Pedersen, Bernice Mae (Rasmussen)
Bernice Mae (Rasmussen) Pedersen, 94, celebrated Christmas with Jesus when she passed away on Tuesday, December 25, 2012, with four generations of family by her side at ManorCare West in Green Bay, WI. She was born April 2, 1918 in Kolzy, IL, now known as Shiller Park, IL, to Charles O. Rasmussen and Clara Pauline (Plautz) Rasmussen.
The family moved to Racine, WI, where Bernice's father owned Belle City Hardware. She graduated from Washington Park High School in Racine. After high school she went to beauty school and became a hair dresser at Racine Dry Goods Department Store. Bernice was also employed at Rainfare, Walgreens, and Singer Sewing Machine Company where she taught sewing. She ended her working career at Western Printing as a quality control inspector.
Bernice married Harry M. Pedersen on September 2, 1939 in Racine. They were happily married for 53 years. Bernice was a member of Bethany United Methodist Church in Racine and Green Bay. She was also a member of the Danish Sisterhood and Dania Ladies Society in Racine. She had the great honor of serving at a luncheon for Her Majesty Queen Margarethe and His Royal Highness Prince Henrik of Denmark on May 14, 1976, during their tour of the United States. Another highlight for Bernice and Harry was a trip to Copenhagen, Denmark in 1986 to visit the birthplace of Harry.
Bernice and Harry loved to bowl and joined church leagues in Racine and Green Bay. For many years they were in charge of cooking the church wide Thanksgiving dinner. Bernice's love of cooking was also expressed when she helped her friend, Millie Bassinger cater weddings and private parties. Both Harry and Bernice were also actively involved in the parent's organization of the Elk's Youth Band in support of their daughters, spending many hours on bus trips across the country as chaperones and equipment managers. Bernice used her love and skill in sewing as a volunteer for Heritage Hill State Historical Park, sewing drapes currently used in the Tank Cottage and celebrated with a family dinner at the 1905 Belgian Farm House at the park. Whatever she did, it was done with love and a caring heart.
Bernice is survived by her daughters, Lynne (Richard) Johnson, Chesterfield, MO; Judith Anderson, Green Bay; her six grandchildren, and eleven great-grandchildren, (they will all miss their Cookie Grandma); sisters-in-law, Helen (Carthrae) Rasmussen, Sturgeon Bay; Joan (Payne) Pedersen, Racine; nieces, nephews and other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harry; her older sister, Mildred (Rasmussen) Keleske; her twin brother, Dr. Byron Charles Rasmussen; and her grandson, David Wayne Anderson.
Friends may call at Blaney Funeral Home, 1521 Shawano Ave., Green Bay, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Monday, New Year's Eve morning. The Funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial will be in West Lawn Memorial Park, Racine. To send online condolences please go to www.BlaneyFuneralHome.com
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Bethany United Methodist Church, 1110 Echo Lane, Green Bay or Heritage Hill State Historical Park, 2640 S. Webster Ave., Green Bay, WI.
The family would like to express their appreciation to the staff of ManorCare West for their excellent care of Bernice during her residency. When asked how she was feeling, Bernice's response was "Fit as a Fiddle".
On February 8, 1959, Bernice wrote in her Bible, "I consecrated my life to the Lord Jesus Christ. This world is not my home. I am only passing thru." She is home …