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Bernadine Rohloff

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Funeral services for Bernadine Rohloff were held on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010 at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Benson. Pastor Dennis McManus officiated. Lois Mitteness was the organist and Michelle Wiese sang the special music.

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Honorary Bearers were the great-grandchildren. Casketbearers were Lori Swanke, Rick Rohloff, Randy Rohloff, Scott Schake, Jim Schake, Lisa Larson, Dawn Olson, and Jim Oyen. Interment was at the Appleton City Cemetery.

Bernadine Emma Rohloff was born on April 28, 1924, in Tara Township, Swift County to Gustav Adolph and Emma Rachel (Hoffman) Gades. She was baptized the day of her birth at her parent's home by Rev. E. Schwandt and was confirmed on May 16, 1937, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Fairfield Township. She grew up in the Holloway area and attended school through the eighth grade at District #50 in Tara Township.

On March 10, 1943, she was united in marriage to Lawrence Rohloff at Trinity Lutheran Church, Fairfield Township. After their marriage they farmed in the Holloway area, then nine years in the Hancock area, and then in Holloway again until their retirement. She helped with the chores, farm work, gardening, and did housework for neighbors.

She was a member of the church choir, Sunday school teacher, and the homemakers' club. Bernadine enjoyed baking, cooking, playing cards, embroidery, playing Bingo, and visiting with her family and neighbor ladies.

Bernadine died on Wednesday evening, Jan. 27, at Appleton Area Health Services. She had attained 85 years, 8 months, and 29 days of age.

She is survived by three children: Kenneth (Carol) Rohloff of Danvers, Karen (Lyle) Schake of Madison, and Brenda (Allan) Oyen of Appleton; eight grandchildren: Lori (Lance) Swanke, Rick (Deb) Rohloff, Randy (Jessica) Rohloff, Scott (Roberta) Schake, Lisa Larson, Jim (Kristie) Schake, Dawn (Jon Olson), and Jim (Sarah) Oyen; 12 great-grandchildren: Hunter, Gage and Caiden Swanke, Brock and Parker Rohloff, Taylor and Kristi Larson, Sarah and Emily Schake, Ross and Cassidie Olson, and Sophie Oyen; three sisters: Ethel Krupke of Benson, Mardell Arnold of Morris, and Lydia (Milton) Peterson of Benson; several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lawrence, on Feb. 7, 2009; an infant twin sister; grandson, Michael Allan Oyen; brother, Lyle Gades; and two sisters: Florence Winter and Donna Mae Winter.

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