Bernice Marie (Dunker) Eberhard

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Bernice Marie (Dunker) Eberhard was born Dec. 18, 1926, in Topeka, Kansas.  Fred and Charlotte (Schlake) Dunker adopted her.
Bernice was baptized at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church Feb. 20, 1927, in Ludell, Kansas. She renewed her baptismal vows by the Rite of Confirmation April 14, 1970.
Her early sch0oling was in Ludell at Immanuel Lutheran School and the Ludell Public School. While attending the Atwood, Kansas, Community High School, she was a member of the choir, performed in plays and operettas, played flute in the band and was part-time secretary in the music department. Bernice was a member of the National Honor Society and graduated from Atwood High in 1944.  
From 1944 to 1946, she attended Concordia Teachers College in Seward, Nebraska. Her teaching career began in 1946 at Christ Lutheran School in Perry, Oklahoma.
She married Louis Charles Eberhard Aug. 3, 1947. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Ludell.  Their first home was in Los Angeles, where Lou was a teacher at St. John's Lutheran School.  Bernice worked as the receptionist for an optometrist, cashier at a clothing store and later taught for two years at St. John's Lutheran School in Montebello, California.
In 1951, Lou and Bernice accepted calls to teach at Peace Lutheran School in Antigo, Wisconsin. Three children were bom to them there: Gerald, Melanie and Ronald. In 1963, Lou and Bernice accepted calls to Trinity Lutheran School in Greeley. During this time, Bernice also attended the Colorado State Teachers College (now the University of Northern Colorado). In 1977, Lou and Bernice accepted calls to teach at Zion Lutheran School in Brighton. Bemice retired from teaching in 1983.
Bernice was active in the Lutheran Womens Mission League, church choirs, Sunday school, vacation Bible schools and nursing home church services. She found much joy in her children and grandchildren and, recently, her great grandchildren. She enjoyed traveling, visiting historic places and touring America's castles.
She had a marvelous singing voice and had many favorite hymns she'd sing while Lou played the piano or organ. Her favorite color was yellow. It reminded her of the beautiful sunflowers in her birth state of Kansas. Her family loved her regular gifts of coffee cake and sometimes argued over who got to receive some from the latest batch. She had a passion for cleaning, dusting, vacuuming and all.
During slow times of teaching she hired out to clean other folks houses (none of her children has that same passion). In Bernice's world, you truly could eat off the floors.
Her recent years were filled with Pinochle club, going to great-grandchildren's events and watching the Colorado Rockies play ball. She rarely missed a game and could tell you the details of what happened. She taught all of her children to love reading and always had articles from papers and magazines to share with everyone.
Survivors are her children and their spouses: Jer (Mary) Eberhard, Melanie (Bill) Brye and Ron (Sharon) Eberhard; grandchildren, Lisa (Tim) Fitzgerald, Angela (Kyle) Erickson, Katherine (Justin) Hannemann, Bryan Caviness, Moriah (Mark) Edmundson, Andrew (Lauren) Eberhard, Micah Eberhard and Daniel (Carlie) Eberhard; nine great-grandchildren; her sister Betty Bird, 12 nieces and nephews; along with many cousins and friends.
Her husband, Louis Eberhard, preceeded her in death July 11, 2015.
Send memorials to the Trinity Lutheran Scholarship Fund in Greeley, Concordia University in Seward or the Zion Lutheran School in Brighton.
Tabor-Rice Funeral Home handled arrangements.
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Published in Commerce City Sentinel Express on Dec. 26, 2017