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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch - Sleepy Eye, MN
  • Bernice A. Pieske

  • Bernice A. Pieske, age 92 of Sleepy Eye, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at Divine Providence Community Home in Sleepy Eye.
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  • Bernice A. Pieske, age 92 of Sleepy Eye, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at Divine Providence Community Home in Sleepy Eye. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Sturm Funeral Home, Sleepy Eye and will continue on Wednesday from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m. at the church. Service will be held at the St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Sleepy Eye, on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. Lunch to follow services in the church basement. The clergy will be Pastor Chris Cordes. Interment will be at the Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Sanborn, after the luncheon. Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye. On line condolences may be left for the family at www.sturmfh.com
    Bernice A. Pieske was born on October 5, 1921 at home in Redwood County, to Andrew and Elizabeth (Lentz) Haak. She grew up and attended country school #33 in Redwood County. After her schooling she helped her father with farm work and worked for Potters in Springfield doing housework. She moved to Springfield and owned the Cozy Cafe. In 1962, Bernice moved to Sleepy Eye and worked at various places including Del Monte, 3M, Tony Downs Foods but mostly for Pietrus for about 20 years. After retiring in 1985 she babysat her great granddaughter, Ashley. Bernice was a member of St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church in Sleepy Eye. She enjoyed fishing, old time dance, road trips, watching t.v and gardening. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family and all of her grandchildren.
    She is survived by her daughter, Joyce Utz of New Ulm; granddaughters, Deb Mead and special friend Don Schwab of New Ulm, Melissa (Allen "Butch") Krebs of Cobden; grandsons, David Utz of Bemidji, Michael (Leisha) Utz of Elk River, Dennis Utz and special friend Shawn Renwick of Cobden, Donny Jr. (Becky) Utz of New Ulm; 15 great grandchildren; eight great-great grandchildren; sister, Evelyn (Dale) Holmberg of Motley and many nieces and nephews.
    She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Ervin and LuVerne Haak; and sister, Maxine (Leonard) Lotzer.
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