Funeral services for Bernice C. Johnson, age 87, of Stone Lake, Wisconsin, formerly of Milaca will be held Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 11 AM at the Zion Lutheran Church in Milaca with Rev. Tim Bauer officiating. Providing music for the service will be Cheryl Bailey and Hanna Rieck. The reader will be Angela Ekman. Giving the eulogy will be Rosemary Ritchie and Carol Ekman. Serving as casketbearers will be Carl Ekman, Trenton Ekman, James Wetterstrom, Timothy Zastrow, Al Ritchie, and Dennis Camden. Visitation will be held one half hour prior to services at the church Saturday morning. Interment will be held at the Borgholm Cemetery near Bock.
Bernice C. Johnson was born December 18, 1925 to Albert and Jennie (Ekman) Zastrow in Bock, Minnesota. 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, Indiana, to visit Glenn’s home. They retired to Stone Lake, Wisconsin in 1990. They enjoyed the beauty of the lakes and woods for many years.
Bernice died peacefully Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at the Golden Living Center in Hayward, Wisconsin.
She is survived by her husband, Glenn; her older 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.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Raymond; sister-in-law, Ruth; nephew, Brent; cousins, Eleanor and Walter; and beloved aunts, Annie and Alice.
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.