BERNICE BAUER, of Columbus, former longtime Ogallala resident, passed away peacefully Thursday, October 27, 2016 at her home, surrounded by her family.
Bernice was born January 22, 1930 in Ogallala, Nebraska to Herbert "Herb" and Amalia (Bartels) Stutheit. She attended country school at District 60 in Keith County. In 1947 she graduated from Ogallala High School and went on to attend Midland college pursuing a degree in zoology.
Bernice was baptized, confirmed and united in marriage to Joe Bauer at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Ogallala and was an active member for many years. She played the organ, was a member of Ladies Aid and they were active in Married Couples Club.
Bernice worked at Goodall's in Ogallala while Joe served in the Air Force in France, she enjoyed her visit to see him overseas. Joe and Bernice made their home south of Ogallala where they farmed and raised their three daughters.
Bernice's life, as a wife, mother, and community member, was underscored by her strong faith in Christ. She was a wonderful support to Joe in so many ways, always willing to do what she could to assist on the farm, and providing wonderful meals to meet the many long days including her fried chicken and pie. Bernice was quick witted, would share her humor, love of cards, canning, her faith in Jesus and renowned cinnamon rolls with her grandchildren, who referred to them as "Grandma's rolls".
Bernice had a contagious smile and was always full of fun and love. She built many relationships that were deep, lasting, and plentiful, through her work in church, her humorous conversations, and outreach to all people, including strangers. Her hobbies included card clubs, polka dancing and volunteering as a Pink Lady.
Bernice was preceded in death by her parents; sister and brother-in-law, Delores and Bob Swan; and son-in-law, Doug Anderson.
Survivors include her husband of 65 years, Joe Bauer of Columbus; 3 daughters, Kathy (Dave) Dickens of Reno, NV, Margie (Mark) Mercer of Columbus, Lynette (Dave) Buss of Baton Rouge, LA; 10 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Memorials are suggested to the Orphan Grain Train of Norfolk in Bernice's memory. Condolences may be shared at prairiehillsfuneralhome.com, where the services will be streamed live for those unable to attend.
Services will be held on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Ogallala with Pastor Dave Buss officiating. Burial will follow in the Ogallala Cemetery.
Memorial book signing will be on Monday, October 31, 2016 from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. at the Prairie Hills Funeral Home in Ogallala.
Prairie Hills Funeral Home of Ogallala has been entrusted with arrangements.