Funeral services for Bernice Caroline Johnson, 87, of Stone Lake, Wis., formerly of Milaca were Saturday, March 16, 2013 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Milaca with the Rev. Tim Bauer officiating. Music was provided by Cheryl Bailey and Hanna Rieck. The reader was
Angela Ekman. Giving the eulogy was Rosemary Ritchie and Carol Ekman. Pallbearers were Carl Ekman, Trenton Ekman, James Wetterstrom, Timothy Zastrow, Al Ritchie, and Dennis Camden. Burial was at the Borgholm Cemetery near Bock.
Bernice died March 12 peacefully at the Golden Living Center in Hayward, Wis.
She was born Dec. 18, 1925 to Albert and Jennie (Ekman) Zastrow in Bock. She grew up on the family farm near Bock. She graduated from Milaca High School at the top of her class. She then moved to Minneapolis. After completing secretarial school, she worked for forty years at the Soo Line Railroad as a secretary, becoming executive secretary for the Chief Engineer.
Bernice married Glenn Johnson in 1958 in Minneapolis.
She enjoyed social gatherings and keeping track of family members, especially the Ekman clan from Bock. A true blue Democrat, she loved talking politics. She also enjoyed fishing and traveling in the West and to Kokomo, Ind., to visit Glenn’s home. They retired to Stone Lake, Wis. in 1990. They enjoyed the beauty of the lakes and woods for many years.
The family wishes to thank her caregiver and friend, Rita Jarvis; her friend and hairdresser, Sheila Doskocil; and the staff at the Golden Living Center, all of who provided loving care to her in her last days.
She is survived by her husband Glenn; sister Pearl; nieces, Rosemary (Al) Ritchie and Marsha (Jim) Machacek; cousins, Warren (Bonnie) Sjoberg and Karen (Ed) Townsend; other relatives, including Carl (Carol) Ekman and Cyndy (Dale) Wetterstrom.
Bernice was preceded in death by her brother Raymond; sister-in-law Ruth; nephew Brent; cousins, Eleanor and Walter; and beloved aunts, Annie and Alice.
Arrangements were by the Peterson-Johnson Funeral Home in Milaca.