Berniece Lillian Marler
1923 ~ 2014
Berniece Lillian Marler passed away Saturday, March 1, 2014 at home nine days before her 91st birthday. She was born March 10, 1923 in Havre, Montana, the second daughter to Carl and Anna (Vogt) Guckenburg. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Havre, where she also attended grade school and Junior High. Her family moved to Rupert, ID in her junior year where she finished her High School years.
Berniece attended Albion State Normal where she received her teaching certificate. She taught 3rd grade in Twin Falls, ID and 2nd grade in Rupert, ID.
She married Adolph J. Schenk on May 21, 1944 and their marriage was blessed with two daughters, Carol and Dena. Adolph contracted polio and died from complications. She later married Vernon G. Feeder and again was blessed with two daughters, Patti and Kelli. Vernon passed away in 1966 from an automobile accident.
In 1972 Berniece married Dean M. Marler. This marriage opened a whole new world for her. They traveled to Europe three times, sailed the Western Caribbean, and also visited Hawaii three times. They lived in Boise, ID, Salt Lake City, UT, and Denver, CO until Dean retired and they moved back to Boise, ID.
Berniece worked at First Security Bank for 22 years. Berniece's greatest joy besides her children was singing. She sang in school and church choirs for many years. With her beautiful voice, she was asked to sing solos at schools, churches, weddings, and funerals. She also loved gardening, especially growing roses and tuberous begonias. Her yards were always the envy of the neighborhood. She enjoyed knitting and crocheting. She had many blue ribbons from entries at the State Fair. She enjoyed volunteering by knitting hundreds of caps and booties for premature babies in the NICU at St. Luke's Hospital. She was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church from 1954 until her death. She was very active in her church and enjoyed singing in the choir.
She is survived by daughters, Carol G. Hanson of Boise, ID, Dena K. (Dave) Fackler of Tempe, AZ, Kelli G. Gossen of Boise, ID; step-sons, John Marler of Fullerton, OR, Kenneth (Lonna) Marler of Meridian, ID, Larry (Nancy) Marler of Caldwell, ID; and step-daughters, Jeanne (Jerry) Ouran of Nampa, ID and Denise (Brent) Winslow of Kaysville, UT. She also leaves behind 19 grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.
Berniece was proceeded in death by her parents; three husbands; sister, Grace Carlson; brothers, Carl and Edward Guckenburg; and daughter, Patti L. (Feeder) Thornton.
Her life was greatly blessed with loving family and very dear friends. We love and miss you mom. We know you are in Heaven singing with the Angel's Choir performing a solo.
A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at the Redeemer Lutheran Church located at 2920 Cassia St., Boise, ID 83705.
Published in Idaho Statesman on Mar. 5, 2014