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Fern Bernhardt

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Bernhardt, Fern

Fern G. Bernhardt, age 79 of Clintonville, passed away Tuesday, July 7, 2014 at the Greentree Health and Rehabilitation Center, Clintonville.

Fern was born to the late William and Esther (Grueb) Habeck on January 31, 1935 in the Township of Heartland. She liked to reminisce about growing up on the family farm near Tilleda, WI. As a young girl, she was also involved in the Girl Scouts and active in 4-H. After graduation from Bowler High School, in 1952, Fern moved to Appleton to work as a bookkeeper for WPS. She met Arden "Butch" Bernhardt at church, where they were united in marriage on April 26, 1958. The couple lived in New London briefly before moving to Clintonville, where Fern enjoyed being a full-time mother to her three children. In her later years she found time to work again at B&H Footwear, Clintonville and Cobbler's Closet, Shawano. Fern was devoted to her family and loved to prepare large holiday meals that included wonderful desserts. She also enjoyed spending time and playing games with her grandchildren. Some of her personal hobbies included: reading, crafts, puzzles, baking, genealogy research, along with collecting Beanie Babies and salt and pepper shakers. Fern was loved dearly and will be greatly missed by those who knew her.

Survivors include:

Her husband: Arden Bernhardt

Her daughter: Lori Jepson & (Dale Berndt), Clintonville

Her sons: Lee Bernhardt, West Bend

Steven (Sheila)Bernhardt,Cedarburg

Her grandchildren: Travis (Danielle) Lester, Keith Lester & Stephanie Luft, Justin Jepson, Stephanie Jepson, Stacy Jepson

A great-grandchild: Everly Lester

Her brother: Willis (Donna) Habeck

Her sisters-in-law: LaVerne Habeck, Phyllis Habeck

Fern was preceded in death by her parents, her sisters Alice & Violet, her brothers Ruben, Dale, & Glen.

Memorial Services will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, July 12, 2014 at the United Methodist Church, Clintonville, with Rev. Keith Wolf & Rev. Lynn Kollath officiating.

Friends may call from 9:00 AM at the church until the time of the service.

An online guestbook may be signed at

Published in Appleton Post-Crescent on July 9, 2014
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