spent 62 magical years together.
Bernice was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Roy, two sisters, Eileen (Elmer) Lendt and Luella (Wayne) Hodgden.
Bernice is survived by her two sons, Thomas Werner of Solon and Scott Werner of Stillwater, Minn., three grandchildren Laura Powers (Matt McCollough) of Maple Lake, Minn., Shane Werner of Machesney Park, Ill., and Rebecca Werner of Solon; Great granddaughter Miranda Powers of Maple Lake, Minn.; sisters Shirley (Harlan) Meyer, Kennetha (Arnold) Meier; brothers Lloyd (Fannie) Burmeister, Dale Burmeister and many nieces and nephews.
Bernice touched countless lives and will live on through the memories of others.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.broshchapel.com.