Greg Petrack wrote on September 10, 2021
So many great memories of times spent with Bernie (& Fritz, too!). Love and light to Jeff & Greg. May her memory be a blessing!
Becky Dishmon wrote on September 5, 2021
Birdie (as us wee ones in 1980’s elementary school called her) was a lunchtime favorite! Nice and funny lady. I’ll never forget the cruel “strawberry milk” trick she played on us! Ha! The 2% came in white carton with blue print and one time the print showed up pink so to stray us from chocolate and over to 2%, she told us it was strawberry, well before strawberry milk was invented! We were not very happy, but had to laugh! And my mom was a pretty good friend with her because my mom became a lunch lady when I was in middle school, so I likely heard about her more often. Memories fade with age, but a couple stick. One time she took me to Manitowoc to see an old student teacher I had a few grades earlier in first grade. I don’t even remember how she knew her but the lady was nice and young and I was excited to venture with Bernie because my mom didn’t drive so I didn’t get out too much. It was exciting and nice to see that lady, who I can remember a little in the face but not by name. And Bernie lives near us, because, you know, Winneconne! It’s not big! Ha! Plus as a wiley teenager I was only a few blocks away then and my friend was kiddie corner, so I still saw her and Fritz. It’s not like I knew them well or have many memories, but my heart reminds me of the lighthearted, kind and fun-loving people they both were. I’m grateful to have grown up knowing people like that. And I trust that Bernie is now back with her beloved. I know she is reading over my shoulder right now! She approves! My hope is that those who lived her most feel her with them when they need her most. We all know no one is gone. They’re just different once they leave a body. And it is up to us to learn the language they now are forced to communicate without a physical aspect to them. Don’t ever doubt those messages. They’re as real as a hand in yours. Blessings to Birdie’s fam!
Suzanne Schmoker Sutherland wrote on September 5, 2021
I haven't seen Bernie since we graduated from high school in 1961 but remember her as being such a sweet and kind classmate. I extend my sincere sympathy to her family.
Carmen Fuhs wrote on September 4, 2021
Jeff and Greg, my sympathy for you and your family for your loss of your Mother. I will always remember growing up with all of you. With heartfelt sympathy. Carmen
Jerry. Kathy Loker wrote on September 1, 2021
Bernie was a very loving and caring wife and mother. Will miss her smile. Jeff and craig you had a special mother and father, remember them kindly forever Wishing you and your family strength and peace
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