Bernice Gesine Wiedenhoeft, 84, of Rainycrest Home for the Aged, 550 Osborne St., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away at her residence Friday, Nov. 23, 2001.
She was born May 17, 1917 in Siren, Wis. to the late Gabriel and Ruth Tjomsland.
Mrs. Wiedenhoeft attended and graduated from the Siren High School in Wisconsin. She came to Canada in 1956 with her husband, Bert, and family.
She had a strong relationship with the Zion Lutheran Church since coming to Fort Frances and was a member of the church choir. She also enjoyed bowling and was a member of five bowling leagues in Canada and the U.S., and was an active bowler until she was 82.
Besides her bowling, her family was very important to her and she was very dedicated in staying home to care for and raise her family.
Bernice was united in marriage Nov. 2, 1935 to Bertram “Bert” Frederick Wiedenhoeft, who predeceased her April 27, 1984. She also was predeceased by her grandson, David; brothers, Donald, Ray, and John; sister, Marie; and brothers-in-law, Ray and Ira.
She is survived by her three sons, Bob and wife, Cathie, of Greenville, Ill., Rick and wife, Linda, of Fort Frances, Ont., and Bill and wife, Maurette, of Dryden, Ont.; and two daughters, Diane and husband, John Collins, of Fullerton, Calif., and Dorothy and husband, Ed Gosselin, of Thunder Bay, Ont.
Also surviving are 10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one sister, Corrine Root of Siren, Wis.; a dear and loving friend, John Dick of Fort Frances, Ont.; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Monday, Nov. 26, 2001 at 10 a.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church in Fort Frances. Pastor Brian Keffer officiated, with interment in River-view Cemetery in Fort Frances.
Friends visited with the family Sunday, Nov. 25, 2001 from 7 until 8:30 p.m. at the church.
Pallbearers were her grandchildren, Chris Wiedenhoeft, Greg Wiedenhoeft, Rick Wiedenhoeft, Craig Collins, Jeff Collins, Kristin Wiedenhoeft, Erin Dayman, Lynette Falcigno, and Christie Kubbe.
Honourary pallbearers were her grandson, Rod Gosselin, and members of the Zion Lutheran Church Choir.
In memoriam donations may be made to the Zion Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 1105 Scott St., Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 1J7.