Bernice M. Benkert, age 86, of Monroe, died on Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at her home. She was born on April 3, 1927 daughter of John and Elizabeth (Ruegsegger) Bussman. Bernice and Daniel A. Benkert were married on May 4, 1949 in Warren, IL.
Bernice was a member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish.
Bernice's life work was her children and grandchildren, farming with her husband Dan, and her involvement in numerous civic and community organizations. Her greatest joy was giving to others, be it unconditional love for her family, her generosity to the many organizations and causes she was involved in, or her hospitality, opening her home and heart to whomever called or stopped by. She was especially grateful for her wonderful friends. Bernice left us all a legacy of giving, learning and the value of an adventurous spirit, demonstrated by some of her favorite things: traveling the world, skiing, biking, playing tennis, enjoying the arts, entertaining family and friends, always wanting to learn new things, and sharing her experiences. Bernice will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by her family and friends.
Surviving are her children, Daniel (Kathy) Benkert of Waunakee; Chris (Mark) Geiger of Verona; Julie (Andy) Wilke of Monroe; Victor (Rita) Benkert of Monroe; daughter-in-law, Karen Benkert of Glendale; brother, John Bussman of Warren, IL; sister, Elizabeth Dubach of Warren, IL; brother-in-law Bill Ziegle of Bloomington, MN; 11 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. She was blessed with many loving nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband, Daniel, parents, John and Elizabeth, son, Stephen, grandchildren, Michael and Elizabeth Benkert; sister, Helen Ziegle, and special friend Jim Newman.
Funeral services will be Monday, December 30, 2013 at 12:00 Noon at Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home with Fr. Michael E. Klarer as celebrant.
Friends may call on Monday from 10:00 A.M. until time of service at 12:00 noon at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Monroe Clinic Hospice or the Monroe Arts Center.
The family wishes to extend a sincere thank you to the Monroe Clinic Hospice team and Mom's special caregiver.
Condolences may be sent to the family at: shriner111.com.
Posted: Monday, December 30, 2013
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I was Bernices Cargiver and It was an honor to care for such a beautiful warm hearted woman. Bernice was very loved by for family, I seen it for the short time I got to be with her. She was so blessed to beable to be in her own home ,where she wanted to be and surrounded by so much love and suppport. Thank you to the Family for allowing me to care for her and my heart is with you. Always know if you need anything You can call me. God Bless you all
Posted: Friday, December 27, 2013
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I so loved her...she was such a wonderful mom...and aunt. ..and grandma...on and on....we are all better people because of her