Bernice Kern, 93, of Arkansaw died Saturday July, 1, 2017.
Bernice Hope was born September 24, 1923 in Waterville Township, Pepin County Wisconsin. Bernice was the first child born to Clive and Delight (Della) McMahon Metcalf. Bernice graduated from Durand High School. She later graduated from River Falls Teachers College.
On May 15, 1943 she and Vernon Kern were married at her home in Porcupine Valley by her Father, Clive. They lived all their married life in Arkansaw, Wisconsin where they raised 3 children, Sharon, Diana and James.
As her children were older Bernice taught at Big Coulee and Sabylund schools. Later she was the office manager for Vernon at the Durand Canning Company which later became Faribault Foods in Mondovi, WI.
She was active all her life in the Community of Christ. Her faith was a very important part of her life. She filled many roles in her lifetime with the church. She served as Sunday school secretary, Bible School Youth Leader, and woman’s leader.
Her family was precious to her. Her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great granddaughter, Allyson brought her the greatest joy.
Finding faith in a flower garden, her music, books and plants brought her contentment. She was fond of watching and feeding birds.
Bernice is survived by her children Sharon (Lynn) Fleishauer, Diana (James) Tulip, and Mary Kern; grandchildren Gary (Teresa) Fleishauer, Tracy Weber, Teri Jo (Dennis) Hartung, Jeff (Jenny) Tulip, Katrina (Bill) Hake and Rob (Becky) Kern; great grandchildren James Martin, Jake (Andrea) Fleishauer, Josh (Larah) Fleishauer, Justin Fleishauer, Sam Klingbeil, Nate Klingbeil, Brenton (Erin) Hartung, Brady Hartung, Christopher (Miranda) Tulip, Cody Tulip, TJ Tulip, Marvin Kern; great great granddaughter Allyson Fleishauer; great great step grandchildren Larry and Mikaila.
She is preceded in death by her parents; husband Vernon Kern; son James Kern; grandson Darren Tulip; sister Jerri Smith; brother-in-law Roy Smith and niece Deborah Darmon.
A joyful celebration of life will be held Thursday, July 6, 2017 at Community of Christ Church, Arkansaw, Wisconsin. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Service to follow at 11 a.m. Burial will be at Arkansaw Memorial Cemetery.
Goodrich Funeral Home, Durand is handling arrangements. To express on-line condolences visit obituaries at www.goodrichfh.com